Development Services

Building & Safety

Our team of building safety experts works to ensure the safety of our residents and businesses by making sure that buildings are in compliance with State and local building codes while also ensuring that energy efficiency and sustainability are incorporated to advance the future of our City.


MODIFIED OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 and the partial 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.


IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS FOR EXPRESS PERMITS

Limited in-person service at the City Hall 2nd Floor Permit Center by appointment only is now available. The service is only for Express Permits (minor construction projects). See Information Bulletin IB-058 Express Permit Service for a list of minor construction projects that qualify for this service.

Those with appointments entering City Hall must wear face coverings and meet other COVID-19 safety guidelines. Walk-ins without appointments will not be allowed.

Express Permit Process - Schedule an Appointment

Permit Application Information

The Development Permit Center is accepting construction permit applications for construction projects.

SELECT METHOD TO APPLY FOR EXPRESS PERMIT

Express permit applications can be applied online or in person. Directions are as follows:

  • Apply Online

    Email the completed permit application, along with any required permittee documents that may apply to your project, to: DV-BuildingSafety@longbeach.gov.

    Ensure the subject heading of the email reads “EXPRESS PERMIT” followed by the project address (e.g., “EXPRESS PERMIT: 411 W OCEAN BLVD”).

    Check for a follow up email that provide notification regarding the amount of permit fees that is due to complete the permit issuance process. Refer to the current response and processing times to process the express permit application.

    Upon fee payment, a confirmation email will be sent that include the permit receipt. Please follow the instruction on how to schedule an inspection. Upon first inspection, the inspection staff will provide you with a job inspection card at the project site.

    Please be sure to follow the instructions below and email the following completed applications and forms.

  • Apply In Person

    Limited appointments are available Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. In order to better serve our customers, we are limiting the number of appointments scheduled per applicant. For each appointment scheduled, a limit of two projects will be processed.

    To better service your express permit issuance appointment, your project must qualify as an Express Permit. See Information Bulletin IB-058 Express Permit Service for a list of minor construction projects that qualify for this service.

    Please be sure to follow the instruction below and bring the following completed applications and forms to your appointment.

INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPLETE APPLICATIONS AND FORMS

  1. Complete and sign one or more of the following construction permit application(s):
  2. Complete and sign the related permittee documents:

The Development Permit Center is accepting email applications and construction documents for construction projects that need a plan check.

A completed consolidated 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 APP-001 Consolidated 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.

Applicants who receive email/phone notices regarding their plans have the option to schedule an appointment to pick them up in person in front of the main lobby area of City Hall.

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.

Current Response & Processing Times

The following is our anticipated general schedule to notify applicants and process their various types of service requests:

PERMIT, FEE, AND OTHERS

  • Express Permits (such as roofing or electrical panel changeout): 3 to 6 weeks
  • Project Submittal Intake: 4 to 5 weeks
  • Project Fee Collection: 1 to 2 business days
  • Permit Ready to Issuance (RTI): 4 to 8 weeks
  • General Inquiries: 2 to 3 weeks

PLAN CHECK

  • Building Plan Check: 8 to 11 weeks
  • Fire Plan Check: 3 to 5 weeks
  • Planning Plan Check: 2 to 6 weeks
  • Electric Plan Check: 2 to 3 weeks
  • Plumbing Plan Check: 2 to 3 weeks
  • Mechanical Plan Check: 2 to 3 weeks

INSPECTION

  • Inspection Request: 1 to 2 business days

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

SERVICES AND RESOURCES

Permit Center

Plan Review

Inspections

Information Bulletins

Fee Schedule

Construction Code Standards

HOW DO I?

To check the status of your building permit, you may search the City’s Permit Status or contact the Development Permit Center at (562) 570-5237.
The Building and Safety Bureau works to safeguard public health, safety, and property through the plan check, permit, and inspection processes. To find out if a permit is needed for your building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical project, go to the Do I need a permit? page or contact us at (562) 570 (5237). 
A permit is not required for any type of fence under four feet in height above grade pursuant to Section 18.04.020 of the Long Beach Municipal Code. Please note that even though a permit may not be required, all fences must comply with the requirements of the Long Beach zoning regulation

More information on constructing or installing fences and walls.

Building permit fees are calculated based on the valuation of a project. For information on how permit fees are accessed, refer to Section 18.06.010 of the Long Beach Municipal Code.
Development Services Fee Schedule.

A grading permit shall be obtained from the City’s Building Official for any grading work, except as specified in the following cases:

  • Grading in an isolated, self-contained area, provided there is no danger to the public, and that such grading will not adversely affect adjoining properties.
  • An excavation below finished grade for basements and footings of a building, retaining wall, or other structure authorized by a valid building permit.
  • Cemetery graves.
  • Refuse disposal sites controlled by other regulations.
  • Excavation for wells or tunnels or utilities which do not provide vertical or lateral support for buildings, or adversely impact the safety or stability of private or public properties.
  • Mining, quarrying, excavating, processing or stockpiling rock, sand, gravel, aggregate or clay controlled by other regulations, provided such operations do not affect the lateral support of, or significantly increase stresses in, soil on adjoining properties.
  • Exploratory excavations performed under the direction of a registered design professional.
  • An excavation which is less than two feet in depth, or does not create a cut slope greater than five feet in height and steeper than a 50% slope. This exception shall not apply to cut which exceeds 50 cubic yards or which changes the existing drainage pattern.
  • A fill less than one foot in depth and placed on natural terrain with a slope flatter than 10%. This exception shall not apply when the fill exceeds 50 cubic yards or when the fill changes the existing drainage pattern.
  • Excavation for caissons or piles under buildings or structures, swimming pools, or underground structures that are authorized by valid building permits.

A permit is valid for two years from the date issued, provided that any permit shall expire after 180 days from the the date of issuance if the work has not commenced, or when the City’s Building Official determines the work authorized by any permit has been suspended, discontinued or abandoned for a continuous period of 180 days.

Plan check applications expire 12 months after the plan check fees are paid, pursuant to Section 18.05.060 of the Long Beach Municipal Code.

A
 Plan Check Extension Form, can be filed to extend a permit application within 30 days of its expiration. Applicants must provide sufficient evidence that circumstances beyond their control prevented action to secure the permit within the allotted time and submit a filing fee of $241.55 in person at the Development Permit Center.

Financial hardship, contracting issues with design professionals or contractors, or seasonal weather conditions are typically not adequate reasons for the granting of an extension. 
To request copies of building permits for your property, you may search the City’s Building Permit Records, or contact the Development Permit Center at (562) 570-5237.
In a post-disaster situation, Building and Safety's Disaster Assessment staff is responsible for evaluating buildings and businesses for safety, serviceability, and occupancy.

Learn more about emergency preparedness.

HOW WE'RE DOING

2021 Building & Safety Bureau Quarterly Report
       
Working hard to ensure that buildings are safe, sustainable and structurally sound — Bureau staff responded to 10,485 phone calls for plan checks and completed reviews of 1,052 projects.  A total of 1,886 permits were issued and 9,982 residential & commercial inspections were conducted.