The city of Hawthorne was incorporated in 1922. It is situated near the LA international airport. The city is spread across 6 square miles with a population of 87,000. Since the year it was incorporated, to date, the city has grown dramatically, both economically and in terms of city development.

Today, you can see a different and enhanced landscape with proper neighborhoods and quality housing which can be attributed to the implementation of their General Plan and zoning regulations. The planning division officials are dedicated to reviewing and ensuring that all developments are constructed in conformity to their city plan.

Whether you’re remodeling your old facility or thinking of constructing a new home here, it’s best to first get your proposal reviewed by a planning division official. The municipality address is 4455 W 126th St #2. Before you visit them, call them on 310-349-2970 to schedule an appointment. The planning division official can provide you guidance on zoning codes and make sure your project is aligned with it.

Ensuring project conformity with the city’s regulation is often difficult; especially if it’s your first development project or even if it’s just your first in Hawthorne. This is where we can help!

At the Eden Group, we have worked and collaborated on many residential development projects with the Hawthorne planning division team. We understand their work process and permit requirements. Leveraging our experience, we can help you streamline your construction project and get started on time.


Building in the City of Hawthorne :

The purpose of the zoning code is to define and control where buildings and land can be used for residential, commercial, and industrial purposes, as well as to set size, height, and story restrictions for buildings and other structures.

These regulations are also believed to be necessary to encourage the best use of land, protect and stabilize the value of the real estate, and provide adequate open space for light and air, all in accordance with the comprehensive zoning plan and in a manner that is orderly and consistent with the goals of the City’s General Plan.

Accessible in the Knowledge Center, the “Zoning Map” displays the physical borders of the various established and approved zones.

Horticultural (H) is used to designate areas that permit horticultural applications and to preserve a suitable environment by adhering to the criteria and conditions.

R-1 Low-Density Residential zone is intended to define rules and regulations for minimum lot size, lot dimensions, yards, setbacks, and open spaces that must be preserved for single-family detached homes to promote a living environment that meets the highest standards.

R-2 Medium Density Residential Zone is established to set minimum lot size requirements, lot dimensions, yards, setbacks, and open spaces proportionate to the size of the lot, allowing two-family dwelling units on a lot while, at the same time, maintaining a desirable family living environment through the use of the standards and requirements set forth herein. This allows for a limited increase in population density in the areas to which this classification applies.

R-3 High-Density Residential Zone’s purpose is to create areas that allow for higher population densities than those permitted by more restrictive classifications and to allow for the housing and care of a small number of people who may or may not constitute a family unit as defined in this title while, at the same time, maintaining a desirable family living environment by establishing minimum lot sizes, yards, and setbacks.

R-4 Maximum-Density Residential Zone’s purpose is to provide places for multifamily residential construction that are compatible with the general plan and the municipal code’s standards for public health, safety, and welfare; to offer enough supply and variety of housing types to suit the City’s projected population expansion; to guarantee that each residence has enough light, air, privacy, and open space; to safeguard residential areas from public safety risks.

C-2 Local Commercial’s primary goal is to facilitate the location of uses that are thought to be compatible and have common or similar performance standards in that they represent on-premises retail enterprises and involve only incidental and limited fabrication or assembly of commodities or comprise types of businesses involving the rendering of both professional and to the personal services.

The C-3 General Commercial’s main goal and its application are to allow for the location of and grouping of businesses that may provide some on-premises retail service but that also involve more outside activities, display or fabrication, assembling, and service features, including limited manufacturing and processing, than do uses allowed to locate in more restrictive zones. If permitted to find in a purely on-premises zone, that would involve a more significant amount of manufacturing and processing.


City of Hawthorne – Planning Department:

The Planning Department manages private development within the City, ensuring that zoning regulations are followed and that construction projects exhibit high design and environmental sustainability standards. We monitor changes in the neighborhood’s population makeup and economic health and react by recommending adjustments to the General Plan and Municipal Code.

Code Enforcement’s goal is to ensure that the City’s regulations and permits are followed. The City’s professional code enforcement staff serves as the first line of defense in the fight against pollution and public nuisances by using their in-depth understanding of the City’s municipal code and related legislation. Protection of the general public’s health, safety, and welfare is directly related to their actions.

The process of code enforcement often begins with witnessing a violation or receiving a complaint which initiates an investigation. Once an investigation begins, a code enforcement officer will determine the appropriate action. Typically, most breaches can be resolved with warnings. In other cases, citations are issued. Once a person or business complies, the case is closed.


City of Hawthorne – Building and Safety Department:

The Department of Building and Safety enforces all applicable Federal, State, and local construction laws. The administrative duties include managing departments, executing permits and plans, and maintaining records. The Plan Check functions must examine all submitted plans to ensure they adhere to all applicable building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes. All tasks performed on building sites to ensure adherence to authorized plans and relevant codes are included in the Inspection function.

A new business site will undergo an inspection, with the primary emphasis being on the upkeep and state of the current building and property. Any initial construction done at the company’s site without the necessary permissions and inspections will also be inspected. The inspector will present a list of adjustments that must be made to end infractions of municipal or State of California rules.


City of Hawthorne – Public Works Department:

The Public Works Department is made up of four divisions:

  • Engineering
  • Airport
  • Equipment Division
  • Maintenance Division

The Engineering Division is in charge of planning and managing capital improvement projects, managing contracts for engineering-related services, managing assessment districts, conducting surveys, inspecting plans, and granting permits for construction, excavation, or encroachment on public rights-of-way, coordinating with utility companies, managing street lighting, energy-saving initiatives, and preserving and updating utility records.

The Equipment Division is responsible for managing and administrating the City’s motorized vehicle and equipment fleet. Budget creation, vehicle assignment, replacement, procurement, and disposal, computerized vehicle costing and life cycle analysis, preventive maintenance programs, vehicle emission testing, major overhauls, and tank monitoring are examples of routine duties. Other duties include:

  • Coordinating compliance with State and County laws that have an impact on the operation of the City fleet.
  • Contracting for services.
  • Preventing liability losses.
  • Providing training for employees.

The Streets and Facilities Maintenance Division maintains the City’s non-landscaped public right-of-way areas, including streets, sewers, storm drains, and sidewalks.

The Graffiti Removal division is responsible for the removal of graffiti on buildings, signs, sidewalks, etc., that is visible to the general public.


General Area Summary: 

Hawthorne is a city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, located in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 86,000. It is part of a seventeen-city region commonly called the South Bay. Hawthorne is promoted as “the most beautiful suburban town,” perfect for hard-working families seeking a straightforward, kid-friendly way of life.


Contact Information:

Hawthorne’s Community Center is at 4455 W. 126th Street, Hawthorne, CA 90250. Their phone number is (310) 349-2900