Located in Southern California, the City of Los Angeles has proven to be a perfect place to live, raise families, and enjoy a successful professional career. Over the years, there have been significant developments in both the residential and commercial sectors, giving more reasons for people to stay and invest in real estate in LA.

The Department of City Planning is in charge of preparing and implementing the development plan for the City of Los Angeles. The plan intends to facilitate and promote effective use of  land, public services, and streets. Effective land planning supports and contributes to the economy which is in the best interest of the the residents.

The Planning Division uses various tools through the application of zoning regulations when implementing the city development plan. If you have any questions or require more information  about your new project development needs, you can get in touch with Planning Department officials. The department is located at 201 N Figueroa St #4, Los Angeles, CA 90012. To schedule an appointment with their officials you can  call 1 213-482-7077 or you can have one of our professionals meet with specific officials to effectively plan your project.

We, at The Eden Group, have conducted many projects in the City of Los Angeles and work closely with officials in the city to properly execute your project on time and on budget .

Residential & commercial development projects require in-depth knowledge and understanding about land use and zoning regulations. The process to get your project started can be stressful as it involves a lot of technicalities. Though Planning Division officials can guide you through this process, our experienced and skilled engineers can take over as you can enjoy peace of mind and a stress-free experience.


Building in city of Los Angeles:

Development projects range in size and complexity, from house renovations to building a new apartment complex. The description of the project and the entitlement application determine the review procedure a project must go through and the approvals it needs.

Project applications start at the public counter. The public counter is where planning and development come together, whether the proposal is for a project rehabilitation or new construction.

Applications for ministerial, administrative, or discretionary planning permissions must be submitted at public counters. Planners can address basic zoning inquiries at the Development Services Centers in Downtown, the Valley, and West Los Angeles. Additionally, planners working at the public counter assist applicants in determining which entitlements are required for a specific project.

The first step in starting your project is identifying the zoning regulations.

The City’s zoning ordinances govern various aspects of land use, including where specific uses may be situated and how to apply for relief from certain land use restrictions.

Similar land uses in Los Angeles are classified into broad groups and identified by a letter of the alphabet. The density or, in certain situations, the maximum permissible intensity of usage is indicated by a letter followed by a number.

The zone class describes the kinds of uses allowed on a piece of land, as well as rules about building setbacks and minimum lot sizes.

The following stage is to consult with the planning staff. Before applying, applicants are urged to visit with staff to confirm whether land use entitlements are necessary if a project needs planning approvals.

The staff does an initial review before processing a case to ensure all required paperwork has been presented. After reviewing the plans and application papers, the designated planner does the required environmental study and formulates a proposal.

The applicant should return to the public counter once the project has been authorized to get any clearances necessary for project conditions when requesting the building permit or permits.


City of Los Angeles – Planning Department:

Los Angeles City Planning evaluates project applications, handles entitlements, and processes approvals to ensure that upcoming development choices align with the City’s land use policy and projected land use laws. In addition, City Planning is in charge of preserving the City’s historical treasures, promoting urban planning concepts, and enforcing the Zoning Code. City Planning’s work has a long-lasting effect on Los Angeles, from conducting project environmental reviews to supervising long-range planning initiatives. Long-term planning in Los Angeles is the responsibility of City Planning. It collaborates with neighborhood groups to improve and safeguard the built environment for the next generations.

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) set forth rules for the statewide environmental evaluation of discretionary projects as well as a procedure for minimizing or averting any environmental damage.

CEQA’s objectives are to:

  • Provide information to the public about any project’s possible negative environmental impacts.
  • To avoid or reduce adverse environmental effects, develop alternatives and mitigation strategies.
  • Find more ways to include public and community feedback.
  • To support future discretionary project approval, strengthen the findings.

In order to build a more energetic, livable, walkable, and sustainable city, the Urban Design Studio strives to improve the quality of both public and private design.

Matching Los Angeles’s exceptional private spaces in the public sphere, raising design standards for private projects, and promoting Los Angeles as a hub of design innovation and experimentation are some of the guiding principles and themes of The Studio.


Los Angeles’s remarkable architectural and cultural heritage boasts examples of styles from the Arts and Crafts movement to mid-century modern. The region’s historical sites add to the city’s vibrant social and cultural life.

The Office of Historic Resources (OHR) of Los Angeles City Planning aims to save, improve, and restore the city’s historic locations through its extensive, cutting-edge, and well-balanced historic preservation program.


City of Los Angeles – Building and Safety Department:

Building Permits:

You must produce the original drawings and calculations from your engineer or architect if any part of your build is an engineering design. The Department’s engineers will examine your designs to ensure they adhere to all applicable local laws and regulations. The engineer will complete your permit using the details you supply on the permit worksheet. The e-permit software may also be used to get Express Permits, which are permits that don’t need a plan check.

Occasionally, authorizations from other Departments are required before work may start. The Department plan check expert will assist in directing you through this procedure.

You are prepared to start building after your designs have been approved and you have your building permits. Reapproval of the plan is necessary if you need to deviate from the plan’s parameters while construction is underway.

The inspector will sign the Building Card once the work has been reviewed, examined, and authorized (B-8). Make sure the inspector has access to this card and your authorized plans since an inspection can only be performed with them. The inspector will leave a pink correction notice if the construction needs to be corrected (G-49). Correct everything noted on the notice, then request another inspection.

Once the building is finished, request a final inspection. All exterior surfaces must be painted or otherwise sealed, new windows and doors must have weather-stripping fitted, and all electrical or plumbing fittings must be set up. There is no requirement for finished interior painting, wallpapering, or carpeting. All bedrooms and the corridor leading to the bedrooms must have smoke alarms installed.


City of Los Angeles – Public Works Department:

The Department of Public Works, which has more than 5,500 personnel, is in charge of designing, building, renovating, and operating public projects, including bridges, wastewater treatment facilities, and libraries. It also handles curbside collection, removes graffiti, and maintains roadways, sidewalks, sewers, lamps, and street trees. The Board of Public Works (BPW), a full-time administrative team of five people who are dedicated to delivering projects and programs that improve quality of life, economic growth, public health, and the environment for all Angelenos, oversees the Department.


General Area Summary: 

Los Angeles is the biggest city in the U.S. state of California, the second most populous city in the country (after New York City), and one of the biggest megacities in the world. It has a population of over 3.91 million. Los Angeles is Southern California’s commercial, financial, and cultural center. The Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural variety, Hollywood film industry, and wide metropolitan region of Los Angeles are all well-known features. The city of Los Angeles is located in a basin in Southern California that stretches from the Santa Monica Mountains into the San Fernando Valley and borders the Pacific Ocean.