The city of Manhattan Beach is widespread across 3.88 square miles and has a population of 35,135. It is located on the southern end of Santa Monica Bay, 19 miles south west of LA. The city has a strong economy with assessed valuation of $11.7 billion.

The city council works hard to provide quality living to residents of Manhattan Beach. This is evident through their quality school systems, efficient community services, recreational facilities and speedy developments.

The planning division of the city makes sure all new residential and commercial developments are aligned with the General Plan and land use regulations. If you’re constructing your next project here, make sure to get your proposal reviewed and approved by the planning division.

Schedule an appointment with their official by calling on 310-802-5000 or visit their office located at 1400 Highland Avenue. If you want an experienced team of structural engineers to head and supervise your development project, then contact the Eden Group.

We have worked on numerous residential and commercial projects in and around the city of Manhattan Beach. Our team can plan, manage and work on your project effectively, along with the city’s planning division.


Building in city of Manhattan Beach:

State law mandates that general plans be developed and adopted by all cities. The General Plan is a document that outlines the long-term objectives for the community’s physical development. The General Plan, which reflects the long-term “vision” of the community through its goals, policies, and objectives, is sometimes referred to as the “constitution” for growth in the City. As a policy document, general plans must be internally coherent and have a broad scope. The Zoning Code, which implements the General Plan, is a more detailed document that establishes criteria for construction and usage. It must be compatible with the General Plan.

Consulting the zoning and planning ordinance is the first step in starting a project.

The City of Manhattan Beach’s Planning and Zoning Ordinance’s goals is to safeguard and advance public health, safety, and general welfare and to carry out the General Plan’s principles. To preserve the character and quality of residential neighborhoods commensurate with the character of the four area districts of the City, the Planning and Zoning Ordinance is expressly intended to offer a clear guide for the City’s physical development.

Residential districts are specifically designed to offer places for residential construction that are adequately situated, in accordance with the General Plan and with the public health and safety requirements defined by the City Code.

The RS Single-Family Residential District’s goal is to offer possibilities for single-family residential land use in communities according to the necessary regulations.

The RM Medium-Density Residential Districts are designed to allow for a variety of residential uses, such as duplexes, townhouses, apartments, multi-dwelling buildings, or cluster housing with landscaped open space for residents to utilize.

The RH High-Density Residential District’s goal is to offer options for a concentrated form of residential construction, including apartments and townhouses with relatively high land coverage, at suitable sites.

The RPD Residential Planned Development District’s goal is to promote a diversified living environment and to make it easier to provide necessary, cost-effective, and efficient public services, roadways, and parks in a landscaped setting.

The RSC Residential Senior Citizen District’s goal is to make it easier to create high-quality senior housing by giving people a way to assess and approve homes mainly made for families with senior citizens. Special design guidelines that consider the unique needs of senior-citizen homes encourage sensible and sound site planning.

The particular objectives of commercial district laws are to provide suitably situated districts compatible with the General Plan for the complete spectrum of office, retail, and service commercial uses required by inhabitants of the City and region as well as tourists.

The CL Local Commercial District’s goal is to offer locations for businesses that meet the standard requirements of the local residential areas while also creating development regulations that guard against severe adverse effects on residential uses that are next to a CL district.

The CC Community Commercial District’s goal is to offer locations for planned commercial centers like Manhattan Village, which house a wide range of commercial establishments, including stores providing home furnishings, clothing, durable products, and specialty items, as well as typically having a City-wide market area. Support facilities, such as entertainment venues and restaurants, are allowed, subject to some restrictions to prevent adverse effects on neighboring uses.

The CG General Commercial District’s objectives are to provide opportunities for the complete range of retail and service businesses judged acceptable for a site in Manhattan Beach, including companies not authorized in other commercial districts because they generate substantial vehicle traffic or have specific undesirable impacts; and to give opportunities for offices and some restricted industrial uses that have effects similar to those of approved retail and service uses to occupancies.

The Downtown Commercial District’s goal is to offer options for uses that are appropriate for the downtown area in terms of residential, commercial, public, and semi-public spaces. This area is designed to house a wide variety of neighborhood businesses and cater to beachgoers.

The CNE North End Commercial Sector’s goal is to create a combination of modest, locally focused, visitor-serving commercial, public, and semipublic uses suited for the El Porto neighborhood and the business district along Highland Avenue and Rosecrans Avenue at the northern end of the City.

The zoning map is found in the Knowledge Center.


City of Manhattan Beach – Planning Department:

The Planning Division examines project applications to determine conformity with the Local Coastal Program, Zoning Ordinance, and General Plan. Remodeling of residential properties and new business construction are both now under planning. Staff provides reports and in-depth research to the Planning Commission for projects subject to discretionary assessment. The Planning Department also offers long-term community planning initiatives through thorough research, regional planning, modifications to municipal codes, and General Plans.

Observance of the Law Officers patrols the city often to check for adherence to the Manhattan Beach Municipal Code. Officers react to complaints about infractions, including zoning, property upkeep, unauthorized housing units, rules governing waste containers, sign violations, and many other issues.

The interface between homeowners and nearby large building sites is facilitated by the Residential Construction Officer (RCO). To resolve construction impact problems, the RCO serves as a proactive liaison between residents, builders, and relevant City departments and agencies.


City of Manhattan Beach – Building and Safety Department:

The department manages and enforces construction and safety regulations set out by the city, the state, and the federal government. It provides standards to preserve life, limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the construction, quality of materials, usage, occupancy, location, and upkeep of all buildings within its power.

Permits are necessary for all construction projects, including building, demolition, remodeling, and repair. Re-roofing, window retrofit projects, and upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems need permits. Permits from the Traffic Engineering Division or Public Works Department may also be necessary where the proposed work entails building on or altering a sidewalk, alley, or public roadway.


City of Manhattan Beach – Public Works Department:

Public Works is dedicated to providing the Manhattan Beach Community with the best level of service attainable. All public infrastructure and public rights of way must be designed, built, operated, and maintained by the Public Works Department. The Engineering, Maintenance, and utility Divisions make up the organization.

The Engineering Division’s primary duty is to oversee the design and development of the City’s infrastructure and transportation and traffic systems. Drawings and information about the City’s public infrastructure are “kept” by the Division. The Engineering Division is also in charge of reviewing, organizing, and approving utility and private construction projects on public rights of ways. In order to maintain orderly growth in accordance with the City’s General Plan, staff assists the Community Development Department in examining private development projects.

The Manhattan Beach Public Works Maintenance Division is responsible for Parks maintenance, pothole repair, management of the City’s urban forest, and graffiti removal. 


General Area Summary: 

Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, west of Hawthorne and Redondo Beach, and north of Hermosa Beach.

Manhattan Beach is a laid-back South Bay community popular with families and outdoor enthusiasts. It has a population of over 34,600. Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities, along with Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach, within the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.