- How do I obtain a permit?
Depending on the size of your project, you can get your permit online, by appointment, or at the counter of a Development Services Center.
For simple projects where plan review is not required, you may obtain an Express Permit online or walk-in at a Development Services Center.
For medium to large projects where a plan review is required, you can get a Counter Plan Check on a walk-in basis at a Development Services Center.
For complex and major projects, call 3-1-1 for assistance.
- What is E-Permit?
Also known as an Online Permit, e-permit is a service we provide to expedite less complex permit types. Obtain permits on our website or see a list of available permits in our e-Permit page.
- When is a permit required?
Permits are issued for many different types of work, including Building, Electrical and Plumbing just to name a few. Please visit each our Plan Check & Permit page for more information about when a permit is required.
If you have a specific question on whether the work you are performing requires a permit, please feel free to call 3-1-1 for further assistance.
- How much will my permit & plan check cost?
The Permit Fee Calculator is an online service that can assist in permit fee calculations.
You can also review the LADBS Fee Schedule page for further information.
- How long is a permit good for?
A permit expires
- In two years from the date of its issuance
- If no work has been started within six months from its issuance
- Work has started but stopped for over six months.
However, within 30 days of its expiration, an extension of time to extend a permit may be filed with the Department using either modification Request for Modification Form 41 or Request for Modification Form 42 . The request shall be filed with the inspection district supervisor if no work has been started. If the permit has expired and the work has started, the request shall be filed with any plan check office.
- Can I, as a homeowner, apply for a construction permit?
A homeowner can obtain a permit and do the construction, alteration or repair on his/her house and accessory buildings or facilities thereto, if the owner resides or will reside in the dwelling.
Read more about the construction process.
- Do I need a permit to build a fence around my property?
A permit is not required for any type of fence under 3'6" in height.
A permit is required for a masonry or concrete fence over 3'6" in height, and for a fence of any other material over 10'0" in height.
Please note that even though a permit may not be required, all fences must comply with the requirements of the LA Zoning Code.
- What is the allowable fence height?
In most residential areas, fences are limited to 3'-6" in height in the front yard and 6'-0 in the side and rear yards.
Depending on lot size and location, the height limit may be increased to 8'-0 for the side and rear yards. The regulations can be found in Section 12 22 C 20 (f) of the LA Zoning Code.
- Do I need a permit to change to a low-consumption toilet in my house?
No, when done as part of the City's "Water Conservation Retrofit Program" pursuant to the City's Water Conservation regulations.
However, a non owner-occupied single family dwelling requires a permit obtained by a licensed plumbing contractor.
- Is a permit required to install a domestic cooking range, broiler unit, or domestic-type clothes dryer in my single-family dwelling unit?
- Is heating required in a dwelling unit?
Yes. The space must be able to be maintained at a room temperature of 70 degrees F, 3 feet above the floor in all habitable areas.
- I want to enlarge my house, how do I apply for a building permit?
A complete set of plans showing the proposed work is brought into the Department, likely as a Counter Plan Check. A permit is issued after the plan are reviewed and approved by our plan check engineers. A complete set of plans includes:
- Site Plan
- Floor Plan
- Roof Plan
- Elevation of the building
- Section of the building
- Framing Plan
- Foundation Plan
- Architectural and Structural Details Plan
- What is involved in the building permit process?
View our handy permit process flow diagram PDF here.
- What is the Guaranteed Express Permit Program?
LADBS offers a money-back guarantee on Express Permit times. If a walk-in customer waits longer than 30 minutes for service to begin, or if the customer waits longer than 60 minutes for the processing of the permit from the time that service begins, then the permit fee is waived.
- Is a permit required for installing any portable ventilating, comfort-cooling, or evaporative cooler equipment?
- Is a plumbing permit required to replace my gas water heater in my single family dwelling unit?
Yes, unless the work is performed by a contractor that holds a valid Certificate of Registration from LADBS as a Certified Licensed Contractor (CLC).
The CLC is limited to the replacement of a water heater of equivalent capacity in gallons, BTU rating, and vent capacity.
- Is a plumbing permit required to replace my residential garbage disposer?
- When is a plumbing permit required for natural gas piping?
A plumbing permit is required for the installation of any gas piping, except piping less than 6 feet in length between an existing gas outlet and a gas appliance in the same room.
- What if my project doesn't conform to code?
If it is a building code issue, you may file a request for modification. Please refer to the Request for Modification form for reference. In approving such a request, the Department needs to determine that the slight modification is reasonably equivalent to the ordinance requirement involved, that a special individual reason makes the strict letter of the ordinance impractical, and that the slight modification is in conformity with the spirit and purpose of the Code involved.
If the request is denied by the Department, it may be appealed to the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners.
If it is a Planning Code issue, this Department can only review and act on items stipulated in Section 12.26, specifically, yard variances not exceeding 20% of the required yard and parking facility design as published in Sec. 12.21A5. (Reprint from Planning Code Section 12.26). All other request for changes from the Planning Code shall be filed with the Planning Department.
- What are the building permit fees based on?
Building permit fees are calculated based on the valuation of the project. Please refer to the Los Angeles City Building Code section 91.107 , or call our Customer Call Center at 3-1-1 for assistance.