The LABC and the LARC adopt by reference portions of the 2016 California Building Code (CBC) or the 2016 California Residential Code (CRC) respectively.
- Live/work units complying with the requirements of CBC Section 419 shall be permitted to be built as one- and two-family dwellings or townhouses. Fire suppression required by CBC Section 419.5 when constructed under the CRC for one- and two-family dwellings shall conform to CBC Section 903.3.1.3.
- Owner-occupied lodging houses with five or fewer guestrooms shall be permitted to be built in accordance with the CRC for one- and two-family dwellings when equipped with a fire sprinkler system in accordance with CRC Section R313.
For additions, alterations, moving and maintenance of buildings and structures, see Article 1.2, Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. For temporary buildings and structures, see CBC Section 3103.
Where, in any specific case, different sections of this Code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern. Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement, the specific requirement shall be applicable.
The codes and standards referenced in this Code shall be considered part of the requirements of this Code to the prescribed extent of each reference. Where differences occur between provisions of this Code and referenced codes and standards, the provisions of this Code shall apply.
Wherever in this Code reference is made to an appendix, the provisions in the appendix shall not apply unless specifically adopted.
The metric conversions are provided in parenthesis following the English units. Where industry has made metric conversions available, the conversions conform to current industry standards. Formulas are also provided with metric equivalents. Metric equivalent formulas immediately follow the English formula and are denoted by "For SI" preceding the metric equivalent. Some formulas do not use dimensions and, thus, are not provided with a metric equivalent. Multiplying conversion factors have been provided for formulas where metric forms were unavailable. Tables are provided with multiplying conversion factors in subheadings for each tabulated units measurement.
- One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area is not greater than 120 square feet (11.148 m 2 ), not located in Fire District No. 1 and does not contain any heating, plumbing or electrical installation, and is located as permitted by Chapter I of the LAMC.
- Oil derricks.
- Towers or poles supporting public utility communication lines, antennas, or power transmission lines.
- Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height, measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or sloping earth, or impounding flammable liquids. This exemption shall not apply to retaining walls of any height built on slopes steeper than 1 vertical to 5 horizontal (20% slope).
- Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 927 L) and the ratio of the height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
- Motion picture sets when not supported by any portion of any building.
- Pergolas and lath houses, both of which shall be outside of any fire district, not over 400 square feet in area, and not supported by or attached to any portion of any building.
- Work in a public way, dams and drainage structures constructed by or under contract with the Board of Public Works, the Department of Water and Power and the County Flood Control District, unless the structure forms a portion of the support for a building or a structure coming within the jurisdiction of the Department of Building and Safety.
- Portable amusement devices and structures, including merry-go-rounds, ferris wheels, rotating conveyances, slides, similar devices, and portable accessory structures whose use is necessary for the operation of such amusement devices and structures; any portable accessory structure included in the provisions of this subdivision shall be limited to a cover or roof over each device, but shall not include any storage building or detached structure which is not an integral part of the device.
- Isolated buildings not larger in area than 16 square feet, including roof projections, and not more than 8 feet in height, if separated by a distance of 20 feet or more.
- Nothing in this Code shall apply to any excavation, removal, fill or deposit of any earth or other materials from individual interment sites, underground crypts or burial vaults within a property which is dedicated or used for cemetery purposes, provided that such work does not affect the lateral support or increase the stresses in or pressure upon any adjacent or contiguous property not owned by the cemetery authority.
- The surface mining of minerals in a "G" Surface Mining District as established and provided for in LAMC Section 13.03, or where permitted by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
- The depositing of rubbish or other material at any dump operated by the City or by any person pursuant to the provisions of LAMC Section 66.25.
- Nothing in this Code shall apply to grading in an isolated, self-contained area if the Department finds that by reason of such isolation and self-containment no danger to private or public property can now or thereafter result from grading operations.
- Any portable metal hangar less than 2,000 square feet in size, located on a city-owned airport, used for the parking of aircraft only, and bearing evidence of approval by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of California for movement on any highway. The structure shall, as an integral part of its basic construction, be equipped with a hitch or coupling device for towing. It shall accommodate, without further major structural change, wheel and axle assemblies which will provide the structure with a safe means of portability. No water or sanitary facilities shall be permitted in this structure and it shall be equipped with permanent ventilation as required for Group S-1 Occupancy.
- Tents and trailers used for office or shelter purposes accessory to a Christmas tree sales lot during the month of December only, provided the aggregate area of all tents and trailers does not exceed 600 square feet (56 m 2 ) for each sales lot. (Such tents are regulated by the Fire Department under Article 7, Chapter V of the LAMC.)
- Tents accessory to a dwelling and not exceeding 450 square feet in area.
- Signs not exceeding 20 square feet in area, placed upon the surface of the ground, no part of which extends more than 6 feet 6 inches above the underlying ground, which have no mechanical or moving parts or to which no electricity or other source of illumination or power are attached or made a part thereof. Such signs shall be separated from each other a minimum distance of 15 feet.
- Boards and signs used exclusively to display official notices issued by any court or public officer in the performance of a public duty or by a private person in giving legal notice.
No person shall grade, excavate or fill any land except as provided by this Code.
The permissive provisions of this Code shall not be presumed to waive any limitations imposed by other statutes or ordinances of the state or City.
All of the provisions of this Code shall be limitations for safeguarding life, limb, health, property and public welfare.
If two or more pertinent limitations are not identical, those limitations shall prevail which provide the greater safety to life or limb, health, property or public welfare.
For purposes of this section a "person authorized by the Department to perform inspections" is any person who is a registered deputy inspector, a structural inspector, a certified welder or a certified licensed contractor. The term "writing" shall include, but is not limited to, forms, applications, approvals, reports or certifications required by the Department.
Every violation of this section is punishable as a misdemeanor.
The Superintendent of Building shall have the duty to render interpretations of this Code and to adopt and enforce rules and supplemental regulations to clarify the application of its provisions. These interpretations, rules and regulations shall be in conformance with the intent and purpose of this Code.
The Superintendent of Building shall classify every building into one of the occupancies set forth in Division 3 of this Code according to its use or the character of its occupancy. The Superintendent of Building shall also classify every building into one of the types of construction set forth in Division 6 of this Code.
The written notice shall state the nature of the violations and shall fix a time for the abatement thereof. If the violations have not been abated by the expiration of the fixed time, the Certificate of Occupancy shall thereupon be canceled.
- Where no more than two lots are involved in the appeal, $150.00;
- Where not less than three or more than 10 lots are involved in the appeal, $300.00;
- Where more than 10 lots are involved in the appeal, $600.00.
- One member of or designated by the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners;
- One member of or designated by the City Planning Commission; and
- Three public members, one each from the following interests: architecture, sign industry and community groups.
The term of office of the members of the commission shall be five years beginning with the first day of July of the respective years, except that the terms of office of the original five members of the commission appointed pursuant to this subsection shall be such that one term shall expire on the first June 30, one term shall expire on the second June 30, one term shall expire on the third June 30, one term shall expire on the fourth June 30, and one term shall expire on the fifth June 30 next following the effective date of the appointment of the original five members. Thereafter, the terms of the succeeding members shall be so designated that the term of office of one member shall expire each year. The period of term of each member shall be designated in the appointment.
Each member of the commission shall have the power to administer oaths.
- To hear and determine written appeals brought by any person from actions taken by the Department in the enforcement of the requirements of California Health and Safety Code Section 19955, et seq., the provisions of state law dealing with access to public accommodations by physically disabled persons.
- To hear and determine written appeals brought by any person from the rulings, decisions and determinations of the Department granting or denying applications for exceptions pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 19957.
- To hear and determine written appeals brought by any persons where it is alleged that there is error or abuse of discretion in any order, requirement, decision, interpretation or other determination made by the Department in the enforcement or administration of Section 1.8 et seq., Chapter 1, Division I of the CBC and any other federal, state or municipal handicapped access or adaptability requirements.
All appeals shall be reviewed by the Department. The Department may reverse or modify the action appealed from at any time prior to final action by the commission. Any such new action may then be appealed to the commission.
- To respond to the Department's request for advice on any matter within the Department's jurisdiction relating to access to public accommodations and housing by the physically disabled.
- To exercise the authority granted in LAMC Subsection 91.105.6.
The commission shall make its determination within 30 days from the filing of the appeal and payment of the filing fee as set forth in Table 4-A of Division 4, Article 8, Chapter IX of the LAMC. This time limit may be extended by mutual written consent of the applicant and the commission. Upon receipt of the appeal, the commission shall set the matter for hearing and give notice by mail of the time, place and purpose thereof to the appellant, to the applicant, to the owner or owners of the property involved, and to any interested party who has requested in writing to be so notified. Such notice shall be in writing and mailed at least 10 days prior to said hearing. No other notice thereof need be given except in those cases hereinafter mentioned.
The commission may grant, conditionally grant, or deny any appeal. All actions of the commission shall be final. Any action within the jurisdiction of the commission shall be final and conclusive as to the Department in the absence of fraud or abuse of discretion.
A separate appeal shall be filed for each single building as described in LAMC Section 98.0403.2. Appeals to the commission shall be accompanied by a filing fee as set forth in Table 4-A of Division 4, Article 8, Chapter IX of the LAMC.
If the commission fails to act on any appeal within the time limit specified in this section, then the action of the Department on the matter shall be final.
Upon making a decision, a copy of the findings and determination shall be furnished the applicant, the appellant and the Department of Building and Safety.
However, the commission, and the superintendent acting on behalf of the commission, may grant extensions of time if the applicant submits in writing substantial evidence that unusual conditions or circumstances either precluded the securing of all required permits within the allocated time or caused the permit to expire as specified in Section 98.0602 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
Requests for extensions of time shall be made not later than 30 days after the expiration times specified in this section.
- To appoint one or more hearing officers to conduct hearings and make recommendations to the same extent and in the same manner as the Superintendent of Building acting pursuant to LAMC Section 98.0601 (a).
- To request the attendance of witnesses and the production of evidence before it.
- To request the city attorney, or an assistant or deputy designated by the city attorney to appear at any hearing before the commission.
- To adopt rules regarding the filing of appeals, the conduct of its hearings and any other procedural rules in keeping with the provisions of this Division.
- On or after the date a criminal citation is issued, charging the appellant with a violation of law based on the facts underlying such determination, order or action; or
- On or after the date a criminal complaint is filed, charging the appellant with a violation of state laws based on such determination, order or action.
The order and notice shall be in writing and shall describe with particularity the nature of the violation, including a reference to the provision of law that has been violated. The order shall fix a reasonable time for correction of the violation, and the notice of proposed penalty shall set forth the amount of the penalty.
The order of abatement and notice of proposed penalty shall be served upon the person either personally, or by deposit in the United States mail in a sealed envelope, postage prepaid to the person's last known address.
The order and notice shall also set forth the person's right to a hearing as described in LAMC Subdivision 126.96.36.199.
If the person does not request a hearing within the prescribed time, then the notice of proposed penalty shall be final, and the amount of any penalty included in the notice shall immediately be due and owing to the City of Los Angeles. The city then shall have the right to bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the order and collect the amount of the penalty.
If the department determines that there has been compliance with the order of abatement within the time for correction, then the department may rescind the notice of penalty.
The decision of the commission on the order of abatement and notice of proposed penalty shall be final, and the amount of any penalty affirmed by the commission shall immediately be due and owing to the City of Los Angeles. The city then shall have the right to bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the order and collect the amount of penalty.
The conviction of any person for violating any law shall not relieve the person from the obligation to pay any penalty that the person may owe the city, nor shall such payment prevent a prosecution under appropriate provisions of law for any violation of the law. The remedies provided in this section are cumulative. The use of one or more of the remedies prescribed in this section shall not bar the use of any other remedy provided for the enforcement of law.
This schedule shall give due consideration to the appropriateness of the penalty with respect to the following factors:
- The gravity of the violation;
- The good faith of the violator being charged; and
- The history of previous violations.
Where the installation, alteration or repair of ventilation equipment or ductwork is not included within the scope of a valid building permit, a separate building permit shall be obtained for the work.
Sandblasting, liquid washing, compressed air cleaning, steam cleaning of exterior surfaces of buildings adjacent to and within 20 feet of pedestrian walkways in dedicated streets in the limits of Fire District No. 1 shall be done only between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., or on Sundays.
Where complete plans for a proposed building are filed with the department and where a foundation only permit is issued with respect thereto in accordance with rules established by the Superintendent of Building, a building permit may be issued for the remainder of the building within one year after the issuance of the foundation only permit, provided the plans and specifications comply with all applicable Los Angeles Building Code provisions in effect at the time of issuance of the foundation only permit.
Any grading project involving more than 100 cubic yards (76.5 m 3 ) of excavation and involving an excavation in excess of 5 feet (1524 mm) in vertical depth at its deepest point measured from the original ground surface shall be done by a State of California licensed contractor who is licensed to perform the work described herein.
A separate permit shall be required for each grading site. One permit may include the entire grading operation at that site, however.
- An excavation which (a) is less than 2 feet (610 mm) in depth, or (b) which does not create a cut slope greater than 5 feet (1524 mm) in height and steeper than one unit vertical in two units horizontal (50 percent slope). This exception shall not apply to cut which exceeds 50 cubic yards (38.3 m 3 ) or which changes the existing drainage pattern.
- A fill less than one foot (305 mm) in depth and placed on natural terrain with a slope flatter than one unit vertical in 10 units horizontal (10 percent slope). This exception shall not apply when the fill exceeds 50 cubic yards (38.3 m 3 ) or when the fill changes the existing drainage pattern.
- Excavations, located in hillside areas, for caissons or piles under buildings or structures authorized by valid building permits.
- Excavations, not located in hillside areas, for basements, footings, caissons, piles, swimming pools or underground structures which are authorized by valid building permits.
- Excavations for wells or tunnels or utilities, which do not provide vertical or lateral support for buildings, or adversely impact the safety or stability of private or public properties.
Except for tents and bleachers, application for permit shall be filed at least seven days prior to the construction, erection or operation of any device, structure, or any work regulated by this article for temporary use.
All temporary construction or installations shall be demolished or removed within five days after the expiration of the Certificate of Occupancy. Requests for inspection must be received by the department at least two days prior to public use or occupancy.
- Where the work regulated by this Code is valued at $500.00 or less, unless it affects the structural stability of a building, or public safety, or is done to make a building conform to the requirements of this Code for a change in use or occupancy.
- Flag poles and towers not erected upon a building and not more than 15 feet high. Radio and television antennae towers which do not exceed 45 feet in height or light standards which do not exceed 30 feet in height.
- Construction sheds, state approved construction trailers without toilet facilities and sidewalk protection barriers and canopies built pursuant to Division 33, Article 1, Chapter IX of the LAMC.
- Sandblasting, liquid washing, compressed air cleaning, steam cleaning of buildings outside of Fire District No. 1 and also those exterior surfaces of buildings which are located more than 20 feet from pedestrian walkways in dedicated streets. Painting, papering and similar work, provided, however, that the values thereof shall be included as part of the value of any new construction for which a permit is required by this Code, for the purpose of determining the amount of the fee to be paid for the permit; and provided further that this exception does not include operations such as liquid washing, compressed air cleaning and steam cleaning on the exterior surfaces of buildings adjacent and within 20 feet of pedestrian walkways in dedicated streets where these operations extend above the first story.
- Platforms, walks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade and not over any basement or story below.
- Exhibits, booths, partitions and display counters for temporary use not exceeding 30 days in conjunction with an exhibit or show and not exceeding 12 feet in height above the floor.
- Outdoor tents or cloth structures for temporary use not exceeding 30 days and not exceeding 12 feet in any dimension, provided such tents are accessory to an indoor or outdoor assembly use on the site.
- Swimming, bathing and wading pools not exceeding 24 inches in depth or having a surface area not exceeding 250 square feet.
- Canopies or awnings located outside of Fire District No. 1 extending not more than 4 feet from the exterior wall of the building and attached to Group R Occupancies.
- Impact hazard glazing pursuant to LAMC Section 91.6101.
- Work performed by Certified Licensed Contractors in accordance with LAMC Subdivision 188.8.131.52.
- Any work accomplished under the auspices of and owned and controlled by the United States of America, by the State of California or the Los Angeles County.
- Masonry or concrete fences not over 3-1/2 feet high, and other fences not over 10 feet high.
- Tanks for the storage of combustible liquids, if resting upon the surface of the ground and surrounded by an impounding basin conforming to the requirements of Article 7 of Chapter V of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (Fire Code).
- Cases, counters and partitions, not over 5 feet 9 inches high.
- Waterproof pointing of joints in masonry or veneer, also cleaning with detergents which are not injurious to clothing or skin of persons and are not removed by liquid washing, provided work is done from safely enclosed scaffolding which will collect any dust, debris or dropped tools and materials in use.
One complete application for each permit shall be filed. Every such application shall:
- Identify and describe the work to be covered by the permit for which application is made.
- Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done by legal description, street address or similar description that will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed building or work.
- Indicate the use or occupancy for which the proposed work is intended.
- Be accompanied by plans, diagrams, computations and specifications and other data as required in LAMC Subdivision 184.108.40.206.
- State the valuation of any new building or structure or any addition, remodeling or alteration to an existing building.
- Be signed by the permittee, or an authorized agent.
- Give such other data and information as may be required by the Superintendent of Building.
With respect to the site, the plot shall show the boundaries, lot lines, existing and proposed buildings and structures, neighboring public ways, and sufficient dimensions and other data to enable the Department to determine compliance with all laws relating to the location of buildings or occupancies.
The number of sets of plans and specifications submitted with each application for a building permit shall comply with the regulations of LAMC Subdivisions 220.127.116.11 et seq.
The plans and specifications shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the proposed work and to show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this Code and of relevant laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and orders.
Plans for buildings more than two stories in height of other than Group R, Division 3 and Group U Occupancies shall indicate how required structural and fire resistive integrity will be maintained where a penetration will be made for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and communication conduits, pipes and similar systems.
In lieu of detailed specifications, the department may approve reference on the plans to a specific section, subsection or paragraph of this Code or other ordinance or law.
Distances and dimensions on the plans, when required to show conformity with the provisions of this Code, shall be done in figures.
When required by LAMC Section 91.1704, a statement of special inspection prepared by the registered engineer or licensed architect responsible for the design of the project shall be included with the set of plans.
- The department shall have the authority to withhold a permit for any building if public sewers are not available and the provisions of Article 4, Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (Plumbing Code) prohibit the use of a private sewage disposal system on the lot or premises.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 7 of the California Plumbing Code as adopted in Section 94.700.0 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to the contrary, and for any lot or premises located in whole or in part in the San Fernando Valley and certain adjacent areas as described in Section 64.26 A.2. of the Los Angeles Municipal Code:
If public sewers are not available and Article 4 of Chapter IX of this Code does not prohibit the use of a private sewage disposal system, a building permit may be issued, provided that:
- The owner or owners shall install a holding tank pursuant to permits from the Department of Building and Safety and the Fire Department; and
- The owner or owners shall submit a covenant and agreement that runs with the land to provide a connection to the public sewer when it becomes available, or to vacate the building if no connection is made. This covenant and agreement shall be signed by the owner or owners and filed with the County Recorder; or
- The permit is for four or fewer dwelling units in a residential zone, or for a structure that will not result in the discharge of wastewater.
- The Department shall have the authority to withhold permits where the proposed development is located in an area subject to slides or unstable soil which may have an adverse effect on the proposed development or access thereto, as determined by the Department. If the apparent safety of the proposed development can be verified pursuant to the provisions of Sections 91.7016.4.2 and 91.7016.4.3 of this Code, the Department shall issue a permit upon receipt of a sworn affidavit which has been recorded by the County Recorder, stating that the applicant is fully aware that the proposed development is located in an area subject to slides or unstable soil which may have an adverse effect on the proposed development or access thereto.
- The department shall have the authority to withhold a building permit where the proposed building site is an area subject to inundation, as determined by the department. If it can be shown by authentic past records that any possible inundation is not likely to be of such extent as to be an immediate hazard to occupancy of the proposed building, the department shall issue a building permit upon receipt of a sworn affidavit which has been recorded by the county recorder stating that said applicant is fully aware of the department's finding that the structure is an area subject to inundation.
- The department shall have the authority to withhold permits on projects located within a Special (Fault) Studies Zone established under Chapter 7.5, Division 2, of the California Public Resources Code. Permits may be issued if it can be demonstrated through accepted geologic seismic studies that the proposed structure will be located in a safe manner and not over or astraddle the trace of an active fault. Acceptable geologic seismic studies shall meet the criteria as set forth in rules and regulations established by the Superintendent of Building to assure that such studies are based on sufficient geologic data to determine the location or nonexistence of the active fault trace on a site. Prior to approval of a project, a geologic report defining and delineating any hazard of surface fault rupture shall be required. If the city finds that no undue hazard of this kind exists, the geologic report on such hazard may be waived, with approval of the state geologist.
- The department shall have the authority to withhold a demolition or relocation permit for a residential building composed of two or more residential rental units under the following circumstances:
- When the applicant states that the purpose for demolition or relocation is to construct a condominium, stock cooperative or community apartment project, permits shall be withheld until all necessary tentative tract or preliminary parcel maps for such new subdivision have been approved by the city.
- This (Exception 5) shall not apply if the building is to be demolished and is:
- Constructed of unreinforced masonry construction and built pursuant to a building permit issued prior to October l, 1933; or
- To be demolished pursuant to a demolition order issued by the Department under authority set forth in Division 89 of Article l of Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
- This (Exception 5) shall not apply if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department that the site will be developed with housing for low- to moderate-income households, which housing is to be developed, constructed or acquired with federal, state or local government financial assistance.
- This (Exception 5) shall not apply to two-family dwellings or to apartment houses and apartment hotels containing three dwelling units, provided that at least one dwelling unit in each such building is occupied by a record owner of the property.
- The Department shall have the authority to withhold permits on projects located within a Methane Zone or Methane Buffer Zone established under Sections 91.7101et seq. of this Code. Permits may be issued upon submittal of detailed plans that show adequate protection against flammable gas incursion by providing the installation of suitable methane mitigation systems.
- The department shall have the authority to withhold permits for public works capital improvement projects until receipt of written certification from the Cultural Affairs Department that the board, bureau or department of the city authorized by law to construct the project has fully complied with the requirements of the city's Public Works Improvements Arts Program. For purposes of this section, public works capital improvement project" includes any capital project paid for wholly or in part by the City of Los Angeles or by any board, bureau or department of the city authorized by the City Charter or other law to construct or remodel any building, structure, park, utility, street, sidewalk or parking facility, or any other type of capital project or any portion thereof, within the geographical limits of the city.
- The department shall have the authority to withhold the building permit where, in the opinion of the Superintendent of Building, the design of a structure, due to the unusual configuration of the structure or parts of the structure or assembly of structural materials therein, does not provide at least the same safeguard against earthquake as provided by the applicable portions of this Code when applied in the design of a similar structure of customary configuration.
- The department shall have the authority to withhold a building permit or relocation permit for a site if the department determines that demolition or relocation work has been done on the site without the benefit of required demolition or relocation permits. If the department, after notice and hearing, makes this determination, the department shall also have the authority to record an affidavit with the County Recorder stating that no permits for any new development shall be issued on the property for a period of five years.
- The Department shall have the authority to withhold a building permit for a residential building composed of two or more residential rental units, under the following circumstances:
- The Department of Building and Safety shall have the authority to withhold building permits for the construction of hotels until a conditional use permit allowing the sale of liquor has been granted by the Department of City Planning or until the Department of Building and Safety receives from the property owner a sworn affidavit, signed by the owner and recorded by the Los Angeles County recorder, declaring that the hotel shall not sell or serve liquor on the premises for a period of not less than five years.
- The Department of Building and Safety shall have the authority to withhold grading permits for developments with disturbed areas of one acre or more unless the applicant is able to show that a Notice of Intent to comply with the State Construction Activity Storm Water Permit has been filed with the State Water Resources Control Board and a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan has been prepared. For the purpose of this section, "disturbed area" shall mean an area altered as a result of cleaning, grading and/or excavation of earth.
- The Department of Building and Safety shall require applicants, as a condition for issuing a grading or building permit, to incorporate into the plan documents best management practices necessary to control stormwater pollution from sediments, erosion, and construction materials leaving the construction site. Such requirements shall be in accordance with the provisions contained in the "Development Best Management Practices Handbook, Part A Construction Activities" adopted by the Board of Public Works as authorized by Section 64.72 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
- The Department of Building and Safety shall have the authority to withhold grading and/or building permits for developments until:
- The applicant incorporates into the development to the satisfaction of the Bureau of Sanitation of the Department of Public Works, best management practices necessary to control stormwater pollution in accordance with the "Development Best Management Practices Handbook, Part B Planning Activities" adopted by the Board of Public Works as authorized by LAMC Section 64.72; and
- The Bureau of Sanitation of the Department of Public Works receives a Covenant and Agreement, signed by the owner and recorded with the Los Angeles County Recorder, declaring that the best management practices necessary to control stormwater pollution shall be installed and/or constructed and maintained in proper working condition at all times; and
- The applicant submits to the Bureau of Sanitation of the Department of Public Works, a set of plans and specifications showing compliance with the Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan or Site Specific Mitigation Plan.
- The Department of Building and Safety shall have the authority to withhold building permits for new development on the site of a destroyed or demolished Residential Hotel and for the conversion or demolition of Residential Units on any property identified as a Residential Hotel by the Housing and Community Investment Department pursuant to Article 7.1 of Chapter IV of the Los Angeles Municipal Code until the Housing and Community Investment Department has verified compliance with the provisions of Article 7.1 of Chapter IV of the Los Angeles Municipal Code in order to preserve Residential Units in the Residential Hotels of the City of Los Angeles.
- Single or multiple dwellings in non-hillside areas which are not part of a common interest development (as defined in Section 1351(c) of the Civil Code of California), and not more than two stories and basement in height.
- Garages and other structures appurtenant to buildings described in Item 1 of this exception.
- Farm or ranch buildings.
- Any one story building where the span between bearing walls does not exceed 25 feet. This exception does not, however, apply to a steel frame or concrete building.
- Alterations to commercial buildings, apartments and hotels which do not require the signature of a licensed civil or structural engineer or architect.
The Department shall also furnish the form of an affidavit to be completed and signed by the person requesting to duplicate the official copy of the plans, which contains provisions stating all of the following:
- That the copy of the plans shall only be used for the maintenance, operation, and use of the building.
- That drawings are instruments of professional service and are incomplete without the interpretation of the certified, licensed, or registered professional of record.
- That Subdivision (a) of Section 5536.25 of the Business and Professions Code states that a licensed architect who signs plans, specifications, reports, or documents shall not be responsible for damage caused by subsequent changes to, or use of, those plans, specifications, reports, or documents where the subsequent changes or uses, including changes or uses made by state or local governmental agencies, are not authorized or approved by the licensed architect who originally signed the plans, specifications, reports, or documents, provided that the architectural service rendered by the architect who signed the plans, specifications, reports, or documents was not also a proximate cause of the damage.
The fees specified in the following provisions 1 or 2 shall be paid by the person requesting duplication of plans:
- Building plans that have not been microfilmed and are authorized for reproduction, and grading plans that are to be duplicated by other than City services will be released only to a bonded duplicating service which has posted a bond for the benefit of the City of Los Angeles in an amount at least equal to the value of the plans.
The cost of duplicating the plans shall be paid directly to the duplicating service by the persons requesting duplication. That person shall pay a service fee of $15.00 for each set of plans released to a bonded duplicating service as herein provided.
- Building plans that have been microfilmed and are authorized for reproduction shall be duplicated by City services. The Department shall collect an initial service fee of $8.00 for each request for reproduction of plans plus a fee of $1.00 for each sheet requested to be photocopied.
Permits issued under the requirements of this Code shall not relieve the owner of responsibility for securing required permits for work to be done which is regulated by any other Code, department or division of the City of Los Angeles.
All permits are issued subject to the following conditions:
- The Department shall send written notice of the demolition pre-inspection application via U.S. mail to the abutting property owners and occupants, as well as the Council District Office and Certified Neighborhood Council Office representing the site, for which a demolition pre-inspection has been proposed for a building or structure.
- The applicant shall post a placard on the property where the demolition will occur, in a conspicuous, visible place, within 5 feet of the front property line, describing the date of the application for demolition pre-inspection and meeting the following standards:
- The placard shall be a minimum 11" x 17" in size and mounted at a minimum of four feet above the ground.
- The placard shall have black letters on contrasting background white or color paper.
- The placard shall have major block-style letters a minimum 3 inches in height and shall state: "NOTICE OF DEMOLITION". Minor letters 1-1/2 inches in height shall list the permit number and telephone number for further information.
- The placard material shall be made of durable, laminated or other weather resistant material.
- The Department shall verify the placement of the placard prior to commencement of the demolition work.
- All applicable protection devices (i.e., fences and/or pedestrian protection canopies) shall be installed and approved by the Department prior to demolition work and maintained during demolition, in accordance with LAMC Sections 91.3306 and 91.3307. The Department shall verify the placement of these devices prior to the commencement of demolition work.
- The department shall send written notices of the permit application, by mail, to the owners of all property abutting the property at which the construction or grading will occur. Notices shall also be sent to the owners of all property across the street or alley when such property is intersected by a projection of the lot lines of the property at which the construction or grading will occur; and
- The department shall post a notice of the permit application on the property at which the construction or grading will occur.
- One or two family dwelling or addition thereto located in a tract, parcel map or subdivision recorded prior to the effective date of this section.
- A building or structure or addition thereto of less than 500 square feet in gross floor area or when such building, structure or addition thereto contains a restaurant or fast food restaurant of less than 200 square feet in gross floor area.
- Where sidewalks are neither currently installed nor required by the city as a condition of development, at either the location of the proposed development or the location of the otherwise proposed curb ramp.
- Permit for new structures, except signs,
- Permit for additions to existing buildings,
- Change of use or occupancy permit,
- Demolition permit,
- Relocation permit,
- Swimming pool permit, or
- Grading permit.
- It is no larger than 10 kilowatts alternating current nameplate rating or 30 kilowatts thermal;
- It conforms to all applicable state and local fire, structural, electrical and other building codes;
- It meets all applicable safety and performance standards established by the California Electrical Code, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and accredited testing laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratories and, where applicable, rules of the Public Utilities Commission regarding safety and reliability;
- It is installed on a single or duplex family dwelling; and
- Its solar panels or module arrays do not exceed the maximum legal building height, which includes the height allowances provided by Section 12.21.1 B.3.(c) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
A permit application that the Department determines satisfies the information requirements in the checklist shall be deemed complete. Upon confirmation that an application is complete and that the proposed solar energy system complies with all requirements of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, the Department shall approve the application and issue all required permits in a timely manner in substantial conformance with the recommendations of the California Solar Permitting Guidebook. Upon receipt of an incomplete application, the Department shall issue a written correction notice detailing all deficiencies in the application and any additional information required to be eligible for streamlined permit issuance.
Except as provided herein, a solar energy system eligible for streamlined review shall be subject to no more than one inspection, which shall be done in a timely manner in substantial conformance with the recommendations of the California Solar Permitting Guidebook and may involve multiple agencies. If the eligible solar energy system fails the inspection, a subsequent inspection may be required. This section does not preclude the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from conducting separate inspections for the interconnection of a solar energy system to the electricity grid.
The Department need not approve an application or issue permits under this section if the Department makes a finding, based on substantial evidence, that the solar energy system could have a specific, adverse impact upon the public health or safety. "Specific, adverse impact" means a significant, quantifiable, direct and unavoidable impact, based on objective, identified and written public health or safety standards, policies or conditions as they existed on the date the application was deemed complete.
No portion of any building, including mechanical, electrical and plumbing work shall be excluded from the valuation for a building permit because of any other permits required by any governing agency.
- A new one- or two-family dwelling.
- Any work necessary and in conjunction with alterations, additions or demolitions to a one- or two-family dwelling. In the event that work in one or more of the mechanical trades is not required, the applicable fee(s) shall not be collected.
- A pool accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling, except pools that are exempt from a building permit but may require a permit for electrical, plumbing and hearing work, a combined building-mechanical permit shall be issued provided a fee is paid. The fee shall be 75% of the fee determined from Table 1-A of this division.
- A complete solar heating and/or cooling system installation appurtenant to and used exclusively by a one- or two-family dwelling; or an individual dwelling unit or an efficiency dwelling unit in an apartment house, apartment-hotel or hotel; or a pool accessory to a one-family dwelling.
When plans are resubmitted for review of changes made to previously approved plans, an application for a permit shall be filed.
The plan checking fee in the case of a building permit shall be based on an hourly rate as specified in LAMC Paragraph 18.104.22.168.4, and the plan check fee for a grading permit shall be as specified in LAMC Paragraph 22.214.171.124.3 for the number of cubic yards replaced, removed or omitted that were not previously approved.
When a permit expires by limitation and the work is not completed, the plans shall be resubmitted for checking before the issuance of a new permit. The plan checking fee shall be based on the same valuation as specified for the permit in LAMC Subdivision 126.96.36.199.
- Grading Preinspection. A grading preinspection fee shall be collected for any building permit application involving work in the hillside grading area and for all grading plans submitted to the Department.
EXCEPTION: The grading preinspection fee may be waived when the Department determines that the nature of the work does not require preinspection of the work site.
- Sign Preinspection. A sign preinspection fee shall be collected when a permit application is filed for construction, replacement, alteration or repair of a sign.
EXCEPTION: The sign preinspection fee may be waived when the Department determines that the nature of the sign does not require preinspection of the proposed location to determine compliance with applicable requirements.
- Demolition Preinspection. A demolition preinspection fee shall be collected for all proposed demolition of buildings (including accessory buildings) or structures on a site and shall be conducted before the issuance of a demolition permit.
- Preinspection. Preinspection fee shall be collected whenever the Department determines that due to the nature of the work involved, an inspection is necessary.
- Medical Marijuana Collective Pre-inspection. A preinspection fee pursuant to Section 188.8.131.52 D. of the Los Angeles Municipal Code shall be collected by the Department to verify compliance with Section 184.108.40.206 A. of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. The preinspection fee shall be in addition to any other fee that the Department determines is necessary due to the nature of the work involved.
A fee for a building permit authorizing changes from approved plans or specifications shall be based on a valuation equal to the increase in valuation caused by the change, but no refund shall be made if the change causes a reduction of valuation.
The amount of the plan maintenance fee shall be 2 percent of the building permit fee, but not less than $10.00 and not more than $300.00, and shall be collected for each separate plan to be retained by the Department.
The City of Los Angeles may amend the Fire Hydrant Fee Ordinance.
The owner of the project designated in this permit shall be obligated to pay to the Department a fire hydrant fee in the amount to be calculated pursuant to any amendment to the fire hydrant fee ordinance. This fee will be used to provide adequate fire-safety facilities and services for new development.
The Department of Building and Safety shall cause all money collected pursuant to this section to be deposited into the Fire Hydrant Installation and Main Replacement Fund described in Section 5.114 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code for purposes of disbursement as permitted therein; except that $5.00 from each fire hydrant fee shall be deposited in the Department of Building and Safety Building Permit Enterprise Fund pursuant to Section 5.114 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code.
- The Department shall issue a permit without collection of a fee if it determines that the following conditions are met:
- The metal bars, grilles, grates, security roll down shutters and similar devices were installed prior to June 3, 1986, and
- The dwelling unit is in full compliance with CBC Section 310.4 when the first inspection is conducted pursuant to CBC Section 310.4.
- The Department shall issue a permit without the collection of a fee for all eligible lower income households, as defined by California Health and Safety Code Section 50079.5. The Department shall determine whether the applicant meets the applicable criteria for eligibility.
- Office or research and development. For an office or research and development building, the arts fee shall be $1.57 per square foot.
- Retail. All retail establishments shall pay an arts fee of $1.31 per square foot.
- Manufacturing. For a manufacturing building, the arts fee shall be $0.51 per square foot.
- Warehouse. For a warehouse building, the arts fee shall be $0.39 per square foot.
- Hotel. For a hotel building, the arts fee shall be $0.52 per square foot.
- Any project for which the total value of all construction or work for which the permit is issued is $500,000 or less.
- The repair, renovation or rehabilitation of a building or structure that does not alter the size or occupancy load of the building.
- The repair, renovation or rehabilitation of a building or structure for the installation of fire sprinklers pursuant to Division 9, Article 1, Chapter IX of the LAMC.
- The repair, renovation or rehabilitation of a building or structure that has been made to comply with Division 88 (Earthquake Hazard Reduction in Existing Buildings), Article 1, Chapter IX of the LAMC subsequent to a citation of noncompliance with Division 88, Article 1, Chapter IX of the LAMC.
- The repair, renovation or rehabilitation of a building or structure for any handicapped facilities pursuant to this code.
- All residential buildings or portion thereof. This exception does not include hotels.
At or about the time of collection of any fee imposed by this section, the Cultural Affairs Department shall identify the use to which the arts fee is to be put, and if the use is financing public facilities, the facilities shall be identified.
By enacting LAMC Subdivision 220.127.116.11 (previously Section 91.0304(b)(11)), the City has adopted the Arts Development Fee referred to by Ordinance 164,243. Accordingly, an arts fee shall be paid to the City of Los Angeles by owners of development projects which received building permits between and including January 15, 1989, and the effective date of this section. This arts fee described in this section shall be paid within 60 days of receipt of a request for payment of an arts fee. All exceptions listed in LAMC Paragraph 18.104.22.168.4 shall apply to owners of development projects subject to Ordinance 164,243.
The Office of Finance shall bill and collect the Arts Development Fee owed by those persons to whom notice was given pursuant to this paragraph for the period January 15, 1989, through May 7, 1991. The amount due shall be paid in full within 60 days of the billing date unless an agreement to pay in installments pursuant to this paragraph is approved by the Office of Finance. Persons indebted to the City of Los Angeles for Arts Development Fees may, upon approval by the Office of Finance, enter into an agreement with the City of Los Angeles to pay such fees in installments over a period not to exceed one year. The Office of Finance shall collect a service fee of $10.00 on each monthly installment to recover the cost to the city of processing installment payments. The Cultural Affairs Department is hereby authorized to negotiate and accept payment in kind for the Arts Development Fee owed by those persons to whom notice was given pursuant to this paragraph for the period January 15, 1989, through May 7, 1991. The Cultural Affairs Department shall provide notice to the Office of Finance of the name of the person on whose account such in kind payment was accepted, and whether the in kind payment constitutes payment in full or only a specified portion of the Arts Development Fee owed.
The Office of Finance is authorized to record payment in full, without further notification to the person billed, for cash or in kind Arts Development Fee payments received that are within $3.00 of the amount owed.
EXCEPTION: The notice required by this section shall not be affixed to building permits for the following projects or portion thereof:
- Any project for which a building permit is issued with less than 40,000 square feet (3716 m 2 ) of new floor area as determined by the Department of Building and Safety;
- Any project located within the boundaries of an enterprise zone designated in LAMC Section 12.04;
- Any project developed by nonprofit entities such as hospitals, schools, religious institutions, museums, day care providers and other similar organizations, where the construction is directly related to the nonprofit purpose of the organization as determined by the Housing and Community Investment Department. This exception shall not apply to nonprofit development of leasable commercial office space;
- Any project or portion of a project for industrial, warehouse development or parking structures as defined by the Los Angeles Municipal Code and determined by the Department of Building and Safety;
- Any project within a current neighborhood Community Redevelopment Agency project area as defined in Section 12.04 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code other than the Bunker Hill, Central Business District and Little Tokyo redevelopment areas;
- Any development project where one or more of the following discretionary approvals, initiated by application of the property owner or their representatives, was granted by a government agency between January 1, 1986 and October 1, 1989 and remains valid: zone change, conditional use permit, variance, height district change, zone boundary adjustment, specific plan exception, project permit pursuant to a moratorium ordinance, development agreement, coastal development permit, commercial corner development, project permit pursuant to an interim control ordinance, parcel map, tract map or vesting tentative tract map.
In addition, prior to the issuance of any such building permit, the Department of Planning shall certify in writing that the necessary environmental clearances were completed and that the discretionary approval included a determination of one or more of the following: building location, height, density, use, parking and access of the proposed project;
- Any project for which architectural and structural plans sufficient for a complete plan check for a building permit have been accepted by the Department of Building and Safety and for which plan check fees were collected on or before the effective date of this section and for which no subsequent changes are made to those plans which increase the height, floor area or occupancy load by more than 5 percent;
- Any project for an existing building which will not result in the addition of over 40,000 square feet (3716 m 2 ) of new space as determined by the Department of Building and Safety; and
- Residential buildings which contain one or more dwelling units, efficiency dwelling units, apartment units or the residential portion of a building that has both residential and nonresidential uses. This exception shall not apply to hotels.
- Any project located within the boundaries of the Central City West Specific Plan Area, as defined in Ordinance No. 163,094, if the developer or project owner agrees by covenant and agreement or development agreement to abide by the linkage fee and replacement housing obligations set forth in the Specific Plan for the Central City West Specific Plan Area.
- The repair, renovation or rehabilitation of a building or structure of historical, archaeological or architectural consequence, if such building or structure has been officially designated, or has been determined by state or federal action to be eligible for designation, on the National Register of Historic Places, or has been included on the City of Los Angeles list of Historic Cultural Monuments.
The Department of Building and Safety shall determine which exceptions apply to any project based on documentation submitted by the applicant prior to the issuance of the building permit.
Certified security bar installers shall file Security Bar Certificates of Compliance in accordance with LAMC Subdivision 22.214.171.124.
91.107.8 Processing Fees for Soils Engineering, Foundation Investigation, Geology and Seismology Report and for Review of Division of Land Requests
- When a permit is obtained for reroofing in compliance with LAMC Section 91.1511, the Department may waive inspections provided the following persons certify that the materials used comply with LAMC Section 91.1511 and work is performed by:
- When a permit is obtained for any work performed by certified licensed contractors complying with the requirements of Section 91.108.12.
It shall be the duty of the person requesting any inspections required by this Code to provide access to and means for inspection of such work.
There shall be a final inspection and approval of all buildings and structures when completed and ready for occupancy and use.
- Foundations. When the excavation for footings is complete and footing forms and required reinforcing steel are in place, but before any concrete is placed.
- Wood framing, ventilation equipment installation. When all roof, walls and floor framing, fire stopping and bracing are complete and all pipes, chimneys, vents and ductwork are in place, but before any of this work is covered.
- Wall covering. When the backing and lath or drywall are in place ready for plaster, stucco or taping.
- Reinforced concrete. When forms and reinforcing steel are in place ready for concrete.
- Reinforced masonry. In grouted masonry when vertical reinforcing steel is in place and other reinforcing steel distributed and ready for placing, but before any units are laid up.
- Structural steel. When structural steel members are in place and required connections are complete, but before concealing any members or connection.
- Final. When the construction or work is completed and the structure ready for occupancy, but before being occupied.
The department shall approve that portion of the work inspected or notify the responsible person if the work fails to comply with the law. Any portions which do not comply with the law shall be corrected and no portion shall be covered or concealed with additional work until approved.
When any of the above required inspections have been made and that portion of the work approved, the inspector shall so record on the permit card posted on the job.
- Initial meeting/inspection. When the permittee is ready to begin work, but before any grading operation or brushing is started, a meeting shall be held at the project site with the contractor and the inspectors to discuss the approved plans, soil reports and the sequence of the grading operations.
- Toe inspection. After the natural ground is exposed and prepared to receive fill, but before any fill is placed.
- Excavation inspection. After the excavation is started, but before the vertical depth of the excavation exceeds 10 feet.
- Fill inspection. After the fill emplacement is started, but before the vertical height of the lifts exceeds 10 feet.
- Drainage device inspection. After forms and pipe are in place, but before any concrete is placed.
- Rough grading. When all rough grading has been completed. This inspection may be called for at the completion of the rough grading without the necessity of the Department having previously reviewed and approved the reports.
- Final. When all work, including installation of all drainage structures and other protective devices, has been completed and the as-graded plan and required reports have been submitted.
91.108.12 Inspections by Certified Licensed Contractors of Work Performed on Detached Single-Family Dwellings
- The replacement of defective water heaters with one of the equivalent gallonage, Btu rating and vent capacity when the vent does not require relocation or replacement.
- The replacement of defective forced-air units with one of equivalent size, Btu rating and vent capacity when the vent does not require relocation or replacement.
- The replacement of defective air-conditioning units with one of equivalent size and Btu rating;
- The replacement of plumbing fixtures and solar panels with equal kind and quality;
- The replacement of defective domestic water piping within a dwelling, with piping of equivalent size and quality when the installation does not exceed 50 feet in length.
- The replacement of defective metallic water service piping with piping of equivalent size, quality and conductivity;
- The removal of existing roofing and the replacement of roofing materials that are in compliance with CBC Section 1510 and that do not require any alteration to the roof support system.
- The replacement of defective smoke detectors.
- The replacement of shower pans with the same size and capacity.
- The installation or replacement of masonry and concrete fences not exceeding six (6) feet in height.
- The certified licensed contractor has a valid Certificate of Registration obtained in accordance with LAMC Section 91.1705.
- The certified licensed contractor has filed with the Department a Certificate of Compliance for each installation.
The Certificate of Compliance shall be on a form provided by the Department and shall be signed by the property owner and the certified licensed contractor. The Department may require that the certified licensed contractor affix a certification label obtained from the Department on certain types of installations to identify the work certified;
The Certificate of Compliance shall describe the work performed and state that the certified licensed contractor warrants, from personal knowledge, that the materials installed and the work performed are in compliance with approved manufacturer's instructions, specifications and applicable requirements of the LAMC.
For the work described in Items 1, 2 and 3 of LAMC Subdivision 126.96.36.199, the phrase "personal knowledge" as used in the Certificate of Compliance means that the certified licensed contractor has actual personal knowledge of the facts certified to, or knowledge acquired from an employee of the certified licensed contractor, which employee provided continuous observation of the work or installation at the site in all stages of its progress.
For work set forth in Items 4, 5 and 6 of LAMC Subdivision 188.8.131.52, the phrase "personal knowledge" means the certified licensed contractor has actual personal knowledge or knowledge acquired from another certified licensed contractor or a qualified installer.
- The Certificate of Compliance processing fee has been paid in accordance with Section 98.0417 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.
- The certified licensed contractor has filed the application for a Certificate of Compliance with the Department within 15 days after completion of the installation.
The certified licensed contractor has submitted a report to the Department describing the work the certified licensed contractor performed and declaring that the work complies with all applicable provisions of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. The report shall be made on forms supplied by the Department and shall be filed in the records of the Department.
The certified licensed contractor shall inspect all materials to be used or concealed within such work.
While engaged in the work, the certified licensed contractor shall not undertake or engage in any other task or occupation which will interfere with the proper performance of the certified licensed contractor's duties of inspection. The certified licensed contractor shall report all violations of this Code which have occurred relating to the construction work to the Superintendent of Building, and such other information relating to the installation work as requested by the Superintendent.
The Department may refuse to issue a Certificate of Compliance if it finds that the contractor has failed to comply with any of these requirements.
No building or structure or portion thereof and no trailer park or portion thereof shall be used or occupied until a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued thereof.
- Unless it is specifically required by other provisions of this article, no existing building or portion thereof shall require a Certificate of Occupancy, provided:
- The occupancy housed therein is the same for which the original building permit was issued; and
- The use of a building or portion thereof housing a Group A or E Occupancy and constructed prior to 1934 has not been discontinued for a period of more than six months.
- No structure, the architecture of which inhibits occupancy, shall require a Certificate of Occupancy.
When a Certificate of Occupancy is issued, it shall supersede every certificate previously issued for that portion of the building described thereon.
- The building permit numbers.
- The address of the building.
- The name and address of the owner.
- A description of that portion of the building for which the certificate is issued.
- For Groups A and E Occupancies, the maximum occupant load allowed.
- A statement that the described portion of the building complies with the construction requirements of the Los Angeles Municipal Code for the group of occupancies in which the proposed occupancy is classified.
- A statement that establishes relevant requirements of Chapter I of the LAMC.
- The signature of the Superintendent of Building or an authorize representative of the Superintendent.
In addition, the Superintendent of Building may issue a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for an existing building, or portion thereof, provided no substantial hazard will result and satisfactory evidence is submitted justifying the need for such temporary occupancy. The Department shall collect an issuance fee for each temporary Certificate of Occupancy. The amount of the fee shall be $453.00 plus an additional fee as shown in Table 1-B of this division.
A temporary Certificate of Occupancy shall be valid for a period not to exceed six months. The Department may issue additional temporary Certificates of Occupancy. After the expiration of a temporary Certificate of Occupancy, the Department shall require a Certificate of Occupancy in accordance with other provisions of this section. Duplicates of the certificate or temporary certificate may be secured upon the payment of the duplication fee required by ordinance.
No approval shall relieve or exonerate any person from the responsibility of complying with the provisions and intent of this Code.
- Schedules of requests for deviation from the provisions of the Code and for approval of materials and methods of construction;
- Schedules of violations of the provisions of this Code;
- Schedules of convictions and nonconvictions, and the reasons for nonconvictions, by the city attorney's office;
- Changes and improvements in materials, methods of construction and design;
- Investigations of fire and structural damage to buildings.
|$2,000.01||$20,000 inclusive||$40.00 plus $1.25 per $100 or fraction thereof of total valuation.|
|$20,000.01||$50,000 inclusive||$170.00 plus 6.00 per $1,000 or fraction thereof of total valuation|
|$50,000.01||$100,000 inclusive||$195.00 plus $5.50 per $1,000 or fraction thereof of total valuation|
|$100,000.01||$500,000 inclusive||$395.00 plus $3.50 per $1,000 or fraction thereof of total valuation|
|$500,000.01||$1,000,000 inclusive||$520.00 plus $3.25 per $1,000 or fraction thereof of total valuation|
|Over 1,000,000||$920.00 plus $2.85 per $1,000 or fraction thereof of total valuation|
- 1 The building permit fee specified in this table shall be increased by a surcharge pursuant to California Public Resources Code Section 2705 (State Strong Motion Instrumentation Program). This surcharge shall not be included in the building permit fee for the purpose of determining the plan check fee.
- 2 The permit fee specified in the table above shall be increased by 10% for all construction or work required to comply with the rules and regulations adopted by the California General Resources Conservation and Development Commission. This increase in fee shall be included in the building permit fee for the purpose of determining the plan checking fee.
- 3 The permit fee specified in this table shall be increased by 12.5% for all construction or work required to comply with the state's disabled access and adaptability requirements at Part 2, Title 24, of the California Code of Regulations. The increase in fee shall be included in the building permit fee for the purpose of determining the plan check fee.
- 4 The minimum permit fee for projects that require more than one inspection shall be double the minimum inspection fee specified in LAMC Section 98.0412(a).
|(R-3 Occ.)||Building||Elec.||Plumb.||Mech.||Combined Fees|
|New Construction||See Table 1-A||26% of bldg permit fee||26% of bldg permit fee||13% of bldg permit fee||165% of bldg permit fee determined from Table 1-A|
|Alteration||See Table 1-A||26% of bldg permit fee||26% of bldg permit fee||13% of bldg permit fee||165% of bldg permit fee determined from Table 1-A|
|Swimming Pool||See Table 1-A||175% of bldg permit fee determined from Table 1-A|
|Solar Heating and Cooling System||See Table 1-A|
|A Occupancy||$98.00 each assembly room or area|
|E Occupancy||$98.00 each classroom|
|I Occupancy||$98.00 each floor or portion thereof|
|H Occupancy||$98.00 each floor or portion thereof|
|B, F, M or S Occupancy||$98.00 each floor or portion thereof|
|R1 Occupancy||$189.00 each floor or portion thereof|
|Soils engineering/foundation or geology report
For the first lot plus $5.00 for each additional lot or for the first acre plus $25.00 for each additional acre or fraction thereof, whichever is the greater fee.
For each supplemental foundation investigation, soils engineering, or geology report.
- a Where the soil engineering/foundation and geology reports are submitted together or combined into one report, the fee shall be doubled.
- b Report fees for minor work may be reduced to one half of the calculated fee, as determined by the Department.
- c Fees are based on single projects and contiguous properties.
- d Additional fees for division of land review shall be collected as required by LAMC Subdivision 184.108.40.206.
- e The fees in this table shall be increased by 50%, when the reports are reviewed during off-hours at the request of the applicant and acceptance by the Department.
|100 cubic yards or less||$160.00|
|101 - 1,000 cubic yards||$160.00 for the first 100 cubic yards, plus $135.00 for each additional
100 cubic yards or fraction thereof.
|1,001 - 10,000 cubic yards||$1,375.00 for the first 1,000 cubic yards, plus $150.00 for each additional
1,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof.
|10,001 - 100,000 cubic yards||$2,725.00 for the first 10,000 cubic yards, plus $500.00 for each additional
10,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof.
|100,001 cubic yards or more||$7,225.00 for the first 100,000 cubic yards, plus $250.00 for each additional
10,000 cubic yards or fraction thereof.