The public counter at Los Angeles City Planning’s Development Services Centers (DSCs) serves as a single portal and point of consultation for a wide range of project applications. In the City of Los Angeles, there are three DSCs with dedicated planning resources: Metro (Downtown), Valley (Van Nuys), and West Los Angeles.
Applicants can schedule an appointment to receive technical guidance on planning approvals during the design, entitlement, and permitting stages of a project. Small business owners and residents can also visit the DSCs to learn about proposed land use regulations pertaining to land use.
Important Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
City Planning has modified Development Services Center (DSC) operations to help protect the public and our employees who serve you. Consistent with Mayor Garcetti’s directives to help slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to deliver important City services, City Planning is minimizing in-person interaction throughout its offices.
The public counters at our DSCs are still open. However, our operations have been modified to minimize in-person contact and promote proper physical distancing. No appointments will be scheduled at this time. City Planning has established drop off areas at all three DSCs with physical boxes for applications to drop off plans and applications. The drop off areas will be available during regular business hours and are located in a secured, monitored location outside the DSCs. This will allow applicants to file project applications and provide plans without visiting the public counter or needing an initial filing appointment. City Planning personnel will continue to be available to the public by telephone and email.
Applicants will be contacted by City Planning personnel to receive technical guidance on the planning process during the design, entitlement, and permitting stages of a project. Small business owners and residents can find more information about proposed land use regulations on City Planning’s website.