The City of Compton is one of the oldest cities in the County of Los Angeles. Its multicultural demographics, accessibility to and from 5 freeways, speedy economic growth and affordable housing makes it a hot favorite place for developers to invest.

New development projects like the Gateway Towne Center, a 51 acre mixed use residential and commercial project on Alameda Boulevard and another construction project featuring 136 condo units on Tamarind Avenue; shows serious interest of developers in the City of Compton.

If you’re also interested in starting a development project here, then get in touch with the Planning and Zoning division. This division is responsible for providing developers with information and also reviews and approves development plans. You can contact their official by calling on 310-605-5500.The municipality address is 205 S, Willowbrook Avenue, Compton.

Since every city has different development work process and permit requirements, it’s best to work with an experienced structural engineer in the City of Compton.

The Eden Group has years of experience working with the City of Compton’s planning department. Allow us to lead your project.

Though the official at the planning department will provide you quality guidance; it’s always good to have an experienced industry professional representing your case. We can help streamline the work process, monitor, and manage your project till the end.


Building in the City of Compton :

The zoning code was adopted and established to promote the best use of land, preserve and stabilize the value of the property, provide enough open space for light and air and allow for adequate fire control, prevent undue population concentration, lessen traffic congestion, and facilitate the proper provision of community facilities and utilities, including transportation, water supply, sewage disposal, schools, parks, and other public needs.

The “Official Zoning Map of the City of Compton,” which may be accessed in the Knowledge Center, displays the locations and borders of the various zones.

The Residential Agriculture Zone was established to allow for the construction of substantial one-family homesites in a sparsely populated agricultural area.

The Low-Density Residential Zone was established to promote the construction of single-family homes on large yards.

The purpose of the medium-density residential zone is to offer a comfortable setting for families living in locations where various dwelling unit types are allowed.

The High-Density Residential Zone was created to offer a suitable residential setting via the predominance of multi-family housing development.

The Limited Commercial Zone was established to support local, regional, and neighborhood retail commercial districts with associated uses.

The Commercial Manufacturing Zone was created to support businesses connected to the highway, wholesale, warehousing, and limited manufacturing operations.

The Limited Manufacturing Zone was established to provide for light industrial uses.

The Heavy Manufacturing Zone was established to support general industrial growth while limiting activities that might be intrusive, unpleasant, or hazardous.

The following construction projects don’t need permits:

  1. One-story detached ancillary buildings with a maximum height of 12 feet that are used as playhouses, tool and storage sheds, and other similar purposes.
  2. Masonry fences less than five feet high, and wood or similar less than six feet tall.
  3. Oil derricks.
  4. Retaining walls that are not over four feet (1,219 mm) in height unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or IIIA liquids.
  5. Water tanks supported directly on the ground if their capacity is no more than 5,000 gallons (18,925 L) and their height-to-diameter or breadth ratio is no greater than 2:1.
  6. Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below are not part of an accessible route.
  7. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work.
  8. Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
  9. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy less than 18 inches (457 mm) deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,925 L), and are installed entirely above ground.
  10. Shade cloth structures are constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.
  11. Swings and other playground equipment accessories to detached one- and two-family dwellings not exceeding eight feet high.
  12. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that does not project more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the outer wall and do not require additional support of Groups R-3 and U occupancies. 
  13. Non-fixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over five feet nine inches (1,753 mm) in height.


City of Compton – Planning Department:

The Planning Division staff should be contacted before beginning any work, regardless of whether you intend to construct something entirely new or remodel an existing structure, start a business in the City, learn more about ongoing projects, or get clarification on the development process. The Division also serves as the head of the Architectural Review Board and Development Review Committee, providing information, reviewing, and approving development proposals in conformity with City zoning and development requirements.

The planning division’s employees and environmental consultants create reports and in-depth analyses for projects subject to the Compton Planning Commission’s discretionary evaluation and approval. Planned unit developments, variances, conditional use permits, and subdivisions are examples of projects. The Planning Division also coordinates revisions to the General Plan and Zoning Code modifications, conducts research for planning studies, and prepares environmental assessments to address difficulties with future land use and way of life.


City of Compton – Building, and Safety Department:

All new buildings and alterations to existing projects (commercial, residential, or industrial) in the City require a permit, which the Building and Safety Division issues. Any building or structure being built, constructed, enlarged, changed, repaired, relocated, improved, removed, converted, or demolished needs a construction permit. In addition, permits are required for most plumbing, mechanical, and electrical upgrades.

It is accountable for putting into effect and upholding local and state regulations regarding the construction, renovation, alteration, repair, and demolition of buildings and structures to ensure that they are built to the bare minimum standards necessary to protect human life, property, and the general welfare.


The city of Compton – Public Works Department:

The Department of Public Works is in charge of traffic management, city vehicles, public trees, utilities including sewer and storm drains, and planning, designing, building, and maintaining public roadways, parks, and open spaces. The Department also oversees work and activities on City rights-of-way, keeping track of public works records and the City’s capital improvement program. The Department’s administration, maintenance, and engineering sections are responsible for carrying out their duties.

There are three separate departments within the Department of Public Works and Municipal Utilities:

The Administration Division is responsible for policy implementation, human resources, and fiscal administration. Payroll, budgeting, personnel management, and public relations are just a few of the services offered.

Street Maintenance Division is in charge of maintaining the City’s infrastructure, including its streets, sewers, and streetscapes.

Engineering Division is responsible for implementing Capital Improvement projects to rehabilitate the City’s infrastructure. The Division offers engineering, management, planning, inspection, and design services to meet these objectives.


General Area Summary: 

 Compton is a southern Los Angeles County city situated south of downtown Los Angeles. Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county. Compton has a population of over 92,900. The City is renowned for producing some of the most well-known rappers in hip-hop history, including Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E.


Contact Information:

The Compton community center is at 205 S Willowbrook Ave Compton, CA 90220, or you can call them at 310-605-5500.