Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Woolsey Fire Recovery

Thank you for visiting the Department of Regional Planning’s Woolsey Fire recovery webpage. This site is intended to provide rebuild and temporary housing information to those impacted by the fire. The role of this Department is to expeditiously review proposals for reconstruction and temporary housing to ensure conformance with applicable zoning regulations. Please reference the links below for more information on our processes.

For additional information and to speak with Regional Planning staff in person, please visit our Calabasas Field Office. In coordination with Public Works, Public Health, and Fire, the Department of Regional Planning is offering one-on-one appointments on upcoming Saturdays to provide property-specific advice on the rebuild process.

The deadlines to register with FEMA and submit your disaster loan application are:
For Physical Damage: January 31, 2019 (deadline has passed)
For Economic Injury: August 12, 2019

What you need to do:

  • Register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov. This is the fastest way to register for help.
  • Homeowners and renters should submit their Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application, even if they are not sure if they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve your application, in most cases we refer you to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program for possible additional assistance.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Below is additional information regarding the Small Business Administration (SBA) program:

Regional Planning Efforts

On December 18, 2018 the Board of Supervisors approved an urgency ordinance that eases development restrictions relating to temporary housing and oak tree encroachments for like-for-like replacement of structures.

Regional Planning applications for fire disaster rebuild and temporary housing can be filed Online, at our Calabasas Field Office, or at our Downtown Los Angeles Office. To avoid delays in processing, please consult with Regional Planning staff prior to filing in order to ensure that all necessary information is provided.

Please be advised that temporary housing applications WILL NOT be accepted until Property Clean-Up Completion Certification Form (Phase I & II) has been issued by the Department of Public Works, Environmental Programs Division.

Coastal Submittal Requirements:

Non-Coastal Submittal Requirements:

Temporary housing submittals must meet the requirements outlined by the Department of Public Health.

Requests for temporary power poles (TPP) must first receive clearance from Southern California Edison (SCE). Applications will not be accepted by Regional Planning unless SCE has cleared the proposed TPP location. Once the application is approved, you may then file for an electrical permit from the Department of Public Works.

Free sandbags are available. Visit http://dpw.lacounty.gov/dsg/sandbags/ for more information.

This information is for properties within “unincorporated” areas only. Unincorporated areas are outside of city limits and fall under County rather than City jurisdiction. Because occupants of unincorporated areas commonly use an adjacent city as their mailing address, there is often confusion about which jurisdiction they are under. To figure out if your property or the property in question is located within an unincorporated area of the County, you may search the address or Accessor’s Parcel Number (APN) on our Z-NET interactive mapping application. To determine whether your property is within the Coastal Zone or North Area, you may also use Z-NET: when you search your address, it will either say “Santa Monica Mountains North Area” or “Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone” on the map.

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