Guidelines & Standards

The Urban Design Studio has helped craft design guidelines and standards that have shaped both private and public development in Los Angeles. The Studio is currently updating the Citywide Design Guidelines, consolidating separate documents for residential, commercial, and industrial development into a single user-friendly document organized around the Studio’s three design approaches

Urban Design 

Urban design holistically encompasses the disciplines of urban planning, architecture, and landscape architecture. 

Residential Citywide
Design Guidelines

The Residential Citywide Design Guidelines focus on multi-family residential and commercial mixed-use projects.

Commercial Citywide
Design Guidelines

The Commercial Citywide Design Guidelines focus on pedestrian-oriented and commercial/mixed-use projects.

Industrial Citywide
Design Guidelines

The Industrial Citywide Design Guidelines focus on heavy, limited, light, and hybrid industrial manufacturing, as well as commercial manufacturing.

Design Guide

The Downtown Design Guide is the official guide to development in the Downtown Los Angeles area. It encourages Downtown Los Angeles to develop as a more livable and sustainable community.

Street Standards

The Downtown Street Standards, in combination with the Downtown Design Guide, provide certainty for developers and architects as to the building street wall location and required roadway improvements.

Small Lot
Design Standards

The Small Lot Design Standards create specific and enforceable rules regarding the design for all small lots, including building orientation, primary entryways, façade articulation, roofline variation, building modulation, pedestrian pathways, landscaping, and common open space areas.