Plan Check and Permit Process
For your construction plan, business license, or project to be successful and timely, you must make sure you understand what is required to submit at the City of Huntington Park's Planning & Zoning Division and Building & Safety Division. The steps below are the starting points of a project; your project may require fewer or more steps depending on the project's requirements. Remember that your project may require approval from multiple entities like the Director of Community Development, Planning Commission, or City Council.
Step 1: Obtain Zoning and Property Information
Identify the site's zoning district by identifying your project's location via the Zoning Map.
Identification of the site's zoning procedures and land use will fall under the following districts:
- CG - Commercial General
- CN - Commercial Neighborhood
- CP - Commercial Professional
- PF - Public Facilities
- DTSP - Downtown Huntington Park Specific Plan
- RL - Low-Density Residential (8.712 du/ac)
- RM - Medium Density Residential (17.424 du/ac)
- RH - High-Density Residential (20 du/ac)
- MPD - Manufacturing Planned Development
- OS - Open Space
- T - Transportation
- P - Parking
Identify the site's zoning procedures, land use, and development standards based on the above zoning district by visiting Huntington Park's Municipal Code, Zoning District.
Identify the possible Fee of your project.
Your project may require you to notify the surrounding public about your project and upcoming activity. Check out the Radius Map and Public Notice Mailing Guidelines if your project requires public notification.
Your Project may also require an Environmental Assessment Checklist. See your project's application requirements if required.
Step 2: Design Your Project and Draw Plans
Now that you are aware of the requirement for your project. Check out the new submittal requirements page to know what pages you need for your project's design.
*Note, not all submittals will require all elements on a complete plan. Each project submittal will be determined on an individual basis.
(See ATTN below)
Depending on the size, complexity, and type of project, the Building Division offers a counter plan check for patio covers, carports, and swimming pools/spas only. All other submittals will go through the regular plan check process.
When submitting plans for Building Plan Check, three (3) sets are required for new single-family and multi-family residence, addition, and alterations to the single-family residence. Partially completed plans will not be accepted.
Plot Plan – Indicate distance to the property line.
Foundation Plan & Details – Provide footings with a minimum depth of 12” from natural grade and 12” wide. A minimum 4” thick slab reinforced with welded wire mesh (WWM), a minimum 6-mil moisture barrier, and at least 4” od sand. Refer to Type V construction handout.
Floor Plan – Indicate the new areas, door sizes, windows sizes, header, location of main and sub-panels, electrical outlets, light switches, heat registers, HVAC and distribution duct layout, plumbing fixtures, etc. (existing floor plan to be included for a room addition.
Roof Plan – Indicate roof slopes, ridges, valleys, flashings, overhangs, drainage, etc. The designer must specify roofing materials on the plans.
Exterior Elevations – Indicate finish materials (stucco, siding, roofing material, etc.), lateral bracing systems (i.e., Let-in braces, shear panel, window and door openings, plate straps, etc.), and building heights.
Structural Plan(s) – Indicate framing member sizes, beam sizes, and construction details (note: this information may be provided on the Architectural plans [i.e., floor plan, roof plan, elevation, etc.], separate Structural plans are preferred and may not be necessary) Section(s) cut through additions and existing structures – indicate a section cut through the addition to show the framing and relationship and attachments to the structure.
Engineers Structural Calculations – Two (2) sets are required to justify proposed framing members and beam sizes, footing and reinforcement sizes, lateral resisting system, and connection. Calculations are required for two (2) story new Single-Family Residence and room additions. Structural calculations and structural plans must be wet stamped and signed by a California Registered Architect or Civil Engineer, or Structural Engineer.
Energy Compliance Forms – Two (2) sets will be required to indicate compliance with the California Energy Commission regulations. [Title 24, CF-1R, MF-1R]
Note: School District fees/certificate, Water District, and County Sanitation approval may be required before issuing permits.
Please refer to the handout for additional information required on the above items.
NOTE ON PLANS: All work shall comply with the: 2019 California Building Code, 2019 California Electrical Code, 2019 California Plumbing Code, 2019 California Mechanical Code, and Los Angeles County Code.
*ATTN: For detailed information, please refer to the attached NEW SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS
Step 3: Submit Plans to Planning Division and Complete a Planning Plan Check Application
Now you are ready to submit to the Planning & Zoning Division counter at Huntington Park's City Hall, 6550 Miles Avenue, Huntington Park, CA 90255. Along with the submittal, you fill out an application for your project. Please take a look at the below applications. Click on "Project" or "Business" to see the applications below.
- Activity in Public Places Permit Application
- Adult-Oriented Business Permit Application
- Business License Application
- Sign Applications
- Fireworks Stand Application
- Home Enterprise Permit Application
- Public Access Telephone Permit Application
- Public Art Application
- Reasonable Accommodation Application
- Sidewalk Dining Permit Application
- Special Event Permit Application
- COVID Temporary Outside Dining and Outdoor Services (May change as of 3/12/2021)
Step 4: Planning Division Approves, or Corrections are Required
The Planning Division Planner may have corrections for the designer of the plans to correct or approve the plans.
Intra-Departmental or Outside Agency approvals may be required for your project. The Application and Planner can guide you.
Move to the Building & Safety counter.
Step 5: Submit Approved Plans to Building & Safety and Complete a Permit Application
The Building & Safety Division will identify if you need additional intra-departmental or outside clearance.
Reading of the NEW SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS is essential for your project to be approved on time.
Identify what type of application your project is to fill out. Click on the respective permit below to obtain a digital copy:
Step 6: Building & Safety Division Approves, or Corrections are Required
The Building Official may have corrections for the designer of the plans to correct or approve the plans.
Step 7: Permit Issued
A permit is issued for your project to begin. Make sure you post the job card on-site to provide a visual of your permitted work on site.
Step 8: Construction and Rough Inspections
With your approved plans and building permits in hand, you are ready to begin construction. If you have to vary from your plan specifications during construction, reapproval of the plan is required. Call for inspection before covering any work.
Call for inspection of footing excavations when all reinforcing steel, forms, and groundwork plumbing and electrical have been installed, but before any concrete is poured.
Call for rough inspection of the construction when all framing work has been completed, and the plumbing piping, electrical wiring, and heating ducts have been installed in the framing, but before any of the work has been covered.
Step 9: Final Inspection and/or Certificate of Occupancy
Call for final inspection when the construction has been completed. All external surfaces must be painted or otherwise sealed, weather-stripping must be installed on all new windows and doors, and all electrical or plumbing fixtures have been installed. Interior painting, wallpapering, or carpeting need not be complete. Smoke detectors must be installed in all bedrooms and in the hallway leading to the bedrooms.
Certificate of Occupancy:
In some cases, the Department will send you a Certificate of Occupancy when the inspector has signed the final approval. Not all construction work receives a Certificate of Occupancy. Ask your inspector if your new structure will be issued one. Retain this document for your records, along with the Building Card (B8), as proof of inspection of your construction.
Planning Division Inspection:
Note that the Planning Division would require specific projects to be inspected by the City Planner to finalize them. The Planner will advise the applicant if this requirement is needed for their project.