Alhambra is a small city situated west of the San Gabriel Valley in LA County, California. Over the years, the city has developed dramatically, featuring several desirable neighborhoods and commercial projects. The increase in the development of both residential and commercial projects in and across Alhambra can be credited to the City’s Planning Division.

Alhambra’s Planning Division Department continues to work actively in maintaining the city’s land development and land use standards. Its staff works closely with homeowners and contractors to streamline the permit process and project construction work.

Alhambra’s Planning Commission staff comprises of 10 residents appointed by the City Council who are responsible for helping homeowners in identifying planning related challenges and opportunities, reviewing project plans and zoning changes. If you’re interested in meeting the Planning Commission team to discuss your project needs give them a call on 626-570-5034. The municipality’s address is City Hall, 111 S.First.St, Alhambra, CA, 91801. The Planning Division Counter Hours are 8 am to 10 am and 3pm to Spm, Monday to Friday.

Since development projects involve technicalities, it is advisable to hire an expert planner to lead project-related discussions. You can have one of our professionals meet the Planning Commission team to discuss your project needs. Grading plans, street improvement plans, hydrology plans and shoring plans are examples of plans that need a permit through the planning division.

The Eden Group has years of experience working with City Planning Division Officials. Our skilled and experienced engineers can help lead your project and ensure a smooth running development. To ensure your project stats and ends in your pre-defined time frame, it is crucial that you conform to the City’s Zoning laws and resolve all planning issues beforehand.


Building in the City of Alhambra

The zoning code aims to identify, regulate, and govern the location and use of buildings and land for residential, commercial, and industrial services, as well as to limit the size, height, and the number of stories that buildings and other structures can have.

Additionally, these rules are thought to be necessary to promote the best possible use of land, preserve and stabilize the value of real estate, and provide enough open space for light and air, all in accordance with the comprehensive zoning plan and in a way that is orderly and consistent with the objectives of the City’s General Plan.

The “Official City Zoning Map” may be accessed in the Knowledge Center and shows the location boundaries of the numerous zones that have been developed and adopted.

The following rules must be followed before land or buildings can be utilized or altered:

  •  No building or structure may be built, and none that already exists may be relocated, changed, or expanded for any reason or in any way that isn’t allowed by the code.
  •  No new building or structure may be constructed, nor may any existing building or structure be moved, rebuilt, or structurally altered to exceed the height restriction set by the code.
  • To comply with this code’s requirements, no yard or an open area adjacent to any building shall be construed as providing a yard or open space for any other building or structure.

Most residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects require building plans and permits, whether new, added, remodeled, or altered on private property.

You need permits for the following kinds of work:

  • New construction and room additions, exterior stucco, interior renovation, roofing, structural repairs, pools and spas, enclosure of a patio, window replacements, and any structural work are all examples of building construction and remodeling.
  • Electrical: The installation, rewiring, rebuilding, or repair of electrical systems
  • Mechanical: The installation, modification, reconstruction, or repair of ductwork, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, or refrigeration equipment.
  • Plumbing includes installing new or replacement pipelines, fixtures, devices, and pool equipment.
  • Sandblasting
  • Installation of signs
  • Solar
  • Expedited Solar Photovoltaic Permitting for One and Two-Family Dwellings application
  • Equipment and Chargers for Electric Vehicles


How can our team help you?

Development projects entail many technical components that may be too much for one person to handle. It is advisable to hire a professional consultant to conduct project-related conversations, assist in decision-making, and help achieve the building requirements. We are a team of experts and qualified engineers with experience working on numerous projects in the City and dealing with city departments and their procedures. The team is experienced in all aspects of civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction management. Engineering services include Grading and Drainage Plans, Erosion Control, Stormwater Management, Structural Plans and Calculations, and Shoring Design.


City of Alhambra – Planning Department

The Planning Division examines every development to ensure it complies with the City’s zoning requirements, from small home additions to significant commercial and industrial projects.


The Planning Division upholds the City’s rules for land use and development. Using a simple step-by-step manual, city personnel collaborate with contractors and homeowners to speed up the permit process. To guarantee a project runs well, pre-construction coordination meetings are held with project managers and City staff members involved in the construction process.

ADUs are attached, or detached residential dwelling units built on the same parcel as a single-family or multi-family home and offer fully independent living facilities for one or more people and permanent living arrangements.

The ADU and the JADU are two different sorts of ADUs.There can be one ADU and one JADU on each residential lot.

These are the different types of ADU construction:

Detached: The component is isolated from the main building.

Attached: The unit is joined to the main building.

Converted Existing Space: Area on the property of the primary dwelling that is transformed into an independent living unit (e.g., master bedroom, attached garage, storage area, or similar purpose, or an additional structure).

Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU): A space conversion within an existing or projected single-family home.


City of Alhambra- Building and Safety Department

The City adopted the California Building Code, which establishes the minimum standards for protecting public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety of life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment as well as to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during times of crisis.


The City of Alhambra – Public Works Department

The duties of the department are:

Keep up the City’s right-of-way maintenance and beautification of the City’s urban forest.

Cut down any dangerous trees, bushes, or barriers that are in the way of traffic or on public property or the right-of-way.

Maintain a part of the landscaping next to the freeway on/off ramps in cooperation with Cal Trans.

Keep the sidewalks and roads safe.

Maintain traffic signals and street lighting.

Install, repaint, and maintain street and traffic signs.

Construction and upkeep of reliable, secure infrastructure, including maintenance of the City’s vehicles and equipment

Create a plan for the City’s upcoming transportation requirements.

Plan reviews, civil engineering, and inspection services-related administrative and managerial tasks handled.

Investigate, investigate, and evaluate traffic safety issues and flow patterns. 

Issue permits and oversees projects that affect the public right-of-way.

Work with other government organizations, such as the California Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, on important transportation planning and transit system concerns, as well as on matters related to air quality.


General Area Summary

Alhambra, a city in Los Angeles County, is about eight miles from the City’s municipal center in Downtown Los Angeles. It is situated in the western San Gabriel Valley. More than 81,200 people live in Alhambra. Alhambra is known as the “city of homes,” and many homes have historical value. 


Contact Information

The City Of Alhambra Community Department can be found at 111 South First Street. Alhambra, CA 91801, or you can call them at 626-570-5007