Community Development


To help ensure the safety of our visitors and employees, we encourage you to use our online services at the links below:

Building Inspections

Building Permits

Building Plan Check 

If you have any questions regarding Building and Safety services, please call 562-866-9771 extension 2350 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on normal business days.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during these challenging times.

The Community Development Department is located at Lakewood City Hall and includes the following divisions:

Building and Safety - Protects the public health and safety through implementation of the building, plumbing, electrical, green, residential, and mechanical codes by issuing permits and conducting inspections.

Planning and Zoning
- Plans, coordinates, and monitors growth and development of the city utilizing the General Plan and the Zoning Code. Ensures projects comply with the California Environmental Quality Act and other planning related laws.

Code Enforcement/Neighborhood Preservation – Preserves and improves the aesthetic and environmental quality of the city.


Fair Housing - Provides information on fair housing laws and offers counseling to eligible residents in the areas of housing and tenant/landlord disputes.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - Provides GIS products and services to all city departments.

Housing - Provides and manages affordable housing and rehabilitation programs for Lakewood residents.

Economic Development - Seeks to preserve and enhance the economic climate in Lakewood’s commercial zones.

Public Counter Hours
Building and Safety
Building Inspectors: 7 to 8:30 a.m.
Building Plan Check: Unavailable at this time.

Calendar - City hall is open every other Friday

All other divisions
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Calendar - City hall is open every other Friday

Community Development

Department Telephone Numbers:

Building and Safety
Building Permits and Inspections
562-866-9771, extension 2350

Building and Safety
Building Plan Check
562-866-9771, extension 2354

Planning and Zoning
General Information, Zoning Clearances
562-866-9771, extension 2344

Code Enforcement
Property Maintenance, Public Nuisances
562-866-9771, extension 2140

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Digital Mapping & Analysis
562-866-9771, extension 2346

Home Improvement Loans & Grants
562-866-9771, extension 2320

Fair Housing
Tenant/Landlord Disputes
562-866-9771, extension 2323

Economic Development
Lakewood Business Loan Program
562-866-9771, extension 2302