Development Services

Permit Center

Our team of building safety experts works to ensure the safety of our residents and businesses by making sure that buildings are in compliance with State and local building codes while also ensuring that energy efficiency and sustainability are incorporated to advance the future of our City.


MODIFIED OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 and the partial closure of our City Hall Development Permit Center, we are experiencing longer than usual response and processing times for service requests by phone and email.


IN PERSON APPOINTMENTS FOR EXPRESS PERMITS

Limited in person service at the City Hall 2nd Floor Permit Center by appointment only is now available. The service is only for Express Permits (minor construction projects). See Information Bulletin IB-058 Express Permit Service for a list of minor construction projects that qualify for this service.

Those with appointments entering City Hall must wear face coverings and meet other COVID-19 safety guidelines. Walk-ins without appointments will not be allowed.

Express Permit Process - Schedule an Appointment

Permit Application Information

The Development Permit Center is accepting construction permit applications for construction projects.

SELECT METHOD TO APPLY FOR EXPRESS PERMIT

Express permit applications can be applied online or in person. Directions are as follows:

  • Apply Online

    Email the completed permit application, along with any required permittee documents that may apply to your project, to: DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.

    Ensure the subject heading of the email reads “EXPRESS PERMIT” followed by the project address (e.g., “EXPRESS PERMIT: 411 W OCEAN BLVD”).

    Check for a follow up email that provide notification regarding the amount of permit fees that is due to complete the permit issuance process. Refer to the current response and processing times to process the express permit application.

    Upon fee payment, a confirmation email will be sent that include the permit receipt. Please follow the instruction on how to schedule an inspection. Upon first inspection, the inspection staff will provide you with a job inspection card at the project site.

    Please be sure to follow the instructions below and email the following completed applications and forms.

  • Apply In Person

    Limited appointments are available Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. In order to better serve our customers, we are limiting the number of appointments scheduled per applicant. For each appointment scheduled, a limit of two projects will be processed.

    To better service your express permit issuance appointment, your project must qualify as an Express Permit. See Information Bulletin IB-058 Express Permit Service for a list of minor construction projects that qualify for this service.

    Please be sure to follow the instruction below and bring the following completed applications and forms to your appointment.

INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE APPLICATIONS AND FORMS

  1. Complete and sign one or more of the following construction permit application(s):
  2. Complete and sign the related permittee documents:

The Development Permit Center is accepting email applications and construction documents for construction projects that need a plan check.

A completed consolidated permit application, along with the construction documents, must be converted into PDF (less than 75MB) and emailed to DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov to begin the plan intake process (herein referred to as EOTC).

View the APP-001 Consolidated Permit Application

For the relevant details and instructions on how to prepare your construction documents and the pertinent information that is required, please go to Plan Review Services

For the relevant details and instructions on how to submit projects through the EOTC process, please go to Project Plan Submittal and Review Service.
Applicants who receive email/phone notices regarding their plans have the option to schedule an appointment to pick them up in person in front of the main lobby area of City Hall.

City staff will be available to coordinate the pickups and will be adhering to social distancing guidelines. Masks are required.

Plans from other Departments will not get bundled together for pickup unless requested by the applicant.

LOCATION: Long Beach Civic Center Plaza, 411 W. Ocean Blvd.

PICKUP STATION DAYS/TIMES: Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 562.570.7648 (PMIT) during business hours.

CURRENT RESPONSE & PROCESSING TIMES

The following is our anticipated general schedule to notify applicants and process their various types of service requests:

PERMIT, FEE, AND OTHERS

  • Express Permits (such as roofing or electrical panel changeout): 3 to 6 weeks
  • Project Submittal Intake: 4 to 5 weeks
  • Project Fee Collection: 1 to 2 business days
  • Permit Ready to Issuance (RTI): 4 to 8 weeks
  • General Inquiries: 2 to 3 weeks

PLAN CHECK

  • Building Plan Check: 8 to 11 weeks
  • Fire Plan Check: 3 to 5 weeks
  • Planning Plan Check: 2 to 6 weeks
  • Electric Plan Check: 2 to 3 weeks
  • Plumbing Plan Check: 2 to 3 weeks
  • Mechanical Plan Check: 2 to 3 weeks

INSPECTION

  • Inspection Request: 1 to 2 business days

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.


You can submit permit-related documents and find all the resources you may need at our Development Permit Center, located at City Hall on the 2nd floor. In order to make your visit as seamless as possible, we’ve broken down the services provided at each of our counters below:
Permits and plans for all building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical construction on private property are issued are processed at this counter.
This station accepts applications for business licenses and various regulatory permits required by the Long Beach Municipal Code. Visit the City’s Business License page for additional information.
You can pay your fees at this station. Need to know how much a certain fees cost? Visit our fee schedule.
This counter processes plans for installations involving the use or handling of highly flammable materials, large occupancy facilities, and high-rise buildings.
The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department is located at 2525 Grand Ave. They are responsible for reviewing plans for food facilities and can answer questions related to food facility projects in the City. For more information, contact the department at (562) 570-4132. 
This is your first stop when you visit our Center. Here, you will be directed to the appropriate service counter that will help you. 
This station provides information regarding regulations governing how a property can be used as well as the minimum zoning standards for development are supplied. 
This station issues permits for road excavations, curb installations, and other construction within the public right-of-way. This station also provides information on water, sewer, and gas line locations. Sewer connection permits are also issued at this counter. Visit the Long Beach Public Works Department page for more information.

We've developed easy-to-follow brochures to help guide you through the permitting process of opening up a restaurant, retail, or office business in Long Beach.
View brochures.
Need help navigating the process of starting a business? Try our new business portal website.
To ensure that minimum safety requirements and standards are met, the Building and Safety Bureau requires that most building construction activities – including alterations, replacements, and repair work – obtain proper permits and inspections through the City.
More information.
  • Monday, Tuesday 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

For more information about building and permits, please call the Development Permit Center at (562) 570-PMIT(7648).

If you are a California licensed contractor who frequently performs simple construction projects in Long Beach, you may be eligible for our Internet Permitting Request service. More information.
Our Online Permitting Request Service is available to licensed California contractors who have a pre-authorized PIN and frequently perform simple construction projects in Long Beach.

To view permit records for a property, go to the Permit Records page. 

To check on the status of a permit, go to the Permit Status inquiry page. 

For questions about a building permit records or status, please call us at (562) 570-PMIT (7648).

The City offers express permitting services to encourage the installation of rooftop solar PV systems in order to generate renewable energy, provide stable electricity, and reduce pollution. More information.