Why bother getting a permit?
So many people get into building their ideas without thinking of what legal ramifications may ensue, particularly if you get cited for illegal construction.
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Everything depends on the local jurisdiction and the submittal package prepared by the applicant. If a submittal package is carefully prepared and predesign and pre-submittal conferences are held between the applicant, their consultants and the local affected agencies, things can go quite smoothly.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) is notorious for its difficulty level in getting building permits. Use these plan check tips to get through plan check.
In 2008 California adopted a new state-wide Green Compliance Bill to encourage the development and construction energy efficient, environmentally conscience, non-polluting, safe and sound standards to improve the quality of life in the State of California.
A guest house or guest room, recreation room and accessory living quarters are other structures that can trigger an Order to Comply if they are not in full compliance with the Los Angeles zoning code.