Development Services

Plan Review Services

Plan review is an important part of building construction and alteration – it is the first step in ensuring that all buildings, additions, and alterations are constructed properly and safely and meet the California Building Code requirements.

Every permit application for a new building, structure or addition must be accompanied by a site/plot plan, drawn to appropriate scale on a form provided by the Development Permit Center. Any application requesting a zoning or subdivision action also requires the submittal of plans. 


  • Plans must be at least 18 inches x 24 inches in size.
  • Drawings must be to on a scale of ¼ inch per foot.
  • Plans must clearly indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed.
  • Plans must show in detail compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and codes.
Learn more about plan review requirements.
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Development Permit Center will begin accepting construction documents for minor or small scale projects in PDF format (less than 75 MB). A completed permit application along with the construction documents can be emailed to For relevant details and instructions regarding submittals, visit the Minor Project Plan Check Service page.

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, the Development Permit Center will begin accepting electronic construction documents for moderate to medium size projects in flattened PDF format (less than 5 GB). A completed permit application along with the electronic construction documents in flattened PDF format can be uploaded to the City’s Electronic Plan (E-Plan) Check system.  For instruction on how to upload projects, please contact staff at 562.570.7086 or For relevant details and instructions regarding submittals, visit the Electronic Plan Service page.

The City of Long Beach Building Standards Code was first enacted in 1923.

More information on the City's Building Standards Code, specific sections, and other helpful resources may be found at the link above.

The Following Plans May Need to be Submitted for a Project:

1. Plot Plan

Every permit application for a new building, structure or addition must be accompanied by a plot plan, drawn to appropriate scale on a form provided by the Department. View
a sample of a site plan. It must be drawn to scale (typically ¼ inch per foot).

2.    Site Plan

A site plan shows the structures and proposed uses for a specific parcel of land and adjoining uses. View a sample of a site plan. It must be drawn to scale (typically ¼ inch per foot). 

Site plans must contain the following specifications:

  • Lot lines and dimensions
  • Location of existing and proposed buildings properly dimensioned from property lines
  • Location of buildings and number of stories on adjoining lots
  • Uses of adjoining lots
  • All parking and loading facilities showing dimensions of stalls, access, circulation, docks, ramps, curb cuts, and fences
  • Locations of all trash containers
  • All existing and proposed easements
  • All setback lines, properly dimensioned
  • All contiguous and adjacent properties, street, and alleys, showing centerline and both curb lines, street widths, right-of-way lines, and street names
  • Lot size, lot coverage, building area (by floor), and total floor area to lot size ratio
  • Must be to scale with north arrow

4. Floor Plan

A floor plan is a diagram that shows general room arrangements including room sizes, window sizes and types, and uses of all rooms. It must depict proposed and existing bearing walls, partitions, doors, windows, and electric and plumbing fixtures. View a sample of a floor plan. It must be drawn to scale (typically ¼ inch per foot). 

5. Elevation


An elevation is a drawing showing the exterior sides of a building. Elevations should be drawn to scale, dimensioned from roof peak and from eaves to ground and should include all sides of the building. Materials of the facade should also be specified. Photographs may be substituted for elevations for existing buildings. An outline elevation of adjacent buildings should also be submitted. View a sample of an elevation. 


5. Landscape Plan

A Landscape Plan consists of two parts:

  • Planting plan: Shows the species, sizes, and locations of all plants
  • Irrigation plan: Shows the layout of the sprinkler system and includes the sizes of pipes and spacing of sprinkler heads

Submitting Plans

The number of copies required depends on the type of application submitted. Information regarding the number of copies and combination of plans required for each application can be obtained from the Development Permit Center, located at Long Beach City Hall on the second floor. You can also contact our Bureau by calling us at (562) 570-5237 during our office hours.

Additional Specs

Upon further review of the submitted drawings and calculations, additional items may be required for the building plan check, such as:

  • Roof Plan 
    A site plan drawn to scale (typically ¼ inch per foot) depicting the roof pitch, roofing material, drainage pattern, eave overhang, and gutters
  • Foundation Plan 
    A plan drawn to scale depicting proposed continuous and pad footings, and the size and location of anchor bolts and hold downs
  • Framing Plan 
    A plan drawn to scale depicting the size and spacing of proposed roof rafters, ceiling joists, floor joists, beams, columns, and shear walls
  • Exterior Elevations  
    A plan drawn to scale depicting exterior wall finish, finish floor elevations, plate heights, and adjacent grade elevations
  • Cross Section
    A plan drawn to scale depicting the full height and width of the building with cross references to framing and foundation details
  • Schedules  
    A specification of the size and type of all doors, windows, roof and floor diaphragms, and shear walls
  • Details  
    All details should be cross-referenced on the plans.
  • General Notes and Material Specifications  
    Notes and material specifications must be provided on the plans.
  • Title 24 Energy 
    Indicate prescriptive compliance or provide performance calculations along with CF-1R and MF1-R forms.
  • Title 24 Accessibility  
    Show compliance with the State disabled access requirements.
  • Structural Calculations 
    Provide lateral and vertical calculations, signed and sealed by a licensed architect, or an engineer (civil or structural).
  • Soil Report  
    Provide two sets of geotechnical reports for the project.
  • Stormwater Management Program  
    Show on the plan, NPDES and SUSMP requirements, as applicable.

Truong Huynh, P.E., C.B.O. - General Superintendent of Development Services, (562) 570-6921

Philip Yin - Senior Structural Engineer, (562) 570-6731

Wendy Goetz - Fire Marshal, (562) 570-6148