Development Services

About Us

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

Our staff of nearly 200 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 2020:

  • 44,310 building inspections completed, and 3,910 plan checks performed
  • 4,561 code enforcement cases opened; 3,743 code enforcement cases closed
  • 3,246 customers served at the Development Services Permit Center
  • 14,386 customers assisted on the zoning information phone line
  • 289 tons of trash and debris collected during 36 neighborhood clean-ups