Development Services

Permit Center

The Development Permit Center, located at City Hall on the 2nd Floor, is open to the public for submitting permit-related documents, requesting plan reviews, pulling permits, and finding resources for construction projects of all types, sizes, and complexity. We encourage you to make an in-person visit to the Permit Center where we offer a variety of services, including same-day permits, as described below.

Permit Application Services

Our goal at the Permit Center is to make your visit or inquiry as seamless and productive as possible. Before starting the application submittal process, please learn about the different projects that qualify for each of type of building permit process:

Express Permits

IN-PERSON: For minor projects that do not need a plan review, including window changeouts, HVAC addition and relocations, and alteration, repair, and replacement of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. See the detailed information immediately below.

For projects that do not need a plan review. These types of minor projects include window changeouts, HVAC addition and relocations, and alteration, repair, and replacement of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. See full list here: Bulletin IB-058

Appointments are currently available at the City Hall 2nd Floor Permit Center on Monday - Friday, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Please note that for each scheduled appointment, a limit of two (2) projects will be processed. Your project must qualify for an Express Permit process.





ONLINE: For single-family and duplex structures and only for re-roofing, water heater changeouts, and electrical service panel changeouts. A fully automated online permit portal for these projects is available. See the detailed information immediately below.

These types of permits are only available for single-family and duplex structures and only for three (3) types of projects: re-roofing, water heater changeouts and electrical service panel changeouts. You can apply and pay for these permits through our fully automated online portal.

The advantage of this process is that applicants can be issued a permit in one step. Please note that this process is available outside of normal business hours as well.

  1. Create a profile on the online portal.
  2. Submit an application for one of the three (3) specific project types.  Please note that owners or contractor’s agents will need to attach a letter of authorization or a completed FORM-006 Owner/Builder/Contractor Permit Proxy.
  3. Once the application is approved by Building & Safety staff, payment can be made online using a credit/debit card or electronic check. Your permit will be issued automatically, and a receipt with a copy of the permit will be sent to you via email.

Over-the-Counter Permits

IN-PERSON: For select projects requiring in-person plan reviews, which include one-story residential additions, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and relocation of 50 or less fire sprinkler heads. See the detailed information immediately below.

For select projects requiring in-person plan reviews, including one-story residential additions, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and relocation of 50 or less fire sprinkler heads. See full list in Bulletin the IB-002

The types of construction projects that qualify for this service are minor additions or alterations to single-family dwellings, minor alterations to multi-family dwellings, minor tenant improvements or alterations to nonresidential buildings with office or retail uses, or minor addition or alterations to fire sprinklers, alarms and/or hoods as determined by Plan Check staff. Please refer to Information Bulletin IB-002 for examples of construction projects that may qualify for this service and the applicable agencies involved with the plan review.

Appointments for these types of permits are available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding holidays, and on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In order to better serve our customers, for each appointment scheduled we are limiting the number of projects that will be processed and reviewed to one (1) per visit. Please click below to book an in-person appointment.




Full Review Permits

For larger projects requiring full plan reviews such as major work to multifamily, commercial and industrial structures.
For large or complex projects requiring full plan reviews such as major work to multifamily, commercial, and industrial structures. These must be submitted digitally (via email).

More information on this process can be found under Initial Submittal at: https://longbeach.gov/lbds/building/project-submittal/

Licensed Contractors

Our online permitting service option is available only to registered licensed California contractors who have a pre-authorized Personal Identification Number (PIN). Please see the detailed information below.

Our online permitting service option is available only to registered licensed California contractors who have a pre-authorized Personal Identification Number (PIN) and frequently perform minor or simple construction projects in Long Beach. Please visit the following link for a list of projects that qualify for this service.

Contractors who are registered with this service can apply for necessary permits online. Once you submit your permit application online, within 1-3 business days an electronic invoice is sent from Development Services regarding the amount of permit fees due to complete the permit issuance process.  Upon fee payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you that includes the permit receipt.

If you do not have a pre-authorized PIN and would like to request one online, visit INTERNET PERMITTING REQUESTS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.

General Submittal Instructions

The Development Permit Center is accepting digital permit submittals for all construction projects of all types. Submittal instructions are as follows:
  1. Complete and sign one or more of the permit applications as may be needed, as described below:

    • APP-001 Consolidated Permit Application
      This consolidated permit application should be used for all projects that involves more than one of the following scopes of work: building, grading, fire, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, landscape and/or sign.

      OR
      Use one or more of the following permit applications for each type of work involved in the project.
  2. Once you’ve completed and signed the appropriate application, you can email it, along with any required associated documents that may apply to your project, to: DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.

    Note: Please ensure the subject heading of the email contains the project address (e.g., 411 W OCEAN BLVD”).

  3. Check for a follow-up email from Development Services that provides notification regarding the amount of fees that are due to complete the permit issuance process.  Upon fee payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you that includes the permit receipt.

Permit Status Checks

Already applied for a building permit and want to know your status or get more information about plan reviews? Visit: www.longbeach.gov/permitstatus.


NOTICE: The City Council has approved changes to the Long Beach Master Fees and Charges Schedule, which is revised on a citywide basis bi-annually. The Development Services Department begins implementation of its new schedule on Monday, August 2, 2021.  The updated schedule contains many changes including increases, decreases, and the complete restructuring of some fees. View Building & Safety’s current fee schedules

Counter Services

The following are brief descriptions of the various services provided at the Permit Center:
This is your first stop when you visit our Center. Here, you will be directed to the appropriate service counter that will help you. 
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 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 right­of-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. 

Additional Resources

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 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).