Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Zoning Ordinance Summary -

This is a SUMMARY ONLY of the Los Angeles County Zoning Ordinance (unincorporated area). The information herein is NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE.

One other thing to also keep in mind -- USES MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH THE GENERAL PLAN, LOCAL PLANS, AND/OR COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICTS. THESE MAY LIMIT THE TYPE AND INTENSITY OF USE.

For more complete information, see Title 22 (Planning and Zoning) of the Los Angeles County Code, or stop by the office of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Room 1360 Hall of Records, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone: (213) 974-6411.


About Regional Planning

overviewLos Angeles County covers 4,000 square miles, with a population of 9.5 million individuals, with an anticipated growth to 11.5 million by 2020. The unincorporated areas include more than 2,600 square miles and represent two-thirds of the County’s land and one-tenth of its population unofficially grouped into 139 areas. Some of these unincorporated areas are as small as a few blocks of unincorporated land surrounded by cities. Others are urban centers with more than 150,000 residents. Yet others cover hundreds of square miles with sparse populations in the high desert. If a city, these unincorporated areas would be the third largest in the State, after Los Angeles and San Diego. They are diverse in terms of their socio-economic levels, encompassing some of the County’s wealthiest neighborhoods as well as communities with concentrations of individuals and families requiring financial assistance.

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County is geographically one of the largest counties in the nation with approximately 4,083 square miles. The County stretches along 75 miles of the Pacific Coast of Southern California, and is bordered to the east by Orange and San Bernardino Counties, to the north by Kern County, and to the west by Ventura County. Los Angeles County also includes the offshore islands of Santa Catalina and San Clemente.

overviewThe unincorporated areas account for approximately 65% of the total Los Angeles County land area. The unincorporated areas of the County cover a large geographic area and are ecologically and climatically diverse. A truly unique aspect of planning in the County is the non-contiguous nature of the County’s jurisdiction. The unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County consist of 74, non-contiguous land areas. The unincorporated areas in the northern part of the County are covered by large amounts of sparsely populated land and include the Angeles National Forest, a portion of the Los Padres National Forest, and the Mojave Desert. The unincorporated areas in the southern part of the County consist of 58 pockets of unconnected communities, often referred to as the County’s unincorporated “urban islands.”

Los Angeles County is divided in to five (5) supervisorial districts. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, created by the state Legislature in 1852, is the governing body for the County. Five supervisors are elected to four-year terms by voters within their respective districts. The Board has executive, legislative, and quasi-judicial roles. It appoints all department heads other than the assessor, district attorney, and sheriff, which are also elected positions.

Unincorporated Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County covers 4,000 square miles and is home to a population of 9.5 million individuals, which is anticipated to grow to 11.5 million by 2020. The unincorporated areas include more than 2,600 square miles and represent two-thirds of the County’s land and one-tenth of its population unofficially grouped into 139 areas. Some of these unincorporated areas are as small as a few blocks, some are urban centers with more than 150,000 residents, and some cover hundreds of square miles with sparse populations in the high desert. If they comprised a single city, the unincorporated areas would be the third largest in the State, after Los Angeles and San Diego. The unincorporated areas are diverse both socially and economically.

Departmental Background

Regional Planning started in Los Angeles County in 1922 with the establishment of the Regional Planning Commission (RPC), a body that still exists and is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors on all planning matters. It is the oldest planning body in the United States. The roots of the Department of Regional Planning (DRP) lay in providing staff advice and assistance to the Regional Planning Commission. It became an independent Department in 1974 and continues to support the Commission and Board of Supervisors.

To fulfill its responsibilities, the RPC formulates policies and conducts regular public hearings weekly. Tentative subdivision tracts, zoning changes, variances and permits, Countywide and Community plan polices are presented to and acted upon by the Commission. DRP designs long range plans and prepares ordinances for approval by the RPC on subjects such as ecological areas, senior citizen housing, parking, etc. In addition, the department prepares and develops amendments to the County of Los Angeles General Plan, a two part document that covers 1) countywide chapters on elements such as land use, circulation, conservation and open space, housing, safety, and noise and CSD’s, and 2) community specific plans for unincorporated areas.

DRP also provides Hearing Officers to review cases of limited complexity, allowing the RPC to devote more of its time to the consideration of more far-reaching policy issues. The hearing officers are appointed by the Director of Planning from experienced staff members, and are subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors. The Hearing Officers hold regular hearings on discretionary, non-legislative development cases. Their decisions are subject to appeal to the RPC. In addition to these functions, DRP handles inspection, and code enforcement.

DRP is responsible for both providing immediate responses to enforcement and permitting requests, and considering long-range development issues. Therefore, DRP must consider a broad range of constituents, from individual homeowners, to large land owners, to community groups, to future generations of Los Angeles County residents. DRP outreach efforts to all affected groups have been a hallmark of its operations since its establishment.


Acton Community Standards District (22.44.126)

The Acton Community Standards District is established to protect and enhance the rural, equestrian and agricultural character of the community and its sensitive features including significant ecological areas, floodplains, hillsides, National Forest, archaeological resources, multipurpose trail system, and Western heritage architectural theme. The standards are intended to ensure reasonable access to public riding and hiking trails, and to minimize the need for installation of infrastructure such as sewers, streetlights, concrete sidewalks and concrete flood control systems that would alter the community’s character, while providing for adequate drainage and other community safety features.

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Adopted Ordinances

Ordinances adopted by the Board of Supervisors.


Agua Dulce Community Standards District (22.44.113)

The Agua Dulce Community Standards District is established to protect the secluded rural character of the community, to enhance the community’s unique appeal, and to avoid the premature need for costly linear service systems such as sewers and water systems within the community. There have been a number of studies of Agua Dulce and its existing service systems. These studies have shown that, in 1983, 71 percent of the existing parcels were two acres in size or larger, and that increased densities might require expensive public sewage and water systems. The Santa Clarita Valley Areawide General Plan contains policy which clearly define standards for the future development of Agua Dulce.

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Altadena Community Standards District (22.44.127)

If you are interested in the Altadena CSD 2016 update please visit our project website here.

The Altadena Community Standards District is established to provide a means of reasonably protecting the light, air, and privacy of existing single-family residences from the negative impacts on these resources caused by the construction on adjacent properties of uncharacteristically large and overwhelming residences. The District is also established to ensure that new and expanded structures are compatible in size and scale with the characteristics of existing residential neighborhoods.

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Altadena CSD Amendment

If you are interested in the Altadena CSD 2016 update please visit our project website here.

In 2012 the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission together with the Department of Regional Planning initiated, conducted and completed the Altadena Visioning Report. A private industry consultant assisted to conduct public meetings during the spring of 2012 and in summer the County completed the Vision Plan. A limited number of those ideas which are found appropriate are being discussed as proposals to include in an amendment to the Altadena Community Standards District.

The Community Standards District (CSD) is a zoning code overlay that sets development standards for the community, such as building heights, lot sizes and sign standards and was created as a tool for more restrictive local development standards than are applied by the countywide Title 22 zoning code. Only a few of the many ideas expressed in the Vision Plan can be appropriately addressed in the CSD and those must be determined to not be in conflict with Title 22 or other County codes.

As a way to implement those ideas that could be incorporated into the CSD, a subcommittee was appointed by the Town Council in 2012 to formulate proposed revisions to the Altadena CSD. The CSD Committee submitted their list of proposals to the Department of Regional Planning (DRP) earlier this year. DRP has analyzed the proposals in consultation with other affected county departments and in the process of developing the scope of the proposals that can be reasonably implemented.

A future special Town Council meeting to discuss the CSD amendment project will be publicly announced on this site where the scope of work of the project proposals going forward will be presented for the Town Council and public’s comment and recommendations.

A community wide meeting will be held on the CSD Amendment project proposals and be announced on this page several weeks before the event. We will also be creating an email account soon to receive the public’s comments.

Stay tuned to this webpage for periodic updates on this project. We look forward to your participation and comments.


Amendment to the West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria CSD to Regulate Urban Horse Stables

The County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning, in partnership with several County departments, is proposing changes to the development standards and procedures related to the County approval of commercial horse stables within industrial zones in the West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria Community Standards District.

If adopted, the proposed changes would include (follow the link below to see a copy of the proposed draft ordinance in its entirety):

  • Additional site plan requirements:
    • Feed storage area, manure management area, tack storage area, and water storage area must be shown
  • Additional development standards and requirements:
    • Minimum horse stall size and construction materials requirements
    • Provision of minimum horse stall access area
    • Provision of minimum horse recreation area
    • Provision of on-site recreation areas
    • Provision of a perimeter fence/wall
  • Minimum parking requirements for both standard and pull-through spaces
  • Facility maintenance requirements

Download the proposed amendments to the West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria Community Standards District.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on this proposed ordinance on November 26, 2013. The hearing will begin at 9:30am in the hearing room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Room 381B, located at 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. You can review the case information here.

Click here to view the West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria Community Standards District map.

For more information, please contact:
Travis Seawards
Zoning Permits West Section
213-974-6462
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Application Submittals FAQ

What is a Site Plan Review?

A Site Plan Review involves determining whether a project is in compliance with the Los Angeles County Code Title 22 Planning and Zoning and any applicable provisions within a Community Standards District (CSD) or special area relative to setbacks, parking, height, and related standards. It is an administrative procedure and does not require a public hearing. Note that an approval does not ensure that a lot is buildable. Please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Building & Safety Division to determine which other departments you would need to obtain approvals from in order to obtain an eventual building permit. We encourage contacting Public Works, the Fire Department, and the Department of Public Health, if necessary, early on in your project.

How many sets of plans do I need to submit with my application?

Please consult the checklist for the appropriate application for this information. You may also choose to contact the public counter for assistance.

Do I need to submit blueprint drawings with my application?

Yes, plans are required for most applications. Please consult the checklist for the appropriate application for this information.

How much does it cost to file my application?

Please refer to the fee schedule for the cost of a particular application submittal. You may also choose to contact the public counter for assistance.

What payment methods does the Regional Planning Department accept?

We accept payment in cash or checks only. If writing a check, please write it payable to “Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning”.

What applications do you accept through postal mail?

We only accept rebuild letter requests, One-Stop Counseling meeting requests, and Business License Referrals and other license referrals through postal mail. All other applications must be submitted in person. Some applications must be submitted in person with an appointment. Please refer to the checklist of the appropriate application. If an appointment is needed, please call (213) 974-6438.

If you are sending in one of the applications that are accepted though the mail, please include a check written for the appropriate amount payable to “Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning”. If the appropriate payment is not included, your request will not be processed and may be returned to you.

For One-Stop Counseling meetings, once your request and the appropriate payment are received, you will be contacted by phone for an appointment. For more information regarding One-Stop Counseling meetings, please contact us.

How much time will it take for review?

The initial review for a Site Plan Review and Certificate of Compliance applications are currently taking 6-8 weeks. Discretionary applications requiring a public hearing, not including Subdivision applications or in conjunction with Subdivision applications, are currently taking approximately 1 year to process. Applications which involve a subdivision are currently taking a minimum of 2-3 years to complete.

Can I pay more for the Regional Planning Department to expedite my application? Can projects be approved over the counter?

Unfortunately, we do not have an expediting service on any of our applications. Furthermore, we do not approve projects over the counter. Please take the above mentioned processing time into consideration when planning your development.

Do I need an appointment to file my application?

All discretionary applications, Temporary Use Permit applications, Lot Line Adjustment applications, and the filing of three or more Site Plan Review, Certificate of Compliance, and/or Zoning Conformance Review applications require an appointment for filing. If an appointment is needed, this is specified on the respective application and checklist. To determine the appropriate application to file, please contact the public counter for assistance. If an appointment is needed, please call (213) 974-6438 for an appointment.

Do I need an Oak Tree Permit?

An Oak Tree Permit is required if you are proposing to cut, destroy, remove, relocate, inflict damage, or encroach into a protected zone of any tree of the oak genus which is:

  • 25 inches or more in circumference (8 inches in diameter) as measured 4 ½’ above mean natural grade. In the case of an oak with more than one trunk, whose combined circumference of any two trucks is at least 38 inches (12 inches in diameter) as measured 4 ½’ above mean natural grade
  • Any tree that has been provided as a replacement tree

If only one oak tree is affected in conjunction with a single family residential project, you may apply for an Administrative Oak Tree Permit (without Public Hearing). Click here for the application.

If more than one oak tree is affected, you must apply for a Public Hearing Oak Tree Permit. Click here for the application.

For more information about the Oak Tree Permit, click here. You may also choose to contact the public counter for assistance.

I have an oak tree that I believe is posing a danger. How do I obtain permission to remove the oak tree?

If you believe that an existing oak tree may endanger the safety of property or people, please contact the Los Angeles County Forester for the possibility of an Emergency Oak Tree Permit to remove the oak tree. The Forester may be contacted at (323) 890-5719. If the Forester indicates that an emergency oak tree permit cannot be issued, but that an Oak Tree Permit must be first obtained with the Regional Planning Department, please click here for the application and more information.

Are there any exemptions to the Oak Tree Permit?

There are few exemptions to the Oak Tree Permit process. These include a project which has obtained an Emergency Oak Tree Permit from the County Forester; the emergency or routine maintenance by a public utility necessary to protect or maintain an electric power or communication line or other property of a public utility; tree maintenance, limited to medium pruning of branches not to exceed 2 inches in diameter in accordance with guidelines published by the National Arborists Association (see Class II), intended to ensure the continued health of a protected tree; trees planted, grown and/or held for sale by a licensed nursery; and trees within existing road rights-of-way where pruning is necessary to obtain adequate line-of-sight distances and/or to keep street and sidewalk easements clear of obstructions, or to remove or relocate trees causing damage to roadway improvements or other public facilities and infrastructure within existing road rights-of-way, as required by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

For more information about the Oak Tree Permit, click here. You may also choose to contact the public counter for assistance.

What is a Certificate of Compliance?

A Certificate of Compliance (CofC) is a recorded document certifying a parcel is complying with state and local land division laws. For more information about the CofC, please click here.

Do I need a Certificate of Compliance?

A Certificate of Compliance (CofC) is needed if you have current plans to build or sell your property. If you are planning to transfer your property, a CofC may be required by your real estate representative, escrow company, or title company.

If you are planning a development on your property, please contact our office to determine whether a CofC would be required. Typically, the only exemptions from the CofC is a remodeling, minor additions, or repair of existing structures, which do not change the use or density of the structure; business signage proposal; and the addition of accessory structures. If a property has a previously recorded CofC, a new CofC is also not necessary. However, please provide a copy of the recorded CofC along with any applications you are submitting.

For more information on our office locations and hours, please click here.

Will my Certificate of Compliance get approved? Will there be problems?

A Certificate of Compliance (CofC) will be issued as unconditional or conditional. If a CofC is issued with conditions, the property owner must satisfy the conditions of the CofC and submit for a clearance of conditions. This request for a clearance of conditions requires a fee. Generally, conditions imposed on a Conditional CofC pertain to access and inadequate lot size. If the conditions of a CofC cannot be satisfied and cleared, development on the property is prohibited.

How do I request a Temporary Use Permit to hold a special event for the community? What kinds of events qualify for a Temporary Use Permit?

Events or activities which qualify for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) include carnivals, exhibitions, fairs, festivals, pageants, and religious observances sponsored by a public agency or a religious, fraternal, educational, or service organization directly engaged in civic, charitable or public service endeavors conducted for no more than 6 weekends or 7 days during a 12-month period; movie on-location filming for a period of time determined by the Director; and outside display or sales of goods, equipment, merchandise, or exhibits, in a commercial zone, conducted not more than once during any 12-month period with each time not exceeding one weekend or three consecutive calendar days, provided that all goods, equipment and merchandise are the same as those sold or held for sale within the business on the lot or parcel of land where the outside display and sales are proposed.

For extended time periods, notification to the surrounding community and the satisfaction of the Burden of Proof is also necessary for approval. For more information about the TUP process, click here.

Please complete and follow the instructions on the TUP application (PDF or Word) for submittal. Note that the TUP application must be submitted 30 days prior to the actual event date. An appointment is required for submittal. Please call (213) 974-6438 for an appointment.

Does my project need an Environmental Assessment? If so, what do I need to do?

Projects that generally require an environmental assessment include Discretionary Director’s Review, Conditional Use Permits, Oak Tree Permits requiring a public hearing, Zone Changes, Plan Amendments, Tentative Parcel Maps, and Tentative Tract Maps.

Please complete the environmental information section in the application that you are submitting. An environmental initial study fee will be charged at the time of submittal of your application. Note that additional fees may be required at a later time if your project is referred to other agencies for review.

Do I need a soils report?

A soils report may be needed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Building Safety Division, main office at (626) 458-3173, or Land Development Division, main office at (626) 458-4921, for more information. The Regional Planning Department does not require soils reports.


Applications & Forms - All

  • Affidavit of Easements of Record (PDF or Word)
  • Affidavit of Ownership and Consent (PDF or Word)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Sales Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Information (PDF or Word)
  • Appeal Form (PDF or Word)
  • Business License Referral (PDF or Word)
  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Application (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Information (English) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Information (Spanish) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Legal Description (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Exception Application (PDF or Word)
  • Change of Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)
  • Coastal Development Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP / Utility-Scale Solar Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Disclosure Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • East Los Angeles 3rd Street Form-Based Code and Specific Plan Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Existing Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)
  • Hillside Management Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Historic Preservation Landmark and District Nomination Instructions (PDF)
  • Historic Preservation Landmark and District Nomination Form (PDF)
  • Historic Preservation District Owner Consent Form (PDF)
  • How to Prepare a Density Analysis Radius Map (Coming Soon)
  • How to Prepare a Slope Density Exhibit (PDF)
  • Information for Sign Programs for Commercial Centers in Rowland Heights (PDF)
  • Land Division Application (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Lot Line Adjustment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments Disclaimer (PDF or Word)
  • Minor CUP / Solar Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor CUP / Wind and Temp Met Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Checklist (English and Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Modification of Development Standards Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • NCR Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Notice of Intent to Operate a Large Family Child Care Home (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Care and Maintenance (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Diagram (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • One-Stop Counseling Application (Land Divisions) (PDF or Word)
  • One-Stop Counseling Application (Zoning Permits) (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Plan Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Prospective Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Rebuild Letter Application (PDF or Word)
  • Review of Termination Schedule Burden of Proof (PDF)
  • Revised Exhibit “A” Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Revised Exhibit “A” Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Biological Resources Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP CDP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Coastal Development Permit Supplemental Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program One-Stop Counseling Application (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Local Implementation Program (LIP) Exemption Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Oak Tree Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • SEA Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Amendment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Surface Mining Permit Application, Checklist, and Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • UAIZ Program Contract Application (PDF)
  • UAIZ Program Eligibility Criteria (PDF)
  • Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Application (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Winery Supplemental Information Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Modification Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Sale Informational Flyer (English or Spanish)
  • Yard Sale Registration Form (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Sale Registration Form (Spanish) (PDF)
  • Zone Change Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Verification Letter Application (PDF or Word)

Applications & Forms - All Dev

  • Affidavit of Easements of Record (PDF or Word)
  • Affidavit of Ownership and Consent (PDF or Word)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Sales Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Information (PDF or Word)
  • Appeal Form (PDF or Word)
  • Business License Referral (PDF or Word)
  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Application (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Information (English) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Information (Spanish) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Legal Description (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Exception Application (PDF or Word)
  • Coastal Development Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP / Utility-Scale Solar Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Disclosure Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • East Los Angeles 3rd Street Form-Based Code and Specific Plan Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Existing Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Hillside Management Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Historic Preservation Landmark and District Nomination Instructions (PDF)
  • Historic Preservation Landmark and District Nomination Form (PDF)
  • Historic Preservation District Owner Consent Form (PDF)
  • How to Prepare a Density Analysis Radius Map (Coming Soon)
  • How to Prepare a Slope Density Exhibit (PDF)
  • Information for Sign Programs for Commercial Centers in Rowland Heights (PDF)
  • Land Division Application (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Lot Line Adjustment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments Disclaimer (PDF or Word)
  • Minor CUP / Solar Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor CUP / Wind and Temp Met Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Checklist (English and Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Modification of Development Standards Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • NCR Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Notice of Intent to Operate a Large Family Child Care Home (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Care and Maintenance (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Diagram (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • One-Stop Counseling Application (Land Divisions) (PDF or Word)
  • One-Stop Counseling Application (Zoning Permits) (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Plan Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Prospective Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Rebuild Letter Application (PDF or Word)
  • Review of Termination Schedule Burden of Proof (PDF)
  • Revised Exhibit “A” Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Revised Exhibit “A” Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Biological Resources Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP CDP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Coastal Development Permit Supplemental Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program One-Stop Counseling Application (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Local Implementation Program (LIP) Exemption Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Oak Tree Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains LCP Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • SEA Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Amendment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Surface Mining Permit Application, Checklist, and Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • UAIZ Program Contract Application (PDF)
  • UAIZ Program Eligibility Criteria (PDF)
  • Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Application (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • WECS Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Winery Supplemental Information Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Modification Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Sale Informational Flyer (English or Spanish)
  • Yard Sale Registration Form (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Sale Registration Form (Spanish) (PDF)
  • Zone Change Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Verification Letter Application (PDF or Word)

Applications & Forms Necessary - By Permit/Action Type

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

  • Checklist
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Adult Business Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Review of Termination Schedule Burden of Proof (PDF)

Alcoholic Beverage Sales Conditional Use Permit (ABC CUP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Sales Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Alcohol Shelf Plan Guidelines/Sample (PDF)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Animal Permit

  • Animal Permit Information (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Appeal to Regional Planning Commission

Aviation Permit

  • How to File an Aviation Application (PDF)
  • Aviation Application Form (PDF or Word)
  • Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) Consistency Matrix (PDF or Word)
  • Airport Planning Government Agency Roles (PDF)
  • Airport Land Use Plans
  • ALUC Review and Procedures (PDF)

Business License

  • Business License Referral (PDF or Word)

Cemetery Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Cemetery Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)

Cerritos Island Community Standard District Modification (CSD Modification)

  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Certificate of Compliance

  • Certificate of Compliance Information (English) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Information (Spanish) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Application (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Legal Description (PDF or Word)

Certificate of Exception

  • Certificate of Exception Application (PDF or Word)

Coastal Development Permit

  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Coastal Development Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Conditional Use Permit (CUP)

  • Application Process Flowchart (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Guidelines for Writing Your Conditional Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Wireless Telecommunications Facility Additional Application Materials and Guidelines (PDF)

DMV Referral

  • DMV Referral Application (PDF or Word)

East Pasadena-San Gabriel Community Standard District Modification (CSD Modification)

  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Environmental Review Board (ERB)

  • ERB Checklist Document Under Revision
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Farmworker Housing

  • Farmworker Housing Ordinance Summary (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
  • Farmworker Housing Verification Form (PDF)

General Plan Amendment

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Plan Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Guidelines for Writing Your General Plan Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)
  • Change of Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)

Hillside Management Areas Conditional Use Permit (HMA CUP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Hillside Management Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Sensitive Hillside Design Measures Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)

Historic Preservation

  • Landmark and District Nomination Instructions (PDF)
  • Landmark and District Nomination Form (PDF)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • District Owner Consent Form (PDF)
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, Administrative (Use Site Plan Review Application) (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, Public Hearing (Use Zoning Permit Application) (PDF or Word)
  • Additional Resources

Housing Permit for Affordable and Senior Housing

  • Application Forms:
    • Supplemental Application for Affordable Housing Project (PDF or Word)
    • Supplemental Application for Senior Citizen Housing Project (PDF or Word)
    • Pre-Existing Site Conditions and Occupant Income Certification (PDF or Word)
  • Additional Information:

La Crescenta-Montrose Community Standard District Modification (CSD Modification)

  • La Crescenta-Montrose CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • La Cresecenta-Montrose CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Land Division

  • Land Division Application (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)
  • Change of Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)
  • Bond Release Inspection Checklist (PDF)
  • Final Map Submittal Checklist (PDF)
  • Affidavit of Easements of Record (PDF or Word)
  • Disclosure Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Existing Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Prospective Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Slope Density Exhibit Guidelines (PDF)
  • Cover Letter for Revisions Guidelines (PDF)
  • Flag Lot Supplemental Information (PDF)

Large Family Child Care Home-Notice of Intent to Operate

  • Notice of Intent to Operate a Large Family Child Care Home (PDF)

Lot Line Adjustment

  • Lot Line Adjustment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)

Mills Act Program Historical Property Contract

Applications for 2017 will be accepted from January 2, 2017 through July 27, 2017. Please consult with planning staff before filing an application.

Minor Conditional Use Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Guidelines for Writing Your Conditional Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments Disclaimer (PDF or Word)

Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Guidelines for Writing Your Conditional Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments Disclaimer (PDF or Word)

Minor Parking Deviation

  • Minor Parking Deviation Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Checklist (English and Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Mixed Use Developments & Joint Live and Work Units

  • Mixed Use Developments & Joint Live and Work Units Ordinance Summary (PDF)

Non-Conforming Review (NCR)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • NCR Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Oak Tree Permit

  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Care and Maintenance (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Diagram (PDF)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)

One-Stop Counseling

Parking Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Reasonable Accommodation Request

  • Reasonable Accommodation Application and Verification of Disability Form (PDF or Word)

Rebuild Letter

  • Rebuild Letter Application (PDF or Word)

Renewable Energy (Solar/Wind)

Revised Exhibit “A”

  • Revised Exhibit “A” Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Revised Exhibit “A” Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)

Rowland Heights Sign Programs for Commercial Centers

  • Information for Sign Programs for Commercial Centers in Rowland Heights (PDF)

Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program (LCP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Local Implementation Program (LIP) Exemption Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program One-Stop Counseling Application (PDF or Word)
  • SMM LCP Coastal Development Permit Supplemental Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Biological Resources Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP CDP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Oak Tree Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Shared Water Wells

  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Significant Ecological Area Conditional Use Permit (SEA CUP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • SEA Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Biological Constraints Analysis Report (Link)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Site Plan Review

  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Site Plan Review Amendment

  • Site Plan Review Amendment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)

Substantial Conformance Review

  • East Los Angeles 3rd Street Form-Based Code and Specific Plan Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Surface Mining Permit

  • Surface Mining Permit Application, Checklist, and Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)
  • Change of Financial Responsibility Form (PDF)

Temporary Use Permit (TUP)

  • Temporary Use Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program (UAIZ)

  • UAIZ Program Contract Application (PDF)
  • UAIZ Program Eligibility Criteria (PDF)

Variance

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Wind Energy Conversion System-Noncommercial (WECS)

Winery

  • Winery Supplemental Information Checklist (PDF or Word)

Yard Modification

  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Modification Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Yard Sale Registration

Zone Change

  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zone Change Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Zoning Conformance Review

  • Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)

Zoning Verification Letter

  • Zoning Verification Letter Application (PDF or Word)

Applications & Forms Necessary - By Permit/Action Type Dev

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

  • Checklist
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Adult Business Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Review of Termination Schedule Burden of Proof (PDF)

Alcoholic Beverage Sales Conditional Use Permit (ABC CUP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Sales Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Alcohol Shelf Plan Guidelines/Sample (PDF)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Animal Permit

  • Animal Permit Information (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Animal Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Appeal to Regional Planning Commission

Aviation Permit

  • How to File an Aviation Application (PDF)
  • Aviation Application Form (PDF or Word)
  • Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) Consistency Matrix (PDF or Word)
  • Airport Planning Government Agency Roles (PDF)
  • Airport Land Use Plans
  • ALUC Review and Procedures (PDF)

Business License

  • Business License Referral (PDF or Word)

Cemetery Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Cemetery Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)

Cerritos Island Community Standard District Modification (CSD Modification)

  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Cerritos Island CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Certificate of Compliance

  • Certificate of Compliance Information (English) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Information (Spanish) (PDF)
  • Certificate of Compliance Application (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Compliance Legal Description (PDF or Word)

Certificate of Exception

  • Certificate of Exception Application (PDF or Word)

Coastal Development Permit

  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Coastal Development Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Conditional Use Permit (CUP)

  • Application Process Flowchart (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Guidelines for Writing Your Conditional Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Wireless Telecommunications Facility Additional Application Materials and Guidelines (PDF)

Density Bonus

  • Application Forms:
    • Supplemental Application for Affordable Housing Project (PDF or Word)
    • Supplemental Application for Senior Citizen Housing Project (PDF or Word)
    • Pre-Existing Site Conditions and Occupant Income Certification (PDF or Word)
  • Additional Information:

DMV Referral

  • DMV Referral Application (PDF or Word)

East Pasadena-San Gabriel Community Standard District Modification (CSD Modification)

  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • East Pasadena-San Gabriel CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Environmental Review Board (ERB)

  • ERB Checklist Document Under Revision
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Farmworker Housing

  • Farmworker Housing Ordinance Summary (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
  • Farmworker Housing Verification Form (PDF)

General Plan Amendment

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Plan Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Guidelines for Writing Your General Plan Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Hillside Management Areas Conditional Use Permit (HMA CUP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Hillside Management Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Sensitive Hillside Design Measures Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)

Historic Preservation

  • Landmark and District Nomination Instructions (PDF)
  • Landmark and District Nomination Form (PDF)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • District Owner Consent Form (PDF)
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, Administrative (Use Site Plan Review Application) (PDF or Word)
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, Public Hearing (Use Zoning Permit Application) (PDF or Word)
  • Additional Resources

La Crescenta-Montrose Community Standard District Modification (CSD Modification)

  • La Crescenta-Montrose CSD Modification Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • La Cresecenta-Montrose CSD Modification Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Land Division

  • Bond Release Inspection Checklist (PDF)
  • Final Map Submittal Checklist (PDF)
  • Land Division Application (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Land Division Application Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Affidavit of Easements of Record (PDF or Word)
  • Disclosure Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Existing Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Prospective Tenant Notice (Condo-Conversion Project) (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)
  • Slope Density Exhibit Guidelines (PDF)
  • Cover Letter for Revisions Guidelines (PDF)
  • Flag Lot Supplemental Information (PDF)

Large Family Child Care Home-Notice of Intent to Operate

  • Notice of Intent to Operate a Large Family Child Care Home (PDF)

Lot Line Adjustment

  • Lot Line Adjustment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)

Mills Act Program Historical Property Contract

Applications for 2017 will be accepted from January 2, 2017 through July 27, 2017. Please consult with planning staff before filing an application.

Minor Conditional Use Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Guidelines for Writing Your Conditional Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Minor CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Conditional Use Permit for Non-Conforming Apartments Disclaimer (PDF or Word)

Minor Parking Deviation

  • Minor Parking Deviation Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Checklist (English and Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Minor Parking Deviation Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Mixed Use Developments & Joint Live and Work Units

  • Mixed Use Developments & Joint Live and Work Units Ordinance Summary (PDF)

Non-Conforming Review (NCR)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • NCR Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Oak Tree Permit

  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Oak Tree Care and Maintenance (PDF)
  • Oak Tree Diagram (PDF)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)

One-Stop Counseling

Parking Permit

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Reasonable Accommodation Request

  • Reasonable Accommodation Application and Verification of Disability Form (PDF or Word)

Rebuild Letter

  • Rebuild Letter Application (PDF or Word)

Renewable Energy (Solar/Wind)

Revised Exhibit “A”

  • Revised Exhibit “A” Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Revised Exhibit “A” Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)

Rowland Heights Sign Programs for Commercial Centers

  • Information for Sign Programs for Commercial Centers in Rowland Heights (PDF)

Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program (LCP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Local Implementation Program (LIP) Exemption Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program One-Stop Counseling Application (PDF or Word)
  • SMM LCP Coastal Development Permit Supplemental Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Amendment Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Biological Resources Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP CDP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Oak Tree Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Parking Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • LCP Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Shared Water Wells

  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Shared Water Wells Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Significant Ecological Area Conditional Use Permit (SEA CUP)

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • SEA Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • CUP Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Biological Constraints Analysis Report (Link)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Site Plan Review

  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Site Plan Review Amendment

  • Site Plan Review Amendment Application and Checklist (PDF or Word)

Substantial Conformance Review

  • East Los Angeles 3rd Street Form-Based Code and Specific Plan Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Surface Mining Permit

  • Surface Mining Permit Application, Checklist, and Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)

Temporary Use Permit (TUP)

  • Temporary Use Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (English) (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Checklist (Spanish) (PDF or Word)
  • Temporary Use Permit Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program (UAIZ)

  • UAIZ Program Contract Application (PDF)
  • UAIZ Program Eligibility Criteria (PDF)

Variance

  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Variance Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)
  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Parking Matrix Form (PDF or Word)

Wind Energy Conversion System-Noncommercial (WECS)

Winery

  • Winery Supplemental Information Checklist (PDF or Word)

Yard Modification

  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Yard Modification Flyer (PDF or Word)
  • Site Plan Review Application (PDF or Word)

Yard Sale Registration

Zone Change

  • Ownership and Consent Affidavit (PDF or Word)
  • Environmental Assessment Information Form (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Application (PDF or Word)
  • Zoning Permit Checklist (PDF or Word)
  • Zone Change Burden of Proof (PDF or Word)

Zoning Conformance Review

  • Zoning Conformance Review Application (PDF or Word)

Zoning Verification Letter

  • Zoning Verification Letter Application (PDF or Word)

Avocado Heights Community Standards District (22.44.136)

The Avocado Heights Community Standards District (“CSD”) is established to preserve the open character of the Avocado Heights community and to improve its appearance with property maintenance standards. The CSD also establishes standards to improve the compatibility between residential uses and neighboring industrial and assembly uses.

More Information


Baldwin Hills CSD 2009 Quarterly Complaint Logs


Baldwin Hills CSD 2010 Quarterly Complaint Logs


Baldwin Hills CSD 2011 Quarterly Complaint Logs


Board Correspondence

Board Correspondence for the Department of Regional Planning

County Board Correspondence can be found by clicking the BOS Portal.

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Board of Supervisors - Agenda

BOSThe Board of Supervisors is the governing body of the County of Los Angeles, a charter county. As such, it has the unique function of serving as the executive and legislative head of the largest and most complex county government in the entire United States. A civil service staff which performs the duties for the County departments and agencies serves the needs of the County’s population of more than 10 million people. The Board conducts public hearings on zoning, real property transactions, and other proceedings that require that the public be given an opportunity to have input. The Board also adopts local regulations affecting the unincorporated areas of the County, to protect the public.

Click here for a link to the Board Agenda page.


Business / Other License Referrals FAQ

What kind of licenses are referred to Regional Planning for review and why?

The following agencies frequently ask Regional Planning to verify that operations they issue licenses to are allowed at the location:

I have previous approval(s). Isn’t that enough for Regional Planning to approve my request?

The Los Angeles County Code continues to change over the years to better meet the County’s needs. The provisions applicable to your proposed operation or location may have changed.

How long does Regional Planning’s review take?

It takes approximately 2-3 weeks and may take longer if Regional Planning needs to schedule a zoning inspector to visit the site. The inspector makes sure that there are no zoning violations on the property before Regional Planning can approve your request.

What can I do to facilitate my request?

Most review time is spent on collecting information and verifying official records. Bring the following items whenever possible will greatly help Regional Planning’s review:

  • Photos of the subject property
  • Floor Plan for your business (mainly for “Public Eating” and “Bottle Works” business licenses)
  • Site plan of the property
  • Copies of building permits for the property or business
  • Any known/previous approvals from the Regional Planning
  • Other licenses issued by other County or State Departments
What do I do after Regional Planning approves my request?

Please take the approval back to the issuing agency to obtain your license.


Buying Property?

What you need to know before you buy in the Unincorporated LA County Communities

Zoning enforcement staff from the Department of Regional Planning (DRP) often meet new property owners and real estate agents who are unfamiliar with zoning code regulations. Being uninformed and not asking the right questions can lead to serious problems for buyers.

  • Is this structure legal?
  • How many units can I have?
  • Does my business need a permit to operate in this zone?

These are just a few questions that should be considered before purchasing a property. Since LA County does not have a mandatory inspection program, we do not conduct inspections of properties when they are transferred to a new owner. It is important that all real estate agents, prospective property owners and business owners understand the policies and regulations established by DRP before purchasing property in the unincorporated communities of LA County.

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Castaic Area Community Standards District (22.44.137)

The Castaic Area Community Standards District (“CSD”) is established to protect the rural character, unique appearance, and natural resources of the Castaic Area communities. The CSD also ensures that new development will be compatible with the Castaic area’s existing rural neighborhoods and with the goals of the Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan. Finally, the CSD promotes the establishment of trucking-related businesses in locations where trucking activities presently occur, while ensuring that trucking businesses do not interfere with the community’s residential character, circulation, and traffic patterns.

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Certificate of Compliance FAQ

Will my certificate of compliance application be handled differently from normal procedures if my parcel is found to have been created in violation of the applicable subdivision laws existing when the parcel was created?

The Department will do a title chain search of your parcel, and if the parcel is found to be created in violation of State or County subdivision laws, the Department will issue you a Conditional Certificate of Compliance, which is to say that the property owner must fulfill the conditions (usually dedications of rights-of-way) prior to effectively having their parcel designated a legal lot.

If my parcel is represented by a dashed line on an Assessor’s Map Book Page, does that mean that my parcel does not have a certificate of compliance?

Such a dashed line only indicates that the parcel was not created by parcel map, tract map or parcel map. It may have been created by parcel map waiver or by deed, and it may have already received a certificate of compliance. The only way to be sure whether or not a certificate of compliance has already been issued for such a parcel, is to do a preliminary title search-i.e. ask a title company to determine that for you. Alternatively, you could apply for a certificate of compliance and the Department will do such a search for you; however, if a previous C of C is uncovered, the Department will keep $453.00 of your filing fee, with return of the balance of your application to you.

If I own more than one adjoining parcel of land, could I pay one fee to obtain more than one certificate of compliance on the adjoining parcels, thereby legalizing several separate parcels for one fee?

Each certificate of compliance application and fee may apply only to the certification of one parcel; however, one certificate of compliance can be issued for several parcels combined in cases where the property owner agrees to hold all the parcels as one, i.e. where the property owner wishes to construct improvements over adjoining internal property lines.

Can I get a certificate of compliance if my parcel is undersized in area compared to today’s zoning requirements?

In instances where your parcel’s area is undersized compared with current zoning requirements, you may be required to submit an additional zoning application, such as a director’s review, lot line adjustment, or other zoning application that will regulate the design of future improvements so as to mitigate the potential negative impacts of the parcel’s undersized area.

Is the certificate of compliance case processing procedure any different if my parcel is located with the State Coastal Zone?

If your parcel is located within the State Coastal Zone, any approved certificate of compliance will include specification that you must obtain a Coastal Development Permit prior to any grading or construction on the subject parcel.

Must I prove that my parcel has legal access to the nearest public street prior to issuance of my certificate of compliance?

Upon submittal of your certificate of compliance application, if the Department cannot establish that your parcel has such legal access, and you have not demonstrated such, the approved certificate of compliance will include a note specifying that legal access for your parcel has not been established, and lack of such proof at the time of approval will become public record for any future buyer or financing agency to know.

What is a certificate of exception, and If my parcel has previously been issued a certificate of exception, how will it affect my application for a certificate of compliance?

Certificates of Exception were issued between 1967 and 1972 by Los Angeles County to create up to four legal lots in the absence of a Parcel Map. (From 1972 onward, the Parcel Map requirement applied to all land divisions of four lots or less.) If your parcel was issued a certificate of exception, you will generally be allowed to “convert” it to a certificate of compliance for a smaller fee than is required for a regular certificate of compliance. The Department of Regional Planning recommends such a conversion due to the fact that certificates of exception were never recorded, and therefore, there is not adequate notice to potential buyers and financing banks that you have a legal lot. The new certificate of compliance would be recorded, and therefore provide such notice in the future.


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Commercial and Industrial FAQ

I want to open a new business or change to a different business. What must I do?
Do I need a business license?

Only certain types of businesses need a business license. To verify, contact the Treasurer Tax Collector Business License Department at (213) 974-2011. They are located at 225 North Hill Street, Room 109, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

What are the parking requirements?

The parking requirement is the minimum number of parking spaces that must be provided. Each use must provide a minimum number of required parking spaces in accordance with Part 11 of Chapter 22.52.

What are the sign regulations for my business?

Sign regulations are located in Part 10 of Chapter 22.52.


Community Matters: 211

Finding out who to contact for what is as easy as dialing 211. Via the 211 number LA County enables callers to access over 28,000 health and human service programs throughout Los Angeles County 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and is TTY accessible. The operators at 211 can help you learn about the services available to you and can put you in touch with the organizations and agencies that provide them. For more information, please visit www.211la.org or call 211.


Community Matters: Capital Improvement Projects

There are several ways to learn about capital improvement projects in Hacienda Heights. County service providers from various departments provide reports of major projects at the monthly meetings of the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association. To learn about past meetings and to get a schedule of upcoming meetings, please visit www.hhia.net. Information on major projects can also be found on Supervisor Don Knabe’s website, at www.knabe.com. Finally, the Hacienda Heights Connection Newsletter you receive each year provides a wealth of information on county services, including a list of major physical community updates and improvements.


Community Matters: Graffiti

The Department of Public Works supports the control of graffiti through the Graffiti Abatement Section, which manages abatement crews throughout the County. If you spot graffiti in your community, report it to DPW.

There are two ways to report graffiti to DPW:

  • Contact the Graffiti Hotline at (800) 675-4357. Live operators are available to take your call 24/7 with a target response time of 48-hours or less.
  • Visit the Stop Graffiti Website. Provide your contact information, graffiti details, and upload a photo.

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, in association with the Department of Public Works Graffiti Abatement Program, sponsors a youth program known as T.A.G. - Totally Against Graffiti T.A.G. teaches elementary school children about the costs and consequences of graffiti, and encourages kids to report graffiti in their neighborhoods.

T.A.G. includes several dynamic components, including The Kids on The Block and The Difference Between Art and Graffiti programs, which have helped earn T.A.G. the recognition as one of the most successful public works programs in the nation. The T.A.G. Mobile Classroom visits schools and rewards kids for improving their neighborhoods, and T.A.G. also organizes school and neighborhood clean-up days.

To learn more about T.A.G. - Totally Against Graffiti:

  • Go to TAG - Totally Against Graffiti; For poster information, click here.
  • Call 323-930-7598
  • Send an e-mail to info@4tagla.com

Community Matters: Home Loans

The Los Angeles County Community Development Commission offers loans to maintain homes. The Single Family Grant Program (SFGP) offers grants up to $5,000 for repairs and addressing code violations to low-income owner-occupied single-family home and mobile homes in LA County unincorporated areas. The Single Family Rehabilitation Loan Program assists low-income owner-occupied single family home or duplexes with rehabilitation and code violations up to $34,000 for each unit, at 3% simple interest rate with no monthly payments. For more information call (323) 890-7239 or visit www.lacdc.org. For help locating affordable, special needs, or emergency housing visit the LA County Housing resource center.


Community Matters: Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)

Unincorporated areas can become cities by petitioning to the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO. LAFCO is the county-wide regulatory agency that is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local governmental boundaries, including: annexations and detachments of territory; incorporations of cities; formations of special districts; and, consolidations, mergers, and dissolutions of districts. LAFCO is also responsible for reviewing ways to reorganize, simplify, and streamline governmental structure. The Los Angeles LAFCO was established by state law (Cortese/Knox-Hertzberg Act of 2000) to discourage urban sprawl and encourage the orderly formation and development of local government agencies. For more information on LAFCO, please visit www.lalafco.org.


Community Matters: Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a program that relies on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to watch and listen to what’s going on in their communities. From time to time, neighborhood watch in Hacienda Heights becomes active to respond to specific community issues. Keep a lookout for neighborhood watch signs and ask your neighbors if they know about it. If you are interested in joining the neighborhood watch, contact the local sheriff’s department. For information on how you can organize a neighborhood watch, including how-to guides and sample documents, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website, at: www.ncpc.org/topics/neighborhood-watch.


Community Matters: Plan Funding

Los Angeles County expenditures are financed by federal, state, and local revenues. Federal and state revenues are generally available primarily for specific human services. Local sources of funds include the County’s share of the property tax, vehicle license fees, sales and use taxes, and fines and charges for services. These are the primary funding sources for public protection, recreation and cultural services, and general government services. (Source: LA County Annual Report 2007-2008) Funds are allocated to each County Department during the yearly budgeting process, which is the responsibility of the Board of Supervisors. Once the community Plan is adopted, it will serve as the blueprint for development in Hacienda Heights. The Plan will tell County agencies what the priority projects are in Hacienda Heights, and it will guide them as they seek and allocate funding for specific developments. For more information on the County’s latest budget, please visit the County’s home page.


Community Matters: Plan Implementation

The Hacienda Heights Community Plan is scheduled to be adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors by the end of this year. Once the Plan is effective, some things will be implemented immediately. For example, new development that is proposed in Hacienda Heights will have to be consistent with the updated Plan. Other parts of the Plan will take some additional time to be implemented, such as large-scale capital improvement or development projects. The Plan will include an implementation program which will set out in detail how and when things will be implemented. Several planning tools are available to implement Community Plans. These include development of design guidelines and special regulations specific to Hacienda Heights to help achieve the vision laid out in the Plan. In addition to these tools, the Department of Regional Planning is working with other county agencies, such as the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Public Works, to make sure that that they are aware of and accountable for implementing the parts of the Plan that fall under their purview. Finally, community members have a crucial role to play in making sure that the vision laid out in their Plan is implemented. By organizing to address local issues, advocating for change, and partnering with county service providers, community members can help implement the Plan.


Community Matters: Puente Hills Open Space

Much of the open space in the Puente Hills is managed by the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority (Habitat Authority). This organization is a Joint Powers Authority with a Board of Directors consisting of the City of Whittier, County of Los Angeles, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association. It was formed in 1994 as mitigation for the Puente Hills Landfill, which is its main funding source. Today, the Habitat Authority manages 3,860 acres of preserved public open space. The Habitat Authority acquires, restores, and manages the open space in the Puente Hills in order to preserve it for future generations and to protect the diverse plants and animals that are found there. The agency also endeavors to provide opportunities for outdoor education and low-impact recreation. To learn more about the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, including the schedule of public meetings, please visit their website at www.habitatauthority.org or contact them at (562) 945-9003.


Community Matters: Q and A and Next Steps

We hope that you have had the chance to get answers to your questions at the numerous community meetings and activities held during the public participation phase of the program. However, if you have additional questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. Your questions and feedback are crucial to ensuring that the Community Plan addresses the issues you care about most.

Over the next several months, the county will analyze and build on the recommendations made at the Community Presentation on February 27, 2008. After careful evaluation of the committee recommendations and the community’s feedback, the county will present the Draft Plan Update to the entire community in the spring and summer. Over the next year you will have additional opportunities to get involved, and we hope you will share your thoughts, critiques, and support. You can get involved by:

  • staying up to date: visit this website often to get the latest news;
  • providing feedback on drafts of the Plan; and
  • testifying at public hearings.

Remember, it’s never too late to participate!


Community Matters: Signs

While the community plan lays out the general guidelines for future development in a community, the specific rules and regulations for signs are contained in the Zoning Ordinance. Provisions relating to signs are primarily found in Part 10 of Section 22.52 of the Los Angeles County Code. The Zoning Ordinance regulates such aspects as the height, size, shape, and location of signs. As explained by the U.S. Supreme Court, signs and billboards possess both “communicative and noncommunicative aspects” and, as a consequence, while “the government has legitimate interests in controlling the noncommunicative aspects of the medium, … the First and Fourteenth Amendments foreclose a similar interest in controlling the communicative aspects.” (Metromedia, Inc. v. City of San Diego, 1981) This means that governments can regulate the size, aesthetics, and placement of signs, but that what signs say is protected by the Constitution. To learn more about the LA County Zoning Ordinance Update Program or to read the existing Sign Ordinance, please go to ZOUP.


Community Matters: SR-60 HOV Lane Construction

CalTrans, the state agency responsible for highway, bridge, and rail transportation planning, construction, and maintenance, held a public meeting about the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) Lane Construction Project on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 7 PM at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview of the project—location, limits, planned improvements, closures and project phases—and to answer questions from Hacienda Heights residents about the $125 million, four-and-a-half-year project.

Contact Derrick Alatorre, CalTrans Public Affairs Officer, at 213-897-0303 or derrick_alatorre@dot.ca.gov for more information about the project and the potential impacts on Hacienda Heights residents.


Community Matters: State and County Budgets

State funding accounts for one portion of the County’s budget. Federal and local revenues are also used to finance County expenditures. Federal and state revenues are generally available primarily for specific human services. Local sources of funds include the County’s share of the property tax, vehicle license fees, sales and use taxes, and fines and charges for services. These are the primary funding sources for public protection, recreation and cultural services, infrastructure, and general government services. (Source: LA County Annual Report 2007-2008) The County budget is required by law to be approved on a yearly basis. As such, funding for infrastructure projects and government services is committed on an annual basis. Unlike the County, the State is not required by law to approve a budget by a certain date each year. Delays in the State budget process do impact the County’s revenue sources for programmatic expenditures, however, they do not impact the delivery of the general government services listed above. For more information on the County budget, please visit http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lac/home.


Community Matters: The Puente Hills Landfill

The Puente Hills Landfill is scheduled to close by November 1, 2013. When this happens, any portion of landfill in which fill has been placed will be designated as open space for recreational use. This future park will be managed by the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation. The LA County Sanitation Districts will retain ownership over the land and will continue to maintain and operate any environmental control systems for protection of public health.

In order to establish the appropriate funding for development, operation, and maintenance of the future park, the LA County Sanitation Districts is currently working with the Department of Parks and Recreation and a consultant to develop options for what type of park may be built on the site. The options being considered range from very passive uses (nature observation and hiking) to very active uses (a golf course).

In the near future, five conceptual plans for park use will be presented to the community for their comments and input. The conceptual plans will be refined according to the comments received. Costs estimates associated with each plan will be prepared after the plans have been revised. The Final Feasibility Study report is estimated to be finished and released to the public by the end of 2008. Final decision of what the ultimate use of the park would be will be made when the Department of Parks and Recreation prepares their park Master Plan.

Keep a look out in your local papers and on the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association’s website for more information. The Department of Regional Planning will also update you on news about the landfill as it becomes available.

For more information, please contact the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Puente Hills Landfill at 562-908-4288 or visit their website at http://www.lacsd.org/solidwaste/swfacilities/landfills/puente_hills/.


Community Matters: Tipping Fees

In December 2002 expansion of the Puente Hills Landfill was approved by the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission through a Conditional Use Permit. As part of this permit a condition was imposed on the Landfill that requires that $1 be paid into a Community Benefit and Environmental Education Trust Fund for each ton of solid waste placed in the landfill until the permit expires in 2013. The monies placed in this fund are commonly referred to as “tipping fees.” According to the permit, the purpose of the fund created with the tipping fees is to provide resources for environmental, educational, and quality of life programs and regional public facilities that primarily benefit the Hacienda Heights and Avocado Heights communities. To learn about efforts thus far in selecting projects and programs to be funded by the tipping fees, please see the Tipping Fee Documents at: http://knabe.com/cities/haciendaheights.html or contact the project consultant Mr. Jeffrey Lambert at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Community Matters: Trash Collection

Los Angeles County Utilities Code, or Title 20, specifies when trash containers are allowed at collection points. Specifically, Section 20.72.110 states that, “no person shall place any solid waste, or any container containing solid waste, at any place of collection before 5:00 p.m. of the day preceding the scheduled collection of said solid waste, or leave any such container at the place of collection after 8:00 p.m. on the day of actual collection, or more than two hours after actual collection, whichever is later.”


Community Matters: Wall Maintenance

Private walls that separate homeowners’ backyards from the public sidewalk and street along Hacienda Blvd. were built by the developer of the homes when the land was subdivided. The walls are owned by and are the responsibility of each individual homeowner. The LA County Department of Public Works will clean up graffiti on the side of the walls that faces the public street, but is not responsible for maintaining the walls in any other way. The Department of Public Works does not currently have any improvements planned for these walls, however, median landscaping along Hacienda Blvd. is planned to begin in the Spring of 2008. The Los Angeles County Zoning Code, or Title 22, regulates such aspects as wall height, color, and material. To read the provisions in Title 22 pertaining to walls, please visit Title 22 - Planning & Zoning.


Community Matters: Water Providers

Hacienda Heights is served by two water providers. Their information is as follows:

  • San Gabriel Valley W C
    11142 Garvey Ave.
    El Monte, CA 91734
    626-448-6183
  • Suburban Water Systems
    15605 Hudson St.
    La Puente, CA 91744
    626-966-2090

To find out which one of these two water providers serves your home, visit the Department of Public Works’ service locator, at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/general/servicelocator. At this website you can also enter your address or intersection to locate construction, utility, road, and transit services in your area.


Community Matters: Wireless Networks

To “go wireless” means that information, such as Internet access, can be transferred over a distance without the use of electrical conductors, or “wires”. Localities can provide wireless services by building towers in different locations and connecting them to a central location from which the wireless service is provided. Like using a cellular phone, anyone within the coverage area can connect to the Internet through their personal computers and other hand-held devices within the service area. Another method to provide wireless services is through a mesh network. Mesh networks serve smaller areas than traditional towers and rely on multiple connections, rather than a central server. Several cities in Southern California already provide, or plan to provide, wireless services within their boundaries. These include Culver City, Hermosa Beach, Cerritos, and West Hollywood. To see an example of how a locality can go wireless, please visit Culver City’s website at www.culvercity.org.


Community Participation

Everyone living, learning and working in Hacienda Heights was invited to participate in a series of community-wide events and activities during the public participation phase of the Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update, which was initiated in June 2007 and completed in February 2008. The purpose of the 5 meetings, 2 events and final presentation was to ensure that residents’ ideas, issues and concerns are thoroughly addressed in the Community Plan Update. Please see below for details and supporting documents related to the event and activities or view the Community Plan Update Poster Plan for a summary of the entire program, outcomes, and process.

If you are interested in participating in future community events related to this effort, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 213-974-4885 to be added to the community list.

For information on other activities throughout the Fourth District, please visit www.knabe.com.


Community Standards Districts

CSD regulations supplement the countywide zoning and subdivision regulations. For a complete review of applicable regulations please also refer to the applicable countywide zoning and subdivision regulations. Community Standards Districts are established as supplemental districts to provide a means of implementing special development standards contained in adopted neighborhood, community, area, specific and local coastal plans within the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, or to provide a means of addressing special problems which are unique to certain geographic areas within the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. (Ord. 93-0047 § 1, 1993: Ord. 87-0130 § 1, 1987: Ord. 83-0065 § 5, 1983: Ord. 1494 Ch. 9 Art. 5 § 905.1, 1927.) Clicking on the links below will take you out of the Department of Regional Planning website, to return to this page, click on your browser’s Back button.

For more information, see Title 22 (Planning and Zoning; listed under Supplemental Districts) of the Los Angeles County Code, or stop by the office of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Room 1360 Hall of Records, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone: (213) 974-6411.


Conditional Use Permit (CUP) FAQ

Why does my project require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)? What are CUPs?

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is required for certain land uses which may need special conditions to ensure compatibility with surrounding land uses. These uses are specified under “Uses Subject to Permits” in the zones or specified in a Community Standards District (CSD). To be approved, a CUP must be consistent with the existing adopted General Plan, including local area and community plans, which reflect the County’s policy regarding land use, and the Los Angeles County Code Title 22 Planning and Zoning.

Major issues involved with the evaluation of CUP requests include consistency with the General Plan; compatibility with surrounding land uses; conditions to ensure compatibility; land suitability and physical constraints; project design; availability of adequate access, public services, and facilities to serve the development; and potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures.

To apply for a CUP, please follow the instructions on the Zoning Permit application (PDF or Word) for submittal. Along with the items listed on that application checklist, you will have to submit a CUP Burden of Proof. Please refer to the fee schedule for the cost of a particular application submittal. Note that all discretionary applications requiring a public hearing, except Subdivision applications or in conjunction with Subdivision applications, are currently taking approximately 1 year to process. Applications which involve a subdivision are currently taking a minimum of 2-3 years to complete. Please contact the public counter for more information or assistance.

What happens after I submit my CUP application?

The application is reviewed within 30 days. You will be notified, in writing, of any required or advised corrections. Once the application is deemed “complete,” it is ready for assignment to a case planner for evaluation. Please see the application process flowchart (PDF or Word).

How much time should I allow to process my CUP application?

Generally, a CUP application takes 10 to 12 months to process.

What happens at the public hearing?

Planning staff and the applicant will make presentations to the Hearing Officer, Regional Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors. The hearing is opened to the public for comments and questions. The Hearing Officer, Regional Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors may choose to continue the hearing, to deny or approve the application.

What is the Burden of Proof?

A requirement of the zoning ordinance; an obligation of the applicant to establish that project satisfies the required criteria, as provided by the zoning ordinance.

My CUP application is only for my business. Why do I need to include information regarding all tenants and uses located on the property?

All existing and proposed uses and structures located on the same parcel are evaluated.

With whom should I consult before submitting my application?

You are advised to consult with planning staff before you submit your application. You should also consider consulting with neighbors, community organizations or the town council.

What conditions might be required to approve my application?

Some examples include parking and access, landscaping, building size and placement, architectural style, signage, hours of operation, or other conditions as deemed necessary.

Some examples include parking and access, landscaping, building size and placement, architectural style, signage, hours of operation, or other conditions as deemed necessary.

No, CUPs are not always approved. The decision is determined by the Hearing Officer, Regional Planning Commission or the Board of Supervisors.

Do I need to be present at the public hearing?

Yes, the applicant or a representative must be present at the public hearing.

How do I appeal the determination?

To appeal the Hearing Officer’s determination, contact the Regional Planning Commission secretary at 213-974-6409. To appeal the Regional Planning Commission’s determination, contact the Board of Supervisors’ Executive Office at 213-974-1426.

Do I need a new CUP if the use changes?

Yes, a change of use requires a CUP modification or a new CUP.

If I purchase the adjacent lot, will my existing CUP cover the additional property?

No, an approved CUP covers only the project described in the authorized approval.

Can I operate my business before my CUP is approved?

No, if required you must have an approved CUP before you establish or operate your business. Operating your business without an authorized CUP is in violation of the County’s zoning ordinance.

My CUP expires soon. What should I do?

At least six months prior to the expiration date, file an application for a new CUP to continue the use.

Is a CUP required for a wireless telecommunication facility located on private property on in the public right-of-way?

Yes, a CUP is required to establish a wireless telecommunication facility on private property or within the public right-of-way.

Can I hire a consultant to act at my agent?

Yes, you may hire a consultant to act on your behalf to process your application.

Who is the assigned case planner for my CUP application?

Call Zoning Permits at 213-974-6443 and speak with the “Planner of the Day.”

What is the status of my CUP application?

Call Zoning Permits at 213-974-6443 and speak with the “Planner of the Day.”

What is the Initial Study?

The Initial Study is an evaluation process to determine if your project may have a significant impact on the environment.

Does my project require an environmental review (Initial Study)?

Generally, a CUP requires an environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). However, your project may be exempted if it meets certain CEQA criteria. When you file the application, Regional Planning staff will determine if your project is exempt.

The Assessor’s Parcel Map (APN) indicates a dashed-line parcel. Do I need a Certificate of Compliance (COC)?

In most cases, yes. Contact Land Divisions Research & Enforcement at 213-974-6458 with questions. Additional FAQs can be found under the heading “Certificate of Compliance”.

What is an SEA - CUP?

The Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for development in an SEA will contain conditions that are specific to the proposed development in that SEA.
For more information on resources and locations of SEAs, click here


County Jurisdiction FAQ

Is my property subject to County planning and zoning requirements?

Only if it is within the County unincorporated areas. To verify, you can use the:

  • Z-NET Public is the simplest way (added January 2011). Click here to begin.
  • On-line map. If a city name appears in red, you are not located in the unincorporated area. Please contact the city. We do not regulate nor do we have zoning information about properties in the cities.
  • Thomas Guide. The unincorporated areas are colored in yellow.
What are the County unincorporated areas?

These are communities and areas that are outside the jurisdictional boundaries of incorporated cities. As such, they are not serviced by an incorporated city. County government serves as the “city” for these areas by providing municipal services.

Click here to view a list of all the unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County.

My property is located within the City of Los Angeles. What is the zoning?

Please contact the City of Los Angeles Planning Department. For other cities in the County, click here. We do not regulate nor do we have zoning information about properties in the cities.

City of Los Angeles Planning Department Main office
201 N. Figueroa Street, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

My property is in the County. What can I do with it?

Use the on-line map to check the zone, land use plan category, and any special district, area and plan for the property. Then check what uses are permitted in the property’s zone and land use category.

What is an Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN)?

The APN, also known as the Assessor’s Identification Number (AIN), is a 10 digit number issued by the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office that identifies each lot or parcel in the County. The APN is usually found in this form: XXXX-XXX-XXX (e.g. 5156-006-003; map book - map book page - parcel number).

The APN for a property may be found on the grant deed or by contacting the Assessor’s office.


Density Bonus and Housing Permit FAQ

What is a Housing Permit? Are there different types?

The Housing Permit (Part 18 of 22.56) was established to implement the County’s density bonus provisions in (Part 17 of 22.52) of the Los Angeles County Code. The density bonus provisions, in part, implement Section 65915 of the California Government Code. There are three types of housing permits:

  1. Administrative Housing Permit: Requires a staff-level review. Applies to the granting of any of the following: density bonuses for qualified projects of five dwelling units or more with affordable housing, senior citizen housing, land donations and/or childcare facilities; parking reductions; on-menu affordable housing incentives; density bonuses and affordable housing incentives for projects of four dwelling units or less that participate in the CDC Infill Sites Program.
  2. Administrative Housing Permit, Off-Menu: Same as Administrative Housing Permit, with the exception of on-menu incentives. Requires a staff-level review, with the determination subject to appeal by any interested person to the RPC or to be called up for review by the RPC, but through a limited procedure, with the decision of the RPC being final.
  3. Discretionary Housing Permit: Requires a discretionary review and a public hearing before the RPC, with the determination subject to appeal by any interested person to the Board of Supervisors. Applies to the granting of requests for any of the following: waivers or modifications to development standards; the senior citizen housing option; affordable housing option.
How does an applicant qualify for a density bonus? [22.52.1830]

An applicant is eligible for a density bonus if the project is five dwelling units or more, and includes a specified percentage of affordable housing, market-rate senior citizen housing, or land donations for affordable housing. An applicant with a project of four units or less is eligible for a density bonus if the project is sponsored by the CDC Infill Sites Program.

What is the difference between an “incentive,” “parking reduction” and a “waiver or modification to a development standard”?

While there is overlap between incentives, parking reductions (specified in Section 22.52.1850), and waivers or modifications to development standards, they are different provisions, and can be used in conjunction with one another:

  1. Parking reduction: The parking rates specified in Section 22.52.1850 apply to all units within qualified projects, except for cases in which the parking provisions in Title 22 are more generous. If an additional parking reduction is needed, it can be requested as an on- or off-menu incentive, or as a waiver or modification to a development standard.
  2. Incentives: As described in, incentives only apply to qualified projects that include affordable housing set-asides. A qualified project is eligible for one to three incentives. Incentives are granted on a sliding scale. If the qualified project includes a childcare facility, it is entitled to an additional incentive. On- and off-menu incentives are granted through a staff-level review, although they are subject to different procedures.
  3. Waivers or modifications to development standards: As described in Section 22.52.1860, these apply to all qualified projects, and can be requested on an as-needed basis for all qualified projects. Waivers or modifications to development standards are granted through a discretionary review.
How does the menu of incentives work? What is the procedure for granting off-menu incentives? [22.52.1840]

The menu of incentives (22.52.1840, Table C) is a recommended list of incentives; however, the applicant can request an incentive off-menu, as well. In either the case of a request for an on-menu or off-menu incentive, the staff must determine that the incentive contributes to the long-term affordability of the housing set-asides, and that the incentive would not have an adverse impact upon public health, safety, physical environment, or real property listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

Can the County prohibit what types of incentives or waiver or modification to development standards an applicant can request?

No. All requests for incentives or waivers or modification to development standards must be considered, and can only be denied based on limited criteria. The state density bonus law is clear that a local government will face considerable penalties if it refuses to grant qualifying incentives or waivers or modifications of development standards.

Can incentives be used to trump prohibited uses or building types?

No. The Housing Permit cannot trump underlying prohibited uses and building types. For example, a residential project in an R-1 zone can qualify for a density bonus, but single-family provisions in R-1 still apply. In another example, a Housing Permit cannot be used to build residential uses in an industrial zone.

In the case of uses subject to permit, the applicant still needs to obtain the necessary entitlements for that project. In another example, a conditional use permit for a residential use in a commercial zone is still required.

What are the appropriate bases by which the County could deny requests for incentives? [22.56.2730]

Requests for incentives can be denied for two reasons: 1) the incentive does not contribute to the long-term affordability of the housing set-asides; 2) the incentive would have an adverse impact upon public health, safety, physical environment, or real property listed on the California Register of Historical Resources.

Do senior citizen housing developments have to be affordable in order to qualify for the senior citizen development density bonus provisions?

No. “Senior citizen housing development,” which is defined in Section 51.3 of the CA Civil Code as a housing development that consists of age-restricted units—which means that the development could be market-rate—is entitled to a capped 20% density bonus. Senior citizen housing developments must consist entirely of age-restricted units for senior citizens. If the senior citizen housing development contains affordable units, the project is entitled to the same density bonuses and incentives as non age-restricted projects with affordable housing set-asides.

What if the project is eligible for density bonuses for senior citizen housing and affordable housing?

Where a qualified project is eligible for both, the provisions for affordable housing shall apply.

What is the senior citizen housing option? [22.52.1870]

The senior citizen housing option allows qualified projects that provide a minimum of 50% senior citizen housing set-aside, up to a 50% density bonus through a discretionary housing permit. The set-asides provided through the senior citizen housing option must adhere to the provisions set forth in Section 51.3 of the CA Civil Code (ie., the senior citizen housing development shall be at least 35 units) and state and federal fair housing laws (ie., the senior citizen housing development provided as the set-aside for the overall development shall consist entirely of age-restricted units).

What is the affordable housing option? [22.52.1880]

The affordable housing option allows for qualified projects that include an affordable housing set-aside to request a greater density bonus, or incentives that do not contribute to maintaining the affordability of the housing set-aside units, as well as the transfer of density bonuses and incentives, through a discretionary housing permit. The affordable housing option was created to consider qualified projects that may not meet such qualifications, but may provide desirable design features or amenities or be justified for social or other economic reasons, as well as to provide more options for qualified projects that may not have an incentive available to request a higher density bonus.

How do density bonuses and incentives work in conjunction with Community Standards Districts (CSDs)?

The density bonus provisions in Title 22 apply to all areas that allow residential uses, including areas covered by CSDs. Where a qualified project falls within an area covered by a CSD, the density bonuses, parking reductions, incentives and waivers or modifications to development standards provided through a Housing Permit shall be calculated and applied to the underlying standards and requirements specified in the CSD.

Can there be instances in which more than 35% density bonus can be granted (or in the case of senior citizen housing developments, more than 20%)? Can Housing Permit density bonuses be cumulative?

Yes; however, Housing Permit density bonuses are not cumulative. For example, if a project consists of qualifying housing set-asides for more than one level of affordability i.e., very-low income and lower income, the applicant must choose the level of affordability from which the density bonus and incentives are calculated. The following are circumstances in which Housing Permit density bonuses can be larger than 35% (or 20% in the case of senior citizen housing developments):

  • A qualified project includes a child care facility and the applicant requests an additional density bonus.
  • A qualified project includes an on-menu request for a 50% density bonus.
  • A qualified project includes an off-menu request for a larger density bonus.
  • An applicant opts for up to a 50% density bonus through the senior citizen housing option (Discretionary Housing Permit).
  • An applicant opts for a larger density bonus through the affordable housing option (Discretionary Housing Permit).
What if the applicant qualifies for density bonuses and incentives that can be granted through an Administrative Housing Permit, but also needs to apply for other discretionary entitlements? [22.56.2700]

The Regional Planning Commission can consider Administrative Housing Permits concurrently with other discretionary entitlements, as described in 22.56.2700, but must adhere to the requirements for the administrative procedures and cannot exercise discretion over the granting of the density bonus, and related incentives, etc.

What is the procedure for processing a request for a fee waiver as an off-menu incentive? [22.52.1840.C]

The applicant can ask for a fee waiver not specified on the menu of incentives, but must first go through the Board of Supervisors to have the item placed on the agenda and the fee waiver publicly approved before the fee waiver can be granted as an incentive.

How are density bonuses and incentives granted? [22.52.1830 and 22.52.1840]

Density bonuses and incentives shall be granted, as described in Table A of 22.52.1830 and Tables B and C of 22.52.1840.


Department EIRs


Departmental Memos

Informational Memos

The Department of Regional Planning occasionally releases memos to inform of legislative impacts to policy and planning within the department. These documents enable the public to become more aware of how legislative decisions impact procedural changes within the department.


Interpretations and Procedures Memos

From time to time the Department of Regional Planning issues a memo establishing an interpretation policy or procedure that is not clarified in Titles 21 and 22 of the County Code or establishing a procedure to implement a newly adopted ordinance. All previous memos issued by the Department prior to 2007 have been collected into a Manual (first item below), and those issued afterwards have been listed separately.



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Earth Day Presentations


Draft General Plan Update

The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning has released the Draft General Plan for public review. The Draft General Plan, entitled Planning Tomorrow’s Great Places, will serve as the guide for the growth and development of the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and is the first major update to the General Plan in nearly 25 years.

The Draft General Plan is the culmination of a comprehensive development process that has incorporated community outreach, public participation, field work, and policy analysis. The General Plan is composed of mandatory elements including land use, mobility, conservation and open space, noise, and safety, and three optional elements, air resources, public services and facilities, and economic development.

The Environmental Impact Report for the Draft General Plan is underway. County residents will have an additional opportunity to review and comment on the Plan when it is presented to the Regional Planning Commission, along with the Draft Environmental Impact Report, for public hearings in 2009.

For more information on the Draft General Plan, please call the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning General Plan Development Section at (213) 974-6417 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Draft Ordinances

Please note that the ordinances linked below are draft only, and are made available for general comment and feedback. These draft ordinances are not approved nor adopted, and therefore do not apply to pending projects. These draft ordinances can also change as they are further reviewed by the public and/or go through the public hearing process.

Community-Specific Ordinances

Countywide draft ordinances


East Compton Community Standards District (22.44.112)

The East Compton Community Standards District is established to provide a means of assisting in the implementation of the Redevelopment Plan for the East Compton Community Redevelopment Project as adopted by the board of supervisors on July 10, 1984 and as subsequently amended. The redevelopment plan contains a redevelopment plan map which delineates the permitted land uses in the area. The requirements of the East Compton Community Standards District are necessary to ensure that the goals and policies of the Redevelopment Plan are accomplished in a manner which protects the health, safety and welfare of the community, especially the surrounding residential neighborhood. This chapter is adopted pursuant to Section 700 of the East Compton Community Redevelopment Plan.

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East Los Angeles 3rd Street Specific Plan Community Workshops

Four Discovery Workshops were held in East Los Angeles beginning July 13, 2009 through July 25, 2009. The same material was covered at each of the four workshops which were held in different locations in East Los Angeles in order to be as convenient as possible for residents and business owners in East Los Angeles.

Building on the input provided at the Discovery Workshops, the Big Picture Workshops were held in September 2009. These workshops focused on macro or Big Picture issues in the 3rd Street Specific Plan area. The Design Solutions Workshops in October 2009 focused on design solutions for the plan area. For more information on the workshops, including presentations, summaries, and handouts, see the documents below.


East Los Angeles Community Standards District (22.44.118)

The East Los Angeles Community Standards District is established to provide a means of implementing special development standards for the unincorporated community of East Los Angeles. The East Los Angeles Community Standards District is necessary to ensure that the goals and policies of the adopted East Los Angeles Community Plan are accomplished in a manner which protects the health, safety and general welfare of the community.

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East Los Angeles Planning and Advisory Committee

As part of the community outreach for this project an East Los Angeles Planning Advisory Committee (ELAPAC) has been created to serve as an advisory body throughout the community planning process. The ELAPAC is comprised of twenty one (21) members of the East Los Angeles community, eight (8) of which were elected to represent each of the eight neighborhoods in East Los Angeles and the remaining thirteen (13) were appointed by the Supervisor. A brochure explaining all the details of the election was mailed to every household in East Los Angeles the week of June 8, 2009. For more information, see the documents below.


East Pasadena-San Gabriel Community Standards District (22.44.135)

The East Pasadena-San Gabriel Community Standards District is established to protect the light, air, and privacy of existing residences, enhance aesthetics and community character, and ensure that new and expanded development is compatible with the unique identity of each neighborhood throughout the district.

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Employment Opportunities

Please visit the LA County Department of Human Resources web site for additional information or other employment opportunities.


Environmental Assessment

An environmental assessment is required for a project that requires a discretionary decision, as determined by Los Angeles County Code Title 22 Planning and Zoning

Projects that generally require an environmental assessment include:

  • Plan Amendments
  • Zone Changes
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Tentative Parcel Maps
  • Tentative Tract Maps

Environmental assessments are mandated by and prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and its guidelines. Staff will determine the potential impacts of your project on the environment by preparing an Initial Study. The Initial Study will utilize material that you submit with your project application, (Environmental Assessment Information Form, maps, photographs, development plans), case file information, data on file in the Department of Regional Planning, and comments from appropriate County agencies and departments. If it is determined that the project will not have a significant effect upon the environment. or that the impact can be reduced to insignificant levels by placing conditions on the project’s approval, the project qualifies for a Negative Declaration or a Mitigated Negative Declaration with conditions, respectively. If it is determined that the project may have a significant effect upon the environment, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required. You may appeal the requirement for an EIR or the conditions imposed on a Negative Declaration by contacting the appropriate case processing section located in Room 1346 of the Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 974-6461.

Application Procedure

General Plan and Zoning information, application forms, and fee schedules may be obtained by contacting the Department of Regional Planning Land Development Coordinating Center in Room 1360, Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone (213) 974-6411. Our office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The office is closed every Friday. The Department of Regional Planning offers One-Stop Counseling to advise applicants on the processes and requirements of development.

Application Processing

When you have completed the application forms and assembled all of the required materials, you will need to call (213) 974-6438 to schedule a filing appointment. A planner will review the materials to ensure that all necessary items, including the required signatures and filing fees, are submitted before accepting the application and assigning a project number. The Environmental Assessment Information Form must be filled out completely and accurately to avoid unnecessary delays.

After the application has been logged into our case tracking system, this information will be forwarded to the lead project planner for your project. The time that it takes to complete the Initial Study is dependent upon the current backlog of applications, the complexity of your project and whether consultation with other agencies and departments is required. Inquiries regarding the status of an environmental assessment should be directed to the lead project planner.

When the required environmental documentation has been completed, a public hearing will be scheduled before a Hearing Officer or the Regional Planning Commission (RPC). If the project involves more than one type of approval, a concurrent hearing will be scheduled. The lead project planner will advise you of the hearing date and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property, notices to nearby property owners, local newspaper publishing, and the availability of a staff report with recommendations. Copies of the environmental documentation will be available for public review at the offices of the Department of Regional Planning and one or more branches of the County Public Library 30 or 45 days prior to the public hearing.

Following the public hearing, the Hearing Officer or the RPC will certify the environmental document, approve or deny the project or, if the project requires the approval of the Board of Supervisors, it will recommend certification and approval to the Board.

Public Hearings

At the time and place advertised in the public notice. a Hearing Officer or the RPC will conduct a public hearing on your request. These hearings are normally held in Room 150 of the Hall of Records. 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. Hearing Officer meetings usually convene at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Commission meetings usually convene at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

Hearing Officers are appointed by the Director of Regional Planning, subject to confirmation by the Board of Supervisors. The RPC is composed of five members appointed by the County Board of Supervisors.

The applicant and/or his representative should attend the public hearing and be prepared to present and explain the requested project development. You may submit maps, graphics, letters, petitions or other documents in support of your request. You may call on other people, such as consultants or surrounding property owners who support your proposal, to assist you in presenting your case. Other interested persons, including neighboring property owners will have an opportunity to address the Hearing Officer or the RPC. You and/or your representative will be given an opportunity to respond to any objections. The planning staff presentation will include a discussion of the environmental documentation; and, both oral testimony and written comments regarding its adequacy will be received and considered by the Hearing Officer or the RPC.

The Board of Supervisors’ public hearing procedures are similar to those of the RPC. The lead project planner or the Executive Officer/Clerk of the Board of Supervisors will notify you of the time and place of the hearing and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property. The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are held in the Board Hearing Room, (Room 381), in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012.

The Board consists of five Supervisors, each of whom is elected by the voters of his or her district.

Proponents and opponents will be given an opportunity to address the Board regarding the merits of the proposed project and the adequacy of the environmental documentation. Once the hearing is closed, the Board will render a decision to approve, deny, or modify the proposed project. If the Board decides to approve the project, the Board will also certify the final environmental document. Following certification of the environmental document, and payment of Department of Fish and Game fees and document processing fees, the planning staff will file a Notice of Determination with the County Clerk.

ADA Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids and services such as material in an alternate format or a sign language interpreter, please contact the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator at (213) 974-6488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD), with at least five business days notice.


Farmworker Housing Ordinance

On September 14, 2010 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Farmworker Housing Ordinance. The Farmworker Housing Ordinance, which is a program in the Los Angeles County Housing Element, brings the County’s provisions for farmworker housing into compliance with the Employee Housing Act (Sections 17000-17062.5 of the California Health and Safety Code).

Contact Information

For more information regarding the Farmworker Housing Ordinance, please contact Anne Russett at (213) 974-6417 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Background Documents:

Background Information:

The State of California considers the availability of safe and decent housing for farmworkers and their families an issue of Statewide importance.

The Farmworker Housing Ordinance ensures that the County’s provisions for farmworker housing meet the requirements of the Employee Housing Act (Sections 17000-17062.5 of the Health and Safety Code).

State Law

  • Sections 51220-51222 of the Government Code identify farmworkers as the lowest average wage earners in the State, and acknowledge efforts to address the need for farmworker housing as part of the effort to preserve agricultural land as an important public interest.

  • For the purposes of zoning and land use, Section 17021.5 of the Health and Safety Code considers farmworker housing for five, but no more than six farmworkers as a single-family structure and as a residential land use. In addition, Section 17021.6 considers farmworker housing consisting of no more than 36 beds in group living quarters or 12 units or spaces for farmworkers and their households as an agricultural land use.

Community Outreach Meetings

Regional Planning staff held two community outreach meetings to obtain input from major stakeholders and gain a better understanding of the issues and challenges that farmworkers face in obtaining safe and affordable housing in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Surveys

In July 2008, Regional Planning staff reached out to owners of active agricultural land in unincorporated Los Angeles County through the distribution of a survey. The surveys provided information on active agricultural uses and the housing need associated with these uses.

Regional Planning staff also compiled a survey for farmworkers living and/or working in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Farmworkers/Trabajadores de Campo:


Fee Schedule

Effective March 1, 2017 - Notice of Fee Adjustment

LA County Department of Regional Planning Filing Fees
Effective March 1, 2017

Environmental Fees, Subdivision Fees, Zoning Fees


Florence-Firestone Community Standards District (22.44.138)

The Florence-Firestone Community Standards District (“CSD”) is established to improve the appearance of the community and to promote the maintenance of structures and surrounding properties. The CSD also establishes standards to improve the compatibility between residential uses and neighboring industrial uses.

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General Information

The Department of Regional Planning performs all land use planning functions for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Our services include long range planning, land development counseling, project/case intake and processing, environmental review and zoning enforcement for each of our County unincorporated communities.

Hours of Operation (Downtown Public Counter)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Our offices are closed on Fridays
Phone: (213) 974-6411
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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Effective March 1, 2017 - Notice of Fee Adjustment
Revised Fee Schedule

County Efforts

LA County’s “The Works” mobile application has been updated to include the ability to report excessive vegetation, junk or trash; illegal parking; inoperable vehicle; occupied RVs; and improper signs or banners. For more information and to download the app, visit: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/theworks/. Click here for the press release.

LA County’s Economic Development website is now live. To access please visit http://economicdevelopment.lacounty.gov/.

Translation

The Land Development Coordinating Center offers assistance at the public counter to those who need help with translations in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Armenian, and Farsi. Please call (213) 974-6411 to make an appointment.

El Centro de Coordinación para el Desarrollo de terrenos ofrece ayuda en el mostrador público para todos aquellos que necesiten ayuda con traducciones en Español, Cantones, Mandarin, Coreano, Armenio, y Farsi. Para concretar una cita llame al (213) 974-6411.

洛杉磯縣區域規劃局的土地開發咨詢中心提供中文(普通話與廣東話) 咨詢服務 ‚ 預約請電 (213) 974-6411·

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ADA Accommodations

If you require special accommodations or materials in an alternate format, please contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at (213) 974-6488 (VOICE) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD) with at least three business days notice.

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General Plan – January 2014 Draft Appendix A: Land Use Policy Maps


General Plan EIR

California state law requires that a comprehensive general plan update have a corresponding environmental impact report (EIR). The EIR assesses potential environmental effects of actions proposed in the Draft General Plan. A draft EIR will be presented to the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) for public hearing and recommendation to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The EIR will begin in the Summer of 2008 with an anticipated completion of Winter 2009.

  • Notice of Preparation (NOP): Coming Soon
  • Initial Study: Coming Soon

General Plan FAQ

What is the General Plan? What is a Community Plan?

The General Plan is a comprehensive policy document which aids County decision-makers in guiding future development in a manner that is consistent with the needs, goals, and interests of the public. Our current General Plan, which was adopted in 2015, consists of nine elements: Land Use, Mobility, Air Quality, Conservation and Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, Noise, Safety, Public Services and Facilities, and Economic Development. Click here to learn more about the General Plan.

The General Plan is structured to address issues that are of countywide importance. In California, however, more detailed local-level planning is often carried out through community-based plans. Community-based plans in the County, such as Community Plans and Area Plans, are a part of the General Plan but focus on a particular region or community in the unincorporated County. Community-based plans refine policy at a local level and must be consistent with the General Plan, but they may not cover all of the topics that are covered in the countywide General Plan. As such, community-based plans should not be seen as a replacement to the General Plan, but instead, as a supplemental policy document.

As required by State law, all zoning regulations and development permits must be consistent with the jurisdiction’s General Plan (which includes all additional Community or Area Plans as well). However, being long-range in nature, General Plans are continually amended to reflect changes in land use policy and development patterns.

What is the General Plan or Community Plan category for my property?

To determine the General Plan or Community Plan designation of your property, you can use GIS-NET3, the interactive GIS web mapping application.

How can I apply for a General Plan or Community Plan amendment?

Plan amendments may be initiated by the Board of Supervisors, the Regional Planning Commission, or by individual property owners who desire to develop property with a land use or density that is not permitted by the General Plan or Community Plan. The General Plan or Community Plans can be amended to address changed circumstances but only after thorough study and public hearings before the Regional Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Amendments to State mandated elements of the County-wide General Plan are limited to four per calendar year.

Major issues involved in the evaluation of plan amendments include the need and justification for the amendment, including development plans for the subject property; consistency with General Plan (or Community Plan) goals, policies and programs; compatibility with surrounding general plan designations, existing, and proposed land uses; rationale for existing map designations and/or text; land suitability and physical constraints; availability of adequate access, public services and facilities to serve the proposed development; potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures; and consistency with State and County standards.

To apply for a General Plan or Community Plan amendment, please follow the instructions on the Zoning Permit application (PDF or Word) for submittal. Along with the items listed on that application checklist, you will have to submit a General Plan Amendment Burden of Proof. Click here for further details on the procedure. Please refer to the fee schedule for the cost of a particular application submittal. Note that all discretionary applications requiring a public hearing, except Subdivision applications or in conjunction with Subdivision applications, are currently taking approximately 1 year to process. Applications which involve a subdivision are currently taking a minimum of 2-3 years to complete. Please contact the public counter for more information or assistance.

What is an SEA?

Please visit the Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs) FAQ page for more information.

What is the SEATAC?

Significant Ecological Areas Technical Advisory Committee (SEATAC) is a group of members from the private and public sectors with a range of expertise in ecology and habitat restoration.
For more information, please visit the SEATAC page.


General Plan Maps - 2008 Version

The following maps are proposed for adoption with the updated General Plan.

Countywide Figures (small series - 8.5” x 11” or 11” x 17” printer size)

Countywide Figures (large series – detailed plot-sized maps)

  • Figure 3.1 - Community -Based Plans in Unincorporated L.A. County (PDF) - 2.4 MB
  • Figure 3.2 - Countywide Adopted Land Use Policy (PDF) - 5 MB
  • Figure 3.3 - L.A. County Environmental Constraints & Development Suitability (PDF) - 47.3 MB
  • Figure 4.5 - Highway Plan - North Portion (PDF) - 2.4 MB
  • Figure 4.5 - Highway Plan - South Portion (PDF) - 7.1 MB
  • Figure 5.1 - Open Space (PDF) - 10.6 MB
  • Figure 6.3 - Proposed Significant Ecological Areas (PDF) - 27.6 MB
  • Figure 6.9 - Significant Watersheds (PDF) - 26.3 MB

Adopted Area, Community, Coastal, and Neighborhood Plan Maps

Adopted area, community, coastal, and neighborhood plan maps have been digitized and are presented in Appendix 1. No changes have been made to these plans or maps other than digitization for easier readability.

Land Use Policy Maps


General Plan Update Program

County General Plan Update Program

Welcome to the Los Angeles County General Plan Update Program website. Here you will find documents relating to the County’s comprehensive update of the 1980 countywide General Plan. Included are drafts of text and maps proposed for the updated General Plan, along with information as to how you may participate in the update process. Please check back periodically. We will be adding new materials as it becomes available.

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2008 - Draft General Plan

Next Steps

  • Regional Planning Commission Presentation - September 3, 2008

Housing Element

Housing Element Update


Getting Started

Z-NETA new mapping application has been added to help you ‘Find your zoning.’ This application enables users to find basic zoning and land use information about properties in UNINCORPORATED areas of Los Angeles County. The easy-to-use interface also provides aerial imagery, jurisdictional and property information. Click here or the button at right.

We have updated our web site to provide more functionality and more information. Specifically look at the Search when you are looking for having trouble locating something (top right corner of the site). Our main tabs on the top get you to key information quickly. There is also a sub-navigation on the right hand side to get you places as well. We are working to add more dynamic content like short videos and presentations, more pictures (examples of zoning violations), more process guides (flow charts and step by step instructions for certain forms or procedures)…ultimately, better and more precise content. Click on the main banner anywhere on the site to return to the Department Home Page.

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We’ve expanded our FAQ section because the first question we ask all potential applicants, developers and the Public is, “Are you in unincorporated County territory?” If so, then you’re probably in the right place. If not, we probably will not have the information you are looking for.

City or Unincorporated Area?
Not sure if you live in a city or an unincorporated area? Even if your mailing address has a city, you may live outside its boundaries. By putting in a street address, you can find out what political districts represent that area and whether the area is unincorporated or in a city. Click here to check.

With that, here is some information that should help you get started if you are interested in zoning and/or land use information in UNINCORPORATED Los Angeles County.

Click on the County Jurisdiction FAQ to find answers to any of the following questions:

  • Is my property subject to County planning and zoning requirements?
  • What are the County unincorporated areas?
  • My property is located within the City of Los Angeles. What is the zoning?
  • My property is in the unincorporated County. What can I do with it?
  • What is an Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN)?

Hopefully we’ve made Getting Started and using our web site a little easier.


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The data available on this website, including Geographic Information Systems (“GIS”) data, maps, tables, numbers, graphics, and text (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Information”), is provided AS IS and for you to view, access, copy, distribute and otherwise use the Information at your own risk. The County of Los Angeles, its Department of Regional Planning (“DRP”) and its affiliated entities, elected and appointed officers, officials, employees and agents (hereinafter referred to as the “County”) make no representation or warranty of any kind regarding this website or Information, explicit or implied.


GIS-NET

GIS-NET was developed to provide the Public with geographic information regarding subdivision activity in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. It was developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP) GIS Section. The GIS Section intends to retire this application in the near future; and replacing it with another viewer to access planning and zoning information. Large amounts of data are potentially transmitted during the use of this site. Please note that loading time will vary depending on your connection speed and the amount of data being requested. If this is your first visit, please read the Help and Tutorial sections for details on how to use this application.

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Disclaimer

Please read this agreement carefully before using this website.  By using this website, you are accepting the terms and conditions of use set forth below.  If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not access or use this website.

This website and the information and materials contained herein are provided as a public service to give internet access to planning and zoning information for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County (the “County”).  The County has made every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and materials contained within this website.  Because of the dynamic nature of the information and materials contained within this website and the reliance on information or materials from outside sources, the County makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee as to the content, sequence, accuracy, reliability, timeliness, or completeness of any such information or materials.  The information or materials contained within this website may be modified at any time and without notice.

The information and materials contained within this website are for reference purposes only and should be used as a guide to finding out planning, zoning, and other related information (such as subdivision activity).  The information and materials are presented on an “as-is” and “as-available” basis WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  Do not make any business or other decisions based on the information or materials before validating your decision with the appropriate County office.

The County is not responsible for any special, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages that may arise from the use of, or the inability to use, the website and/or the information or materials contained herein, or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletions of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, or transmission, or any failure of performance, whether the information or materials are provided by the County or an outside source.

The County reserves the right to modify, update, or otherwise alter these Terms and Conditions of Use at any time.  Your continued use of this website and the information or materials contained herein constitutes your acceptance of such modifications.

Unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, downloading, posting, transmitting, or duplicating of any of the information or materials contained within this website is prohibited.  You may download, print, or otherwise copy any downloadable information or materials contained on this website for home, noncommercial, and personal use only, provided that you maintain all copyright, trademark, and other notices contained in any such material accessed through this website.

The County is neither responsible nor liable for any viruses or contamination of your system arising out of your use of this website or with respect to the information or materials contained within the website, including, but not limited to, any materials posted on the website.

This agreement shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California.  Any action brought to enforce this agreement and/or in connection with this website shall be brought in either the state or federal courts in the County of Los Angeles, State of California.

Some files have been obtained from the Thomas Bros. Map Company with permission and under licensing agreements. All rights to this data are reserved.

This application is powered by ESRI’s ArcIMS technology and uses licensed Geocortex IMF® technology.


GIS-NET3

GIS-NET3 was developed to provide the Public with geographic information regarding planning and zoning informatino in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. It was developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP) GIS Section. This application replaces a previous application that was in service since May of 2006.

Large amounts of data are potentially transmitted during the use of this site. Please note that loading time will vary depending on your connection speed and the amount of data being requested. If this is your first visit, please read the Help sections for details on how to use this application.

GIS-NET requires Internet Explorer 6.x, Firefox _.x, Chrom _.x or Safari _.x or newer web browsers. Important! The optimal screen resolution for using this program is 1024 x 768. Also, make sure to maximize the application window to optimize the display.

The use of this application indicates your unconditional acceptance of the disclaimer.

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Disclaimer

Please read this agreement carefully before using this website.  By using this website, you are accepting the terms and conditions of use set forth below.  If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not access or use this website.

This website and the information and materials contained herein are provided as a public service to give internet access to planning and zoning information for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County (the “County”).  The County has made every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and materials contained within this website.  Because of the dynamic nature of the information and materials contained within this website and the reliance on information or materials from outside sources, the County makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee as to the content, sequence, accuracy, reliability, timeliness, or completeness of any such information or materials.  The information or materials contained within this website may be modified at any time and without notice.

The information and materials contained within this website are for reference purposes only and should be used as a guide to finding out planning, zoning, and other related information (such as subdivision activity).  The information and materials are presented on an “as-is” and “as-available” basis WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  Do not make any business or other decisions based on the information or materials before validating your decision with the appropriate County office.

The County is not responsible for any special, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages that may arise from the use of, or the inability to use, the website and/or the information or materials contained herein, or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletions of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, or transmission, or any failure of performance, whether the information or materials are provided by the County or an outside source.

The County reserves the right to modify, update, or otherwise alter these Terms and Conditions of Use at any time.  Your continued use of this website and the information or materials contained herein constitutes your acceptance of such modifications.

Unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, downloading, posting, transmitting, or duplicating of any of the information or materials contained within this website is prohibited.  You may download, print, or otherwise copy any downloadable information or materials contained on this website for home, noncommercial, and personal use only, provided that you maintain all copyright, trademark, and other notices contained in any such material accessed through this website.

The County is neither responsible nor liable for any viruses or contamination of your system arising out of your use of this website or with respect to the information or materials contained within the website, including, but not limited to, any materials posted on the website.

This agreement shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California.  Any action brought to enforce this agreement and/or in connection with this website shall be brought in either the state or federal courts in the County of Los Angeles, State of California.

Some files have been obtained from the Thomas Bros. Map Company with permission and under licensing agreements. All rights to this data are reserved.

This application is powered by ESRI’s ArcGIS Server technology and uses licensed Geocortex Essentials; technology as well.


GIS-NET3 Help - Building Outlines

Building Outlines (2014)

Building Outlines (Representations) – All buildings (not under construction or in ruin) that are over 400 sq. feet in size (64 sq. feet in size in the City of Los Angeles).  Data was acquired from the stereo pairs from the 2008 LAR-IAC2 ortho imagery and updated from the 2014 LAR-IAC4 ortho imagery.  They were created by Sanborn, a contractor of Pictometry (our oblique imagery vendor).

Extensive quality control was performed to make sure of the accuracy of the building outlines in relation to other GIS layers including the parcel layer; however it is not perfect.

No other data about the building exists (at this time) except that each enclosed building representation polygon shall contain a single “z” (elevation) attribute representing the highest point on the building, excluding flagpoles, chimneys, and other features smaller than 4 square feet.  So use this for reference purposes only.

The planimetric features (building outlines/representations) are topologically correct and meet the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) accuracy standards for large scale class 1 maps for 1” = 100’ (and 1” = 200’ for some areas) mapping in order to be incorporated into existing  GIS systems.
Building Outlines Image 

<p>For even more information on Building Outlines - <a href="http://egis3.lacounty.gov/dataportal/index.php/2011/04/28/countywide-building-outlines/">click here</a>. 


GIS-NET3 Help - Land Use Policy

Land Use Policy

(Countywide/Community/Area/Specific Plan)

Click the community name to find the map legend and the planning document for each community.

Planning DocumentLegend
General Plan 2035
- Existing Adopted General Plan

adopted 10/6/2015
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Altadena Community Plan
adopted 7/10/1986
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Antelope Valley Area Plan
adopted 6/16/2015
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East Los Angeles
Community Plan

adopted 6/23/1988
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Hacienda Heights
Community Plan

adopted 5/24/2011
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Marina Del Rey Land Use Plan / Specific Plan
adopted 2012
Marina del Rey Specific Plan
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Pepperdine University
Long Range Development Plan

adopted 1990
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Rowland Heights Community
General Plan

adopted 9/1/1981
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Santa Catalina Local Coastal Plan / Specific Plan
adopted 11/17/1983
Santa Catalina Island Specific Plan
Appendices A through G

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Santa Clarita Valley
Area Plan

adopted 11/27/12
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Santa Monica Mountains
Coast Zone

adopted 10/10/2014
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Santa Monica Mountains
North Area Plan

adopted 10/24/2000
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Twin Lakes
Community Plan

adopted 5/9/1991
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West Athens / Westmont
Community Plan

adopted 3/15/1989
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Walnut Park
Neighborhood Plan

adopted 9/24/1987
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3rd Street
Specific Plan

adopted 11/12/2014
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La Vina
Specific Plan

adopted 12/26/1989
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Newhall Ranch
Specific Plan

adopted 5/27/2003
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NorthLake
Specific Plan

adopted 6/1/1992
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Universal Studios
Specific Plan

adopted 4/30/2013
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GIS-NET3 Help - LAR-IAC Ortho Imagery Related

Ortho Aerial Imagery (2011) (from LAR-IAC3)

This application provides unobstructed ortho aerial imagery for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. This imagery is made available at 4 inch and 1 foot resolution depending on the area/region that is the focal point. The imagery presentily available was obtained in early 2011 through the 3rd iteration of the Los Angeles Region - Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LAR-IAC) Program; referred to as LAR-IAC3.

Urban (4-Inch Aerial Imagery) - Digital ortho aerial imagery with a resolution of 4 inch (each pixel represents a 4 inch by 4 inch area). Extensive quality control was performed to make sure of the accuracy of the imagery in relation to other GIS layers including the parcel layer. This resolution imagery exists for nearly 3,000 sq. miles of Los Angeles County (excluding the areas covered by the 1 foot imagery, see below).

Forest (1-Foot Aerial Imagery) - Digital ortho aerial imagery with a resolution of 1 foot (each pixel represents a 1 foot by 1 foot area). This resolution imagery was obtained for the national forests.

Collection Area Map - What is Loaded to Date (Santa Catalina Island not shown; but is included):

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For more information regarding the LAR-IAC, please visit the Consortium’s website at LAR-IAC website: http://planning.lacounty.gov/LARIAC/


GIS-NET3 Help - Section Township and Range

Section, Township and Range

The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) typically divides land into 6-mile-square townships, which is the level of information included in the National Atlas. Townships are subdivided into 36 one-mile- square sections. A section is an area normally one mile square, containing 640 acres(2.6 km²). Sections can be further subdivided into quarter sections, quarter-quarter sections, or irregular government lots. Normally, a permanent monument, or marker, is placed at each section corner. Source: U.S. Department of the Interior / Bureau of Land Management / Public Land Survey System; last update: 2007.

PLSS Illustration:

Township Range

Illustrated by The National Atlas of the United States of America® of the United States Department of the Interior

GIS-NET3 Help - Zoning Summary

Zoning Summary

This is a SUMMARY ONLY of the Los Angeles County Zoning Ordinance (unincorporated area).  The information herein is NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE.
One other thing to also keep in mind – USES MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH THE GENERAL PLAN, LOCAL PLANS, AND/OR COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICTS.  THESE MAY LIMIT THE TYPE AND INTENSITY OF USE.

For more complete information, see Title 22 (Planning and Zoning) of the Los Angeles County Code, or stop by the office of the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Room 1360 Hall of Records, 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone: (213) 974-6411.
(Note: Citations which follow refer to sections within the Zoning Ordinance.)
Last Updated:  November 15, 2016 for the “West Creek” annexation to the City of Santa Clarita.

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Zoning SummaryLegend
Residential Zones
R-1 Single-Family Residence
R-2 Two-Family Residence
R-3 Limited Multiple Residence
R-4 Unlimited Residence
R-A Residential/Agricultural
RPD Residential Planned Development
 
Agricultural Zones
A-1 Light Agricultural
A-2 Heavy Agricultural
A-2-H Heavy Agricultural including Hog Ranches
 
Commercial Zones
C-H Commercial Highway
C-1 Restricted Business
C-2 Neighborhood Business
C-3 Unlimited Commercial
C-M Commercial Manufacturing
C-R Commercial Recreation
CPD Commercial Planned Development
 
Industrial Zones
M-1 Light Manufacturing
M-1.5 Restricted Heavy Manufacturing
M-2 Heavy Manufacturing
M-4 Unlimited Manufacturing
M-2.5 Aircraft, Heavy Industrial
M-3 Unclassified
MPD Manufacturing–Industrial Planned
D-2 Desert-Mountain
B-1 Buffer Strip
B-2 Corner Buffer
 
Special Purpose Zones
A-C Arts and Crafts
IT Institutional
MXD Mixed Use Development
O-S Open Space
P-R Parking Restricted
R-R Resort and Recreation
SP Specific Plan
SR-D Scientific Research and Development
W Watershed
 
Combining Zones
()-BE Billboard Exclusion
()-CRS Commercial-Residential
()-DP Development Program
()-P Parking
()-PO Unlimited Residence-Professional Office 
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ZONE R-1: Single-Family Residence (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Single family residences (22.20.070 - 22.20.100) 

Minimum Required Area:
Unless otherwise specified: 5,000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100, 22.52.250) 

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet from existing or excavated grade (22.20.110) (unless modified by a special standards district such as a community standards district.) 

Minimum Required Parking:
2 covered parking spaces per single family residence (22.52.1180) 

Standard Yard Requirements:
Front Yard: 20 feet (22.20.120), except as provided in special Standards District 

Rear Yard: 15 feet or 20% of average depth of shallow lot, but not less than 10 feet (22.20.120 and 22.48.110) 

Side Yards: Interior Lot: 5 feet or 10% of average width of narrow lot, but not less than 3 feet (22.20.120 and 22.48.100) 

Corner Lot: 5 feet except on reversed corner lot, which is 10 feet (22.20.120)

Development Standards:
(See 22.20.105 regarding development standards for single-family residences)

ZONE R-2: Two-Family Residence (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Two family residences (or duplex), single family residences (22.20.170 - 22.20.200) 

Minimum Required Area:
Unless otherwise specified:
- 5,000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100) 
- 2,500 sq. ft./unit (22.52.270)

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet from existing or excavated grade (22.20.210). See special standards district 

Minimum Required Parking:
- 1 1/2 covered spaces + 1/2 uncovered space per unit for each 2- family residence (duplex)
- Single Family Residence, same as in R-1 zone (22.52.1180)

Standard Yard Requirements:
Front Yard: 20 feet (22.20.220)
Rear Yard: 15 feet or 20% of average depth of shallow lot, but not less than 10 feet (22.20.220 and 22.48.110)
Side Yards: Interior lot: 5 feet or 10% of average width of narrow lot, but not less than 3 feet (22.20.220 and 22.48.100)
Corner lot: 5 feet, except on reversed corner lot, which is 10 feet (22.20.220)

ZONE R-3: Limited Multiple Residence (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Apartment houses, uses permitted in Zone R-1 and R-2 (22.20.260 - 22.20.290)

Minimum Required Area:
Unless otherwise specified: 
- 5000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100)
- 1452 sq. ft./unit or as otherwise limited by the General Plan (22.20.310 and 22.20.060) 

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet from existing or excavated grade (22.20.300) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- Each bachelor apartment unit, 1 covered space 
- Each efficiency or 1 bedroom apartment unit, 1 1/2 covered spaces 
- Each 2 bedroom apartment unit, 1 1/2 covered + 1/2 uncovered spaces 
- See R-1 and R-2 zones 
- Guest parking required for apartments with a minimum of 10 units at a ratio of 1 space for each 4 units (22.52.1180 and 22.20.330) 

Standard Yard Requirements:
Front Yard: 15 ft., except as provided (22.20.320)
Rear Yard: 15 ft. or 20% of average depth of lot, not less than 10 ft. (22.20.320 and 22.48.110)
Side Yards: Interior Lot: 5 feet or 10% of average width of narrow lot, but not less than 3 feet (22.20.320 and 22.48.100) Corner Lot: 5 ft., except on reversed corner lot, which is 7 1/2 feet (22.20.320)

ZONE R-4: Unlimited Residence (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Apartments, rooming and boarding houses, uses permitted in zones R-1 and R-2 (22.20.340 - 22.20.370) 

Minimum Required Area:
Unless otherwise specified: 
- 5000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100) 
- 871 sq. ft./dwelling or as otherwise limited by the General Plan (22.20.390 and 22.20.060) 

Maximum Height Limit:
Total floor area not to exceed 13 times the buildable area (22.52.050)

Minimum Required Parking:
Same as R-1, R-2, and R-3, based on the type of structure (22.52.1180 and 22.20.400) 

Standard Yard Requirements:
Front Yard: 15 feet (22.20.380), except as provided in Special Standards District
Rear Yard: 15 feet or 20% of average depth of shallow lot, but not less than 10 feet (22.20.320 and 22.48.110)
Side Yards: Interior Lot: Same as in R-1, plus 1 foot for each story above 2 stories, maximum required 16 feet (22.20.380)
Corner Lot: 5 feet, except on reversed corner lot which is 7 1/2 feet (22.20.380)

ZONE R-A: Residential Agricultural (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
- Single family residences
- Crops (field, tree, bush, berry, row and nursery stock) (22.20.410 - 22.20.440) 

Minimum Required Area:
Unless otherwise specified 5000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100, 22.52.250) 

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet (22.20.450) 

Minimum Required Parking:
2 covered parking spaces per single family residence (22.52.1180)

Standard Yard Requirements:
Front Yard: Same as R-1 (22.20.450)
Rear Yard: Same as R-1 (22.20.450)
Side Yards: Same as R-1 (22.20.450)
Corner Lot: See 22.20.105 regarding development standards for single family residences

ZONE RPD: Residential Planned Development (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Single family residences (22.20.460A)
B. Planned unit development with approved CUP (22.20.460B) 

Minimum Required Area
A. Unless otherwise specified, 5000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100, 22.52.250)
B. 5 acres/development project (22.20.460B1) 

Density - as established by CUP & zoning (22.20.460B2)

Maximum Height Limit:
A. 35 feet (22.20.460)
B. As established by CUP (22.20.460) 

Minimum Required Parking:
A. Same as R-1 (22.52.1180)
B. Same as R-1 through R-4, depending on type of structure or as required by CUP (22.20.460) 

Density:
As established by CUP and zoning (22.20.460 B2) 

Standard Yard Requirements and Development Standards:
A. All yards: same as R-1 (22.20.460A)
B. The Regional Planning Commission, in approving a CUP for a planned development, may modify or require greater yards than those required in a normal single family residential development. Building separation is a minimum of 10 feet for 1 and 2 stories. Add 2 feet for each story above 2 stories (22.20.460B)

The CUP will regulate the type of structures, open space, building coverage, utilities, landscaping, and other features

ZONE A-1: Light Agricultural (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Single family residences, crops (field, tree, bush, berry, row and nursery stock) (22.24.070)
B. Greenhouses and raising of cattle, horses, sheep, goats, poultry, birds, earthworms, etc. (22.24.070) 

Minimum Required Area:
A. Unless otherwise specified, 5000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100, 22.52.250)
B. 1 to 5 acres, depending on type of structures and/or number and types of animals (22.24.070) 

Maximum Height Limit:
A. 35 feet for residential uses (22.24.110)
B. 13 times buildable area for non-residential uses (22.52.050 

Standard Yard Requirements and Development Standards:
Properties developed with single family residences are subject to the same requirements as in zone R-1 (22.24.110) 

Animal-related structures must be kept a minimum of 50 feet from streets and highways and structures used for human habitation (22.24.070) 

Stands for the display and sales of products grown on the property must be wooden, not larger than 300 sq. ft., not nearer than 20 feet from a street, and on a parcel of at least 1 acre (22.24.080B)

ZONE A-2: Heavy Agricultural (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Uses permitted in zone A-1 (22.24.120)
B. Animal hospitals, dairies, dog kennels, livestock feed lots, manure spreading, oil wells (22.24.120) 

Minimum Required Area:
A. Unless otherwise specified, 10,000 sq. ft./lot (22.52.100 and 22.52.250)
B. 1 to 10 acres depending on the type of structures, uses, and/or numbers and types of animals (22.24.120) 

Maximum Height Limit:
A. 35 ft. for residential uses (22.24.170)
B. 13 times buildable area for non-residential uses (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- 2 covered spaces per single family residence (22.52.1180)
- For other uses, see applicable uses, Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Standard Yard Requirements and Development Standards:
Properties developed with single family residences are subject to the same requirements as in zone R-1 (22.24.170) 

Animal-related structures must be kept a minimum of 50 feet from streets and highways and structures used for human habitation (22.24.120) 

Stands for the display and sales of products grown on the property must be wooden, not larger than 300 sq. ft., not nearer than 20 feet from a street, and on a parcel of at least 1 acre (22.24.130)

ZONE A-2-H: Heavy Agricultural including Hog Ranches (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Residential and non-residential uses permitted in zone A-2 (22.24.200)
B. Hog ranches, fertilizer plants (22.24.200) 

Minimum Required Area:
Unless otherwise specified, 5 acres/lot (22.52.100 and 22.52.250) 

A larger required area may be necessary, depending on the type of structures, uses, and/or numbers and types of animals 

Maximum Height Limit:
Same as zone A-2 (Part 11, Chapter 22.52) 

Minimum Required Parking:
Same as zone A-2 (Part 11, Chapter 22.52) 

Standard Yard Requirements:
Same as zone A-2 (Part 11, Chapter 22.52)

ZONE C-H: Commercial Highway (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Community and financial services, parks and play grounds, business/professional offices. No retail sales (22.28.030) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code - Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet, or as provided in community standards district (22.28.070) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- Banks, post offices, medical offices - 1 parking space per each 250 sq. ft. of floor space
- Other office uses - 1 parking space per each 400 sq. ft. of floor space (22.52.1100) 

Building Setback:
20 feet for front or corner side yards where property adjoins a parkway, major or secondary highway. On local streets - same as adjoining residential or agriculture-zoned yard (22.28.070)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
- 90% of net area of lot
- 10% of net area must be open and landscaped (22.28.070) 

Outside Display:
Limited to a few uses (22.28.070) 

Outside Storage:
Not permitted (22.28.070)

ZONE C-1: Restricted Business (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Zone C-H uses, commercial services, retail sales of new goods and genuine antiques (22.28.080) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code - Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet, or as provided in community standards district (22.28.120) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- General commercial and medical offices - 1 parking space for each 250 sq. ft. of floor space. 
- Other office uses - 1 parking space per each 400 sq. ft. of floor space (22.52.1100). See applicable use – Part 11, Chapter 22.52
-Eating/drinking establishments – 1 parking space for each 3 persons, based on occupant load determined by Public Works Department, (minimum of 10 parking spaces). (22.52.1110) 

Building Setback:
20 feet for front or corner side yards where property adjoins a parkway, major or secondary highway. On local streets - same as the adjoining residential or agriculture-zoned property (22.28.120)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
- 90% of net area of lot
- 10% of net area must be landscaped (22.28.120) 

Outside Display:
C-H uses plus a few additional uses (22.28.120) 

Outside Storage:
Not permitted (22.28.120)

ZONE C-2: Neighborhood Business (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Zone C-1 uses, rentals, outdoor advertising, tailor shops (22.28.130) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code - Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet, or as provided in community standards district (22.28.170) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- General commercial - 1 parking space for each 250 sq. ft. of floor space
- Non-medical office uses - 1 parking space for each 400 sq. ft. of floor space. See applicable use- Part 11, Chapter 22.52
- Eating/drinking establishments - 1 parking space for each 3 persons, based on occupant load determined by Public Works Department ( minimum of 10 parking spaces) 

Building Setback:
No building setback required 
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
- 90% of net area of lot
- 10% of net area must be open and landscaped (22.28.170) 

Outside Display:
Limited to a few uses (22.28.170) 

Outside Storage:
Not permitted (22.28.170)

ZONE C-3: Unlimited Commercial (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Zone C-2 uses, secondhand stores (22.28.180) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code - Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- General commercial – 1 parking space for each 250 sq. ft. of floor space
- Non-medical office uses – 1 parking space for each 400 sq. ft. of floor space. See applicable use– Part 11, Chapter 22.52
- Eating/drinking establishments - 1 parking space for each 3 persons, based on occupant load determined by Public Works Department (minimum of 10 parking spaces) 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
- 90% of net area of lot
- 10% of net area must be landscaped (22.28.220) 

Outside Display:
Automobile sales, restaurants, and a few other uses (22.28.220) 

Outside Storage:
Permitted at the rear of a parcel when incidental to the permitted use existing in the front of the parcel; storage may not be closer than 50 feet to the front lot line and must be completely enclosed by a 5 to 6 foot-high solid fence or wall (22.28.280)

ZONE C-M: Commercial Manufacturing (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Zone C-3 uses plus limited manufacture and assembly (22.28.230) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code - Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- General commercial - 1 parking space for each 250 square feet of floor space
- Non-medical office uses - 1 parking space for each 400 sq. ft. of floor space. See applicable use– Part 11, Chapter 22.52
- Eating/drinking establishments–1 parking space for each 3 persons, based on occupant load determined by Public Works Department (minimum of 10 parking spaces) 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
- 90% of net area of lot
- 10% of net area must be landscaped (22.28.270) 

Outside Display:
Same as C-3 (22.28.270) 

Outside Storage:
Same as C-3 (22.28.270)

ZONE C-R: Commercial Recreation (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Amusement parks, campgrounds, tennis courts, golf courses, limited agriculture (22.28.290) 

Minimum Required Area:
5 acres (22.52.100) 

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
No maximum lot coverage

ZONE CPD: Commercial Planned Development (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Zone R-A uses (22.28.340)
B. Non-residential C-1 uses with approved CUP (22.28.340) 

Minimum Required Area:
5000 sq. ft. (22.28.340 and 22.52.100) 

Maximum Height Limit:
A. 35 feet (22.28.170)
B. 13 times buildable area (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
A. Same as zones R-A and C-1 (22.28.340, 22.20.130, 22.52.1180)
B. As required by CUP (22.28.340) 

Building Setback:
A. Same as R-A (22.28.340, 22.20.450, 22.20.120)
B. Subject to the provisions of the CUP
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
A. Does not apply
B. 40% of gross area of the lot (22.28.340) 

Other Standards:
A. Same as R-A
B. Design, access, utilities, signs, walls, walks, landscaping, and development schedule to be established in the conditional use permit

ZONE M-1: Light Manufacturing (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Uses permitted in zones A-1 and C-M. Residential uses and schools are prohibited (22.32.040) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code- Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- Industrial uses require 1 space for each company vehicle plus 1 space for each 2 persons employed on the largest shift, or 1 space for each 500 sq. ft. of floor area, whichever is greater
- 1 space for each 1000 sq. ft. of warehouse if 80% or more of building is used for warehouse (22.52.1140)
- For other uses, see applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
- For C-M and permitted A-1 uses, see 22.32.040
- Other uses, no requirement

ZONE M-1 1/2: Restricted Heavy Manufacturing (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
All uses except residential, some institutions, and schools are prohibited. Some heavy industries are prohibited (22.32.100) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code- Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- Industrial uses require 1 space for each company vehicle plus 1 space for each 2 persons employed on the largest shift, or 1 space for each 500 sq. ft. of floor area, whichever is greater
- 1 space for each 1000 sq. ft. of warehouse if 80% or more of building is used for warehouse (22.52.1140)
- For other uses, see applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
No lot coverage limitation

ZONES M-2: Heavy Manufacturing ANDM-4: Unlimited Manufacturing (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
All uses except some heavy industries need a CUP. Residential uses and schools are prohibited (22.32.160) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code– Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- Industrial uses require 1 space for each company vehicle plus 1 space for each 2 persons employed on the largest shift, or 1 space for each 500 sq. ft. of floor area, whichever is largest
- 1 space for each 1000 sq. ft. of warehouse (22.52.1140)
- For other uses, see applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts.

Maximum Lot Coverage:
No lot coverage limitation

ZONE M-2 1/2: Aircraft Heavy Manufacturing (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Storage, maintenance, manufacturing and testing of aircraft and aircraft parts. M-4 uses with CUP (22.32.260) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code – Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
- Industrial uses require 1 space for each company vehicle plus 1 space for each 2 persons employed on the largest shift, or 1 space for each 500 sq. ft. of floor area, whichever is greater
- 1 space for each 1000 sq. ft. of warehouse if 80% or more of building is used for warehouse (22.52.1140)
- For other uses, see applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
No lot coverage limitation

Zone M-3: Unclassified (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
All uses, some of which require a CUP (22.32.220) 

Minimum Required Area:
5000 sq. ft (22.52.100) 

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
No lot coverage limitation

ZONE MPD: Manufacturing–Industrial Planned (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Any zone SR-D use and non-residential uses permitted in zone R-A (22.32.150)
B. With CUP, uses permitted in zone M-1 1/2 (22.32.150) 

Minimum Required Area:
A. Varies, depending on use (22.32.150)
B. 5 acres (22.32.150) 

Maximum Height Limit:
A. Varies, depending on use (22.32.150)
B. 1 times buildable area (22.32.150) 

Minimum Required Parking:
A. See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52
B. As established by CUP (22.32.150) 

Building Setback:
A. Same as zones R-A and SR-D, depending on use (22.32.150)
B. No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
A. Same as zones R-A and SR-D, depending on use (22.32.150)
B. 60% of gross area of lot or parcel (22.32.150)

ZONE D-2: Desert-Mountain (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Uses permitted in zones A-2 or M-1, except as limited by general or local plan (22.32.090) 

Minimum Required Area:
Varies, depending on use (22.32.090) 

Maximum Height Limit:
Varies, depending on use (22.32.090) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
Same as in Zones A-2 or M-1, depending on use (22.32.090)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Same as in zones A-2 or M-1, depending on use (22.32.090)

ZONE B-1: Buffer Strip (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Recreation, landscaping, parking lots (22.32.330) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code– Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
Not applicable 

Minimum Required Parking:
Not applicable 

Building Setback:
Not applicable
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Not applicable

ZONE B-2: Corner Buffer (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Uses permitted in zone B-1 and, in some situations, zone C-3 (22.32.370)

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code– Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area for zone C-3 uses (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
No building setback required
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
90% of net area of lot for C-3 uses. 10% of net area must be landscaped (22.32.370)

ZONE A-C: Arts and Crafts (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Uses permitted in zone R-A. Arts and crafts uses are permitted subject to CUP. (22.40.450) 

Minimum Required Area:
5000 sq. ft./lot. (22.40.500) 

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet, or as provided in community standards district. (22.40.500) 

Minimum Required Parking:
2 covered parking spaces per dwelling unit (22.52.1180) 

Building Setback:
Same as zone R-1. (22.40.500)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Not applicable

ZONE IT: Institutional (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Institutional uses, but only by Conditional Use Permit (22.40.670) 

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County– Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
Per approved Conditional Use Permit 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use, Part 11, Chapter 22.52, and Conditional Use Permit

Building Setback:
Per Conditional Use Permit
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Per Conditional Use Permit

ZONE MXD: Mixed Use Development (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Uses permitted in zone R-A
B. With CUP, any use permitted in zones R-4, M-1, A-C, and SR-D, or any combination (22.40.520) 

Minimum Required Area:
A. 5000 sq. ft./lot. (22.40.520)
B. 5 acres per lot. Area per dwelling–as established by CUP. (22.40.520)

Maximum Height Limit:
A. 35 feet (22.40.520)
B. 2 times buildable area (22.40.520) 

Minimum Required Parking:
A. 2 covered spaces per dwelling unit (22.52.1180)
B. As specified in CUP (22.40.520) 

Building Setback:
A. Same as zone R-A. (22.40.520)
B. As established by CUP. (22.40.520)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
A. Not applicable.
B. 50% of net area of lot or parcel. (22.40.520)

ZONE O-S: Open Space (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Campgrounds, crops, grazing of animals, resource management (22.40.410)

Minimum Required Area:
No minimum required area. But see 21.24.240 of L.A. County Code– Subdivisions

Maximum Height Limit:
35 feet or two stories (22.40.440) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
Certain use setbacks apply (22.40.440)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Not applicable

ZONE P-R: Parking Restricted (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Parking lots or parking structures (22.40.310) 

Minimum Required Area:
Not applicable. 

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district. (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
Wall setbacks vary. (22.52.1060 and 22.40.310)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
None

ZONE R-R: Resort and Recreation (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Recreation and amusement, agricultural uses. (22.40.190) 

Minimum Required Area:
5000 sq. ft./lot. (22.52.100) 

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use – Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
None
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
None

ZONE SP: Specific Plan (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Specific to site, as provided in local specific plan. (22.40.730) 

Minimum Required Area:
As provided in local specific plan 

Maximum Height Limit:
As provided in local specific plan 

Minimum Required Parking:
Base on use – Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
As provided in specific plan
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
As provided in specific plan

ZONE SR-D: Scientific Research and Development (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Scientific research and development, schools, libraries, and museums. (22.40.350)

Minimum Required Area:
None 

Maximum Height Limit:
1 times the buildable area (22.40.390) 

Minimum Required Parking:
1-1.25 spaces per person on the largest shift, or 1 space/200 sq. feet of floor area (22.40.390) 

Building Setback:
Front: 30 to 60 feet, based on building height. Structures to be 100 to 500 feet from residential/agricultural zoned property (22.40.390)
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
35% of total area (22.40.390)

ZONE W: Watershed (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Uses owned and maintained by U.S. Forest Service and recreational uses approved by the Forest Service (22.40.250) 

Minimum Required Area:
None 

Maximum Height Limit:
13 times buildable area, except as otherwise provided in community standards district (22.52.050) 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use – Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
Not applicable
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Not applicable

ZONE ( ) - BE: Billboard Exclusion (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Uses permitted in the basic zone, excluding outdoor advertising (22.40.110)

Minimum Required Area:
Per basic zone 

Maximum Height Limit:
Per basic zone 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
Per basic zone
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Per basic zone

ZONE ( ) - CRS: Commercial- Residential (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Uses permitted in basic zone (22.40.550)
B. With Director’s approval, any residential use, separate or in combination with a permitted commercial use. (22.40.570) 

Minimum Required Area:
Per basic zone 

Maximum Height Limit:
Per basic zone, except as otherwise provided in community standards district

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
Per basic zone
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Per basic zone

ZONE ( ) - DP: Development Program (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A specific development proposal in basic zone. CUP required & must be consistent with development proposal at time of rezoning (22.40.040)

Minimum Required Area:
Per basic zone and CUP 

Maximum Height Limit:
Per basic zone and CUP 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 and CUP 

Building Setback:
Per basic zone and CUP
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Per basic zone and CUP

ZONE ( ) - P: Parking (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
Uses permitted in the basic zone and supplemental off-street parking (22.40.130)

Minimum Required Area:
Per basic zone 

Maximum Height Limit:
Per basic zone 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 

Building Setback:
Per basic zone
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Per basic zone

ZONE ( ) - PO: Unlimited Residence-Professional Office (Title 22)

Permitted Uses:
A. Any use permitted in the basic zone (22.40.620) B. Any use permitted in the basic zone and/or any professional office use provided a CUP has been approved (22.40.650) 

Minimum Required Area:
Per basic zone 

Maximum Height Limit:
Per basic zone 

Minimum Required Parking:
See applicable use–Part 11, Chapter 22.52 and CUP, if any 

Building Setback:
Per basic zone
Setbacks could be affected by various overlay districts. 

Maximum Lot Coverage:
Per basic zone


GP - 2003-04 - Draft General Plan Goals & Policies

“Shaping the Future 2025”

The Los Angeles County General Plan, a comprehensive statement of public policy guiding long-term development and resource protection, is a tool for initiating and responding to change. The General Plan identifies goals, principles, standards, and plan proposals in the form of text, maps and diagrams. Its components establish a framework for future development and use of unincorporated County land.

The General Plan provides for the many diverse unincorporated communities scattered throughout the County. It also includes more specific area, community, and coastal plans to address issues at the local community level.

The Process

To begin the public input process at an early stage, visioning workshops were conducted throughout the county, followed by scoping meetings designed to identify potential impacts to be addressed in the Environmental Impact Report required for adoption of the General Plan. From these meetings a framework for the updated General Plan was prepared. The initial document to present this information to the public for review and input was “Shaping the Future 2025”. The document contained all the staff-drafted goals and policies of the Plan, and was the subject of 21 community workshops and invited presentations throughout the county in 2004. Following these workshops, all input was considered in preparing the Draft Preliminary General Plan.

“Shaping the Future 2025” - Download here.

“Shaping the Future 2025” articulated six countywide goals, and was the foundation for the development of the draft preliminary General Plan:

  • Protect public health, safety, and welfare
  • Conserve resources and environmental protection
  • Urban lands infill and orderly land use distribution
  • Safe/sound housing for all
  • Efficient public/private transportation systems
  • A strong, diversified economy

GP - 2007 Draft Preliminary General Plan

Here are documents from this effort:


GP - Approval Process Timeline

 
Description Approx. Timeframe
Environment Impact Report July 2009
Regional Planning Commission July 2009
Board of Supervisors December 2009

Guidelines for Designing a Commercial Project

Before you begin, check with the staff of the Department of Regional Planning to confirm the following:

  • Is the proposed use consistent with the General Plan?
  • What is the zoning and does it allow the proposed use?
  • Are there any proposed street or alley widenings?
  • Is the project subject to special standards district requirements?

Setbacks

Structures:

  • C-1 adjacent to major or secondary highway…………………20’
  • All other C and M zones……………………………………………..0’

Detached parking may encroach into setbacks if at least 75’ from front property line.

Parking:

  • Adjacent to street……………………………………………5’
  • Adjacent to A or R zone, for first 50’…………………20’
  • Other…………………………………………………………….0’

Height

  • CH, C-1, C-2…………………………………………………..2 stories, max.
  • All other C & M zones……………………………………..13 times buildable area.

Parking

Requirements

  • Retail commercial, medical office bldg………….1 space per 250 sq. ft.
  • Business Professional office (other than medical)……..1 space per 400 sq. ft.
  • Restaurant, bars, theaters, health clubs, etc. …..1 space per 3 occupants minimum 10 space per use

Parking Design

  • Standard spaces (90)………………………………….8 1/2’ x 18’
    • Aisle………………………………………….26’
  • Compact spaces (90)(Maximum 40%)……………8’ x 15’
    • Aisle (must be all compact)…………..23’
  • Handicap…………………………………………………..1 per 40 spaces
    • 9’ x 18’ with 5’ loading zone adjacent

5’ landscaped setback on perimeter parking adjacent to streets with 30” - 42” masonry wall on inside of planter.

No backing directly into street or alley is allowed.

Landscaping

C zones

  • Minimum 10% of entire lot or parcel.

M zones

  • Same requirements as Commercial Projects.

Walls

  • Adjacent to residential or agricultural……………6’ masonry wall.
  • Between parking and street………………………..30” - 42” masonry wall.

Guidelines for Designing a Residential Project

Before you begin, check with the staff of the Department of Regional Planning to confirm the following:

  • Is the proposed use consistent with the General Plan?
  • What is the zoning and does it allow the proposed use?
  • Are there any proposed street or alley widening?
  • Is the project subject to special standards district requirements?

Setbacks

Structures & Parking:

  • R-1, R-2, R-A, A-1, A-2……………………..20’ front, 5’ side, 15’ rear
  • R-3, R-4……………………………………………15’ front, 5’ side, 15’ rear
  • Lots less than 50’ wide………………………Side may be 10% of which, 3’ min.

Detached parking may encroach into setbacks if at least 75’ from front property line.

Height

  • R-1, R-A, A-1, A-2……………………………..35 ft
  • R-2, R-3……………………………………………35 ft.
  • R-4……………………………………………………13 times buildable area

Parking

Requirements

  • Single family residence (including detached
    and attached condominiums)……………………………….2 covered spaces
  • Duplex…………………………………………………………………..3 covered, 1 uncovered
  • Apartments (per unit)
    • 2 bedroom or larger………………………………………….1 1/2 covered, 1/2 uncovered
    • 1 bedroom or smaller……………………………………….1 1/2 covered
    • For projects with 10 units or more (including
      condominium projects with 10+ units)……………..1 guest for each 4 unit

Parking Design

  • Standard spaces (90)…………………………..8 1/2’ x 18’
  • Turning radius (back-up space)……………..26’
  • Tandem……………………………………………….8 1/2’ x 36’

No compact parking is allowed.
Backing into alley is allowed if garage is 26 ft. from far side of alley.

Building Separation

  • Between 2 primary structures…………………….10 ft.
  • Between primary & accessory structures…….6 ft.

Guidelines for Designing an Industrial Project

Before you begin, check with the staff of the Department of Regional Planning to confirm the following:

  • Is the proposed use consistent with the General Plan?
  • What is the zoning and does it allow the proposed use?
  • Are there any proposed street or alley widenings?
  • Is the project subject to special standards district requirements?

Setbacks

Structures:

  • Building…………………………………………………………………..0’
  • Outdoor storage fences over 10’ high………………………..3’

Detached parking may encroach into setbacks if at least 75’ from front property line.

Parking:

  • Adjacent to street…………………………………………………….5’
  • Adjacent to A or R zone, for first 50’…………………………20’
  • Other……………………………………………………………………..0’

Height

  • M zones………………………………………………13 times buildable area

Parking

Requirements

  • Industrial………………………………………………………..1 space per 500 sq. ft.
  • Warehouse (must be 80% of structure)…………….1 space per 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Offices (within industrial building)……………………..1 space per 400 sq. ft.

Parking Design

  • Standard spaces (90)………………………………………8 1/2’ x 18’
    • Aisle………………………………………………26’
  • Compact spaces (90)(Maximum 40%)………………..8’ x 15’
    • Aisle (must be all compact)………………..23’
  • Handicap…………………………………………………………1 per 25 spaces
    • 9’ x 18’ with 5’ loading zone adjacent

5’ landscaped setback on perimeter parking adjacent to streets with 30” - 42” masonry wall on inside of planter.

No backing directly into street or alley is allowed.

Landscaping

  • Area equal to 2% of parking area (may be part of requirement parking perimeter)
  • Adjacent to fences for outdoor storage……….1 sq. ft. each linear foot

Walls

  • Adjacent to residential or agricultural……………6’ masonry wall.
  • Between parking and street……………………….30” - 42” masonry wall.
  • For outdoor storage…………………………………..8’ - 15’ solid fence or wall.

Hacienda Heights - Plan Development and Review

In August 2008, development of the Draft Plan was divided into two parts in order to facilitate a comprehensive review. Part A, which was presented at a community meeting on August 27, 2008, includes draft versions of: the plan’s purpose and process; community character; goals and policies; and, program implementation ideas. Part B, which is currently under development, contains land use and technical analyses that will support the community’s recommendations

During the month of September, the draft components that comprise Part A were available for public comment and review. Residents, staff from all divisions of the Department of Regional Planning, and County service providers were invited to share their responses to the content, format and utility of those draft components.

For the first time, community members were invited to participate in the review of early drafts to ensure that their vision and goals were accurately reflected. At the same time, the DRP planners continued developing Part B.

Currently, the DRP planners are reviewing and responding to the comments received on Part A and working to refine and finalize the analyses contained in Part B. The next step is to combine the two parts and produce a Draft Plan with a public release planned for November 2008. Following the release of the Draft Plan, the public will be given 30 days to review and comment. During that period, the DRP planners will convene a community meeting to provide direction and receive input.

Part A Draft Components

Maps

  • Community Context and Boundary
  • Parks and Trails
  • Schools and Learning Facilities
  • Bike Route Map
  • Slope
  • Hazards: Geological
  • Hazards: Flood and Fire
  • Highway Plan

Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update - Plan Development Archive

Previous Draft Plan and Reports

The following documents were released for public review and comment at a Community Meeting on June 19, 2010. Notice of their availability was mailed to all residents, property owners and those on the HHCPU Community List.

Electronic versions of these files (PDFs) can be downloaded by clicking on the links above. Hard copies are available for viewing in the reference section at the Hacienda Heights Branch Library, the Steinmetz Senior Center and the Fourth District Field Office in Rowland Heights.

Draft Components

The following early components of the plan were reviewed, commented upon, and combined to create the Draft Plan.

Part A

In fall 2008, Part A of the Draft Components was available for public comment and review. This included the following components: the purpose and process; community character; goals and policies; and, program implementation ideas. DRP staff, County service providers and, for the first time, residents were invited to share their responses to the content, format and utility of the draft components in the earliest form. Based on comments received, Part A was revised and reformatted to ensure that the Draft Plan would accurately reflect the community’s vision while meeting the needs of community and county stakeholders.

Part B

Completed in spring 2009, Part B contained the initial drafts of the proposed land use map, land use report and background report that supported the community’s recommendations. Community Plan Update Committee members received an early preview of Part B at a meeting in July 2009. Based on their comments, Part B was revised to ensure that the land use policies and map would accurately implement the community’s vision.


Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update August 25, 2010 Public Hearing Materials

The following additional materials were submitted to the Regional Planning Commission on August 25, 2010:

Additional Materials

The following materials were submitted to the Regional Planning Commission on August 12, 2010 in preparation for the public hearings on the Hacienda Heights Community Plan:

Staff Report

Attachments

Electronic versions of these files (PDFs) can be downloaded by clicking on the links above. Hard copies are available for viewing at the Hall of Records at 320 W. Temple Street.


Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update February 22, 2011 Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

On February 22, 2011 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the Hacieda Heights Community Plan Update to: consider and adopt the Hacienda Heights Community Plan; approve the related zone change; and, certify the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Plan. At the public hearing, staff gave a brief presentation on the project and the Board heard testimony from interested parties. The Board took the following actions:

  1. Continued the public hearing to May 24, 2011;
  2. Instructed Regional Planning to work with County Counsel to revise the environmental documents, land use, and zoning, to address changes to School District Property and resubmit the environmental document with appropriate public notice;
  3. Instructed County Counsel to prepare the final documents necessary to approve the Plan with the changes discussed; and
  4. Instructed Regional Planning to report back on legal notices and grandfathering.

The official statement of proceedings for the Board hearing, along with all related documents, video, and audio recording of the hearing can be found under Agenda Item 4 here. Or, click on individual items below to view submittals to the Board.


Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update May 24, 2011 Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

Following are the materials submitted to the Board of Supervisors for the May 24, 2011 public hearing:

Attachments


Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update October 6, 2010 Consent Item

The following additional materials were submitted to the Regional Planning Commission on September 30, 2010:


Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update Project Overview

The Hacienda Heights Community Plan (the Plan) is currently being updated to reflect recent changes in the population demographics and emerging needs in Hacienda Heights. Guided by the community, the LA County Department of Regional Planning (DRP) is working to update the Plan to better reflect the vision and future desired by Hacienda Heights residents.

The community plan is a powerful tool for addressing community issues, such as the schools, natural landscape, parks and homes – the elements that make each community unique. The update process is an opportunity for the community to tailor new goals and policies to meet the needs of the community today and for the near future.

For more on community plan updates, see the Frequently Asked Questions or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your thoughts, questions and suggestions.


Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update September 22, 2010 Public Hearing Materials

The following additional materials were submitted to the Regional Planning Commission on September 22, 2010:

Additional Materials

Attachments

The following materials were submitted to the Regional Planning Commission on September 9, 2010 in preparation for the September 22, 2010 public hearing on the Hacienda Heights Community Plan:

Staff Report

Attachments

Electronic versions of these files (PDFs) can be downloaded by clicking on the links above. Hard copies are available for viewing at the Hall of Records at 320 W. Temple Street.


Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update Timetable

Phases Target Timing
Development of Draft Plan Oct 2008 - May 2009
Agencies and Public Review May 2009 - June 2009
Community and Committee Meetings June 2009 - July 2009
Public Hearings and Revisions Aug 2009*
Plan Adoption Sept 2009 - Oct 2009
Plan Dissemination and Implementation Nov 2009 onward

*May be approximately one year later if an Environmental Impact Report is required.


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Hillside Management Areas

Hillside Management Areas identify areas within unincorporated parts of the county that have a slope of 25% or greater. This article is about the GIS data itself, for more information about the Hillside Management ordinance, please click here.

The Hillside Management Areas are derived from a Slope layer, which originated from a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) that was collected during the Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LAR-IAC) in 2006. The DEM has two levels of resolution (or detail), whereas the Forest Areas have 20 foot resolution, and the Urban Areas and Catalina Island have 5 foot resolution, which is illustrated in the screenshot on the lower left. Additionally, there are two areas in the county which have slope provisions that go beyond the countywide Hillside Management ordinance. The Castaic Community Standards District (CSD) and the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone and North Area all have provisions for areas greater than a 50% slope. Therefore, these areas have two slope categories: ‘25-50%’, and ‘50% and greater’–the remainder of the county shows only 25% or greater slope. The map on the lower right-hand corner shows these two areas.

HMA Map Resolution
Meta HMA Map Slope Types

Finally, this last screenshot shows how the two slope types are symbolized in a sample area between the Castaic CSD and the Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan. Note again, there is no Hillside Management showing in incorporated cities. Source: Los Angeles Region Aerial Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LAR-IAC), 2006.

Meta HMA Map Slope Types


How To Order A Map

To order a map you must contact our .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (‘Public Counter’). Our office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The office is closed every Friday. Please note the following when inquiring about maps:

  • Be specific as to the map type, name and number (from map catalog) and the quantity of maps you wish to order.
  • Your map order is processed when payment is received (cash or check payable to Los Angeles County Dept. of Regional Planning).
  • Please allow 4 to 6 working days (after receipt of payment) for maps to be printed and ready for pick up.

Delivery of maps by mail will cost additional for postage and handling, costs vary.

Click here for a link to the Map Catalog.


How To Request A Conditional Use Permit

Conditional Use Permits are required for certain land uses which may need special conditions to ensure compatibility with surrounding land uses. To be approved, a conditional use permit must be consistent with the existing adopted General Plan, including local area and community plans, which reflect the County’s policy regarding land use, and the Los Angeles County Code Title 22 Planning and Zoning. If the proposed use is not consistent with the general plan and Zoning Code, it cannot be approved. Major issues involved in the evaluation of conditional use permit requests include:

  • Consistency with the General Plan
  • Compatibility with surrounding land uses
  • Conditions to ensure compatibility
  • Land suitability and physical constraints
  • Project design
  • Availability of adequate access, public services and facilities to serve the development
  • Potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures

Application Procedure

To apply for a CUP, please follow the instructions on the Zoning Permit application for submittal. Along with the items listed on that application checklist, you will have to submit a CUP Burden of Proof (download PDF or Word). Please refer to the fee schedule for the cost of a particular application submittal. Please be advised that the applicant is responsible for the quality and accuracy of all information submitted. Once all required materials are assembled, you MUST schedule a filling appointment in advance by calling (213) 974-6438. A planner will review the materials to ensure that all necessary items are submitted before accepting the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Questions regarding application submittal and requirements may be directed to the Department of Regional Planning Land Development Coordinating Center. Our office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The office is closed every Friday.

Address: in Room 1360, Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Telephone: (213) 974-6411
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Application Processing

After the application is accepted by the Land Development Coordinating Center, it will be forwarded to the appropriate processing section. When the processing section has determined the application to be complete, a public hearing will be scheduled before a Hearing Officer or the Regional Planning Commission (RPC). Hearing Officers are appointed by the Director of Planning, subject to confirmation by the Board of Supervisors. The RPC is composed of five members appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. If the project involves a land division or other discretionary permits in addition to a conditional use permit, a concurrent hearing will be scheduled. The processing section will advise you of the hearing date and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property, mail notices to all property owners within the required notification radius, publish notices in a local newspaper, and prepare a staff report and recommendation for the public hearing.

At the time and place advertised in the public notice, a Hearing Officer or the RPC will conduct a public hearing. These hearings are normally held in Room 150 of the Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. The Hearing Officer meetings usually convene at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Commission meetings usually convene at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

The applicant should attend the public hearing and be prepared to present and answer any questions on the proposed development. The applicant may submit documents in support of the request. Any interested persons may testify before the Hearing Officer or the Commission at the public hearing. The applicant will be given an opportunity to respond to any testimony. The Hearing Officer or the RPC may continue the public hearing or close the public hearing and render its decision to approve or deny the requested Conditional Use Permit. If the request is heard by a Hearing Officer, a written decision will be rendered within ten working days following the hearing. If the request is heard by the Commission, findings and/or conditions and the related environmental documentation will be placed on the Commission’s consent calendar agenda for final action. The Hearing Officer’s decision may be appealed to the RPC; and, the RPC’s decision may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

If the RPC’s decision is appealed to the Board of Supervisors, the Board may sustain the Commission’s decision without a public hearing. In the event that the Board does schedule the appeal for a public hearing, the public hearing procedures are similar to those of the RPC. The Executive Officer/Clerk of the Board of Supervisors will notify you of the time and place of the hearing and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property. The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are held in the Board Hearing Room, (Room 381), in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012.

ADA Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids and services such as material in an alternate format or a sign language interpreter, please contact the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator at (213) 974-6488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD), with at least five business days notice.


How To Request A General Plan Amendment

The General Plan is a comprehensive policy document which aids County decision-makers in guiding future development in a manner that is consistent with the needs, goals, and interests of the public. The General Plan consists of 11 “countywide” elements, which apply to the entire unincorporated area, and “area wide” and “community” plan elements, which are more detailed plans for particular unincorporated areas and communities. As required by State law, all zoning regulations and development permits must be consistent with the applicable general plan. However, general plans are long range and may need to be amended from time to time to reflect changed circumstances.

General Plan Amendments may be initiated by the Board of Supervisors or the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) or by individual property owners who desire to develop property with a land use or density that is not permitted by the General Plan. General plans can be amended to address changed circumstances but only after thorough study and public hearings before the RPC and the Board of Supervisors. Amendments to State mandated elements of the County-wide General Plan are limited to four per calendar year.

Major issues involved in the evaluation of plan amendments include:

  • Need and justification for the amendment, including development plans for the subject property
  • Consistency with General Plan goals, policies and programs
  • Compatibility with surrounding general plan designations, existing and proposed land uses
  • Rationale for existing map designations and/or text
  • Land suitability and physical constraints
  • Availability of adequate access, public services and facilities to serve the proposed development
  • Potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures
  • Consistency with State and County standards

Application Procedure

General Plan and Zoning information, application forms, and fee schedules may be obtained by contacting the Department of Regional Planning Land Development Coordinating Center in Room 1360, Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone (213) 974-6411. Our office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The office is closed every Friday. If your proposed development involves a land division, (a parcel map or a tentative tract map), you may wish to schedule a “One Stop” counseling appointment in order to obtain additional information from representatives of the Department of Public Works and the Fire Department as well as Regional Planning staff.

Application Processing

When you have completed the application forms and assembled all of the required materials, you will need to call (213) 974-6438 to schedule a filing appointment. A planner will review the materials to ensure that all necessary items, including the required signatures and filing fees, are submitted before accepting the application and assigning a project number.

After the application has been logged into our case tracking system, it will be forwarded to the appropriate processing section. When the processing section has determined the application to be complete and the required environmental documentation has been completed, a public hearing will be scheduled before the RPC. If the project involves a zone change, a land division or discretionary permits in addition to a plan amendment, a concurrent hearing will be scheduled. The processing section will advise you of the hearing date and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property, mail notices to all owners of property within 500 feet of the subject property, publish notices in a local newspaper, and prepare a staff report and recommendation prior to the public hearing.

Following the public hearing, the RPC will make a recommendation to approve or deny the requested plan amendment; and, the Commission’s recommendation will be transmitted to the Board of Supervisors. If the Commission recommends approval of a zone change, or the Commission’s recommendation for no change of zone is appealed, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Board of Supervisors, who will make the final decision on the requested plan amendment. Because the State Planning Law limits the number of amendments to mandatory plan elements to four (4) per calendar year, it may be necessary to combine individual amendment requests into “compound” plan amendments. In such cases, concurrent hearings will be conducted regarding all of the sub-plan amendments comprising the “compound” plan amendment and a “compound” environmental document will be prepared.

Public Hearings

At the time and place advertised in the public notice, the RPC will conduct a public hearing on your request. These hearings are normally held in Room 150 of the Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. Commission meetings usually convene at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

The RPC is composed of five members appointed by the County Board of Supervisors.

The applicant and/or his representative should attend the public hearing and be prepared to present and explain the requested plan amendment and the proposed development. You may submit maps, graphics, letters, petitions or other documents in support of your request. You may call on other people, such as consultants or surrounding property owners who support your proposal, to assist you in presenting your case. Other interested persons, including neighboring property owners will have an opportunity to address the Commission. You and/or your representative will be given an opportunity to respond to any objections.

The RPC may continue the public hearing and may schedule a field trip to view the subject property and its surroundings. After the hearing has been closed, the Commission will authorize the preparation of a resolution containing the Commission’s findings and recommendations and the final environmental documentation, if required, which will be placed on the Commission’s agenda for adoption. After the resolution has been adopted, it will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors’ public hearing procedures are similar to those of the RPC. The Executive Officer/Clerk of the Board of Supervisors will notify you of the time and place of the hearing and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property. The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are held in the Board Hearing Room, (Room 381), in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012.

The Board consists of five Supervisors, each of whom is elected by the voters of his or her district.

Proponents and opponents will be given an opportunity to be heard. Once the hearing is closed, the Board will render a decision to approve, deny, or modify the requested plan amendment. If the Board decides to approve a plan amendment that has been recommended by the RPC, a resolution amending the general plan generally will have been prepared in advance of the hearing and may be adopted on the same day. Otherwise, the Board will authorize the preparation of such a resolution for adoption at a subsequent meeting. In the event that the Board substantially modifies a plan amendment recommended by the Commission, such modification must be referred back to the RPC for further consideration, which may or may not involve further public hearings. Related project entitlements (zone changes, conditional use permits, land divisions), will not become effective until the plan amendment is adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

ADA Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids and services such as material in an alternate format or a sign language interpreter, please contact the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator at (213) 974-6488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD), with at least five business days notice.


How To Request A Parcel Map

A Parcel Map is Required:

  • When a division of real property is proposed which would create four (4) or fewer parcels or four (4) or fewer condominium units (i.e. Minor Land Division);
  • When each parcel created by a subdivision contains at least forty (40) acres or each parcel contains at least twenty (20) acres and have approved access to a maintained public street or highway;
  • When certain commercial or industrial property is proposed to be divided; or
  • When certain property is proposed for division which is already served by fully improved streets.

In the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, parcel maps are reviewed by the Subdivision Committee comprised of representatives of the County Departments of Regional Planning, Public Works, Fire, Public Health and Parks and Recreation. Any technical problems are usually resolved at this stage. After the Subdivision Committee’s review has been completed and any required environmental documentation has been completed, a public hearing will be scheduled either before a Hearing Officer or the Regional Planning Commission (RPC). Following the public hearing, the Hearing Officer or the RPC approves or disapproves the tentative parcel map based upon the testimony, the recommendations of the Subdivision Committee, and the mandates of the Los Angeles County Subdivision Ordinance and the State Map Act. Hearing Officer decisions regarding parcel maps may be appealed to the RPC; and, RPC decisions may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors (BOS). Projects with associated legislative requests, including a zone change, plan amendment, etc., are also scheduled for public hearing before the Board of Supervisors (BOS).

To be approved, a parcel map must be consistent with the adopted General Plan, including local area and community plans, and the applicable zoning which reflect the County’s policy regarding land use. If the proposed parcel map is not consistent with the applicable general plan and zoning, it cannot be approved. General plans and zoning ordinances can be amended to address changed circumstances but only after thorough study and public hearings before the RPC and the Board of Supervisors (BOS). Amendments to State mandated elements of the Countywide General Plan are limited to four per calendar year.

Major issues involved in the evaluation of proposed parcel maps include:

  • Consistency with the applicable General Plan and zoning requirements
  • Compatibility with surrounding land uses
  • Subdivision and other standards
  • Land suitability and physical constraints
  • Project design and layout
  • Availability of adequate access, public services and facilities to serve the proposed development
  • Potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures

Application Procedure

General Plan and Zoning information, application forms, and fee schedules may be obtained by contacting the Department of Regional Planning Land Development Coordinating Center in Room 1360, Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone (213) 974-6411. Our office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The office is closed every Friday. If your proposed development involves a land division, (a parcel map or a tentative tract map), you may wish to schedule a “One Stop” counseling appointment in order to obtain additional information from representatives of the Department of Public Works and the Fire Department as well as Regional Planning staff.

Application Processing

When you have completed the application forms and assembled all of the required materials, you will need to call (213) 974-6438 to schedule a filing appointment. A planner will review the materials to ensure that all necessary items, including the required signatures and filing fees, are submitted before accepting the application and assigning a project number.

After the application has been logged into our case tracking system, it will be forwarded to the appropriate processing section. When the processing section has determined the application to be complete and the required environmental documentation has been completed, a public hearing will be scheduled before a Hearing Officer or the RPC. If the project involves a plan amendment, a zone change, or discretionary permits in addition to a parcel map, a concurrent hearing will be scheduled. The processing section will advise you of the hearing date and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property, mail notices to all owners of property within 500 feet of the subject property, publish notices in a local newspaper, and prepare a staff report and recommendation prior to the public hearing.

Following the public hearing, the Hearing Officer or the RPC will approve or deny the proposed parcel map and adopt findings for denial or findings and conditions for approval. The Hearing Officer’s decision may be appealed to the RPC; and, the RPC’s decision may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

Public Hearings

At the time and place advertised in the public notice, a Hearing Officer or the RPC will conduct a public hearing on your request. These hearings are normally held in Room 150 of the Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles. Hearing Officer meetings usually convene at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Commission meetings usually convene at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

Hearing Officers are appointed by the Director of Regional Planning, subject to confirmation by the Board of Supervisors. The RPC is composed of five members appointed by the County Board of Supervisors.

The applicant and/or his representative should attend the public hearing and be prepared to present and explain the proposed parcel map. You may submit maps, graphics, letters, petitions or other documents in support of your request. You may call on other people, such as consultants or surrounding property owners who support your proposal, to assist you in presenting your case. Other interested persons, including neighboring property owners will have an opportunity to address the Hearing Officer or the Commission. You and/or your representative will be given an opportunity to testify in support of your project and to respond to any objections.

The Hearing Officer or the RPC may continue the public hearing and may schedule a field trip to view the subject property and its surroundings. After the hearing has been closed, the Hearing Officer or the RPC will render a decision. The Hearing Officer’s decision may be appealed to the RPC; and, the RPC’s decision may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.

If the RPC’s decision is appealed to the Board, a public hearing will be held by the Board. The hearing procedures are similar to those of the RPC. The Executive Officer/Clerk of the Board of Supervisors will notify you of the time and place of the hearing and the deadline for posting of notices on the subject property. The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are held in the Board Hearing Room, (Room 381), in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012.

The Board consists of five Supervisors, each of whom is elected by the voters of his or her district.

Proponents and opponents will be given an opportunity to be heard. Once the hearing is closed, the Board will render a decision to approve, deny, or modify the proposed parcel map.

Final Parcel Maps

If the tentative parcel map is approved, the applicant may then prepare the final parcel map, incorporating all of the conditions which can be shown on a map. Necessary improvement bonding is resolved between the subdivider and appropriate departments. Once all of the conditions of the affected departments have been met and the Department of Public Works has been so advised, the Department of Public Works approves the final parcel map and files the final map for recordation. In certain circumstances the requirement for recordation of a final parcel map may be waived for minor land divisions. In those instances, recordation of a Parcel Map Waiver and Certificate of Compliance would be required. The final parcel map must be recorded within two (2) years from the date of approval of the tentative parcel map. However, an extension of up to six (6) additional years (one year at a time) may be requested prior to the expiration of the initial two year period or the expiration of any subsequent extension.

ADA Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids and services such as material in an alternate format or a sign language interpreter, please contact the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator at (213) 974-6488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD), with at least five business days notice.

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