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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 ImageDraft Affordable 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 ImageNotice of Public Hearing for the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (CIC) will conduct a Public Hearing to allow for public input in the creation of the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan, as well as the 2017-2018 Action Plan.  The Hearing will be held at City Hall, 333 West Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor, Large Conference Room.

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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