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Planning FAQs
Current Planning General Questions
  • I have an idea for a project, but I want to know more about my site, the zoning, whether the use I am interested in is allowed, and/or the process for approval, where do I start?
  • What can I build on my property?
  • What is the zoning of my property?
  • What are my setbacks?
  • What can I build on my multi-family lot?
  • How many units/square feet can I build on my property?
  • Can I build an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)?
  • I am interested in the mixed use building regulations, where can I find more?
  • Can I add/remove/repave my front yard paving (driveway/walkway, etc.)?
  • What planning review do I need to remove a tree on a property?
  • I am a restaurant owner and want to do outdoor dining, where do I start?
  • Is there a list of planning cases that are currently being processed?

It is helpful to start by emailing your basic project idea/questions to CDPlanning@beverlyhills.org; and a planner will answer your email and provide you guidance with potential next steps. In addition, you can call 310-285-1141 and ask to speak to a planner. The planning team will outline regulations that apply to your site/project and potential steps forward.

First you need to determine the zoning of the property in question. Please refer to the zoning information at beverlyhills.org/gis.


Once you have determined the zone, you can see what is allowed in the zone by looking at the zoning code at beverlyhills.org/zoning. The zoning code outlines uses and other regulations for each zone in the City.

Please refer to the zoning information at beverlyhills.org/gis.

Setbacks can vary based on zone and street. Please email cdplanning@beverlyhills.org with your question or speak to a planner on the phone.

There are a number of regulations that determine what can be built on a multi-family lot. Please see this webpage for more information.

 

Please call 310-285-1141 and ask to speak to a planner, or email questions to CDPlanning@beverlyhills.org

This depends on several factors including the zoning, and size of parcel among other things. It is helpful if you can provide as much information about the property and/or project as possible.


Please call 310-285-1141 and ask to speak to a planner, or email questions to CDPlanning@beverlyhills.org.

ADUs are allowed in most residential zones in the City. The regulations for ADUs vary based on zoning, location, and exiting development on the site.


Please call 310-285-1141 and ask to speak to a planner, or email questions to CDPlanning@beverlyhills.org.

A guidelines document about the mixed use overlay zone can be found here: beverlyhills.org/mixeduse

Generally, yes. It is helpful if you know the amount of paving you have and have an idea of what you would like to do. Please call 310-285-1141 and ask to speak to a planner, or email questions to CDPlanning@beverlyhills.org.

Trees on Multi-family properties are not protected, meaning they can be removed without planning review.


Trees on Single-family properties may be protected if they are between the street and the house on the property. More information can be found here: beverlyhills.org/treeremoval. Please contact a planner if you have questions.


Please note: You may need a public right-of-way use permit if the public right-of-way will be used in the process of removing a tree.

Visit this page: www.beverlyhills.org/openairdining


Please call 310-285-1141 and ask to speak to a planner, or email questions to CDPlanning@beverlyhills.org

Yes, please visit the "Pending Projects" page for more information.

Commission Meetings & Participation
  • How do I submit a comment about a pending development project?
  • How can I participate in a commission meeting?
  • How do I access commission agendas and staff reports?
  • How can I watch commission meetings?

If you received a notice about a proposed development project, please submit a comment to the email address of the planner on the notice, or give them a call. This contact info will be listed on the notice. If you have a question about a project but do not know who the assigned planner is, please email cdplanning@beverlyhills.org.

Info on participating is provided here: beverlyhills.org/participate

Commission packets and staff reports are usually published a week before the commission meeting. 

  • Planning Commission agendas and staff reports can be found here.
  • Design Review Commission agendas and staff reports can be found here.
  • Architectural Commission Agendas and staff reports can be found here.
  • Cultural Heritage Commission Agendas and staff reports can be found here.

Commission meetings can be watched live at beverlyhills.org/watchlive.


In addition, the meeting videos are archived and can be watched anytime here.

Affordable Housing
  • How do I get myself on an affordable housing list?
  • I am interested in building a multi-family or mixed-use project, what are the requirements for affordable housing?
  • Does the City have any local density bonuses or additional allowances for projects near transit?
  • Email your contact information to affordablehousing@beverlyhills.org
  • The list is an “interested parties list.” All parties that have indicated that they are interested in affordable housing will be contacted when housing is available.
  • If there are currently affordable units available, they will be listed at beverlyhills.org/affordablehousing

The City has an inclusionary housing requirement that generally requires 10% of units in a project with more than four units to be affordable. In addition, there are State regulations, such as SB330 that require the replacement of certain units if they are being demolished as part of a project. This often results in a requirement to replace more than 10% of the units as affordable. Please work with a planner to better understand the situation for your property. It will be helpful if you know how many units exist on the site today and a have a general idea about what you would like to do on the site.


For more information, please call 310-285-1141 and ask to speak to a planner, or email questions to CDPlanning@beverlyhills.org

The City defers to the California State Density Bonus regulations in order to provide incentives for projects that provide affordable housing. There are no additional local bonuses at this time.

Historic Preservation
  • How do I know if my property is historic?
  • How can I view Cultural Heritage Commission agendas and staff reports?

There are a number of reasons that a building or property could be considered “historic.”  The City has a list of designated landmarks, which can be found here. In addition, a property could have been designed by a master architect.  The list of master architects can be found here.


In order to determine if your property was designed by a master architect, please contact Minjee Hahm at mhahm@beverlyhills.org or 310-285-1136. 

Cultural Heritage Commission Agendas and staff reports can be found here.

Architectural Review (Commercial/Multifamily Zones)
  • How do I know if I need Architectural Review?
  • I want to change/add a sign for a business, where do I start?
  • How can I view Architectural Commission agendas and staff reports?

Architectural review is required when a building, structure, sign, fence, wall, or landscape is constructed or changed in any zone other than single-family zones of the City. Note that architectural review is applicable to any portion of a building or property that is visible from a public right-of-way (e.g., a street or an alley). To verify the zoning of a property, please consult the City GIS at www.beverlyhills.org/gis.

 

The application for Architectural Review can be found here: Architectural Commission Application

 

To learn more or to begin the Architectural Review process, please contact Christine Delostrinos (cdelostrinos@beverlyhills.org) or call 310-285-1125. 

A large portion of the architectural review completed by the City relates to business signage in commercial areas. Sign regulations are contained in the Beverly Hills Zoning Code.


Please consult the code if you would like to install or change a sign on any property in the City.


Signs cannot be installed without receiving Architectural Review and building permits from the City. To begin this process, contact Christine Delostrinos at cdelostrinos@beverlyhills.org or call 310-285-1125.

Architectural Commission Agendas and staff reports can be found here.

Design Review (Single family in the Central Area of the City)
  • How do I know if I need Design Review?
  • What planning review do I need for window replacement?
  • How can I view Design Review Commission agendas and staff reports?
  • I need to submit plans and/or a project for Design Review/Architectural Review.

All properties in the Central Area of the City may be subject to design review depending on the scope and scale of the proposed project. Any project that involves work that is visible from the public street (e.g., new house, façade remodel, window replacement, painting, etc.) will require some level of design review.


To verify if your property is in the Central Area of the City, please review the Zoning Map. Please note that properties in the Trousdale Estates and the Hillside Area of the City are not subject to Design Review.

In single-family residential areas, window replacements are subject to design review if the property is located in the Central Area of the City and the request involves an elevation that is visible from the public street (i.e., the front elevation or portions of the side elevations). For multi-family or commercial properties, window replacements are subject to architectural review if the request involves any elevation visible from a public right-of-way (e.g., a street or an alley). If you think you may need Architectural review, please contact Christine Delostrinos at cdelostrinos@beverlyhills.org or 310-285-1125.


Permits for a window replacement can typically be approved at the public counter if the request includes a like-for-like exchange of window material or, if not a like-for-like exchange, a high quality window material, such as fiberglass, aluminum clad, wood, steel, etc. Vinyl windows are not approved at the staff level (i.e., at the public counter).


If you think you need Design Review or have questions, please contact Jason Caraveo at jcaraveo@beverlyhills.org or 310-285-1132.

Design Review Commission agendas and staff reports can be found here.

Contact the Design Team - Christine Delostrinos for Architectural Review (310-285-1125) or Jason Caraveo for Design Review (310-285-1132) to discuss project submittal.

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