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

When Are Plans Required?
Generally, plans are required to be approved by the City of Lawndale before any permits can be pulled. Below is list of projects that require a Site Plan Review:

  • New structures (120 sq.ft. or larger)
  • Additions and expansions to a structure
  • Complete or partial demolition of a structure
  • Removing, adding, replacing or relocating walls
  • Remodels
  • Occupancy Changes
  • Parking Lot Restriping
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Installation, modification, or demolition of patios, pergolas, decks, porches, etc.
Submittal Requirements
If a plans are required to be submitted to the City, then a Site Plan Review application must be submitted to the Planning Department to start the review process.

Download the Site Plan Review application
Deposit Fee: $1,813.61
3 full sized sets of plans (24"x36")
1 reduced sized set of plans (11"x17")

Plans must be drawn by a licensed architect. A draftsman may also draw plans for small work. See this document to determine if a licensed architect will be required to draw your plans. A floor plan of the existing property conditions and proposed changes are required.

Contact the Planning Department at (310) 973-3230 to verify what additional details will be required to be on the plans.
Extensive alterations to a property may require one or more entitlements (such as a Special Use Permit, Tentative Map, Design Review, etc.) to be approved by the City of Lawndale Planning Commission. Planning staff will inform the applicant if one is required once the initial Site Plan Review application has been reviewed. Please contact the Planning Department if your project will require any entitlements.

You may review the list of Entitlement Forms here.
View Site Plan Review Process Flowchart
After Planning has conditionally approved your project, you will need to submit structural plans to the Building & Safety Department for their review and approval. This review process will require additional fees to be paid. Additional clearances may be required after Building & Safety approves your plans.

If you additional clearances are required after Building & Safety's approval, permits can the be pulled. Click here for FAQ's about pulling permits.

Once the construction work is completed, you will need to request two separate final inspections - one with Planning and one with Building & Safety. To see their inspection schedules, click here.
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