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Low Impact Development

EFFECTIVE March 23, 2020

In keeping with Mayor Eric Garcetti's COVID-19 Guidelines and Directives, LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) will be following the Continuity of Operations Plan for Development Services Centers. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. 

Drop off and Pick up boxes will be available outside of the Development Services Center in Figueroa Plaza in a special designated “Drop-off/Pickup” area that will be monitored by Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) staff. Customers may drop off plans and applications along with contact information, including an email address and phone number. Dropped off plans and applications will be routed to the appropriate City department. Department staff will contact customers to confirm receipt of any items that were dropped off and process their applications accordingly. For transactions that involve payment of fees, the Departments will inform the applicant about the amount and payment options. 

 Residential (4 Units or Less , i.e small scale) Projects
• Resubmittal and Verifications for  projects reviewed on or before March 19, 2020 must be dropped off at the special designated “Drop off/Pickup” areas.
(Estimated review time:  10 - 14 business days)
• New submittals requiring LID approval may elect to submit via electronically or dropped off at the special designated “Drop-off/Pickup” areas.
(Estimated review time: 10 - 14 business days)

Submit the following with either submittal option:
• Copy of LADBS permit application, including PCIS #
Project Summary Form (all information on page 2 must be filled out)
• Project Drawings (1 file in pdf format)
o Architectural Site Plan
o Architectural Roof Plan
o Architectural Elevations
o LID Stormwater Plan
o Grading / Civil Plans (if any)
• 8.5” X 11” Plot Plan showing project site and BMPs.

All Other Development Projects (i,e. Large Scale) 
• Projects submitted on or before March 19, 2020: Applicants should email their assigned plan checker for next steps.
• New submittals requiring LID approval may elect to submit via electronically or dropped off at the special designated “Drop-off/Pickup” areas.
(Regular Plan Check 8 - 9 Weeks; Expedited 6 - 7 Weeks)
Submit the following with either submittal option (preferably via dropbox or equivalent):
• Copy of LADBS permit application, including PCIS #
Project Summary Form (all information on page 2 must be filled out)
• LID Report and Hydrology Calculations (1 file in pdf format)
• Project Drawings (1 file in pdf format)
o Architectural Site Plan
o Architectural Roof Plan
o Architectural Elevations
o LID Stormwater Plan
o Grading / Civil Plans (if any)
o Plumbing Plans (Riser Diagram) (If any)
o 8.5” X 11” Plot Plan showing project site and BMPs.

Certificate of Occupancy Clearances (must be submitted electronically) 
(Estimated review time: 3-5 Business Days)
Submit the following via email (preferably via dropbox or equivalent)
• Pictures of all BMPs taken during various construction phases and at completion
• Copy of the Sanitation stamped approved plans (PDF or jpeg format)
• Completed Stormwater Observation Report (SOR) format:
o Residential Development (4 units or less) Stormwater Observation Report Form
o All Other Developments Stormwater Observation Report Form

Planning Case Referral Requests (must be submitted electronically)
(Estimated review time: 1-5 Business Days)
Submit the following via email (preferably via dropbox or equivalent)
• Proposed architectural plan (1 file in pdf format)
• Applicant name, e-mail, phone number and business address (in body of email request)
• Project address, lot area, proposed impervious area cover on redeveloped site area (in body of email request).

Restamp
(Estimated review time: 5-7 Business Days)
Plans requesting a re-stamp must be dropped off at the special designated “Drop off/Pickup” area.

Submit the following:
• Previously approved Sanitation stamped set
• 2 - new plan sets
• 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper with PCIS permit application number, applicant name, email, phone number.
• Applicants will be notified via email when restamped plans are ready for pick up.

All new submittals electing not to drop off should be emailed to: SAN.swplancheck@lacity.org

Plan drop off only at 201 N. Figueroa.

Once submitted, your project will be assigned to a plan checker who will be in contact with you once the review is complete.

Payments must be collected prior to final approval of the plans. Your assigned plan checker will inform you on the amount and method of payment.

As this is a new process for all of us we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Development Services Center Continuity of Operations Plan (PDF download)

COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe

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Low Impact Development (LID) is a leading stormwater management strategy that seeks to mitigate the impacts of runoff and stormwater pollution as close to its source as possible. Los Angeles' LID ordinance became effective in May 2012.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT
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The City of Los Angeles reviews all plans for new and redevelopment projects to ensure that LID requirements are met. More about PLAN APPROVAL PROCESS
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The Low Impact Development Handbook, forms educational materials can be downloaded for your convenience.More about LID DOCUMENTS
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The City of Los Angeles offers two locations where the public can have their LID plans checked by Watershed Protection Program staff. More about PLAN CHECK APPOINTMENTS
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The main purpose of this law is to ensure that development and redevelopment projects mitigate runoff in a manner that captures rainwater at its source, while utilizing natural resources. More about ORDINANCE AND HISTORY