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Banner for Draft 2021-2029 Housing ElementBanner for 8th General Plan Update Virtual WorkshopBanner for 2020 General Plan Update

Lawndalians, we need your input to finalize the Housing Element!

8th Virtual Workshop - General Plan and Specific Plan Update

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

Vacant - Director of Community Development

Jared Chavez, Senior Planner

Vacant - Associate Planner

Adrian Gutierrez, Administrative Assistant II

Esequiel Pimentel, Permit Technician

Anand Kumar, Building Inspector

Tim Chen, Building Plan Check Engineer


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.

Rent relief banners in English.

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program, from the State of California Housing Department, provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible California renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance.

El Programa Ayuda Con La Renta de COVID-19 de California

El programa Ayuda Con La Renta de COVID-19 de California, por el Estado de California Departamento de Vivienda,  ofrece asistencia financiera para la renta y los servicios públicos a los inquilinos de California que cumplen los requisitos de ingresos y a sus propietarios que han sido afectados por COVID-19. Tanto los inquilinos como los propietarios pueden aplicar.


Attention local residents, businesses 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 learn about the importance of this process.

Upcoming Events / Próximos Eventos

Click on "More Events" to view meeting information, sign-in details, and attachments for past and upcoming meetings.

Haga clic en "More Events" ("más eventos") para ver información sobre juntas, detalles para entrar a las juntas, y revisar adjuntos para juntas pasadas y futuras.


office hours

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

Over-the-counter Planning and Zoning services will be offered on a case-by-case basis due to a reduction in staff. An appointment may be required.

Email Jared Chavez for general planning or zoning inquiries, or to discuss projects under review.


Contact the following phone numbers to see if your request will require a counter visit:

General Inquiries

(310) 973-3230

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

Building Inspections
(310) 973-3237


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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