Development Services

Welcome to the Long Beach Development Services Department

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Our team offers a variety of programs and services related to planning, building and safety, code enforcement, affordable housing, neighborhood improvement and historic preservation to help create and maintain more safe, sustainable and livable neighborhoods. We are committed to providing an exceptional customer experience for residents, property and business owners, builders, investors and visitors alike and is available to provide guidance about our services to ensure the success of your project. 

To help balance the City’s budget during this economic downturn, Development Services will be closed on alternating Fridays for staff furloughs (unpaid time off). During these furlough days, our Department's regular services, including inspections, will be unavailable. To see a schedule of impacted service days, visit


Due to COVID-19, City Hall, including the Development Permit Center and Neighborhood Resource Center, remains closed to the public until further notice.

The Development Services Department will be continuing modified operations via phone, email, and online. Please visit the following Bureau pages for more details on how to access our services and support:

  • Building & Safety Bureau Plan pickups, plan submittals, permit issuances, and inspection services. NOTE:  The Bureau is experiencing longer than usual processing times and we do anticipate delays.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Contact 562-570-PMIT (7648)
  • Code Enforcement Bureau Abatement issues, dangerous conditions, exterior inspections, health & safety situations. Contact: 562-570-CODE (2633)
  • Planning Bureau Project updates, plan checks, entitlements, and public noticing. Contact: 562-570-6194 

View Emergency Rental Assistance Program
View Local Construction Site Guidance for COVID-19
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View our video below for important operational updates for homeowners, business owners, contractors, and developers.

STAY INFORMED - Program & Service Updates


Zoning Administrator Hearing

Mon, Oct 26, 2020
411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor Conference Room (The Beach)
2:00 PM
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Cultural Heritage Commission Meeting

Tue, Oct 27, 2020
411 W. Ocean Blvd., City Hall Civic Chamber
5:00 PM
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Planning Commission Meeting

Thu, Nov 05, 2020
333 W. Ocean Blvd., Council Chamber
5:00 PM
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Community Events

From neighborhood cleanups to resource fairs, we have you covered! Be sure to join us for one of our next informational, family-friendly, and fun community events.
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How We're Doing

Building a Better Long Beach — 2020 Quarterly Reports on Key Service Metrics 

Building & Safety Bureau
Staff for the Bureau -- which works to ensure that buildings are safe, sustainable and structurally sound -- responded to 8,338 phone calls for plan checks and completed reviews of 618 projects.  A total of 1,507 permits were issued and 10,825 residential &commercial inspections were conducted.
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Code Enforcement Bureau
Working to maintain and improve the quality of life of neighborhoods and community corridors, the Bureau received a total of 3,101 complaints, ranging from property maintenance issues to illegal garage conversions. The fines and fees that were billed for these various violations totaled $85,424.
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Housing & Neighborhood Services Bureau
Tasked with helping create a more livable and sustainable community, Bureau staff conducted 98 property outreach activities by during the quarter along with 30 improvements activities that were completed for residential and non-residential projects.
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Planning Bureau
The Bureau, which plays an essential role in shaping the City’s future, saw 101 historic preservation cases processed and completed, 30 project reviews conducted, and 4,130 customers assisted on the Bureau’s Zoning Information Line.
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Long Beach Housing Dashboards

    The Long Beach Housing Dashboards are now available! To track the City’s progress in meeting the current Housing Element targets, visit the Building Permits 2014-2019 Dashboard:

For a detailed breakdown of housing development in 2019, visit the Annual Housing Production Dashboard: