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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 longbeach.gov/furlough.MODIFIED OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 and the 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. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
Building Permit Application Information
The Development Permit Center is accepting email applications for those seeking simple Express Permits and other permits for construction that do not need a plan check review. Examples of simple Express projects are water heater replacements, electrical service or heating upgrades, window replacements, re-roof, etc. View the Development Permit Application
The front page of the permit application has information about the application process and instructions on how to fill it out, including details about our email submittal system, the number of required pages and specifics about when to use the following special forms/materials:
- California License Contractor’s Declaration and Owner-Builder’s Declaration (Pages 9-10)
- Owner/Builder/Contractor Permit Proxy Form (Used by owner or agency/representative in the absence of the Owner/Builder/Contractor. Pages 11-12)
- Plot Plan
A completed application, which should indicate Express Permit in the subject line, along with any required documents when requested by staff, can be emailed in PDF format (less than 75 MB) to DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.
For help on submitting your application or information about an application that was previously submitted, please contact our Permit Center staff at 562-570-PMIT (7648) or email DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR CONTRACTORS:
Contractors who are registered on the City’s Online Permitting System can continue with project submittals as before. To obtain information or questions about building permit records or status, please also visit the permit status page.
The Development Permit Center is accepting email applications and construction documents for construction projects that need a plan check.A completed 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 Development 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.
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.
Our goal is to have staff review them within 24 hours, but in some cases, it may take several days. The following is our anticipated general schedule to notify applicants and process their various types of service requests:
- Project Submittal Intake: 2 to 4 weeks
- Project Status Check and Other General Inquiries: 1 to 2 weeks
- Project Fee Collection: 3 to 5 business days
- Building Plan Check (depending on complexity, volume submitted, and type of project): 8 to 11 weeks
- Fire Plan Check (depending on complexity, volume submitted, and type of project): 5 to 7 weeks
- Planning Plan Check (depending on complexity, volume submitted, and type of project): 2 to 5 weeks
- Electric Plan Check: 5 to 7 weeks
- Plumbing Plan Check: 2 to 4 weeks
- Mechanical Plan Check: 3 to 5 weeks
- Permit Issuance: 2 to 5 weeks
- Building/Subtrade 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:
- 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).
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-LBDS (5237), or visit the Development Permit Center, City Hall, 2nd floor.
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