BUILDING PERMIT CLEARANCE HANDBOOK

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BUILDING PERMIT CLEARANCE HANDBOOK

Postby TedTrent » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:37 am

BUILDING PERMIT
CLEARANCE HANDBOOK
Downtown the online manual by clicking on the link below:
http://www.ladbs.org/rpt_code_pub/clearance_handbook.pdf

by
City of Los Angeles
Development Services Committee
Chaired by:
Andrew A. Adelman
Improving Development Services
Work Group III
Chairpersons:
Raymond Chan, Department of Building and Safety
Robert Sutton, Department of City Planning
Members:
Alfred Hernandez, Fire Department
Clark Robins, BOE -Public Works Department
Allyn Rifkin, Department of Transportation
Isabel Rivero, Community Redevelopment Agency
Coordinators:
Hector Buitrago, Department of Building and Safety
Peter Kim, Department of Building and Safety
Prepared by:
Ken Gill, Department of Building and Safety
Jameson Lee, Department of Building and Safety
Sia Poursabahian, Department of Building and Safety
Betsy Weisman, Department of City Planning
Greg Shoop, Department of City Planning
Herminigildo Agustin, Department of City Planning
John Vidovich, Fire Department
Hani Malki, Fire Department
Isabel Rivero, Community Redevelopment Agency
Farain Farsai, BOE -Public Works Department
Mike Bagheri, Department of Transportation
Haroot Avanesian, Cultural Affairs Department

Downtown the online manual by clicking on the link below:
http://www.ladbs.org/rpt_code_pub/clearance_handbook.pdf








TABLE OF CONTENT
Chapter Page
I. MISSION STATEMENT .............................................................................................. I - 1
II. CITYWIDE GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCE .................................. II - 1
A. Clearance by Department of City Planning ..................................................... II - 2
1. For Existing City Planning Documents ................................................. II - 2
2. For New Entitlement Actions .............................................................. II - 3
B. Clearance by Department of Public Works ....................................................... II - 18
1. For Bureau of Engineering (BOE) ............................................................ II - 18
2. For Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) ................................................................ II - 24
C. Clearance by Fire Department ................................................................... II - 25
D. Clearance by Department of Transportation ................................................ II - 27
E. Clearance by Cultural Affairs Department ........................................................ II - 28
F. Clearance or Approval by Other Departments and Governmental Agencies .. II - 31

III. AREA-SPECIFIC DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCES .......................................... III - 1
A. Clearance by Community Planning Bureau of Department of City Planning III - 1
B. Clearance by Community Redevelopment Agency ......................................... III - 2
IV. APPLICABILITY MATRICES ................................................................................... IV - 1
A. Planning Documents ........................................................................................... IV - 1
B. Department of Public Works Clearance .......................................................... IV - 2
C. Fire Department Clearance .............................................................................. IV - 3
D. Department of Transportation Clearance ........................................................ IV - 4
E. Cultural Affairs Department Clearance ........................................................... IV - 5
F. Specific Plans, Pedestrian Oriented District, and Community Design .......... IV - 6
Overlay District Clearance
1. Index of Matrices for Specific Plans ................................................................ IV - 6 index
G. Community Redevelopment Agency Clearance ............................................ IV - 7
V. LOCATIONS TO OBTAIN DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCE............................. V - 1
VI. APPENDIX...................................................................................................................... VI - 1
A. CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) .................. VI - 1
B. FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT SPECIFIC PLAN GUIDELINES ....... VI - 25
C. STORMWATER SUSMP/SPECIFIC APPROVALS ...................................... VI - 32
D. GENERAL VARIATION 2001 -1 FOR SFD DATED MAY 1, 2001. .......... VI - 50
GENERAL VARIATION 2001 -2 FOR INDUSTRIAL .................................... VI - 51
COMMERCIAL & MULTIFAMILY DATED MAY 1, 2001.
E. AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (AQMD) ................................. VI - 52
F. SECOND UNIT IN A SINGLE- FAMILY ZONE PURSUANT TO AB 1866.. VI - 53
G. HEALTH DEPT. APPROVAL FOR X-RAY ROOMS ...................................... VI - 55
H. COASTAL DEVELOPMENT LETTER FROM THE PORT OF L.A. ........... VI - 56TABLE OF CONTENT
Chapter Page
I. MISSION STATEMENT .............................................................................................. I - 1
II. CITYWIDE GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCE .................................. II - 1
A. Clearance by Department of City Planning ..................................................... II - 2
1. For Existing City Planning Documents ................................................. II - 2
2. For New Entitlement Actions .............................................................. II - 3
B. Clearance by Department of Public Works ....................................................... II - 18
1. For Bureau of Engineering (BOE) ............................................................ II - 18
2. For Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) ................................................................ II - 24
C. Clearance by Fire Department ................................................................... II - 25
D. Clearance by Department of Transportation ................................................ II - 27
E. Clearance by Cultural Affairs Department ........................................................ II - 28
F. Clearance or Approval by Other Departments and Governmental Agencies .. II - 31

III. AREA-SPECIFIC DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCES .......................................... III - 1
A. Clearance by Community Planning Bureau of Department of City Planning III - 1
B. Clearance by Community Redevelopment Agency ......................................... III - 2
IV. APPLICABILITY MATRICES ................................................................................... IV - 1
A. Planning Documents ........................................................................................... IV - 1
B. Department of Public Works Clearance .......................................................... IV - 2
C. Fire Department Clearance .............................................................................. IV - 3
D. Department of Transportation Clearance ........................................................ IV - 4
E. Cultural Affairs Department Clearance ........................................................... IV - 5
F. Specific Plans, Pedestrian Oriented District, and Community Design .......... IV - 6
Overlay District Clearance
1. Index of Matrices for Specific Plans ................................................................ IV - 6 index
G. Community Redevelopment Agency Clearance ............................................ IV - 7
V. LOCATIONS TO OBTAIN DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCE............................. V - 1
VI. APPENDIX...................................................................................................................... VI - 1
A. CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) .................. VI - 1
B. FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT SPECIFIC PLAN GUIDELINES ....... VI - 25
C. STORMWATER SUSMP/SPECIFIC APPROVALS ...................................... VI - 32
D. GENERAL VARIATION 2001 -1 FOR SFD DATED MAY 1, 2001. .......... VI - 50
GENERAL VARIATION 2001 -2 FOR INDUSTRIAL .................................... VI - 51
COMMERCIAL & MULTIFAMILY DATED MAY 1, 2001.
E. AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (AQMD) ................................. VI - 52
F. SECOND UNIT IN A SINGLE- FAMILY ZONE PURSUANT TO AB 1866.. VI - 53
G. HEALTH DEPT. APPROVAL FOR X-RAY ROOMS ...................................... VI - 55
H. COASTAL DEVELOPMENT LETTER FROM THE PORT OF L.A. ........... VI - 56
I - 1Rev.: 09.08.04
I. MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of this Handbook is to consolidate all instructions given in a myriad of Department
of Building and Safety memos written in the last 15 years on departmental clearances, and
convert them into standardized tools for plan check engineers so that they can consistently
determine what kinds of departmental clearance are needed based on the type of project and its
location. In addition, this handbook provides plan checker engineers with the necessary
information for them to properly refer permit applicants to the right office for departmental
clearance.
The use of this Handbook will result in the following:
pReduction in the number of unnecessary or redundant clearances.
p A better mutual understanding between various city departments on clearance
requirements prior to permit issuance, leading to a greater consistency of code
enforcement.
pReduction in the amount of time a customer spends on obtaining the necessary
clearances.
pReduction in the amount of time city staff uses on processing the necessary
clearances.
The Development Services Committee views the completion and utilization of this handbook
by all concerned departments as a major accomplishment and milestone in the city’s effort
to streamline its project review and approval process for the construction industry, property
owners and design professionals.
II - 1Rev.: 04.15.04
II . CITYWIDE GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCES
The clearance requirements by each department prior to the issuance of building permits
are summarized below, preceded by acronyms used in this handbook and their delineations.
ABBREVIATIONS
AA Advisory Agency
APC Area Planning Commission
AQMD Air Quality Management District
BOE Bureau of Engineering of the Department of Public Works
BOS Bureau of Sanitation
CAD Cultural Affairs Department
CCD Commercial Corner Development
CDO Community Design Overlay District
CEQA California Environmental Quality Act
C of C Certificate of Compliance
CPB Community Planning Bureau of the Department of City Planning
CPC City Planning Commission
CRA Community Redevelopment Agency
CUP Conditional Use Permit
CZCA Coastal Zone
DCP Department of City Planning
DIR Director of Planning
DOT Department of Transportation
DWP Department of Water and Power
FD Fire Department
HPOZ Historical Preservation Overlay Zone
HCM City Historic-Cultural Monument
LADBS Department of Building and Safety (a.k.a. DBS)
LACHD Los Angeles County Health Department
MTA Metropolitan Transit Agency
PMEX Parcel Map Exemption
POD Pedestrian Oriented District
YC Yard Case
ZA Zoning Administrator
ZI Zoning Information
II - 2Rev.: 04.15.04
II . CITYWIDE GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCES
IIA. CLEARANCE BY DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING
The citywide clearance by the Department of City Planning falls into two categories: existing City
Planning documents and new entitlement actions. In addition, projects located in a specific plan,
CDO, and POD area may require additional entitlement action and clearance from DCP’s
Community Planning Bureau or Playa Vista Group. These are described in Section IIIA.
IIA.1 FOR EXISTING CITY PLANNING DOCUMENTS
Depending on the type of project, clearance may be required for existing DCP documents tied to
a parcel before permit issuance. These documents are usually generated from past DCP
discretionary actions and fall under the following categories.
p City Planning Case (CPC) and Ordinances
pZoning Administrator (ZA), Area Planning Commission (APC) cases
pZoning Information (ZI) and Interim Control Ordinance (ICO)
pT, Q, and D conditions
pYard Case (YC), Parcel Map Exemption (PMX), Certificate of Compliance (COC), Private
Street (PS)
pAdvisory Agency (AA) and Tentative Tract (TT)
pCoastal Zone (CZCA)
pHistoric Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ)
II . CITYWIDE GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL CLEARANCES
IIA. CLEARANCE BY DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING (continue)
IIA2 FOR NEW ENTITLEMENT ACTIONS
II - 3Rev.: 09.08.04
1. DIVISION OF LAND (LAMC 17.00)
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