Community Development

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Main Line: (310) 973-3230
Fax: (310) 970-2183
Building & Safety: (310) 973-3236
Building Inspector: (310) 973-3237

Jared Chavez, Manager

Jose Hernandez, Associate Planner

Adrian Gutierrez, Administrative Assistant II

Nolan Miya, Permit Technician

Jason Brooks, Building Inspector
(Mon. - Thur. from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Nora Villafaña, Building Plan Check Engineer
(Tues. only from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)


The Community Development Department is responsible for providing information to the general public on Planning, Zoning, reviewing, and issuing building permits, providing inspections for new construction and ensuring compliance with the applicable planning, zoning, and building-related requirements, preparing and administrating contracts for special Community Development related programs, coordinating with other City, local and state departments, monitoring regional and state activities that impact the City, ensuring the City's development related documents are in compliance with state and federal requirements, and providing staff support to the City Manager, City Attorney, Planning Commission, City Council, and the general public.


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7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Closed

Counter Hours

The public counter is available Monday - Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call the following phone numbers for specific services:

General Inquiries
(310) 973-3230

Planning and Zoning
(310) 973-3206

Permits / Building & Safety / Building Plan Check
(310) 973-3236

Building Inspections
(310) 973-3237

Parkway design guidelines

Interested in redesigning your parkway? Review the City's Parkway Design Guidelines. For more information, or to obtain an encroachment permit to alter the parkway, call the Public Works Department at (310) 973-3260.

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