Welcome to the Development Services Department webpage. You will find a variety of planning and development resources on our page. We want you to find all the information you need. If you cannot find the desired information or need any clarification please call us at (562) 431-3538 or come visit us at City Hall. We are happy to serve you.
The Development Services Department administers the coordination of land planning and development activity in the City, along with managing services available to Los Alamitos property owners, residents, and business owners.
The Development Services Department consists of following divisions: Planning, Economic Development, Building and Safety, Neighborhood Preservation (Code Enforcement), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and Public Works. The relatively small size of our City allows us to provide a responsive, high level of personalized customer service not often experienced when dealing with other governmental agencies. While the summaries below provide an overview of each Division’s responsibilities, you are invited to visit each Division’s web page to obtain more detailed information, including such things as downloadable application forms, handouts and development guidelines. Please click on any of the sub-heads below to go directly to that Division’s web page.
The Planning Division is responsible for ensuring the orderly physical improvement of land and property in Los Alamitos through the administration of ordinances, codes, and policies related to land use and development. An important objective is to ensure that new development is of high quality, attractive, and compatible in character and scale with surrounding development. Our experienced staff is charged with guiding residents and developers through the development process, coordinating project review with other City departments and public agencies, and processing requests from the public for information at the counter, over the phone, or online. Planning staff administers the provisions of the General Plan, Zoning Code, Medical Center Specific Plan and various City policies related to development. Staff members provide technical and administrative support to the City Council and Planning Commission.
Economic Development is at the heart of the Development Services Department. The fiscal stability of Los Alamitos and its local business community is the mission of this division that leads the City’s business attraction and retention efforts. It serves proudly as the point of contact for people seeking local assistance with site selection, market and demographic information, and business resources. We are honored to be your partner as you navigate the waters of starting a new business.
Building and Safety Division
The Building and Safety Division is responsible for establishing and enforcing minimum building standards for the purpose of protecting the health, safety, and general welfare of those who live, work, shop and play in Los Alamitos. Building and Safety Division staff provides public counter information, handles phone and online inquiries, issues building permits, and performs building plan checks and on-site inspections. The relatively small geographic area of the City allows Building staff to spend the amount of time necessary with residents, business owners, and developers to ensure that projects move forward in an expeditious manner. Further, staff members interact regularly with other City departments to address any issues of mutual interest early in the construction process in order to avoid needless delays. Our Building Officials are at the City Hall Counter from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. They are in the field inspecting during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Special inspection times outside the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., window may be arranged in advance.
Neighborhood Preservation (Code Enforcement) Division
The Neighborhood Preservation Division’s responsibility is to ensure that all property owners and businesses in Los Alamitos are in compliance with various sections of the Los Alamitos Municipal Code while also offering services related to historical preservation, neighborhood clean up opportunities and neighborhood improvement strategies. Preservation staff maintains a presence throughout the City’s residential, commercial and industrial areas through proactive inspections citywide.
Community Developent Block Grant (CDBG) Division
The City of Los Alamitos participates in the Orange County Urban County Program is comprised of 13 smaller cities with populations under 50,000 that have opted to competitively apply annually for CDBG funds through the Urban County Program. Each year the City uses CDBG funds to provide funding for selected capital expenditure projects that result in developments or construction that meet the eligibility criteria in low and moderate income census tracts within Los Alamitos.
The City has completed the following projects recently:
Alleyway Rehabilitation in The Apartment Row neighborhood.
Accessibility Ramps within the The Apartment Row Neighborhood.
The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of the City’s infrastructure, including City streets, roadway signage, and landscaping; performing graffiti abatement for public facilities; managing drainage structures; performing upkeep of City parks; and, overseeing the maintenance of City-owned traffic signals.