The Long Beach Mayor and City Council are dedicated to reviving and building the city. They believe that good planning is key to creating communities that offer quality living and help neighborhoods thrive. Good planning also helps find the perfect balance between new developments, community services and protection of the city’s environment.

The city’s community department including the planning division ensures that all residential and commercial projects whether big or small, are developed in accordance to zoning and land use regulations. The planning department consists of seven members that are responsible for providing advice and insights to the Mayor and City Council on developments across the city. Besides being an advisory body, it is also serves as the public hearing authority.

It reviews requests of the developers and homeowners, administrative use permits, site plans and subdivision requests. Therefore, if you’re planning to remodel, expand or start a new development project in Long Beach, then it is important that you contact the planning division.

Meet their official to discuss your proposal. They will review your project and provide you with recommendations and information on the permits you need. Since such projects involve a lot of technicalities, it’s best to work with a team of civil & structural engineers who have a good understanding of the city’s General plan and land use. This is where we come into the picture.

The Eden Group has managed and supervised several development projects in the City of Long Beach. We understand their permit needs and zoning regulations. Our team can supervise your project and work with the planning division to plan and execute your development smoothly and on time. We can also help you get the permits you need to start your construction project.


Building in city of Long Beach:

The first step in starting a residential or commercial project is checking the zoning code and map.

The Long Beach community’s public health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and overall welfare are promoted and preserved by the zoning regulations. The following goals are intended to be accomplished by the zoning regulations: 

  • To encourage the realization of the City General’s suggestions. To strengthen the City’s status as a hub for business, industry, tourism, recreation, and culture in the region. 
  • To prevent the encroachment of incompatible land uses into residential, commercial, industrial, public, and institutional areas.
  • To provide pleasant, well-placed living spaces with sufficient access to light, fresh air, and valuable open space in various housing styles and population densities.
  • To ensure sufficient space is preserved for commercial, industrial, and other activities required for a thriving economy.
  • To encourage the efficient, quick, and safe movement of people and products, with a wide variety of transportation options and sufficient space for loading and changing modes of transportation.
  • To maintain the natural beauty of the City’s environmental setting and to attain the perfection of design in all future developments.
  • To encourage the economy of the City’s growth and productivity.
  • To maintain expectations for future progress and provide a foundation for logical choices.
  • To offer chances for businesses to be situated for effective operation in a partnership that benefits both them and shared services.

The purpose of the residential districts is to develop, maintain, and improve residential neighborhoods to accommodate various dwelling types and lifestyles. These rules aim to reduce conflicts and incompatibilities between mixed dwelling types and potential activities within different residential development types. These rules also ensure that new housing benefits existing areas and promote the upkeep and renovation of existing homes. Twenty residential zoning districts are established.

The purpose of commercial districts is to construct, protect, and improve spaces for a range of commercial activities. The goal of commercial districts is to ensure that commercial uses interact in a way that is mutually advantageous and compatible with residential customers, industrial suppliers, and the transportation network that connects all of the uses. Twelve commercial districts are established. 

The purpose of the industrial districts is to conserve and improve spaces for various manufacturing and industrial activities, as these activities provide jobs, add to the city’s tax base, and produce goods that are in demand among customers and the business community as a whole. Four industrial districts are established.

The Zoning map is found in the Knowledge Center.


City of Long Beach – Planning Department:

The Planning Division is the City’s point of contact for all zoning-related concerns with residents, property owners, businesses, and developers. The Division is responsible for short- and long-term planning for the City. To improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, and shops in the City, the Division implements the principles, aims, and objectives established in the General Plan, Development Code, Specific Plans, and other Long Range Plans.

When wanting to construct a new project, expand on to an existing house or business, or change the use of a property, the Current Planning Division is the first place to go. Public hearings for applications for standards variances, administrative use permits, and local coastal development permits are presided over by the city’s current planning officer, who also doubles as the zoning administrator.

The Advanced Planning Division deals with issues relating to the environment, historic preservation, growth, and quality of life. Advanced Planning supports current land development operations by performing specialized long-range studies, as well as in-depth examinations and assessments of planning issues that influence the City and area.

Residents and business owners can choose from a variety of permits services offered by the City of Long Beach.

A conditional use permit allows the holder to carry out specific tasks or run a company with restrictions to safeguard the community and the surrounding area.

A project planner is assigned to each request for a condominium conversion. To streamline and expedite each request, the project planner coordinates the demands of the many City departments.

The site plan review procedure was put in place to make sure that the best land planning and design practices are applied to development projects, to direct the design of new projects that are compatible with existing neighborhoods in terms of scale, style, and construction materials, and to improve and protect the environment.


City of Long Beach – Building and Safety Department:

The Building and Safety Department will evaluate building projects in progress and construction plans. The department does this to ensure that all local, state, and federal building rules and fundamental safety and building requirements are followed.

Plan review is a crucial initial step in making sure that all new buildings, expansions, and adjustments to existing ones are correctly planned and built to comply with the most recent versions of the Long Beach Municipal Code and the California Building Standards Code.

Through structural strength, means of egress, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, the safety of life and property from fire, explosion, and other hazards, and provide a reasonable level of safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations, plan review ensures that the minimum requirements of the Codes will provide an appropriate level of safety, public health, and general welfare.

The Department’s licensed inspectors patrol the City to ensure that all residential and commercial structures adhere to building safety, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical codes. Each of our inspectors has received in-depth training and is knowledgeable enough to assist you in putting together a successful building project.


City of Long Beach – Public Works Department:

The goal of the Public Works Department is to maintain, improve, and operate the City’s transportation and physical infrastructure. The Department offers a range of community services, such as the maintenance of city structures, public trees, sidewalks, and roadways, as well as their general repair, rehabilitation, and care. The Department also delivers emergency assistance services around the City.


General Area Summary: 

Long Beach is a coastal city and port in Southern California. It has a population of over 468,900. Long Beach is a coastal beauty of California with a thriving food and shopping scene, a lively nightlife, and many indoor and outdoor activities. It’s regarded as a great area to live in.