Los Angeles County
Permitting Assistance

How does the Permitting Process Work?


    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.

  • LA County Permits?

    Los Angeles County performs permitting functions for unincorporated areas that are not part of a city.  Not sure if you are in an unincorporated area or in a city? Click the map to find out!

  • One-Stop Counseling Service

    Los Angeles County has established One-Stop Counseling Service where you can check on zoning and apply for permits and licenses from most every County Department all in one place.  Click on the Image to find a location near you.

  • Check for Zoning

    Now that you have determined that you need a permit from Los Angeles County, the next step is to check with the Department of Regional Planning to make sure that your area has the correct zoning for your intended use.  Click on the image above to visit the DRP website.

  • Building & Safety Permits

    Building and Safety permits for Los Angeles County are handled by the Department of Public Works.  Click on the image above to visit DPW website and begin your permit or find a DPW location.

  • More Permits & Licenses

    Most businesses are required to have permits and licenses depending on the type of business.  Click the image above to view a list of the permits and licenses available.

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Public Works

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.

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Regional Planning

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.

Streamline Your Permitting Process


These regional centers provide access to several County agencies in one convenient location including Building & Safety, Regional Planning, Health Services, Fire, Environmental Health and Building Plan Checks.


For large projects, the Departments of Public Works and Regional Planning offer a one-stop meeting at their offices, where you can get all your questions answered.


EPIC-LA lets you submit a permit application online including supporting documents and track permits, plans and inspections with a free account!

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