Permits & Services

Week of April 25, 2022, Important Notice:
The Bureau of Engineering Development Services and Permits Program continues to offer virtual appointments and has also implemented limited In-Person service at the downtown Development Services Center (201 N. Figueroa St), by appointment only through the BuildLA's Appointment System.

In accordance with the Safer LA Order and Los Angeles Municipal Code, Section 200.123, customers visiting City buildings will need to:

  1. Always wear a well-fitted face mask within City facilities
  2. Have a COVID-19 vaccination card/confirmation available for staff verification
  3. Present current and valid Photo Identification

How do I get services during the COVID-19?

All Bureau of Engineering Permits and Development Services are now available through the Customer Portal.
Customer Portal

We are pleased to announce the launching of the new online Customer Service Request (CSR) application which was developed to address the needs of customers that cannot visit public counters closed due to Covid-19 safety concerns. The CSR will foster increased transparency by providing both staff and customers with the ability to track and monitor their requests online. Please use the CSR to request assistance with permit applications, clearances on building permit applications, or any questions you may have with the Bureau of Engineering (BOE).

Customer Service Request

An online payment option using a credit card or an electronic check (ACH) to pay fees is now available. Your plan checker will email you an electronic invoice to pay online.

Notice to Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering Industry Professionals

If you are compensated to interact with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, City law may require you to register as a lobbyist and report your activity.  Any individual may qualify as a lobbyist, regardless of occupation, education, training, or professional title.  A lobbyist may hold a position that includes but is not limited to attorney, CEO, consultant, government liaison, business owner, permit applicant, urban planners, expediters, land developers, architect, various real estate specialists and others.

More information is available online through the Ethics Commission’s lobbying program  and publication pages.  For assistance, please contact the Ethics Commission.

Construction Permits Information

An "A" Permit (LAMC 62.106.a) is issued only for the repair, construction or reconstruction of curbs, sidewalks, driveway approaches or gutters, and work appurtenant to the foregoing, or work within a public easement, where the work contemplated is limited in extent and can be constructed to match existing grades without a survey or engineered plans. "A" Permits are often issued in conjunction with sewer permits which require excavation in a public street. Driveways and sidewalks involving the relocation of water meter and gas valve boxes, street light and traffic signal conduit and pull boxes and parking meters, require coordination with the appropriate agencies. Please click here to view more information on the "A" Permit.

"B" Permit (LAMC 62.106.b) is issued for extensive public works improvements including the widening of streets and alleys, the changing of existing street grade, construction of bridges, retaining walls, and the installation of sewer, storm drains, street lighting, and traffic signals. Construction plans are usually required which must be signed by a California licensed Civil and/or Electrical and/or Traffic Engineer. Please click here to view more information on the "B" Permit.

Construction projects which will require public Right-of-Ways to be trenched or excavated must obtain an excavation permit. Electrolier and pull box relocations, monitoring wells, soil borings, potholes drilling in public Right-of-Ways also need to obtain an excavation permit. Information about the location of underground utilities, as well as construction standards, are obtained at the District Office permit counter. Additionally, excavation and shoring plans are approved and permits needed to commence work immediately adjacent to public Right-of-Ways. In some cases special insurance or bonds be required to be posted in connection with the project, these transactions may be handled at the permit counter. Please click here to view more information on the Excavation Permit.

An "E" Permit (LAMC 6.2) is issued for jobs in or adjacent to public streets for the purposes of the street light relocation, shoring (lateral support), monitoring well, soilboring, private conduits (non-franchise), and others. Please click here to view more information on the "E" Permit.

The purpose of the Revocable Permit (R-Permit) is to grant conditional encroachment of the public right-of-way by private parties not authorized to occupy the right-of-way. The R-Permit review process ensures that encroachments are checked for compliance with the City's specifications for design, use, material, and inspection. Please click here to view more information on the Revocable Permit.

The online Sewer "S" Permit Application is for Sewer & Storm Drain Permit. Municipal Code Section 64.12 - House Sewer Connection -Permit (Amended by Ord. No. 150,478, Eff 2/6/78). Please click here to view more information on the Sewer "S" Permit.
The online application is for a refund of less than $29,457.00. This online Claim for Refund is only for Class "A" Permits, S - Permits (Sewer Permits), U - Permits (Utility Permits), and Sewer Facility Charges (SFC). Please click here to view more information on the Claim For Refund form.

The online Planning Case Information. Section 62.106.1(a)(4) LAMC provides for the Bureau of Engineering to collect a fee for the preparation of required reports in conjunction with certain planning cases referred from the City Planning Department. Please click here to view more on the "Planning Case Information".