COVID-19: Procedural Changes

The department's counter is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applicaitons, plans, payments, and other documents are still being processed utilizing the following methods:

Payment Notice:
Cash, credit cards, debit cards, and card authorization forms are not accepted at this time.

We are only accpeting check's, cashier's check's, and money orders made payable to the City of Lawndale at this time.

1. Drop-Off Bin:

Patron's can leave their application, plans, payments and documents inside the drop-off bin located just outside the main entrance doors of City Hall. The bin is available during our normal business hours: Monday - Thursday, 7 am to 6 pm.

Do not drop-off any items outside of these hours!

2. Mail

Patron's can also mail-in their items. Please using the following address to send in your item:

City of Lawndale
Community Development Department
14717 Burin Avenue
Lawndale, CA 90260

3. E-Mail:
Patron's may submit their applications and plans by e-mail by sending them to the following e-mail addresses:

Note: Physical copies of plans are still required when submitting new or revised plans.

Adrian Gutierrez
Phone: (310) 973-3230

Esequiel Pimentel
Phone: (310) 973-3236

4. Inspections:
To schedule an inspection, please call the following numbers:

Building: (310) 973-3236 or
Planning: (310) 973-3230

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Location & Hours
14717 Burin Avenue
Lawndale, CA 90260

(310) 973-3230 - Main Line (For Planning, Building & Safety, and other general questions)
(310) 973-3236 - Building Permit Technician
(310) 973-3237 - Building Inspector / Building Inspection Request
Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed on Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Closed on National Holidays

Building Plan Check Tuesday mornings - There are currently no over-the-counter services due to COVID-19.
About The Department

The Community Development Department is responsible for providing information to the general public on Planning, Zoning, reviewing and issuing building permits, providing inspections for new construction and ensuring compliance with the applicable planning, zoning and building related requirements, preparing and administrating contracts for special Community Development related programs, coordinating with other City, local and state departments, monitoring regional and state activities that impact the City, ensuring the City's development related documents are in compliance with state and federal requirements, and providing staff support to the City Manager, City Attorney, Planning Commission, City Council and the general public.

Planning Commission

The City of Lawndale Planning Commission is comprised of local residents appointed by the City Council, that serve as an advisory board to the City Council for land development, special use permits, planning, and zoning related matters on a case-by-case basis through public hearings. The appointed members serve for a two-year term and must file statements declaring their economic interests while in office.

Time & Location of Meetings:
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month
Meetings start at 6:30 pm and are held in the Council Chambers located at 14717 Burin Avenue.

Click here to see how to view the Planning Commission meetings online during the COVID-19 closure.

General Plan & Specific Plan Updates

ATTENTION RESIDENTS: Help shape the future of Lawndale by participating in the process to update our General Plan & Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan! Watch the video below to see learn about the importance of these updates. To stay up-to-date about this process, please go to:

Recent Updates
Title Report Required for Certain Applications
Effective September 15, 2020, certain Planning applications will require a Title Report no older than 60 days. (View Flyer)
LA County Sanitation District - COVID-19 Rebate Program

Your business may qualify for a rebate if it closed or had reduced wastewater discharges due to COVID-19. This program provides a partial rebate of the fiscal year 2019-20 Sanitation District service charge payment made on your property tax bill. Please contact the LA County Sanitation District at to see if you qualify.

View flyer for more information.

Services Provided By The Housing Rights Center

The Housing Rights Center provides assistance to residents of CDBG participating cities and the unincorporated areas of LA County through a program of informational, educational, and investigative services which are designed to promote fair housing. Please see the attached information describing various laws, requirements, and services they provide including eviction defense and issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

View HRC Service Flyer for Contact Information (Eng/Span)
AB 1482 Information Flyer
HRC Workshop - Information Flyer

Adopted Residential Development Standards and Design Guidelines
The City Council recently approved Residential Development Standards and Design Guidelines. The goal of these standards and guidelines is to improve the quality of life throughout the City's residential neighborhoods. You can view the document to assist you with improving the design and utilization of your property.
LAEDC - Business Resources

Business Incentives 2020
This flyer contains information about State and County programs, incentives and tax credits for businesses.

LA County - Connection to Resources & Advocacy Services

View a general list of resources and agencies that can help locate additional resources and services for businesses.

Quick Links
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dgfh Application Checklist and Application Form for Residential Development - added December 30, 2019.

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