Development Services

Planning Bureau

As the needs of the diverse Long Beach population continue to grow and change, Development Services is committed to partnering with the community to ensure that the Long Beach of tomorrow is the best that it can be. The Planning Team looks forward to working with you on your next project and bringing your vision to fruition.


  • The Planning and Zoning phone line is open during regular business hours Mon-Thurs but is closed on Friday. 
  • The Development Permit Center on the City Hall 2nd Floor is open for service by appointment and on a limited walk-in basis.

  • For zoning questions regarding SB 9, the new state law on single-family lot zoning, call the Planning Bureau at 562.570.6194 or visit the SB9 webpage

  • For building code questions on second principal dwelling units under SB 9, call the Building & Safety Bureau at 562.570.7648. 

  • For general information on building ADUs and Junior ADUs, please visit the ADU webpage

  • View local construction site guidance for COVID-19


Development Projects Map

Planning Entitlement Process

Forms & Applications

Historic Preservation

Planning Initiatives & Programs

Zoning/Permitted Uses


To apply for a business license or to get answers to questions about starting a business in Long Beach, visit the Business License page or check out the City’s new Business Portal.
First, we will need to determine the type of permit that is needed for your project. For more information on the different type of permits offered, click on one of the links below:
In accordance with State law, the Long Beach City Council adopted an ADU Ordinance to enable the construction of ADUs in many residential zones within the City. To begin, you will need to determine if your property qualifies for an ADU. For more information about ADUs and the permitting process for these projects, visit the ADU webpage.
Before getting started on a project, talk with our Planning staff to find out what planning and environmental permits may be required. Call (562) 570-6194 or visit the Development Permit Center located at City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd floor.
Helpful Resources:

To find information on your zoning, please call the Planning and Zoning hotline at (562) 570-6194. You can also reference the Zoning and Land Use GIS Map. To find information on City services as well as other points of interest in Long Beach, view MapIt.

How Are We Doing?

2022 Planning Bureau Quarterly Report
  Playing an essential role in shaping the city’s future by processing historic preservation cases, conducting project approvals, assisting customers on the Bureau’s Zoning Information Line and more!


The Long Beach Housing Dashboards are now available! Explore the Building Permits 2014-2020 Dashboard below to track the City’s progress in meeting the current Housing Element targets. For a detailed breakdown of housing development since 2019 visit the Annual Housing Production Dashboard.