Do I need a PERMIT?

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

To permit or not to permit? That is the question.

I often get asked if a proposed construction project requires a building permit. Instead of specifying projects that require a building permit, the City of Long Beach takes the opposite approach. There is a relatively short list of projects that DO NOT require a permit and if you are remodeling your home, chances are good your project is not on that list. A few examples of projects that don't require a permit are:


  • Installation of a Doorbell

  • Painting

  • Repairing a Leaky Faucet


The City of Long Beach Department of Development Services provides additional information here.