Building in the City of Calabasas :

The development code adopts the policies of the Calabasas General Plan by categorizing and controlling the development and uses of land and structures within the City. The adoption of this development code is intended to safeguard and advance the public welfare, including the health, security, comfort, and convenience of residents and companies. The goals of this development code are more precisely to:

  • Set guidelines for the City’s orderly growth and development that will help preserve a high standard of living while preventing excessively high construction costs and constraining private enterprise, initiative, and design innovation.
  • Encourage the uses of the land defined by the general plan and prevent conflicts between land uses to implement the Calabasas general plan.
  • Conserve and safeguard the City’s natural resources.
  • To plan for transportation, water supply, sewage, and other public amenities and utilities, establish a comprehensive and stable pattern of growth and land uses.
  • To establish restrictions that are compliant with state planning and zoning legislation.

The following are the goals of each residential zoning district:

RS (Residential, Single-Family) District. Small detached single-family houses, conventional suburban tract developments, big lot estates, and similar and related uses consistent with a tranquil, family-friendly atmosphere are all permitted in the RS zoning area.

RM (Residential, Multifamily) District. The RM zoning district is designated for multi-family housing complexes, including apartments, duplexes, condos, townhouses, small detached single-family homes, and other similar uses.

RMH (Residential, Mobile Home) District. The existing mobile home park in the City is to be accommodated by the RMH zoning district, which creates a dedicated area that allows for the site’s operation and acknowledges its contribution to the City’s diversity of housing types.

RR (Rural Residential) District. The RR zoning district is designed to accommodate single-family detached dwellings in a low-intensity, rural location.

RC (Rural Community) District. The RC zoning district is used for older, semi-rural residential neighborhoods with a well-established, unmistakable sense of community dominated by semi-rural residential uses.

The following are the objectives of each commercial zoning district:

CL (Commercial, Limited) District. Areas with access issues or sensitive environmental characteristics that cannot support the full range of business use permitted in the CR, commercial, and retail districts are subject to the CL zoning district.

CR (Commercial, Retail) District. The CR zoning district is designed to accommodate a wide variety of general retail and business service uses. These uses include ordinary retail stores, businesses that provide services, dining establishments, shops that repair and maintain automobiles, stores that sell hardware and home improvement items, companies that sell durable products, commercial recreation, and similar and related compatible uses.

CO (Commercial, Office) District. General commercial offices, professional, medical, financial, and other offices, as well as comparable and associated compatible uses, are permitted under the CO zoning district.

CMU (Commercial, Mixed Use) District. The CMU zoning area is meant to support mixed-use projects with creative site planning and a focus on pedestrians. Office, retail, commercial services, high-density residential uses, entertainment, and other comparable and related suitable uses are only a few examples of appropriate land uses.

CB (Commercial, Business Park) District. Areas that will meet the community’s offices and light industry needs are subject to the CB zoning district. Wide-ranging office, light industrial, restricted warehousing, and similar and related compatible uses are examples of appropriate land uses.

CT (Commercial, Old Town) District. The CT district sets the boundaries of Old Town Calabasas. To the extent that development is intended to conserve and improve the neighborhood’s historic character and meet with the Old Town Calabasas Master Plan and Design Guidelines, a range of office, retail, and other commercial uses are appropriate within this area.

The following are the goals of the special-purpose zoning districts:

PD (Planned Development) District. The PD zoning district designates an area owned alone or jointly and necessitates careful planning due to distinctive characteristics, environmental limits, or development restrictions.

HM (Hillside/Mountainous) District. The HM zoning district is used in parts of the City with rocky terrain and steep hillsides where suitable development is restricted to single-family homes and closely connected, compatible uses at extremely low density to avoid dangerously constrained physical regions.

OS (Open Space) District. The OS zoning district is designed for parts of the City where the General Plan has recognized significant environmental dangers and resources.

OS-DR (Open Space-Development Restricted) District. The OS-DR zoning district is designed for parts of the City that already contain open space but have had development regulated by deed restrictions, conservation easements, or dedications of common open space as part of an authorized subdivision.

PF (Public Facilities) District. A governmental, educational, recreational, or other institutional facilities that are the primary use of the site and are sufficiently distinct from nearby land uses to warrant a separate zoning district is allowed on land owned and operated by the City, county, state, or federal governments, or school districts. Additionally, uses and facilities established on city-owned land and intended for a purpose that the City deems in the public interest may be permitted under the PF zoning district.

REC (Recreation) District. The REC zoning district is designed for city-owned public and private assets dedicated to leisure and recreational purposes that are predominantly open spaces in nature. City-owned parks, local leisure centers, and similar, related, complementary uses are also permitted.

The Knowledge Center may be used to learn more about a specific property, including its zoning district, land use classification, Assessor’s Parcel Number, and more.

The Zoning Map depicts the boundaries for which the City of Calabasas has adopted a particular set of land use standards or regulations. Using the zoning map as a visual guide, you may determine what zoning district a piece of land is.


City of Calabasas – Planning Department:

The Planning Division is responsible for administrating the City’s development process for residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed uses. The Planning Department carries out both short-term and long-term planning, enforces zoning and land use laws, evaluates site and development plans, offers technical assistance to City officials, such as the Planning Commission and City Council, and puts into action initiatives aimed at strengthening the local economy.

As of 2020, there were 9,200 dwelling units in Calabasas, making it primarily a residential area. The variety of house styles reflects the City’s mostly hillside geography and outlying suburban makeup. Single-family homes, whether attached or detached, make up over three-quarters of the City’s housing stock, while multi-family apartments and condos make up about one-quarter. The Calabasas Village Mobile Estates are home to the remaining apartments in the City.


City of Calabasas – Building and Safety Department:

The Building and Safety Division’s main objective is to save lives. The Department specializes in engineering and public safety for the “built environment.” The Department’s responsibility is to prevent building fatalities from poor design and construction flaws resulting in fire, electrocution, asphyxiation from mechanical systems, and water poisoning. The community may feel secure knowing that the residences they call home and the places of business they frequent are free of these risks and adhere to the strictest international building codes.

To ensure that projects are built safely, The Department naturally uses the code knowledge to “write corrections,” pointing out the flaws in a design or construction work. However, the Department also operates the knowledge proactively and works to advise our customers on how to spot and fix these flaws before they ever arise. To manage these extremely varied jobs, the Building and Safety Division is divided into four separate divisions, including the Permit Center, Inspections, Plan Check, and Code Enforcement. The goal of each Section is to deliver high-quality service thoroughly and effectively.


City of Calabasas – Public Works Department:

The Public Works Department is divided into many sections, each in charge of a specific task throughout the City. The Department is committed to managing and finishing capital projects that enhance the neighborhood, maintaining good roads, providing development review services to the residential and development community, and enhancing traffic flow and safety in the City.

Within the City of Calabasas, public infrastructure and facilities are the responsibility of the Public Works Department, which is also in charge of their design, construction, maintenance, and use. To do this, the Department must react to service requests, coordinate its efforts with those of local, regional, state, and federal authorities, and, above all else, engage the community in all endeavors. For example, the Public Works Department maintains sewage, roadways, parks, transit, and water operations, among other community-based tasks.


General Area Summary: 

Calabasas is a city in the Santa Monica Mountains region of Los Angeles County, California. The Calabasas have a population of over 22,900. Calabasas, California, is a premier L.A. suburb well-known for its affluent residents and estates.


Contact Information:

The City of Calabasas community center is located at 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302, and their phone number is (818) 224-1600