Construction Class "B" Permits
"B" PERMITS DESCRIPTION
A "B" Permit (LAMC 62.106.b) is issued for extensive public works improvements including the widening of streets and alleys, the changing of existing street grade, construction of bridges, retaining walls, and the installation of sewer, storm drains, street lighting, and traffic signals. Construction plans are required which must be signed by a California licensed Civil and/or Electrical and/or Traffic Engineer.

B-Permits have three phases: estimate, design and construction. The permit covers plan check engineering, installation of traffic control devices, inspection, testing during construction, and maintenance of street trees.

"B" Permits are most frequently issued for public works improvements adjacent to land being developed. In these instances, the extent and type of improvements depend on conditions imposed by the Council, City Engineer, Department of City Planning, or some other jurisdictional body in accordance with the Municipal Code, City Charter, State Law, or City Ordinance.

Definitions/ Roles
There are three roles associated with a permit record:

  • Permit owner (Owner) - The permit owner or Owner is the party responsible for guaranteeing, assuming the liabilities for, and authorizing all charges and/or work associated with the construction of the public improvements associated with the permit

  • Applicant - The party submitting and/or processing the application for the B permit. This role may be handled by the permit owner or a separate individual or entity assigned by the permit owner. The Applicant is NOT authorized to make payment, authorize charges and/or work associated with this permit unless specifically authorized by the permit owner.

  • Private Engineer ( Engineer of Record) - The civil engineer provided by the permit owner to be responsible for the design and construction of the improvements associated with the permit.

  • Access - Access to a permit record allows for one to view information associated with the permit and add or view attachments. Changes to the permit record can only be processed by Bureau of Engineering staff.


  • ACCESS TO THE PERMIT RECORD:
    The following will always have access to the Permit record:
    INSTRUCTIONS
    Step 1: The applicant fills in the online application form which is very similar to the hard copy form that may be completed in an Engineering District Office. The applicant must fill in all the fields that are marked with an *, otherwise the application will not be accepted. Other fields may be filled out by the applicant if they have the available information or knowledge to complete the field. When the form is completed the applicant selects the Submit button at the bottom of the form and the information is entered into the B Permit application database.

    Step 2: After the customer successfully submits the application, the engineering office from which the B Permit will be issued, and the applicant, are notified that an application has been submitted. The application submittal information is then reviewed and appropriate additions or changes are made in the information entered. When all necessary information to complete that application and issue the permit is available, the applicant will be notified via e-mail that they must come into the appropriate Engineering District Office to complete the application process.

    Completing the application consists of the owner's signature on the application and submittal of a completed REQUIRED SUBMITTALS TO FILE FOR "B-PERMIT BOND AND FEE ESTIMATE" form, with submittals. The submittals include 2 sets of plans, a $2,000 deposit check, the REQUIRED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL and the engineer's quantity take off list. After the submittal process has been completed a B Permit BR number will be assigned to the project. After the BR number is assigned you will be able to access your project information online by creating a B Permit account or utilizing an existing one. Create or utilize an account at http://engpermits.lacity.org/bpermits/

    B PERMITS STILL CAN BE OBTAINED AT OUR OFFICES.
    For office locations, hours and Phone Numbers please refer to our Contact Us Page.

    GENERAL INFORMATION
    This form shall be used for all Class "B" Permits. It is not necessary to repeat the STREETS AND LIMITS breakdown on CONSTRUCTION B-PERMITS that are preceded by checking only permits.

    1. LIABILITY INSURANCE and performance bonds are only required for approval of construction B-Permits.

    2. OWNER-APPLICANT must be the owner of the affected property, and must be the same as the performance bond principal. Contractors for governmental agencies under faithful performance bonds shall be entered as OWNER-APPLICANT. Applications issued to CORPORATIONS shall be executed by the President, Vice-President, Secretary or Asst. Secretary, and the CORPORATE SEAL shall be impressed.

    3. SAFETY ORDERS - Sec. 6500 of the STATE LABOR CODE requires the APPLICANT to obtain a STATE DIVISION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY (DIS) PERMIT and a copy of STATE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ORDERS before beginning work on any trench or excavation FIVE FEET OR DEEPER into which a person must descend. City personnel will not enter such excavations until the required permit and safety orders have been obtained and are displayed on the job site.

    4. PCF percentage factors apply to possible construction change orders. CIF percentage factors apply to cost increases through the life of the project. (See CONSTRUCTION ITEMS on the application.)

    5. PLAN CHECKING DEPOSITS are subject to charges for blueprints, engineering, testing, traffic signal design, street lighting design, and administrative service. CONSTRUCTION PERMIT DEPOSITS may be charged against for blueprints, engineering, testing, surveying, inspection, administrative services, emergency light and barricade services, street tree planting and maintenance, street lighting burn tests, street name signs, traffic warning and regulatory signs, sandblasting and painting of traffic markings, erosion control, etc. Unused fees are refunded after closure of the permit. The applicant will be billed for unreimbursed charges (fee deficits).

    6. DESIGN OFFICE will determine if applicant must dedicate a right of way to the City for construction purposes. The applicant shall open a right of way work order and deposit necessary fees with the REAL ESTATE DIVISION, BUREAU OF ENGINEERING.

    7. NOT MORE THAN ONE TRACT OR PARCEL MAP SHALL BE ASSIGNED TO A SINGLE B-PERMIT. NOTE: CHARGES AGAINST THE PERMIT FEE DEPOSIT WILL BE COMPILED APPROXIMATELY 6 TO 8 WEEKS AFTER THE DATE FINAL INSPECTION IS COMPLETED. THE B-PERMIT WILL BE CLOSED AND THE IMPROVEMENT BOND EXONERATED AFTER ALL PERMIT FEE CHARGES HAVE BEEN ACCUMULATED AND PAID.