Known as the ‘Media Capital of the World’, the entertainment industry has significantly contributed to the fast growing economy of Burbank. Many entertainment companies including Warner Bros, Walt Disney, ABC and NBC Universal have headquarters and facilities located here; thus presenting tons of employment opportunities to job seekers.

With so many job seekers relocating to Burbank, the demand for residential developments is also on the rise. If you’re thinking of investing in and building a residential development in Burbank, then now is the best time.

However, before you get started, it is advisable to contact the Community Development Department. This department is made of five divisions: the administration, building, planning, transportation and housing & economic development. The mission of this department is to maintain well-planned residential and commercial neighborhoods, strive for economic vitality, and ensure safe developments.

The Community Development Department officials can provide you quality information on the land use, zoning and construction planning regulations of the city; and more importantly, the permits needed before you start your construction work. So, first schedule an appointment with the official via phone on 1-818-238-5176. The municipality address is 150 N 3rd St#242, Burbank, CA.

If you wish to have an experienced structural & civil engineer in the City of Burbank discuss your project with the Development Department officials, then contact the Eden Group. We have years of experience in developing residential and commercial projects. We have worked on several development projects with the Community Development Department of the City of Burbank so we know their permit requirements and how they work.

Our team of structural engineers can meet the Development Department team and streamline your construction work, ensuring that it is started and completed on time and within budget.



Building in the City of Burbank :


The community’s structural, environmental, and economic development is governed by land use and development rules, guidelines, and regulatory documents in the City of Burbank. Following consultation with the local community and appointed and elected officials, the City Council adopts these documents.

  • General Plan 
  •  Specific and Master Plans 
  • The Zoning Code

The Burbank General Plan, which serves as the City’s “blueprint” for land use goals and policies, impacts many different areas, including housing, mobility and traffic flow, parks and recreation, resource conservation, and public safety. Burbank anticipates and prepares for community change. It should be regularly updated to be meaningful and pertinent in light of the community’s present situation while keeping an eye on the future. The list of components is below.

  1. Air Quality and Climate Change Element
  2. Land Use Element
  3. Mobility Element
  4. Noise Element
  5. Open Space and Conservation Element
  6. Safety Element

Specific Plans are legal documents that outline the development guidelines and land use regulations for particular parts of the City. A specific plan may safeguard and maintain an area’s unique characteristics, support economic growth and redevelopment, coordinate infrastructure or improvement projects, or combine these things. You can find The Media District Specific or The Burbank Center Plan on the knowledge center.

Master Plans are unique zoning regulations created by the City to preserve and improve essential neighborhoods. They are primarily concerned with land uses and development/design criteria.

The Zoning Code shall consist of property use regulations implemented to enhance the public health, safety, peace, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and welfare of the City and its residents.

No ordinance that modifies a property’s Zone Map designation may be adopted unless it is under the General Plan, its components, and any applicable specific plans that the Council has approved.

The Zoning Code’s primary goal is to:

  1. Provide a clear roadmap for the City’s physical growth to gradually achieve the configuration of land uses shown in the General Plan.
  2. Encourage the continuity of current land uses that adhere to the General Plan and safeguard them from disruptive influences and detrimental incursions.
  3. Encourage peaceful, practical, and workable relationships between different land use.
  4. Ensure that public and private land use is determined by what is most suitable and advantageous for the City.
  5. Prevent overloading of the land with constructions and high population densities.
  6. Encourage the development of a reliable traffic management strategy.
  7. Encourage the development of sufficient off-street parking and off-street loading facilities.
  8. Assist in determining where institutions and facilities for the community should be located.
  9. Prevent the development and emergence of airport risks and eliminate, remove, alter, and mitigate already-existing airport hazards.
  10. Preserve and raise the value of the real estate.
  11. Maintain and enhance the City’s attractiveness.


City of Burbank – Planning Department:

The Planning Department offers policy recommendations concerning the long-term expansion of the neighborhood and guides growth through the permit review process to implement the City’s adopted land use plans, regulations, and codes.

All electric services provided by the department will be found in the knowledge center.


City of Burbank – Building and Safety Department:

You can apply for or pay a building permit, report a code violation, schedule a building inspection, or consult with the Plan Check staff about plans that don’t need zoning review in Burbank’s Building and Safety Division. The Knowledge Center offers further details about these services. 

 Building permits are necessary for new construction, additions, remodels, and other changes. This covers mechanical, plumbing, and electrical repairs and maintenance. Customers can send applications for building permits via e-mail for evaluation and processing.

Permits are separated into two categories:

Tier 1 permits are available typically over-the-counter for work of the repair and maintenance nature. Examples include replacing the roof, the electrical system, the indoor water supply, and the HVAC system.

Tier 2 permits need zoning and/or plan check authorization. Examples include new homes, constructions, additions, alterations, commercial tenant improvements, and accessory dwelling units (ADU).

The City of Burbank has adopted the California Building Standards Code with a few additions, deletions, and alterations.

The City of Burbank established a voluntary program to renovate residential structures made of non-ductile concrete.

According to the IEBC, these regulations include existing structures with concrete floors or roofs supported by reinforced concrete walls, concrete frames, or concrete columns. Those structures that have “flexible” roof diaphragms are excluded from this ordinance.

Existing structures that were built following the seismic requirements of the following building codes (or later versions) are considered to comply with these requirements and do not need seismic retrofitting:

  • 1993 BOCA National Building Code
  • 1994 Standard Building Code 
  • 1976 Uniform Building Code
  • 2000 International Building Code


City of Burbank – Public Works Department:

The following divisions of the Department of Public Works are included to uphold the City’s high standards and high caliber:

The Engineering Division plans and executes capital improvement projects and issues different licenses for work in the public right-of-way, including permits for excavation, roadway usage, water discharge, accessory dwelling units, and significant development projects.

The Solid Waste Division and Recycle Center service single-family residences, multi-family residences, and the City’s commercial/industrial refuse customers.

The Fleet and Building Maintenance Division maintain and repair a wide variety of conventional and alternative-fueled machinery. All City-owned facilities, including the Construction, Carpentry, Paint, and Maintenance Shops, are also maintained, repaired, and improved by them.

The Traffic Division ensures people’s safe and efficient movement in the City.

The Street Maintenance Division is in charge of preserving concrete and asphalt enhancements inside the City’s street and alleyway, landscaping, street sweeping, and more.

The Water Reclamation and Sewer Division is responsible for operating, maintaining, and constructing capital improvements on the City’s sewer system.

General Area Summary: 

Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, located 12 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles at the southernmost tip of the San Fernando Valley. Thanks to the numerous media and entertainment enterprises that have made Burbank their home, it is regarded as the “media capital of the world.”. Burbank is home to over 108,000 residents. Many people think about relocating to Burbank because of the environment, quality of life, and employment options.

Contact Information:

The community development section may be found at 150 N. Third Street, Burbank, CA 91502. On Monday through Friday, they are open from 8:00 am to 12 pm, and on. You can call them at (818) 238-5250 or contact them via their E-mail at planning@burbankca.gov