The Building and Safety division of the Community Development Department issues building permits for both new and remodeled home and commercial construction. Permits are issued at the Community Development counter at city hall beginning at 7:00 a.m. weekdays. Building Plan Check is available at the Community Development counter at city hall from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Building inspectors are available between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. City hall is closed alternating Fridays. You can reach the Building and Safety division at 562-866-9771, extension 2350.
If your project requires your design to be checked by the Community Development Department, you may need to start with the floor plan of your house. This collection of original floor plans, although not comprehensive, may help you begin the process of drawing an accurate plan: https://lakewood-ca.smugmug.com/Floor-Plans/. Your remodeling design plan should be based on actual, current measurements.
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. Planning staff will review this plan before you submit formal plans for plan checking by the city's Building and Safety division. To speak to a planner, please dial 562-866-9771, extension 2343.
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Projects That Require Permits
In Lakewood, building permits are required before most construction or remodeling jobs begin. Lakewood residents should contact the Building and Safety division at city hall before starting any construction or remodeling job. Some examples of common projects that require a permit include:
- Bathroom remodel
- Building accessory structures
- Central heating and air
- Demolition work
- Drywall replacement
- Electrical installation/alteration/repair/replacement
- Kitchen remodel
- New block wall/fence
- New or replacement windows
- New siding/stucco
- Patio covers and enclosures
- Plumbing installation/alteration/repair/replacement
- Room additions/alterations
- Solar energy systems
- Sprinkler systems
- Swimming pools/spas (including related equipment and fencing)
- Water heaters
*No permit is required for installation of a home alarm system.
11 steps for Home Improvement Jobs
- 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 Hiring a Contractor booklet from the California State Contractors License Board.
- Turn in your application, along with your completed plot plan, at the Community Development Department.
- Planning staff will review your application and plot plan and either approve them or suggest needed changes.
- To obtain a permit, take your approved plans to the Building and Safety Counter at city hall.
- Fill out a building permit application form and leave your plans with the Building and Safety division for review.
- A building engineer will carefully review your plans to make sure your project meets all safety codes.
- With the engineer's approval, you'll receive a building permit and an Inspection Record Card to post at your job site.
- Start your project and be sure to keep it moving. Your building permit will expire if work is stopped for more than 6 months.
- 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.
- When your project is done, request a final inspection from the building inspector.
- You can keep the signed off Inspection Record Card on file as proof that you've done the job right or request a copy of your permit(s) from Building and Safety.