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CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS

Situated in the heart of LA County, the City of Beverly Hills is strictly a neighborhood of homes and shops with a population of approximately 34,000 residents. The mix of housing types in Bev-erly Hills can be best described as single family detached and attached homes, and multi-family dwellings like apartments and condominiums. The city is gradually developing and since 2010, has experienced a three percent increase in its housing stock.

All the new project constructions and remodeling of condos and apartments; and structural plans are regulated by the Community Development Department and the officials from the City’s Plan-ning Division within the Department are available for assistance of all project owners. Here’s the link to their public works or planning department .

The planning department is located at the City Hall 455N, Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. If you have any questions related to your property planning or construction needs, you can contact them via phone on 310-285-1141 to schedule an appointment or you can have one of our experienced engineers meet with a member of the Planning Division and discuss your project needs. We have been serving residents of the City of Beverly Hills for more than 33 years and have worked cohesively on several residential projects within the city.

You can meet the Planning Division officials any time between 7:30am-5:30pm from Monday to Thursday and between 8:00am-5:00pm on Friday. Their offices are closed on the weekend and public holidays. However, if it is impossible for you to take out time from your tight schedule and meet the Planning Division official in person, then allow us, The Eden Group, to help you.

Schedule an appointment with our professional at the time that is most convenient to you to discuss your project development needs and goals. We’ll work with you and the Planning Divi-sion team closely and provide you with quality support and assistance every step of your project, including but not limited to, housing programs, construction permits, grading plan, hydrology plan, drainage plan, planning reviews and public works pre-inspection requests. We offer you personal attention, detailed information and timely responses. And that’s a promise!

 

Building in the City of Beverly Hills:

When you start a residential project, you should follow the zoning code when building or renovating a residential project. The Zoning Code of the City, commonly referred to as the “Zoning Ordinance,” implements the general plan by defining the permitted uses and standards for development and design for each property within the City. The City’s Zoning Code establishes specific development requirements and guidelines. The Zoning Map in the knowledge center on the page illustrates what can be built and how properties can be utilized. There are specific guidelines for what kinds of structures can be built, as well as details on how tall buildings can be, how close they can be to property lines, how many buildings can be built on a single property, how much parking must be available on the property for specific uses, and all other aspects in the process of building a property.

Additionally, the City’s zoning code specifies what can be constructed on single-family homes. The City is separated into three distinct regions: the Hillside Area, the Trousdale Estates Area, and the Central Area. Each of these districts has various rules concerning single-family homes. The Beverly Hills Zoning Code regulates multi-family residential development in the City. Please see the Multi-Family Development Guidelines in the knowledge center for more details on the development standards. The following zones are multi-family residential: R-4, R-4X1, R-4X2, and R-3. Please visit the Beverly Hills GIS in the Knowledge Center if you are still determining whether your property is designated for multi-family residential construction.

Like residential projects, the first step to establishing commercial projects is understanding the zoning. Zoning designations for commercial properties are either C-3 or C-5. Within the Business Triangle and along significant boulevards, there are C-3 zones. The industrial sector with the C-5 zoning designation is often found east of City Hall and south of Santa Monica Boulevard. The City provides rules for businesses that should be complied with, such as Open-Air Dining. Please see Article 27 of the Zoning Code for general rules regarding construction in a business zone. You will find information on floor area maximums, height limits, and more. Special construction permits are required before the construction or alteration of any structure in the City.

Before starting any new building project, a preconstruction meeting is recommended. For residential and commercial projects that are expected to affect the neighborhood, preconstruction discussions are productive and help you understand a project’s requirements early on.

If you are planning to conduct construction operations within the public right-of-way, such as blocking sidewalks, heavy parking equipment on streets, placing materials in alleys, and any traffic obstruction, then you are required to pull a right-of-way use permit. Additionally, construction or delivery vehicles cannot block a construction site’s entry.

No Construction activities are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays and the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day & Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • Yom Kippur.

 

How can our team help you?:

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. We have approved a variety of projects, including:

  1. We have permitted and completed the construction of a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) for an existing single-family residential project of 2,500 square feet. This project included preparing design drawings, block studies, and structural plans.
  2. We approved a street improvement plan for Canon 257, including grading and drainage. The Canon 257 project is in the heart of Beverly Hills with other magnificent and luxurious Commercial buildings that draw tourists from all over the world in search of a glamorous shopping experience. Our team provided civil engineering and coordination services for this 48,000-square-foot mixed-use building which consists of retail space on the ground level and two floors of offices above. We worked closely with Pankow to coordinate grading activities since the basement-level garage was adjacent to their project at the Montage hotel. Our team also created roadway enhancement designs that suggested installing walkways and driveway apron approaches to the underground garage. The proposed new services to the building and rerouting of some existing components were coordinated with utility firms.
  3. We approved a 7,000-square-foot single-family home remodel on 921 Foothill Rd, Beverly Hills, CA90210.

 

City of Beverly Hills – Planning Department:

To provide a good quality of life for all community residents, the Planning Division of the Community Development Department is dedicated to directing the growth and maintenance of the built environment in the City of Beverly Hills.

 

City of Beverly Hills – The Development Services Program:

The Development Services Program (DSP) offers guidance and support concerning plan assessment, permitting, building inspections, and adherence to federal, state, and municipal development regulations.

The City of Beverly Hills uses the following codes. However, they are not limited to these:

  • 2019 California Building Code
  • 2019 California Residential Code
  • 2019 California Green Building Standards Code
  • 2019 California Existing Building Code
  • 2019 California Mechanical Code
  • 2019 California Electrical Code
  • 2019 California Plumbing Code
  • 2019 California Energy Code
  • 2019 California Historical Building Code
  • 2019 California Fire Code

Building permits and plan reviews are necessary for internal and external upgrades, structural adjustments, new construction, general repairs, and demolition. Both in-person and online electronic plan reviews are accepted.

The following plans are required for a building plan review:

  1. Architectural Plans 
  2. Structural Plans 
  3. Demolition Plans
  4.  Grading / Shoring Plans 
  5. Green Building Plans 
  6. Energy Plans

 

 

City of Beverly Hills – Public Works Department:

The Public Works Department’s goal is to offer top-notch public works services for everyone who visits Beverly Hills by preserving and improving the City’s infrastructure. The department provides the following services to strengthen the infrastructure: sidewalks, streets, stormwater systems, city facilities, parks, and trees. The department also provides wastewater removal, fresh water, garbage and recycling collection, parking at City facilities, and metered parking. To ensure that the City’s infrastructure is secure for citizens and guests, the department maintains an engineering division. One of the services the department serves is the water will-serve request for the City to supply your property with water within the conditions.

 

General Area Summary: 

 

Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of about 32,400 and is surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. The City is home to many famous people, luxurious hotels, and the Rodeo Drive shopping district. Even though Beverly Hills is packed with tourists throughout the day, longstanding locals find the neighborhood to be quiet, relaxed, and family-friendly. The City stands out because it provides both an urban and a laid-back suburban feel. Beverly Hills’ public schools are highly rated.

 

Contact Information:

The community development section may be found at 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210, on the first floor. On Monday through Thursday, they are open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Friday, they are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-in services are available from Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 10:00 am since afternoon and Friday counter services require an appointment. You can call them at (310) 285-1141.