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Planning Department Standards

What To Do First
Your first step is to contact the Planning Department prior to purchasing or leasing the property for your business (phone# (310) 349-2970) .

The Planning Department staff is here to assist you and work with you in establishing your business. The staff will discuss the proper zone for your business and will be able to discuss the development standards that may apply. Following are some of the typical development standards:

PARKING - Does the property have sufficient parking pursuant to the City's standards for the intended business? If not, the staff can advise you on the process for obtaining a discretionary approval through the Planning Commission.

BUSINESS SIGNAGE - The City limits the amount of permanent signage on all businesses. The height, location, and the colors are all regulated. A Building Permit is required to alter, change, enlarge, add to, or remove any or all business signage.

COLORS - The City has recently adopted a color ordinance that limits the colors of buildings, structures, and signage in the commercial and industrial zones. Please contact the Planning Department for the approved list of colors. No Permit is required, however you must obtain approval from the Planning Department prior to painting your building. The staff can provide you with the process for obtaining approval of colors not on the approved list.

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