Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question:
WHAT PERMITS WOULD I NEED TO BUILD A NEW HOUSE? WHAT ARE THE ESTIMATED COST FOR THESE PERMITS? DO I SUBMIT THE BUILDING PLANS WITH THE PERMIT APPLICATIONS OR AT SOME TIME AFTER? HOW LONG DOES IT USUALLY TAKE FOR BUILDING PERMITS TO BE PROCESSED AND APPROVED?

ANSWER:
Building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits are required to build a new house, and depending on the scope of work a grading permit may also be required. An estimated cost cannot be provided since the fees are based on the valuation of the proposed work. The plan check fees are calculated and due at the time of the building permit application, and the permit fees are calculated and due before issuance of the required permits. The building plans should be submitted with the building permit application, thereafter the initial plan review should be complete in two weeks.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works recommends that you begin the home building process by contacting the East Los Angeles Building and Safety Division District Field Office at the address and phone number indicated below. By speaking with a plan check engineer at the East Los Angeles District Office, you can be informed of which agencies and department approvals are required before you can begin the construction of your new home. Also, it is recommended you speak to a representative of the Department of Regional Planning to determine detailed requirements that may affect the design of your house such as building height and setbacks from property lines.

Attached is a link to an informative guide titled One-and Two-Family Residential Building Code Requirements.

East Los Angeles District Office
5119 East Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 260 3450


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