How does the Permitting Process Work?
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The government requires businesses to obtain permits and licenses to conduct their operations, but the requirement varies dependent on the location of the company and the type of services it provides. Certain types of businesses are required to have business licenses. In addition, specialized businesses may be required to obtain additional licenses or permits, like pest control operators and food establishments.
The Department of Public Works Building and Safety Division provides services to ensure safe building design and construction through enforcement of building codes and standards. Services are available to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and 15 incorporated cities.
The Department of Regional Planning performs all land use planning functions for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Our services include long range planning, land development counseling, project/case intake and processing, environmental review and zoning enforcement for each of our County unincorporated communities.