Boasting a population of 200,167, the City of Glendale is the 3rd largest city in the County of Los Angeles. The city has an impressive economic growth, much of it being contributed by its business and industrial sector. Some of the top employers in the city include the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, DreamWorks Animation and the Nestle Company.

Just like many of the cities in LA County, Glendale also promotes well-planned neighborhoods with quality housings, recreational facilities and schooling systems. When it comes to remodeling or development of new residential and commercial projects, the city demands developers to get their proposals reviewed and makes sure they are in conformity with the city’s zoning and land use regulations.

For this, developers must meet officials of the planning division by scheduling an appointment. To schedule an appointment, you can call on 818-548-2115 or fax on 818-240-0392. The municipality address is 633 E Broadway, Glendale.

To ensure your project starts on time, it’s best to hire an experienced professional to lead your development. Work with the Eden Group to make sure your project is a success. We have a wealth of experience working on projects in the City of Glendale. We can work cohesively with the city’s planning division and help plan your development project effectively.

From permit acquisition to zoning conformity to a grading plan and drainage plan, we have the expertise to assist you with it all. Enjoy a stress-free development experience! Allow us to lead your project. We will not let you down.


Building in the City of Glendale:

The zoning ordinance aims to identify, control, and restrict the location and use of buildings, structures, and land to protect recreational and open space areas as well as residential, commercial, and industrial areas from unwanted usage. These rules are thought to be necessary to promote the best possible use of the land, preserve and increase the value of the real estate, maximize the quality of the environment, provide enough open space for light and air, protect against fires, prevent undue population concentration, as well as provide housing for all societal and economic groups within the community. To accomplish these goals, the City is split into zones with the correct number, form, and size to carry out these policies and set up for their implementation. All new construction, structure upgrades, changes, or expansions, as well as all new uses or occupants of premises within the City, shall follow the specifications and restrictions as to use, height, and area for each of the several zones indicated in the code. You can find the zoning interactive map in our Knowledge center.

All permit applicants in the City of Glendale must follow the design guidelines. A project must be consistent with the intent of the Design Guidelines for it to be approved under Design Review. They were created to offer stability for landowners, builders, residents, and other Glendale community members.

The Glendale Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) is an urban design-focused plan that establishes the physical requirements, guidelines, and land-use restrictions for activities inside the Downtown Specific Plan region. The Plan’s objectives are to:

  • Create a plan and a handbook to direct the responsible expansion and development of downtown.
  • Maintain a solid physical presence that supports the City’s regional character.
  • Ensure that downtown will continue to be a desirable location for businesses.
  • Encourage high-quality craftsmanship and excellent design to improve the downtown area.
  • Enhance the downtown’s attributes as a pedestrian, cycling, and transit-oriented area while ensuring vehicular access to critical locations.
  • Bring in a variety of activities to keep the environment lively. 
  • Offer incentives for various forms of downtown housing.
  • Develop user-friendly, simple-to-follow development laws.
  •  Maintain and improve downtown Glendale’s unique architecture, landscape, and views.
  • Focus on the City, a transit-rich hub for entertainment, employment, and culture, to reduce development strain on nearby residential areas.

Each business in Glendale, including subleases, must file for and maintain a legitimate Business Registration Certificate (BRC) regardless of any other licenses or certificates a company may have acquired earlier. You must apply for a new BRC whenever your company’s operations, square footage, name, ownership, location/address, or other relevant information changes. The guidelines are meant to express general best practices. These go in addition to the specific recommendations for a particular area or neighborhood. Conditions, however, differ from one place to another. There are various types of commercial sites. These recommendations are aimed at enhancing pedestrian experiences in all business districts.


City of Glendale- Planning Department:

To build fantastic places to live, work, and play, the Planning Division offers complete planning, application review, design, historic preservation, and inspection services.

The majority of projects will go through the following application process for planning. Please remember that numerous aspects must be considered, and your case planner will decide which ones may impact the processes in each particular instance. You should begin with the pre-application, designate an initial reviewer, prepare the preliminary drawings, consult a planner, and then wait for him to provide you with the following stages. The pre-application process shortens the time it takes to examine a project after it is fully submitted and gives the applicant regular, helpful input. You can find the pre-application PDFs you need in the Knowledge Center. You should submit your application, prepare for public review, and await the outcome. You have 15 days to file an appeal.

City of Glendale – Building and Safety Department:

The primary goal of the Glendale Building and Safety Department is to protect the health, safety, and common good of those who live in Glendale by enforcing laws that safeguard their assets, buildings, and way of life.

The City has adopted the following series of California Codes of Regulations:

  • The California Building Code 
  • The California Mechanical Code
  • The California Electrical Code 
  • The California Plumbing Code 
  • The California Energy Code 
  • The Green Building Standards Code

The following does not require permits:

  1. One-story detached ancillary structures with a floor size of little more than 120 square feet (11 square meters) used as playhouses, tool sheds, and other similar purposes.
  2. Except when supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or IIIA liquids, fences, pilasters, free-standing structures, and retaining walls shall not exceed 18 inches (457 mm) in height measured from the lowest adjacent grade to the top of the structure.
  3. Derricks for oil.
  4. Water tanks that are directly supported on grade as long as their capacity is less than 5,000 gallons (18925 L) and their height-to-diameter or width ratio is under 2:1.
  5. Platforms, sidewalks, and driveways that are not a component of an accessible route and are no higher than 30 inches (762 mm) above the neighboring slope.
  6. Finish work such as painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, and countertops.
  7. Temporary sets and scenery for theater, television, and movies.
  8. Prefabricated swimming pools constructed wholly above ground that are an auxiliary to a Group R-3 habitation and are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, under 5,000 gallons (18925 L), or both.
  9. Shade cloth structures built for agricultural or nursery purposes, excluding service systems
  10. Playground accessories attached to detached one- and two-family homes, such as swing sets.
  11. For Group R-3 and U occupancies, window awnings that are supported by an outside wall and do not require extra support must not protrude more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the wall.
  12. Movable and non-fixed cases, racks, counters, and partitions no taller than 5 feet 9 inches (1753 mm).
  13. Temporary frames, commonly referred to as “story poles,” are meant to temporarily display the outlines of planned buildings following Title 30 of the Glendale Municipal Code, 1995, for some time, not to exceed one year.


City of Glendale- Public Works Department:

The purpose of the Public Works Department is to deliver the best services possible to the general public and other City departments while balancing these efforts with their attempts to run a cost-effective business and to provide these services responsibly and effectively. The Public Works Department has six sections: Administration, Fleet Services, Integrated Waste Management, Maintenance Services, Facilities Management, and Engineering. These divisions contribute to maintaining the City’s infrastructure, including roads, sewers, signs, flashing beacons, traffic signals, playground equipment, sports fields, parking spaces, and much more. The many structures and locations owned by the City of Glendale are also given general building and custodial maintenance by Public Works.

The Administration Division oversees all operations within the Public Works Department.

The Integrated Waste Management Division is responsible for the collection and disposal of the solid waste following environmental regulations.

The Engineering Division is in charge of planning, designing, and supervising the building of capital improvement projects of the City’s streets, sidewalks, traffic signals, curbs and gutters, sewers, storm drains, corrugated metal pipes, and slopes.

The Fleet Services Division is responsible for the City’s vehicle and equipment maintenance and automotive warehouse facilities.

The Maintenance Services Division is responsible for caring for the City’s public right-of-way.

The Facilities Management Division is responsible for the building maintenance and custodial services for the City facilities.


General Area Summary: 

Glendale is a city in the San Fernando Valley and Verdugo Mountains regions of Los Angeles County, California. Glendale has friendly neighborhoods and green areas for miles. It’s a beautiful spot to work or live in. Glendale is home to historical sites like Sahuaro Ranch Park and the most modern entertainment facilities like State Farm Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. In Glendale, more than 200,400 people are living there. Glendale is the third largest City in Los Angeles County. 


Contact Information:

The community division is found at 613 E.Broadway, Glendale, CA 91206, or you can call them at their 24-hour hotline at 818-550-4400