Development Services


Thoughtful and effective planning enables a city to grow responsibly while providing the community with a variety of opportunities to live, work, and enjoy an environment. Good planning plays a vital role in shaping the future of Long Beach by providing the perfect balance of new development, community preservation, essential services, and economic growth.  

The Development Services Planning Team ensures that all developments in the City, both big and small, are smart, safe, and make the best sense for the community. Our team works with the Mayor and City Council, various City departments, developers, engineers, design professionals, neighborhood groups, residents, and business owners to create more safe and livable neighborhoods. We work to ensure that our roads can accommodate traffic flows, that open spaces are encouraged and neighborhoods have adequate parks and playgrounds, that residents can find good jobs close to home, and that everyone has a chance to live in a safe, high-quality, and affordable place.

As the needs of the diverse Long Beach population continue to grow and change, Development Services is committed to working with the community to ensure that the Long Beach of tomorrow is the best that it can be. With projects such as the Long Beach 2040 update, we are always looking toward the future while still honoring the City’s past. The Planning Team looks forward to working with you on your next project and bringing your vision to fruition.

Please be advised that all Planning applications, forms, and other documents for submission should be mailed or delivered to the new City Hall address at 411 W. Ocean Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802. 


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Zoning/Permitted Uses


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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:
Planning Permit 
Online Permitting 
Building Permitting
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:

Restaurant Permitting Guidelines Brochure
Retail Permitting Guidelines Brochure
Office Permitting Guidelines Brochure

Forms and Applications
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.