WHEN IS A PERMIT NEEDED?

Most major projects will require a permit of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all building meet minimum standards which will protect its occupants and neighbors not only in everyday living, but also in case of emergencies and natural disasters. "WHEN DO YOU NEED A PERMIT" INFORMATION SHEET.

HOW DOES ONE APPLY?

Permits are issued by the Community Development Department at Lawndale City Hall. On some simple jobs a permit can be obtained during the first visit. However, in most circumstances more time will be needed to review the plans in detail prior to issuing any construction permits.

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 been occupied by the property owner for 12 months prior to the completion of the work. (For more information, visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/KnowRisksOfOwnerBuilder/)
  2. A licensed contractor. (For more information, visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/)

When a permit is taken out, 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.

Contractor 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.

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