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Planning and Building in Lakewood

Building inspections & building permits

562-866-9771, extension 2350

Unsightly property concerns
562-866-9771, extension 2140.
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Conditional Use Permits

Call or visit the Building Section of the Community Development Department at Lakewood City Hall. Inspectors and the city staff will be happy to discuss your home improvement project, review code requirements for building permits, and begin the permitting process. For more information, call 866-9771, extension 2350. Or, you may use our online forms to email your questions.

Building permits
562-866-9771, extension 2350

The Building section of the Community Development Department issues building permits for both new and remodeled home and business construction.

Permits are issued at the walk-up service counter at city hall beginning at 7:00 a.m. weekdays. Building inspectors are available between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Permit fees are based on the type of work and the size of the construction job.

Before applying for a permit, make a rough plan of your project. The rough plan should include the dimensions of your lot, the size of your house, and the location of your planned addition. City staff will review this plan before you submit formal plans for checking by the city's Building section.

For permit information, call 562-866-9771, extension 2350.

Building inspection
562-866-9771, extension 2350

The Building section schedules inspections for new construction and home and business remodeling. Lakewood contracts with Los Angeles County for building inspection services. 

Building inspectors are available for consultation from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at city hall. City hall is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 5:00 p.m. on open Fridays. City hall is closed on alternating Fridays.

Help with scheduling an inspection is available at the walk-up service counter at city hall beginning at 7:00 a.m. For construction inspection information, call the Community Development Department at 562-866-9771, extension 2350.

Tips on some jobs needing inspection

In Lakewood, building permits are required before most construction or remodeling jobs begin. Lakewood residents should contact the Community Development Department at city hall before starting these projects:

Patio covers


New block wall

New wood siding

Sprinkler systems


Air filtration systems


Electrical changes

Room additions


New fences

New windows/trim

Swimming pools

Air conditioners

Water heaters

Plumbing changes

Covering chicken wire with stucco

11 steps to do your home improvement job right

1. Pick up a building permit application from the Community Development Department at city hall. The packet will include requirements for your project and a sample of the plot plan you'll need to prepare. Review the "Before you hire a contractor" booklet from the California State Contractors License Board.

2. Turn in your application, along with your completed plot plan, at the Community Development Department.

3. Planning staff will review your application and plot plan and either approve them or suggest needed changes.

4. To obtain a permit, take your approved plans to the Building and Safety Counter at city hall.

5. Fill out a building permit application form and leave your plans with the Building and Safety Department for review.

6. A building engineer will carefully review your plans to make sure your project meets all safety codes.

7. With the engineer's approval, you'll receive a building permit and an Inspection Record Card to post at your job site.

8. Start your project and be sure to keep it moving. Your building permit will expire if work is stopped for more than one year.

9. Call regularly to schedule inspections by a building inspector, who will sign your card after each visit to confirm that your project meets all safety codes.

10. When your project is done, request a final inspection from the building inspector.

11. You'll receive a permanent building permit to keep on file as proof that you've done the job right.

Conditional use permit
Download a Conditional Use Permit form

 The purpose of a Conditional Use Permit is to insure that the use requested will be compatible with other existing and permitted uses located in the area.

 The procedure for the processing of a Conditional Use Permit application is as follows:

1. Submit completed application to the Community Development Department on the Thursday six weeks before the scheduled PEC meeting.

2. Secretary will set the date of public hearing before the Commission at a regular meeting and will circulate the required hearing notices.

3. The Commission either approves, approves with conditions, or denies applicant's application.

4. The Commission's decision is final and is subject to appeal to the City Council within twenty (20) calendar days.

The Community Development Department staff will be happy to assist you. Should you have any questions concerning your application, please do not hesitate to contact the department at 562-866-9771, extension 2343.