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News ImageTake the Climate Action and Adaptation Survey
The City is developing its first-ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), and we want you to be a part of the process. Developing the CAAP is just the beginning of an ongoing, collaborative process to make Long Beach a safer, healthier, and more sustainable place to live, work, and play. The community is encouraged to get involved by providing input, spreading the word, and sharing ideas, priorities, and solutions to help establish and achieve the City's climate goals.

Take the CAAP survey now to give us your thoughts for creating an actionable and meaningful CAAP for Long Beach. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog at the links below.


More information on the CAAP

News ImageWe want to hear from you!
Long Beach is beginning the process of developing a proposed short-term rental (STR) ordinance which will establish regulations for operating STRs, or vacation rentals, within the City.

Take the Short-Term Rental (STR) survey now to provide your input and thoughts, as we work together to create a STR ordinance that reflects the values and characteristics that make Long Beach a special place to live and visit. The 10-minute survey is available in English, Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog at the links below.

The results of this survey will be presented at a community workshop on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Museum of Latin American Art Balboa Studio, 628 Alamitos Ave.

More information on the proposed STR Ordinance

News ImageJoin us for the first-ever CAAP Public Open House & Sustainability Resource Fair!
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave.
Stop by anytime between 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The open house will feature information on CAAP, interactive ways for the public to provide feedback, family-friendly activities, and light refreshments.

News ImageThe Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Action Plan will be available for 30-day public comment beginning May 21
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, The Long Beach Community Investment Company will conduct a second Public Hearing in the Large Conference Room on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. 

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to allow for public input on the FY 2019 Action Plan and Amendments that addresses the current Consolidated Plan priorities.

Draft FY 2019 Action Plan and Amendments

News ImageLBDS Unveils Award-Winning Annual Reports

Development Services is pleased to share the 2017 Annual Report Trilogy, which has been honored with an Award of Excellence for a Communications Initiative by the American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles Section. Together, the Downtown Plan Update, Planning Commission, and Cultural Heritage Commission Year In Review publications illustrate the great accomplishments and progress of Development Services staff and the commissions, and visually take readers through our journey of Building a Better Long Beach. These efforts promote the revitalization and sustainability of the community, and enhance the quality of life of Long Beach. The APA is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States.

News ImageMay is Building Safety Month in Long Beach

We are proud to recognize the 37th annual Building Safety Month alongside the International Code Council and its 64,000 members worldwide. The Building Safety Month campaign aims to raise awareness about building safety and the important role of code officials in ensuring safe and sustainable buildings that the community can rely on. 

News ImageLinda F. Tatum, FAICP, Named Director of Long Beach Development Services

Linda F. Tatum, FAICP, is the City’s newly appointed Director of Development Services! Linda will be responsible for overseeing the five bureaus and activities of the department, including Planning, Building and Safety, Code Enforcement, Housing and Neighborhood Services, and Administration and Financial Services. She will manage the City’s Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Commission, and the Board of Examiners, Appeals & Condemnations. She will also oversee the Successor Agency and Oversight Board, as well as The Long Beach Community Investment Company.

Linda has over 34 years of urban planning, economic and community development experience. She has been serving as the City’s Planning Bureau Manager since 2015, directing and playing an integral role in several key projects. Linda holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a bachelor’s degree in Government, both from Florida State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and was recently elected as a Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon members. Please join us in congratulating Linda on her appointment!

News ImageHelp Shape Plans For a Short-Term Rental Ordinance
The City of Long Beach is beginning the process of developing a proposed short-term rental (STR) ordinance, and the community is encouraged to get involved and provide input. This important effort will establish regulations for operating STRs, or vacation rentals, within the City. 

News ImageOversight Board as Successor to the Redevelopment Agency Agenda

The Oversight Board of the City of Long Beach as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Long Beach Special Meeting Agenda of April 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. is now available.

News ImageHistoric District Design Guidelines Workshop for Bluff Park and Bluff Heights to be Held on April 14

The City is preparing Historic District Design Guidelines to provide information on the types of alterations that are permitted under City regulations.  The community is invited to an open house on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Immanuel Place Community Room, 3215 E. 3rd St., to review and provide input on draft guidelines for the Bluff Park and Bluff Heights historic districts.  Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided. 

News ImageDirector Linda F. Tatum Recognized at the National Level For Excellence and Leadership in Planning

Congratulations to our Planning Bureau Manager, Linda F. Tatum, on being selected for induction into the American Planning Association American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows. Being elected to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the AICP bestows upon a member, and is a status achieved by very few planners nationwide. Many of our City planners hold a certification of AICP, which is achieved by a difficult test and academic and professional qualifications. To be considered as a Fellow, one needs to have made considerable contributions to and for the betterment of the planning profession. We are incredibly proud of Linda on this tremendous accomplishment!


On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (CIC) will conduct a Public Hearing in the Large Conference Room on the 3rd Floor of City Hall at 333 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to allow for public input on the development of the FY 2019 Action Plan that addresses the current Consolidated Plan priorities. The City of Long Beach annually receives money from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help improve our neighborhoods. The entitlement funds come from three funding sources: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME).

News ImageUpdated Noise Element Conditions Report Now Available

Listen up, Long Beach! The updated Noise Element Existing Conditions Report is now available. This report, informed largely by residents and the community, provides an overview of the existing noise sources, fundamental concepts, and regulations for noise in the City. The report will serve as an official guide for the City to draft a future Noise Element in partnership with Long Beach residents and stakeholders.

News ImageProvide Input on Parking in Downtown Long Beach and Alamitos Beach

The City of Long Beach is conducting a survey on parking within the Downtown Long Beach and Alamitos Beach communities, and we want to hear from you! The responses from the survey will help assess parking usage and inform possible parking improvements for these two areas. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Khmer. Help us improve parking and transportation in the City by taking a short survey at:

News ImageJoin us for Community Workshop on Globemaster Corridor Specific Plan on Wednesday, Feb. 28

We’re kicking off preparation of the Globemaster Corridor Specific Plan (Plan), and we want to hear from you on this important planning project! The Plan will provide guiding principles, a land use plan, development regulations, and design guidelines for the project area, as part of the development of the comprehensive Transition Master Plan for the former Boeing C-17 manufacturing plant and surrounding areas.

Participate in a Community Workshop on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Hughes Middle School Cafeteria, 3846 California Ave.

News ImageMills Act Pre-Application Workshop Scheduled for Saturday, March 3

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act).  The Mills Act is a State law that allows local governments to enter into contracts with owners of historically significant properties, and offers economic incentives to qualifying owners of historic or designated landmark sites upon agreement to rehabilitate, restore, and protect their property.

Want to know if you qualify? Join us for the required Pre-Application Workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Silverado Park Social Hall, 1545 W. 31st St. (in order to apply, the applicant or a designee must attend this workshop)

News ImageRevised Land Use Element Maps Available for Community Review
The revised Land Use Element (LUE) maps are now available for community review. These updated maps reflect an additional density reduction of 98 acres from the previous maps. View press release.

On December 11, 2017, the City of Long Beach Planning Commission voted to advance the proposed LUE and Urban Design Element (UDE) PlaceType and Height Maps, with recommended revisions to City Council Districts 2, 4, 5, 6 through height reduction and modified land use designations. These recommendations are in addition to the 686-acre reduction proposed by City staff in the previous November maps. City staff has scheduled the revised maps to go before the City Council for consideration on March 6, 2018. This will give the community almost seven weeks for comment and consideration.

The revised maps, and descriptions of changes, can be viewed by City Council district at

Senate Bill 7 – Submetering Requirements, effective January 1, 2018, will require new multi-family residential buildings to include a submeter for each unit and bill tenants in apartment buildings accordingly for water use. Developers and contractors in Long Beach will be required to show proof that multi-family residential buildings will be submetered before a water service connection is provided for a proposed project.

More than half of residential water use in Long Beach is used in multi-family residential buildings, such as apartments and condominiums. Most of these buildings only have one meter that measures the total building water use and do not measure how much water is used by each individual dwelling unit. Individual tenants and condominium owners may not be aware of how much water they are using and may be less inclined to conserve water because they pay the same regardless of water usage.

For additional information on water metering requirements in Long Beach, visit the Long Beach Water Department.


The 15-day public comment period for reviewing the City of Long Beach 2016-2017 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) on activities and programs funded by the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), will be held from December 1, 2017 to December 20, 2017. The CAPER assesses the City’s progress and the effectiveness of its performance during FY 2016-17 in the achievement of its overall strategies, objectives, and priorities outlined in the FY 2013-17 Consolidated Plan. The City will submit this report to HUD prior to December 29, 2017. 

A copy of the report, along with any current public comments, will be available to the public at the Neighborhood Services Office/ Resource Center (100 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802) and the Main Public Library (101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802). A copy of the report can be obtained by contacting Alem S. Hagos at (562) 570-7403.

News ImageRevised Land Use Element Maps Now Available for Community Review
The City has released revised Land Use Element (LUE) maps for community review.  The revised maps are to meet the projected job and housing needs, as well as address concerns related to height, density, additional housing units and traffic. The revised maps reflect changes that modified multi-use designations to commercial designations, proposed height reductions in several areas, and lighter intensity uses throughout. The revised maps reflect a reduction in density of 686 acres through height-reduction and modified land-use designations.

Input to the revised maps can be emailed at  The Planning Commission will consider these revised maps on December 11, 2017.  Go to  for more information; to get involved; to learn the facts; and to gain a better understanding of this effort.

News ImageProactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP)

To safeguard the stock of decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing, the City of Long Beach has established a Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program. This Program was created to maintain livability standards, protect against blight, and secure Citywide compliance through efficient and effective enforcement of the Long Beach Municipal Code. The City has been enforcing this Program for many years, pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code. The PRHIP Ordinance allows the Program to now be codified into the Long Beach Municipal Code.

News ImageLBDS 2Q17 Newsletter Now Available
The LBDS 2Q17 issue showcases the grand opening of Banner Homes, an affordable housing development in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, and highlights the prestigious awards received by our Planning and Housing & Neighborhood Services Bureaus earlier this summer.  This issue also features other important Department news and updates on several planning and livability efforts, including the General Plan, Noise Element, Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP), developments currently underway in the Downtown, and the new Smartscape landscaping requirements. View Newsletter.

News ImageMayor Robert Garcia Presents ‘Building a Better Long Beach’: An Update On Development Within the City

On June 6, 2017, Mayor Robert Garcia, in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, presented an update on the expansive portfolio of new development within the City and major construction projects underway that are ready to break ground over the next few years. The Building a Better Long Beach presentation highlighted the City’s recent growth and resurgence in construction, illustrated significant building efforts, and featured a special announcement about conceptual plans for a new California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) student village in the heart of the City. Community leaders, developers, architects, City staff, and the public attended the presentation held at the Beverly O’ Neill Theater.

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the Planning Commission (PC) will take action on the Specific Plan and the EIR. The meeting will be held at 5:00 pm, at City Hall, City Council Chamber, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.

At the meeting, the PC will consider making a recommendation to City Council to approve the Specific Plan and certify the Final EIR. You can review the Agenda and Staff Report at The revised SEASP Hearing Draft, EIR and Final Response to Comments, are available for public review and download at

News ImageLong Beach General Plan Update Is Here!
The City has developed a plan to create the places Long Beach residents, businesses, and visitors have been asking for: a 21st century approach to achieving big city opportunities without losing the benefits of living in compact and comfortable neighborhoods. View more information.

News ImageLBDS Annual Reports Win Excellence in Communication Award
Development Services is proud to be the recipient of the 2017 California Association of Public Information Official (CAPIO) Award of Merit in the External Publications: Annual Reports category for the Downtown Plan Update, Planning Commission, and Cultural Heritage Commission 2016 In Review publications. These reports illustrate the great accomplishments and progress of Development Services staff and the commissions, and visually take readers through our journey of Building a Better Long Beach. CAPIO is California’s only professional association especially for communications professionals, with over 500 members representing agencies and organizations Statewide. Award submittals are received from cities, public agencies, organizations, and agencies throughout California.


News ImageLBDS 1Q17 Newsletter Now Available
The LBDS 1Q17 Issue features 2016 highlights and accomplishments, as well as important Department news and updates.  The issue also showcases the City’s first permanent food plaza, Steelcraft, which recently opened in the Bixby neighborhood; and informs readers on several planning and livability initiatives, including the Midtown Specific Plan, the new State Building Standards Code, the reinstated Mills Act, gender-neutral restrooms in Long Beach, and the City’s new electric vehicle charger giveaway. View Newsletter.

News ImageNew Landscape Requirements - Smartscape
The City is implementing new permitting requirements for certain new landscape and re-landscaping projects, as mandated by Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29. Effective immediately, new landscape projects consisting of more than 500 square feet and relandscaping projects consisting of more than 2,500 square feet will require a permit. Smartscape provides a streamlined permitting process for all applicants; knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to help navigate the application process and understand the plan requirements to help ensure both residents and businesses comply. View more information on Smartscape and the new permitting requirements.

News ImagePRHIP Violation Report
The City, in partnership with property owners and tenants, established the Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) to preserve the stock of decent, sanitary, and safe rental housing units. California law requires that all rental housing properties comply with the minimum standards for public health, safety, and welfare. In accordance with Long Beach Municipal Code 18.30.120; the City is authorized to conduct periodic inspections of residential rental properties to assure compliance with all applicable building, housing, and sanitation codes and ordinances. A list of properties with violations present for over 120-days have been identified. View Violation Report. More information on PRHIP.

News ImageCity Adopts Gender-Neutral Restrooms, In Accordance with State Law
The City of Long Beach is requiring that all single-user restrooms in any business, City and government building, and other public places be available to all genders, and have new accompanying signage, as mandated by State Assembly Bill 1732 (effective March 1, 2017). In compliance with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations pursuant to the 2016 Edition of the California Building Code, all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, City and government agency building, or other public place must be identifiable for all-gender use with new required signage placed in clear view to entrances at single-user restrooms. View more information.

News ImageQueen Mary Land Development Task Force Guiding Principles Now Available
In June 2015, the City Council appointed a 12-member Queen Mary Land Development Task Force (Task Force) to establish an optimal approach for reimagining and developing the area around the Queen Mary, and engage the public in the development process.  The Task Force held various outreach events over a seven-month period, and crafted Guiding Principles intended to provide critical feedback and guidance to the City and the Developer/Lessee of the Queen Mary Leasehold  to collectively form a vision for future development of the site.

News ImageAffordable and Workforce Housing Report and Study Session Presentation

The public was invited to attend a City Council Study Session on February 21 and provide input on ideas for the production of affordable and workforce housing within Long Beach.  The Study Session featured a presentation of existing and future affordable housing activities, and discussed strategies for encouraging and funding more affordable and workforce housing opportunities within the City. A draft report outlining the City’s housing efforts, Revenue Tools and Incentives for the Production of Affordable and Workforce Housing, was presented for community input.  Please click on the following documents for more information.

News ImageWater Metering Requirements
In response to the historic drought and the recognition of continued extremes in weather and water in California, the Governor has taken multiple actions to ensure that water efficiency and conservation become a "California Way of Life." Effective January 1, 2017, applications for new water service at sites with mixed-use residential, commercial, and large landscapes must comply with new water metering requirements. To view the flyer.

News ImageCity Adopts CX3 Pedestrian Plan
On February 7, 2017, the City Council adopted the Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) Pedestrian Plan as a technical appendix to the Long Beach Mobility Element.  The CX3 Pedestrian Plan provides a framework for increasing access to healthy food options and encouraging physical activity by active transportation in 10 neighborhoods throughout Long Beach.  These neighborhoods are geographically oriented around school campuses, as well as St. Mary’s Hospital.  The CX3 Pedestrian Plan will guide the improvement of the walking environment of Central and West Long Beach by connecting adopted City policies and plans, best practices, and the community’s voice for a safe, healthy, and beautiful City.

For more information or to view the CX3 Pedestrian Plan document.

News ImageCity Now Accepting Mills Act 2017 Applications

The City is now accepting applications for the third year of its reinstated Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for historic properties.  The public is invited to attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits, while also preserving the City’s designated landmarks.

  • Pre-Application Workshop, Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 10:30 am at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
  • Application Workshop, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:30 am at the Dana Neighborhood Library Meeting Room, 3680 Atlantic Ave.

Download the Mills Act 2017 Application Guide.
More information on the Mills Act

News ImageCertified Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling Facilities Update
The State of California, through its California Green Building Standards Code, requires that certain construction and/or demolition projects within each local jurisdiction divert at least 65% of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris for recycling or salvage. The Building and Safety Bureau is updating its list of Certified Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling Facilities to assist homeowners and contractors with their construction waste diversion. For consideration for inclusion on the Certified C&D Recycling Facilities list, please contact Georgia Pon at

News ImageLatest Draft Land Use and Urban Design Elements Now Available
The Latest (February 2017) General Plan Draft Land Use and Urban Design Elements are now available. The General Plan Land Use Element (LUE) is the roadmap to the City's future, providing a map of allowable land uses, building types, and heights. The Urban Design Element (UDE) looks at how people and places interact with the public realm. Over the past ten years staff has worked diligently to prepare a new General Plan LUE and UDE. This colossal effort involved over one-hundred community meetings; surveys and research of the entire City; population, traffic and economic modeling; as well multi-agency review and coordination to create the plans. Prior to this effort the LUE was last updated in 1989 and the General Plan does not currently contain an UDE. A public hearing is scheduled at the February 2, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting; 5:00 p.m., at City Hall Council Chamber. Click here for more information and to view the latest draft plans.

News ImageCity Releases Draft Bicycle Master Plan

The City is pleased to release the Draft Bicycle Master Plan. The updated Bicycle Master Plan (Plan) continues to build upon a long-standing effort to make Long Beach a city known for its bicycle-friendliness and as an active, healthy, and prosperous place to live, work, and play. The Plan expands upon the Mobility Element of the Long Beach General Plan by providing further details on bicycle planning and design. It also recommends a series of projects and programs to be implemented by Long Beach in the next few decades. Click here to view more Bicycle Master Plan information.

News ImageLBDS 3Q16 Newsletter Now Available
The LBDS 3Q16 Issue provides an overview of the ongoing General Plan update efforts, and highlights the progress made on the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan development and Assessment of Fair Housing. This edition also features updates on important planning and livability initiatives, including the Wayfinding Signage Program, SEASP, the Historic District Design Guidelines, and the new e-PlanCheck Program; and showcases several Safe Long Beach and Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau community events held throughout the City. Click here to view newsletter.

News ImageSubmit Your Plans Electronically! Save Time and Money!
The City has launched a new e-PlanCheck (EPC) program to provide an efficient means for permit applicants to electronically submit construction documents to select City departments.  Click here for more information.

Beginning on January 1, 2017, Long Beach Development Services (LBDS) is required by State law to enforce the 2016 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (a.k.a., Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations). The City of Long Beach will be conducting a public hearing to adopt and amend the 2016 Edition of the California Building Standards Code, in accordance with State law, and the 1997 Edition of the Uniform Housing Code during the Long Beach City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 5 pm. Click here for more details.

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News ImageCitywide Medical Marijuana Ordinance Draft Buffer Maps
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News ImageLinda F. Tatum, AICP, Appointed Planning Bureau Manager
Linda Tatum, AICP, former Acting Director of Economic and Community Development Department for the City of Inglewood, has joined the City as Planning Bureau Manager for Long Beach Development Services.  More information.