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General Information:

For all the latest information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

For more information on LA County’s response to COVID-19, please visit http://lacounty.gov/COVID19/.

Media Releases:
- 04/13/20 - Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning Operations Advisory (Español, 中文, 한국어)
- 03/31/20 - Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning Operations Advisory (Español, 中文, 한국어)
- 03/23/20 - Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning Operations Advisory (Español, 中文, 한국어)
- 03/16/20 - Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning Operations Advisory (Español, 中文, 한국어)

Department Information:

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from State and local health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department is taking the following steps:

Temporary Outdoor Permit Program * NEW *

Businesses throughout Los Angeles County have been deeply impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishments were required to close, others to transition to takeout or delivery service to stay in business.

The County Department of Regional Planning has developed the COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Permit Program for restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, and personal care services, in unincorporated Los Angeles County that are interested in temporarily expanding services into private walkways and parking lots.

Applications for Temporary Outdoor Permits in both private and public right-of-way can be found at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Permits Program website: https://pw.lacounty.gov/covid19-outdoor-permits/ .

Public Meetings and Hearings

Cancelled
  • May 3 Significant Ecological Areas Technical Advisory Committee is Cancelled.
Rescheduled / Updated
  • April 14 Regional Planning Commission/ Airport Land Use Commission will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 15 Subdivision Committee will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 19 Environmental Review Board will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 19 Owen Brown Gravesite Committee will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 20 Hearing Officer will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 21 Regional Planning Commission will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 22 Subdivision Committee will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 27 Hearing Officer will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 28 Hearing Officer will be held as an online meeting.
  • April 28 Regional Planning Commission will be held as an online meeting online meeting.

Any future cancellations and changes will be determined on a week by week basis.

Public Counter

The Land Development Coordinating Center and our nine Field Offices are currently closed to the public.

General counseling and zoning information are available as follows:

  • By website at planning.lacounty.gov/znet
  • By e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • By phone at (213) 974-6411

You can also apply for and pay for entitlements online as well as download approvals. For more information including instructions, please visit the Applications and Forms page.

As we monitor the situation, updated information will be provided as available.

Zoning Enforcement

Zoning Enforcement offices are currently closed to the public.

In response to the evolving coronavirus emergency, Zoning Enforcement offices are closed to the public at this time. As all enforcement sections are working remotely, we are not available by telephone, however, you can reach us by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Reporting Violations

A complaint regarding a possible zoning violation can still be made by one of the following methods:

  • By e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • By calling County Helpline 211. They will take down your complaint in writing and forward it to ALL applicable County agencies.
  • By Mobile Application: The Works. The Los Angeles County Department of Public works expanded their ‘The Works’ mobile application to include reporting possible property violations. You can now report excessive vegetation, junk or trash; illegal parking; inoperable vehicle; occupied RVs; and improper signs or banners. Users can submit a detailed description of an issue and attach a related site photo.

Tips

Social distancing is the most effective and readily available tool to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We strongly encourage you to take everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate.
  • If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home and call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick. Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.
  • Follow all social distancing recommendations issued by Public Health.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with your elbow or a tissue. If using a tissue, immediately throw the tissue away and wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently contacted objects and surfaces.

Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website. - Compact Lot Subdivision Ordinance - Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Adopted in 2019


Housing Element Update

Housing Element Update

The County of Los Angeles is currently updating the Housing Element of the General Plan. The County’s Housing Element serves as a policy guide to address housing needs for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The primary focus of the Housing Element is to ensure decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for current and future residents of the unincorporated areas, including those with special needs. For more information, please visit the Housing Element page.


Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Inclusionary

The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance requires new residential projects to set aside a percentage of units for affordable housing. The inclusionary housing requirement will vary based on housing type, project size, project location, and affordability level. Projects may also satisfy the requirement through off-site alternatives including off-site new construction, acquisition and substantial rehabilitation, and affordable housing preservation. For more information, please visit the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance page.
Image credit: Saul Gonzalez


Interim and Supportive Housing Ordinance

Interim

An estimated 5,400 people are experiencing homelessness in unincorporated communities, with 87% of those unsheltered. The County is drafting the Interim and Supportive Housing Ordinance to encourage the development of housing that is critical to ending homelessness. Interim housing provides short-term stays and various services for people experiencing homelessness until they are connected with permanent housing. Supportive housing is affordable housing combined with a comprehensive array of services that help people who face the most complex challenges to live with stability, autonomy, and dignity. For more information, please visit the Interim and Supportive Housing Ordinance page.

Image credit: LINC Housing


Affordable Housing Preservation Ordinance

Affordable

Affordable housing preservation seeks to maintain the supply of lower-cost housing to avoid displacement of tenants or the loss of affordable units due to new development. The Board of Supervisors initiated an ordinance to preserve existing affordable housing that considers a variety of anti-displacement strategies, such as the regulation of condominium conversions and mobilehome park closures, and one-for-one replacement or “no net loss” policies. For more information, please visit the Affordable Housing Preservation Ordinance page.


By-Right Housing

By-Right Ordinance

The By-Right Housing Ordinance will allow multi-family residential developments by-right in certain zones where appropriate. Streamlining the review process for these developments can help property owners and developers save time and money, which in turn helps increase housing production. More information can be found at the By-Right Housing Ordinance page.


Compact Lot Subdivisions

Compact Lot Image

The intent of the Compact Lot Subdivision Ordinance is to promote affordable home ownership through the allowance of smaller, fee simple lots, in areas zoned for two-family and multi-family housing where infill development is encouraged. A “compact lot subdivision” is a land division that creates single-family residential lots with an area of less than 5,000 square feet. These compact lots are generally less than 50 feet wide, with modifications to other development standards, including but not limited to setback, street frontage, and access requirements. More information can be found at the County’s Compact Lot Subdivision Ordinance page.


Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory dwelling units, also known as ADUs, “backyard homes,” or “granny flats,” are an existing source of lower-cost housing in single-family neighborhoods. They can provide rental income for homeowners or additional living space for family members. The County has updated its regulations on ADUs to comply with State laws that encourage ADUs and provide more flexibility for homeowners. More information can be found at the County’s ADU page.
Image credit: Karen Chapple, UC Berkeley


Density Bonus Ordinance Update

Density Bonus Image

Los Angeles County’s Density Bonus Ordinance encourages developers to provide low-income housing by providing additional density and other zoning incentives. The County has updated its existing Density Bonus Ordinance to provide incentives for deeper affordability, a longer affordability period and preservation of affordable units. More information can be found at the Density Bonus Ordinance page.


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