Community Development


Important information for tenants experiencing economic hardship amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Download the flyer below to see important eviction options and resources for free legal advice and homelessness prevention. The flyer is provided by the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.

Banner for California Mortgage Relief Program

$1 billion in mortgage relief funds are now available to California homeowners who have fallen behind on housing payments or property taxes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds do not have to be paid back and the program is free.

The California Mortgage Relief Program is funded by the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeowners Assistance Fund. It was designed to provide assistance to qualified homeowners who have fallen behind on their housing payments or property tax payments due to pandemic-related financial hardships.

The program is provided to homeowners through the CalHFA Homeowner Relief Corporation.


Banner regarding water-efficient landscapingBanner for Final Draft 2021-2029 Housing ElementBanner for 2020 General Plan Update

Make your landscaping water-efficient with a Flatwork Permit.

Final Public Review Draft of the 2021-2029 Housing Element

Participate in the 2020 General Plan Update


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

Alex Rocha, Associate Planner

Adrian Gutierrez, Administrative Assistant II

Nolan Miya, Permit Technician

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

Tim Chen, Building Plan Check Engineer
(Tues. only from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.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.


Attention residents, business owners, and community members!

Help shape the future of Lawndale by participating in the process to update our General Plan & Hawthorne Boulevard Specific Plan! Watch this video to learn about the importance of this process!



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

Counter Hours

The public counter is available Monday - Thursday, from 7 am to 6 pm. 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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