Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I purchased a home that has unpermitted additions and conversions.

Is there a such thing as "as is" permits since I have no information on who built them.

Can/will the city fine me for having these unpermitted conversion/additions on my property?

Is tearing them down mandatory?

Thank you for contacting the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. If your property is located in the unincorporated area of the County of Los Angeles, the following information will apply to you. If your property is located in the City of Los Angeles, please visit the City of L.A. Building and Safety site below for correct information.

The typical procedure that is followed when this type of construction is encountered is to legalize the existing, un-permitted structure. Depending on the size and complexity of the addition, this can involve a variety of steps from having an engineer review the existing construction to demolishing and rebuilding portions of the un-permitted addition.

Your first step in this process, and to determine what additional steps will be necessary to legalize the addition, is to contact the office manager of our Building and Safety Division's Lomita District Field Office. You should explain the situation to the manager and make an appointment for a building inspector to visit the property and take a preliminary look at the addition. Finally, because the addition was constructed without permits, when it is permitted now, it must meet the requirements of the current codes. This could potentially involve retrofitting the foundation, walls, or framing to meet the requirements of today's building code requirements. The office manager will be able to guide you through the process in more detail at each step of the way. Thank you for your inquiry.

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
Building and Safety Division
Lomita District Field Office
24320 S. Narbonne Ave.
Lomita, CA 90717

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