HOW DO I OBTAIN A PERMIT?    

  • Why do I need a permit from the City?
  • The Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC), Section 62.105, requires that a permit be obtained for construction in any property, street, or other right-of-way owned by, to be owned by, or under the control of the City.  Such improvements may include, but are not limited to sidewalks, curbs, gutters, pavement, grading, sewers, storm drains, bridges, trees and tree-wells, culverts, traffic signals, and street lights.

  • What permit do I need for my construction project?
  • Construction work in the public right-of-way requires a permit issued by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering (BOE).  The type of BOE permit depends on the scope of construction work.  Please go to question 2.3.

    Any construction work on private property and not encroaching on the City’s public right-of-way may require a permit from the City’s Department of Building and Safety (DBS).  The DBS toll free telephone number is 1-888-LA4-BUILD (1-888-524-2845).

  • My construction project is within the City’s public right-of-way.  What kind of permit do I need?
  • For minor street construction, an A-Permit will be required.  Minor street construction is construction or repair of broken curbs, broken sidewalks, broken driveway approaches, new driveways requiring alteration of existing curbs, and curb drain core drills.  A-Permit construction is further limited to work that will not alter an established water flowline of a gutter, nor alter the existing grade of a sidewalk or street.  No design plans are required.

    Please go to Chapter 4, Minor Street Construction – The A-Permit, for further information.

    Any street construction that is not minor, as defined above, may be considered major.  Major street construction includes extensive projects, such as street widening, changing of existing street or sidewalk grades, alteration of water flowlines of a gutter, construction of an alley, and the installation of sewer lines, storm drains, street lighting, and traffic signals.  These construction projects require design plans prepared by a licensed engineer.  Simply stated, work that exceeds the limits of minor street construction may require a B-Permit.

    If your project is major, please go to Chapter 5, Major Street Construction – The B-Permit, for further information.

    If you are not sure if your project is major, please continue to the next question.

  • My construction project exceeds the limit of "minor street construction," and I want to excavate a trench in the street. What permit do I need?
  • If you are a private entity without the authority to occupy the public right-of-way, you will need an Excavation Permit (E-Permit) to cut street pavement and excavate a trench.  If your excavation work is complex and large in scope, additional permits may be required.

    Please go to Chapter 7, Excavation in the Public Right-of-Way – The E-Permit, for further information.

    If you are utility company or company with a franchise agreement with the City and you want to cut street pavement and excavate a trench, a Utility Permit (U-Permit) is required.

    Please go to Chapter 7, Excavation in the Public Right-of-Way – The E-Permit, for further information.

  • My construction project exceeds the limit of "minor street construction," and I want to install or repair a sewer connection.  What permit do I need?
  • Any construction work related to a sewer connection, sewer service lateral, or investigation of a condition related to a sanitary sewer may require a Sewer Permit (S-Permit).  Depending on the complexity of your construction work, additional permits may be required.

    Please go to Chapter 8, Sewer and Storm Drain Connections – The S-Permit, for further information.

  • My construction project exceeds the limit of "minor street construction." And I want to connect to the City’s storm drain system. What permit do I need?
  • Any construction work related to the connection of the storm drain system will require an S-Permit. Again, depending on the complexity of your construction work, additional permits may be required.

    Please go to Chapter 8, Sewer and Storm Drain Connections – The S-Permit, for further information.

  • I want to use the public right-of-way for my private use. What permit do I need?
  • The use of the public right-of-way for private use may or may not be allowed.  To evaluate the use or "encroachment" upon the public right-of-way, the City has established a Revocable Permit process.  The approval of a Revocable Permit is dependent on the nature of the encroachment and the completion of certain conditions.

    If retaining walls, other structures, excavation, or other complex construction is part of your project, additional permits may be required.

    Please go to Chapter 9, Private Use of Public Right-of-Way – The Revocable Permit, for further information.

  • My project involves construction in or modification of a natural watercourse. What permit do I need?
  • Construction or modification of a watercourse will require a W-Permit.

    Please go to Chapter 10, Construction in Watercourse – The W-Permit, for further information.

  • I live in a hilly area. Are there additional requirements for construction in a public right-of-way in a hillside area?
  • Yes. Additional requirements apply to construction projects in hillside areas.  The first step is to determine if your construction project lies within the City’s defined hillside areas. If your construction project is in a hillside area, the City’s Hillside Ordinance will apply.

    Please go to Chapter 12, The Hillside Ordinance, for further information.