WHEN IS A PERMIT NEEDED?

Major projects, fixture swap outs, general repair, demolition, and remodels require that building permits be pulled by a licensed contractor or a qualified owner-builder. This is necessary to ensure that all structures meet minimum standards which will protect is occupants and neighbors.

Major remodels, demolition, additions, floor plan changes, and new structures require an approved Site Plan Review and Building Plan Check review before permits can be issued. Please contact the Planning Department if plans will be required for your proposed work.

Download: "WHEN DO YOU NEED A PERMIT" information sheet

BUILDING PERMITS VS. PLANNING PERMITS
The following applications are designated as Building Permits. These permits are processed by the Building & Safety Department.
  • Building Permit (Used for re-roofs, window and door swap out, demolition, additions, or alterations)
  • Electrical Permit
  • Grading Permit
  • Mechanical Permit
  • Miscellaneous Permit (used for new address assignments and certificate of occupancy)
  • Plumbing Permit
  • Sewer Permit

The following applications are designated as Planning Permits. These permits are processed by the Planning Department.

  • Fence Permit (for installing, modifying, or removing a fence)
  • Flatwork Permit (for yard landscaping, concrete and hardscape replacement and modifications)
  • Shed Permit (for building, installing, relocating, or removing a shed that is 120 sq.ft. or less)
  • Sign Permit
  • Temporary Banner/Sign Permit
 
HOW DOES ONE APPLY?

COVID-19 NOTICE

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WE ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND ARE ONLY ACCEPTING THE FOLLOWING FORMS OF PAYMENTS: personal checks, cashier checks, or money orders made payable to the City of Lawndale. You can mail-in your payment and application or drop-off the items using our drop-off bin located outside the main doors to City Hall. Please include the project address and scope of work when submitting your application.

Mail or drop-off to:
City of Lawndale
Building & Safety Department
14717 Burin Avenue
Lawndale, CA 90260

You may also submit your application online for expeditious processing to:
epimentel@lawndalecity.org
solarsubmittal@lawndalecity.org

 
WHO CAN OBTAIN A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT?

A building permit will be issued to:

  1. A property owner, whose worksite is his/her principal residence and has occupied said property 12 months prior to the completion of the work. For more information, visit www.cslb.ca.gov.

  2. A licensed contractor. For more information, visit www.cslb.ca.gov.

When a permit is pulled, the signature and identity of the applicant must be verified. A California driver's license, State of California Identification Card, or other positive identification will meet this requirement.

Contractors working in the City of Lawndale are required to have a Lawndale business license.

If a contractor has employees, a Certificate of Workers' Compensation Insurance must be on file with the Planning and Building Department. Contractors working alone may waive this requirement, but must show a pocket copy of their State Contractors License.

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTRACTORS

When a contractor is pulling a permit on behalf of a property owner, they must statisfy the following requirements before permits can be issued:

  • Provide a copy of their driver's license and contractor's license
  • Fill out and turn in a Contractor Declaration Form for each job they do in the City
  • Provide proof that they have an active business license with the City of Lawndale. If a contractor needs to apply or renew a business license, they can go to this link
  • If an agent is pulling a permit on behalf of the contractor, the agent must provide a valid Authorization Letter and a copy of their valid driver's license
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR OWNER-BUILDER
If a property owner is planning to pull building permits for their property, they must meet the following criteria:
  • Subject address must be their primary residence
  • Property owner must reside on the property for a minimum of 12 months before they can apply for building permits
  • Provide a copy of a valid drivers license
  • Provide a copy of a recent utility bill (trash, water, gas, electricity)
  • Fill out and turn in an Owner-Builder Declaration Form
LOOK UP CONTRACTOR LICENSE INFORMATION
Residents can visit https://cslb.ca.gov/Consumer.aspx to search for a contractor's license or view a database of registered contractor's in the state.

 

 

 


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