Development Services

About Us

Located on the third floor of City Hall, the Long Beach Development Services Department is comprised of four main bureaus: Building and Safety, Code Enforcement, Housing and Neighborhood and Planning.

Our staff of more than 180 employees works tirelessly to serve the community on a wide spectrum of policies and programs, including land use development, affordable housing, environment and historic preservation, neighborhood improvement, as well as building standards and safety.

Our mission is to make a difference in the community by building a dynamic, safe, and sustainable City that honors its past and embraces the future. That’s why we embrace as a work credo our Department slogan — Building a Better Long Beach.

Here are some of our noteworthy accomplishments in 2021:

  • 42,281 building inspections completed, and 4,482 plan checks performed
  • 4,829 code enforcement cases opened; 5,347 code enforcement cases closed
  • 4,988 customers served at the Development Services Permit Center
  • 15,314 customers assisted on the zoning information phone line
  • 873 tons of trash and debris collected during 106 neighborhood clean-ups