Prior to obtaining a building permit, projects that entail construction or modifications to existing structures, including construction of fences, new windows, and solar installations, must undergo an administrative (staff level) site plan review to verify the project’s compliance with the City’s required development standards.
A member of the Planning Division staff will be assigned as the case planner for the project upon an application’s submission. The case planner will review the project for compliance with applicable development standards and will collect an administrative review fee from the applicant; the review fee is waived for solar panel projects. Projects that require minor corrections will be provided a list of revisions necessary to make the project code compliant. The applicant will be issued an approval letter once any necessary revisions are made and the case planner determines that the project adheres to all applicable development standards. The planner will also stamp plans submitted with the application.
Upon receiving administrative approval the applicant must submit two complete sets of plans to the Los Angeles County Department of Building and Safety for plan check. A complete set of plans includes a site plan, structural plan, floor plans, and elevations. Building and Safety staff will inform the applicant if additional plans or sets of plans are required.
Plan check fees are collected at the time of submission and are based on the valuation of the project, but include school tax and other fees. Plans are reviewed for expansive soil conditions, seismic resistance requirements, and energy saving measures, as well as other Building and Safety requirements. After any required modifications to the plans are made; a building permit is issued.