Building in city of Lakewood:

The Lakewood Land Use and Development Code’s overarching goal is to implement the City of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan, as adopted and as it may be modified in the future, in order to safeguard and advance Lakewood residents’ health, safety, and general welfare by controlling the City’s physical development. The rules outlined here contribute to the general public objectives of ensuring orderly development, reducing street congestion, promoting fire safety, maintaining public order, and guaranteeing the sufficiency of public infrastructure, including roads, water and sewer systems, schools, parks, and storm drainage.

The City works to uphold the fundamental property rights and interests of individual residents while looking out for the interests of the entire community. Land use laws require the government to balance the interests of the community and those of respective property owners. Regulations for the common good may come from this, limiting how property is used and preventing people from making the most money possible. This impact is not confiscatory and is an appropriate use of the police authority granted to the government because it permits the legitimate use of the property.

The City is split into the following land use zoning district classes to control land usage and buildings.

The Residential 1 (R1) and Residential 2 (R2) zoning districts permit the continuance of residential lots in particular locations where sizable lots and dense tree cover constitute a trend. By preserving significant tree stands and riparian ecosystems along lake beaches and inside stream corridors, as well as reducing traffic levels in east-west arterial routes, these zoning districts aim to retain the character of these residential neighborhoods.

The Residential 3 (R3) and Residential 4 (R4) zoning districts are the City’s primary residential zones, which provide for single-family dwellings in established residential neighborhoods. The Residential 4 (R4) category permits residential development with two units per lot and enhanced residential density through reduced lot sizes.

The Mixed Residential 1 (MR1) and Mixed Residential 2 (MR2) zoning districts support small-lot detached single-family residential construction as well as attached single-family and two-family residential development. In the MR-2 zone, small-scale multifamily housing is authorized. These areas use various urban dwelling types and styles to accommodate a moderate residential density. The mix of accommodation can be distributed in several ways, either inside a single site or over a larger region, with a range of dwelling types. The Mixed Residential zoning districts’ development guidelines are meant to promote higher residential density.

The Multifamily 1 (MF1) zoning district allows for a range of medium-density dwelling types and designs, providing a large selection of living spaces for families with various compositions and lifestyles. The designation uses a variety of urban design components to improve the quality of life and integrate the dwelling into a community. To achieve a high level of community cohesiveness and character, urban design components, including private and public open space, pedestrian direction and linkages, and security, are included in the housing.


The Multifamily 2 (MF2) zoning district permits high-density dwelling types and designs, particularly those with many stories that use urban planning to improve the living environment. Security, transit, pedestrian connectivity, and housing integration are critical components of urban planning.

The Multifamily 3 (MF3) zoning zone is designed to mix urban, high-density, multi-story housing with commercial and residential districts close to a primary or minor artery.

The Arterial Residential/Commercial (ARC) zoning district permits the inclusion of low-intensity and low-impact commercial activities into these condensed regions while allowing the continuation of residential uses, many of which are already present, along major city roadways.

The Neighborhood Commercial 1 (NC1) zoning district aims to promote a sense of community identity and offer essential services to nearby residents. A small-scale variety of activities, including residential, retail, office, and local services, are provided in the district to benefit the community.

The Neighborhood Commercial 2 (NC2) zoning district was created to enhance Lakewood’s feeling of urban community. The district offers a concentrated mix of residential, retail, office, and local service activities that may serve the neighborhood directly adjacent or serve more than one community and draw visitors from nearby regions.

The Transit-Oriented Commercial (TOC) zoning district is an interactive mix of uses with a regional transportation network as its primary focus. It also allows for connection between uses and transportation routes, urban design, and human orientation.

The Central Business District (CBD) zoning district is the city’s primary retail, office, social, urban residential, and government center. The district’s urban density, intensity, and use composition all demonstrate its regional concentration and vibrancy. A regional intensity and viability with a local character are made possible by the complementary and dynamic combination of uses and urban design.

The Commercial 1 (C1), Commercial 2 (C2), and Commercial 3 (C3) zoning districts support commercial activities that serve and connect communities to Lakewood’s main transportation networks while also promoting employment and service opportunities. Employment, services, retail, and business/light industrial uses linked to access the main transportation networks are encouraged by the corridors’ physical proximity to major road networks and their limited integration with nearby areas. The C3 zoning district stands out for its proximity to an artery and emphasis on “big-box” uses that anchor substantial commercial development.

The Industrial Business Park (IBP) zoning district enables the active integration of employment, services, and business/light industrial uses through coordinating uses and design.

The Industrial 1 (I1) zoning district allows for significant regional employment uses such as research, light manufacturing, warehousing, concentrated business/employment parks, and others. The main working areas of Lakewood are these industrial grounds, which are economically and environmentally integrated within the neighborhood while maximizing a regional economic presence based on Lakewood’s geographic location.

The Industrial 2 (I2) zoning district provides for high-intensity or high-impact uses and major regional employers.

The City-wide Zoning Map’s primary function is to show the precise limits of each zoning designation for the whole City. You can access this map through the Knowledge Center.


City of Lakewood – Building & Planning Department:

The Building and Safety Division safeguards the health and safety of the general public by enforcing the building, plumbing, electrical, green, residential, and mechanical codes through the issuance of permits and inspections.

The Planning and Zoning Division Plans, coordinates, and monitors the growth and development of the city utilizing the General Plan and the Zoning Code. Additionally, they ensure that plans adhere to applicable planning rules and the California Environmental Quality Act. The Comprehensive Planning, Development Assistance, and Sustainability departments make up the Planning Department. The Planning Department collaborates closely with other city departments to promote appropriate land development that preserves the distinctive character of Lakewood’s several distinct neighborhoods, fosters a solid economic foundation, and improves the quality of life in our area.

The Building and Safety section offers Plan Check services for most new and renovated residential and commercial projects.

Before issuing a building permit, all construction plans, reports, and specifications must be reviewed and approved by Plan Check to ensure that they conform with all applicable building, zoning, fire, and other codes.

Your plans must be electronically filed via the Building and Safety Online Plan Check (BSOP) website of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.( link it to knowledge center)

The Building and Safety Division grants building permits for both new and renovated residential and commercial development.

Permits are issued at the Community Development counter at City Hall beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays.


City of Lakewood – Public Works Department:

The department maintains and plans Lakewood’s infrastructure by keeping wheels spinning, traffic moving, roadways paved and plowed, utilities flowing, stormwater drained, buildings allowed, construction inspected, and providing other nuts-and-bolts services.


General Area Summary: 

Lakewood is a city in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 80,600. On the west and south, Long Beach; on the north, Bellflower; on the northeast, Cerritos; on the east, Cypress; and on the southeast, Hawaiian Gardens. Lakewood is a small but peaceful city. It is a friendly neighborhood with various parks and recreational activities all season long.