Situated approximately 12 miles south east of the LA Civic Center and about 5 miles from Orange County, the city serves as an ideal place for families and working professionals. The City of Downey boasts a variety of recreational facilities such as parks and golf courses for residents to relax and enjoy after a long day of hard work. It is also home to thousands of businesses.

Over the years, Downey has become a central focus for residential and commercial project developers. The Planning Division is responsible for reviewing and ensuring proposed development plans for compliance with their zoning ordinance.

Planning Division
1st Floor Downey City Hall
11111 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 904-7154

The Eden Group can assist you in getting in contact with the city for any planning, permits, development, inspections, and other requests. The Eden Group has been serving the county of Los Angeles for over 30 years, and have worked extensively with city officials on residential and commercial projects within the city of Downey.

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Building in the City of Downey :

The Downey Vision General Plan is a binding legal document that consists of a map and supplemental text that the City Council approved. It is a roadmap for the community’s long-term physical development and expansion. Additionally, the general plan develops long-term strategies to deal with any changes in the City of Downey.

The Zoning Code outlines several zoning districts and land use categories, land use laws, development criteria, and environmental performance requirements. Implementing the policies of the detailed General Plan and safeguarding and promoting the public’s health, safety, and general welfare are the goals of the zoning code.

The R-1 Zone is designed to support the development of single-family residential areas and to identify suitable locations for regions where families can live at specified population densities. These areas’ residential character is meant to be sustained and preserved by the regulations of this zone. They also serve as a foundation for the design of connected amenities, including parks, schools, public services, roads, and other community infrastructure.

The R-2 Zone was created to offer space for two detached homes, duplexes, or townhouses on each lot while preserving a residential atmosphere akin to that of single-family communities. The provisions of the zone are meant to guarantee the stabilization and preservation of the residential character of such regions. Additionally, they are intended to serve as a foundation for the design of connected infrastructure, including parks, schools, public utilities, roadways and highways, and other neighborhood amenities.

The R-3 Zone is designed to facilitate the establishment of multi-family residential living spaces harmonious with the local environment and outdoor leisure opportunities. These spaces are intended to be situated and created to complement other uses while offering adequate space for multi-family housing.

The R-3-O Zone is designed to allow for the construction of multi-family-owned homes in specific locations that are consistent with the local environment. Such neighborhoods are envisioned as having enough chances for ownership in multi-family dwellings and being situated and structured to complement surrounding purposes.

The C-P Zone is designed to support the growth of cohesive business and professional districts where related uses and infrastructure may also be found. The rules of this zone are intended to promote the best possible coexistence of the permitted uses and to act as a transition between densely populated urban areas and residential neighborhoods.

The C-1 Zone is designed to allow for the construction of small-scale local retail centers next to or around residential districts. These commercial centers are designed to meet the local community’s restricted demand for convenience products and services, and they should blend in without losing the neighborhood’s unique identity.

The C-2 Zone is meant to support and promote the orderly growth of broad commercial uses, offering a wide range of goods and services for the benefit of all City inhabitants. Provisions have been made to guarantee that such commerce would be effective, functionally connected, and consistent with nearby noncommercial development.

The C-3 Zone is designed to support the growth of highly active commercial and service uses in the City to meet the demands of the whole community and wider area. This area will provide a wide range of goods and services to businesses with operational features that draw them to the City’s center and that need substantial exposure in an easily recognizable and accessible environment. The rules in this zone are intended to prevent any negative consequences from older development, high traffic, or other operational characteristics, as well as to guarantee that such operations will be consistent with nearby noncommercial development.

The C-M Zone is designed to accommodate a variety of commercial, wholesale, and light manufacturing uses that may coexist peacefully and in an orderly fashion. Both sorts of usage are acceptable in the areas set aside for the commercial and manufacturing zones, either in conjunction with one another or separately. The restrictions on such uses are meant to manage their usage level and impact on the neighborhood.

The H-M Zone is designed to support and promote the orderly growth of a broad range of hospital and biomedical applications that aid company expansion at all phases of the business cycle. Additionally, it permits retail, personal and professional services, and office uses that are supportive of and consistent with uses allowed in the zone as well as uses in nearby zones.


City of Downey – Planning Department:

The Planning Division is in charge of examining planned development for conformity with the City’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Department is responsible for granting use permits, handling entitlement requests, revising the General Plan’s parts, and creating long-term planning and policy papers.

The Planning Commission consists of five members, one from each district, and are appointed by their respective City Council Members. The Planning Commission advises the City Council on issues such as the approval, modification, or repeal of the General Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Ordinances, and other decisions that affect how the City will grow physically in the future.

The Planning Commission also conducts public hearings on several development proposal types. The Planning Commission considers many requests submitted by property owners, companies, and developers throughout the year, including those for conditional use permits, variances, planned sign programs, site plan reviews, and subdivisions.

The Code Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing the Downey Municipal Codes that relate to residential and business property maintenance standards, including business licensing. Building, health, and safety regulations about environmental protection and community preservation are also enforced through code enforcement. To inform the public and convince offenders to comply, the Division works closely with all City departments and the City Prosecutor.


City of Downey – Building, and Safety Department:

The Building and Safety Division is responsible for the building and safety standards for the design, construction, use, and occupancy of all buildings and structures within the City of Downey. For new construction, additions, renovations, modifications, and remodels, the Department offers plan checking, permitting, and inspection services to ensure that all structures satisfy the basic life safety standards of the State and local building codes enacted by the City of Downey.

The Department’s objective in the City of Downey is to offer the residents, developers, contractors, architects, and engineers an effective and efficient service, as well as to provide answers to commonly asked questions and general information about the development process.


City of Downey – Public Works Department:

The four departments that the Administration Office of the Public Works Department manages makeup Public Works. The office also supervises the Department’s long-term planning and development, offering support and assistance to the City Council and the City Manager on professional, technical, and civic matters. This agency oversees the administration of significant contracts for professional services and construction activities. The administrative team keeps track of departmental projects’ data and supports the Public Works Divisions’ buying needs.

The Engineering Division contributes to the overall City purpose by providing many public works services and facilities per City Council’s policies. These encompass everything from essential services like Capital Improvement Programs, surveying, right-of-way acquisition, design, regulatory permit acquisition, document preparation, contract administration, review and approval of plans, and construction inspection, to regulatory functions like right-of-way improvement permits and driveway permits, design of city roads, street access, transportation planning, and lighting.

The Maintenance Services Division manages and maintains the City’s buildings and public facilities; vehicle and equipment fleet; streets, alleys, and parking lots; trees, parks, and public grounds. The Public Works Utilities Division is in charge of maintaining the City’s water, sanitary sewage, and drainage systems, as well as street sweeping and illegal dumping cleanup.


General Area Summary: 

Downey is a city located in Southeast Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 111,600. It is considered part of the Gateway Cities. The City is where the Apollo space program got its start. The oldest McDonald’s restaurant still in operation is located there.


Contact Information:

Downey Community Center is located at 11111 Brookshire Avenue, Downey, CA 90241. Their phone number is (562) 869-7331.