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 four phases: bond estimate, design, construction and post-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

ACCESS TO THE PERMIT APPLICATION:

The individual applying can always grant access to the other parties who may need access to the permit application including:

  • Owner
  • Engineer of Record

This can be done under the Permit Details/Grant Access menu option under a specific permit application.

INSTRUCTIONS

The online B-Permit application is a step-by-step wizard which guides the applicant through completing an application including submitting relevant documents and making payment. Applicants will always be able to log in to their account at https://engpermits.lacity.org/public/ to check status and updates to their B-Permit. Applicants will also receive email notifications at key stages of the process.

For office locations, hours and contact information go to: https://eng.lacity.org/office-locations

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

2. PERMIT OWNER must be the same as the performance bond principal. Contractors for governmental agencies under faithful performance bonds shall be entered as PERMIT OWNER. Applications issued to CORPORATIONS shall be executed by the President, Vice-President, Secretary or Asst. Secretary.

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 engineering, testing, traffic signal design, street lighting design, and administrative service.

6. CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION DEPOSITS may be charged against for 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).

7. 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.

8. NOT MORE THAN ONE TRACT OR PARCEL MAP SHALL BE ASSIGNED TO A SINGLE B-PERMIT.

  • THIS CONSTRUCTION B-PERMIT MUST BE ON THE JOB SITE AT ALL TIMES.
  • THIS PERMIT VALID ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY A DIS PERMIT AND SAFETY ORDERS (SEE NOTE 3 ABOVE). DIS PERMIT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM STATE DIVISION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, 3460 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES. NOTE: GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND PUBLIC UTILITIES UNDER PUC CONTROL ARE EXEMPT. PRIVATE CONTRACTORS ACTING AS PERMITTEE FOR SUCH AGENCIES ARE NOT EXEMPT.

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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF NEW APPLICATION
  • PERMIT OWNER must be the same as the performance bond PRINCIPAL. Contractors for governmental agencies under faithful performance bonds shall be entered as PERMIT OWNER. Applications issued to CORPORATIONS shall be executed by the President, Vice President, Secretary or Asst. Secretary.
  • PLAN CHECKING DEPOSITS are subject to charges for engineering, testing, traffic signal design, street lighting design, and administrative service.
  • CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION DEPOSITS may be charged against for 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).
  • All deposits made to this B permit are assigned to the Permit Owner as listed.
  • NOTE: CHARGES AGAINST THE PERMIT FEE DEPOSIT COMPILATION WILL COMMENCE APPROXIMATLY 6 TO 8 WEEKS AFTER THE DATE FINAL INSPECTION IS COMPLETED. THE BPERMIT WILL BE CLOSED once final accounting of the permit has been completed.

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