Located on the east of the San Gabriel River, Azusa is a scenic and culturally diverse city. The Community Development Department of Azusa with its Planning Division is dedicated to building, maintaining livable communities, and strong neighborhoods that promise a high quality of life. The Planning Division is undoubtedly a vital part of the City’s Development Team. It continues to assist and guide new developers in the city about land use and permits.

If you’re planning to build or remodel a residential project in Azusa, schedule your appointment with the Planning Division official by calling on 626-812-5226. The Planning Department is located in the West Wing of the City Hall. Its address is 213 E Foothill Blvd. For more information you can also visit their website which is located on the right hand side of this page.

To ensure you make the most of the meeting with the official, allow our skilled civil & structural engineers in the City of Azusa to conduct it for you. We have a team of experienced engineers who can help convey all your project needs to the Planning Department officials and get all the relevant answers to your project-related problems.

The Eden Group has worked on several residential and commercial projects in Azusa. We have helped developers acquire permits, and leverage a variety of services offered by the Planning Division.



Building in the City of Azusa :

The Development Code defines different kinds of zoning districts, land use classifications, land use laws, development standards, and performance standards. The Development Code’s objectives are to implement the detailed General Plan’s policies and safeguard and advance the public’s health, safety, and general welfare.

The general plan serves as a guide to help current and future citizens, developers, and city employees assess the potential and changing character of each Neighborhood.

The basic building block of town planning is the Neighborhood. It is a small, urbanized region with various human activities within walking distance of every family. A neighborhood standing alone is a hamlet or village. A town is made up of several neighborhoods.

You can find the zoning map in the Knowledge Center.

The Housing Element outlines objectives, regulations, and measures that communicate community housing aspirations while also assisting the City in planning for the housing requirements of all demographic segments.

The housing element must cover the following subjects:

  • A study of the demographic and housing characteristics and trends in the City, including the percentage of residents who live in overcrowded housing, the number of people who pay more for their homes than they can sustainably afford, the number of people who have special housing needs, and the number of affordable units that are in danger of going up for sale.
  • An examination of the market, governmental, and environmental barriers to addressing the housing requirements of the City
  • An assessment of the resources available to address Azusa’s “fair share” of regional housing 
  • An assessment of the progress made in implementing the Housing Element’s earlier initiatives
  • A housing plan that outlines the objectives, guidelines, and initiatives the City will implement to support the creation of housing for various income and special needs groups, guarantee equitable housing opportunities, and maintain and upgrade the current housing stock.

A building permit is necessary when a building or structure is being built, expanded, repaired, moved, upgraded, transformed, or demolished.

The following don’t require a building permit:

  • One tale As long as the estimated floor space doesn’t exceed 120 square feet, detached ancillary buildings used as playhouses, tool sheds, and other similar purposes may be constructed.
  • Fences no higher than 7.’
  • Moving cabinets, counters, and dividers no taller than 5′ 9″.
  • When measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, retaining walls cannot exceed 4′ in height unless they sustain a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or III.
  • If the water tank’s capacity is less than 5,000 gallons and its height-to-diameter or width ratio is less than 2:1, it can be supported directly on grade.
  • Platforms walk and driveways not more than 30″ above grade and not over any basement of the story below.
  • Finish tasks such as painting and papering.
  • Awnings on windows in private homes or private garages supported by outside walls aren’t more than 54.”
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that are a part of a private residence and whose capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons must have all of their walls above grade.


City of Azusa – Planning Department:

The Planning Division serves as the City’s point of contact for all zoning-related issues with citizens, property owners, companies, and developers. The Division is in charge of the City’s current and long-term planning, historic preservation, and public art. The Division puts into practice the principles, goals, and objectives outlined in the General Plan, Development Code, Specific Plans, and other Long Range Plans to enhance the quality of life for all who reside, work, and shop in the City. 

The Planning Division is responsible for a variety of services. Some of those services include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Residential Projects

  • Review room additions
  • Review patio/accessory structures 
  • Review small and large housing development projects

Commercial & Industrial Projects

  • Review Sign plans and other entitlements
  • Review façade improvements – including painting 
  • Review small and large new commercial and industrial projects

New Businesses

  • Review proposed land use and business hours
  • Provide zoning clearance and approve Business License

Local governments utilize a Specific Plan as a regulatory tool to carry out the General Plan and direct development in a specific area. The City of Azusa General Plan serves as the community’s primary plan for growth and development. Still, the Specific Plan can concentrate on a particular area’s particulars.

You can find the Specific Plan in the Knowledge Center.


City of Azusa – Building Department:

The Building Division regulates the construction and availability of all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings to ensure structural, life, fire, and health safety. These are only a few of the services available, but there are more as well:

  • Examines every proposed construction project, including alterations and additions to already-existing structures.
  • Inspects all new buildings, adjustments to the structure, additions, and demolitions.
  • Issues permit for construction, destruction, and plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work.

The current adopted codes are:

California Building Code

California Electrical Code

California Energy Code

California Mechanical Code

California Plumbing Code

The International Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code

County of Los Angeles Fire Code


City of Azusa – Public Works Department:

Azusa Public Works is in charge of preserving and enhancing the City’s public properties and infrastructure. There are sections within the Department of Public Works that deal with public buildings, sanitation, utilities, parks, and roadways. They are also in charge of providing engineering services and fleet maintenance.


General Area Summary: 

Azusa is a city in the San Gabriel Valley, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County, located 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The population of Azusa is over 50,700. Azusa is renowned for its dining establishments and shopping districts as well. Azusa hosts numerous annual celebrations and events, including the Fiesta and Craft Beer Festival and the free Summer Concert Series.


Contact Information:

You can find the Azusa community center at 213 E. Foothill Blvd.

Azusa, CA 91702