Los Angeles City Planning

Department of City Planning


Los Angeles City Planning reviews project applications, processing entitlements, and approvals to ensure that future decisions about development are aligned with the City’s land use policies and proposed land use regulations. City Planning is also responsible for administering the Zoning Code, promoting urban design principles, and managing the City’s historic resources. From overseeing the long-range planning efforts to managing the environmental review of projects, City Planning’s work has a lasting impact on Los Angeles.

Staff Profile

City Planning’s nearly 400 employees work together to develop and implement land use policies that will inform future development considerations citywide.

Core Objective

City Planning is responsible for long-range planning in Los Angeles. It works with local communities to enhance and preserve the built environment for future generations.

Guiding Principles

By building consensus and setting a clear citywide vision, City Planning balances the diverse needs of Los Angeles’s communities.


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