Thinking of investing in Culver City? Want to start your new development project? Is this your first development project in the city? If yes, then it is advisable that you first visit its Planning Division.

It’s is located at City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. Make sure to schedule an appointment with their official by calling on the Zoning and Planning hotline 310-253-5725. You can also fax them on 310-253-5721.

The Planning Division is responsible for maintaining and implementing the City’s General Plan and ensuring that the developers comply with the zoning ordinance. The division reviews development requests for conformance with environmental and land use regulations. Their officials can provide you with complete information and assistance regarding structural plans and development practices.

For first time developers, ensuring whether or not grading plans and structural plans are in accordance with the city’s regulations can be stressful. This is where we can assist you. The Eden Group has years of experience working with Culver City’s planning department. Allow us to lead and supervise your project.

We can discuss your project needs with their officials and help you acquire permits needed to start your construction work.


Building in the City of Culver City :

The Culver City Zoning Code categorizes and governs the uses of land and buildings in the City, carrying out the principles of the Culver City General Plan. The Code is implemented in order to safeguard and advance the general welfare of City citizens and companies, as well as the public’s health and safety. In further detail, the Zoning Code serves the following purposes:

  • Set guidelines that will help the City expand and grow in a controlled manner.
  • Maintain and guard the communities’ integrity and personality.
  • Maintain key locations for commercial activity that benefits the neighborhood and preserves the quality of life.
  • Require careful planning and design that improves the City’s aesthetic appeal and prevents conflicts between different land uses.
  • Respect the physical surroundings and limitations of the City, and safeguard and conserve its natural resources.
  • Establish a thorough and reliable land-use pattern so that public utilities and infrastructure may be well-planned and effectively implemented.
  • Ensure that any owner, occupant, or another person in charge of any property inside the City keeps it in excellent repair by imposing strict requirements on them.

The following describes the objectives of each residential zoning district and how it is implemented:

The R1 (Single-Family Residential) District designates regions with only single-family homes. The R1 District’s requirements are designed to preserve the uniqueness of single-family residential communities while safeguarding the current density.

The R2 (Two-Family Residential) District designates places with single-family homes and duplexes. The R2 guidelines aim to preserve the character of current communities while providing room for two-family housing growth.

The R3 (Three-Family Residential) District designates places that include single-family residences, duplexes, and triplexes. The R3 guidelines allow for various dwelling styles while preserving the character of existing communities.

The RLD (Low-Density Multiple-Family Residential) District designates regions with multiple-family homes that are less densely populated. The RLD District’s requirements are designed to make new construction fit with the aesthetic of nearby areas.

The RMD (Medium Density Multiple-Family Residential) District designates places with multiple-family homes at a medium density. The RMD District’s rules are designed to make it possible to build medium-density multiple-family dwellings.

The RHD (High-Density Multiple-Family Residential) District designates regions that are highlighted by the presence of substantial multi-family housing complexes. The RHD Zoning District’s requirements are designed to make future high-density residential buildings consistent with the style of already-existing massive multi-family developments.

The following describes the objectives of each business zoning district and how it is implemented:

The CN (Commercial Neighborhood) District designates locations suitable for shops, workplaces, and other services that will primarily cater to the local community’s requirements. Additionally, live/work and mixed-use developments may be permitted in this area. The CN District’s development guidelines and license requirements are designed to provide a pedestrian-friendly environment.

The CG (Commercial General) District designates locations along major streets suitable for small- to medium-scale commercial uses, focusing on retail, office, and service uses that benefit the local community. Additionally, live/work and mixed-use developments may be permitted in this area.

The CC (Commercial Community) District identifies locations suitable for various medium-scale commercial uses, focusing on community-serving retail, restaurant, and service uses that may share parking and provide access to a local or regional market area.

The CD (Commercial-Downtown) District is applied to the area identified by the General Plan as the Downtown area. With a focus on retail, entertainment, restaurant, and cultural uses, this district’s requirements are meant to promote medium- and large-scale commercial uses. Additionally, live/work usage and mixed-use may be permitted in this area. The CD District’s development guidelines are designed to create a pedestrian-friendly environment.

The CRR (Commercial Regional Retail) District identifies locations suitable for large-scale commercial uses. It emphasizes various retail uses, such as anchor tenants, entertainment, and restaurant uses that may share parking and service a regional market area.

The CRB (Commercial Regional Business Park) District designates locations suitable for substantial office and business park complexes with shared parking, including particular light industrial applications.

The following are the objectives of each industrial zoning area and how they are implemented:

The IL (Light Industrial) District covers locations suitable for processing, distributing, and storing activities associated with light manufacturing and light industrial. The IL District’s permitted land uses and needed development regulations are designed to safeguard nearby residential neighborhoods while allowing for indoor, quiet, indoor industrial, commercial offices, and research and development purposes.

The IG (General Industrial) District is used to designate locations suitable for a wider range of industrial applications than the IL District, including outdoor activities but excluding heavy industries.

You can find the zoning map in the Knowledge Center.


City of Culver – Planning Department:

The Planning Division is responsible for the upkeep and implementation of the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and other specialized planning documents, such as Specific Plans. The Division performs environmental studies in accordance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, and it examines development proposals for compliance with the City’s planning policies and standards (CEQA). To assess how regional planning concerns may affect the City, the Planning Division also tracks and examines these topics. Rezoning, subdivisions, site plan reviews, usage permits, variances, and other entitlements are processed by the Division as staff assistance for the Planning Commission and City Council.


City of Culver – Building, and Safety Department:

The main goal of the Building and Safety Division is to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare by guaranteeing secure structures. The department offers inspection, plan check, and permitting services.

To achieve reach code requirements, the City has adopted the Green Building Code standards, Building and Residential Code.

The Reach Code’s objectives are to reduce the use of natural resources, improve the quality of living conditions, and lessen the detrimental effects of development on local, regional, and global ecosystems.


City of Culver – Public Works Department:

The City’s infrastructure is built, maintained, and overseen by Public Works and various other public services.

The department offers the following services:

  • Management of the City’s capital improvement programs
  • Maintenance of many municipal facilities
  • Development review and inspection 
  • Mobility management, including traffic, parking, and biking
  • Street improvements and maintenance
  • Sewer management and maintenance, including stormwater
  • Refuse and recycling collection and disposal
  • Sustainability Implementation
  • Utility management and permitting
  • Urban forest management
  • Graffiti abatement

The public works department is comprised of the following divisions:

The Public Works Administration controls all department projects, programs, services, and budgets while coordinating all agency divisions. Additionally, the administration personally manages specific initiatives, such as the following ones right now:

  • Sustainable Business Certification
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan

Maintenance Operations is responsible for maintaining public infrastructure assets. Services offered are:

  • Municipal facility maintenance and improvement management
  • Graffiti removal
  • Sewer maintenance
  • Street and sidewalk maintenance and improvements
  • Urban Forest management
  • Street light maintenance
  • Traffic signs and signal maintenance
  • Parking meter maintenance

Engineering services include:

  • Project management for capital improvements.
  • Engineering permits and development review.
  • Restrictions and right-of-way inspections
  • Permitting utilities.

Services provided by Mobility & Traffic Engineering include:

  • Planning for mobility and traffic engineering.
  • Street and public parking and parking meters, including permitting.
  • Infrastructural programs for mobility.
  • Permits, both right of way and transportation.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle projects and initiatives.


General Area Summary: 

Culver City is an affluent city in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 39,900. The emotional eating and nightlife scene in Culver City, steeped in filmmaking history, includes restaurants with international influences, gastropubs, and quaint cocktail bars.


Contact Information:

City of Culver City City Hall is located at 9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232.