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Planning and Building Permits

Updated June 19, 2024

Submit Your Application/Plan Online

In an effort to continue providing assistance to the public, the Department of Community Development has taken measures to accept applications and plans online. Please follow the instructions in the following document:

Planning/Building Interim Electronic Submittal Procedure (PDF)

Please upload applications and plans using the following online submittal form:

Application/Plan Submittal Form

All applications and permits can be submitted and processed online. Should you have any questions or require assistance, please call (562) 916-1201. If your questions or concerns cannot be addressed via telephone or email, an appointment for an in-person visit may be scheduled with appropriate Planning or Building and Safety staff by calling (562) 916-1201.

Wireless Telecommunication Project/Permit Submittals: Wireless telecommunication application submittals are only accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In-person wireless telecommunication application submittals are by appointment only, and walk-in applicants will not be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (562) 916-1201. Any in-person or online wireless telecommunication application submitted after 4:00 p.m. on Monday, whether online or in-person, will be deemed submitted on the following Tuesday, and any application submitted on Tuesday after 4:00 p.m. will be deemed submitted on the following Monday (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday).

Fee Increase Notice

Effective July 1, 2024, Building & Safety fees will be increased by 4%. This increase is based on the Consumer Price Index rise between March 2023 and March 2024, as published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA area.

Planning Applications | Building Applications | Hours of Construction | Public Review

City planning approval is required for all businesses located in Cerritos. Development proposals and business license applications are reviewed by the Current Planning Division to ensure that proposed uses comply with local zoning requirements and meet the City's standards for development. Planning approval is required for building modifications, signs, landscaping, and other physical features. A conditional use permit (CUP) may be required for some businesses specified in the Cerritos Municipal Code, to ensure that proposed activities are compatible with existing development. For building renovations and new construction, a building permit issued by the Building and Safety Division is also required. Permits may be obtained Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Building and Safety counter closes at 4:30 p.m. daily. If you are planning to construct a new building or expand an existing one, please contact the Department of Community Development at (562) 916-1201 to learn about required approvals and permits.

To check the status of an existing building permit or request a permit inspection, contact the Building and Safety Division at (562) 916-1209.

For a detailed guide of necessary forms and applications required for projects, please click the link provided below:

Application and Building Permit Forms (PDF)

Below is a list of business-related permit applications available for download and other helpful information:

Planning Applications and Information

Agency Referrals

Art in Public Places Program FAQ (PDF)

Boarding House Permit Application (PDF)

CEQA Compliance Protocol (for environmental assessments and special studies requiring third party preparation)

Cerritos GIS Mapping Tool (property information and planning approval history)

Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Application (PDF)

Development Code Amendment (PDF)

Development Map Amendment (PDF)

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Application—Commercial/Industrial (PDF)

General Plan Amendment (PDF)

Master Fee Schedule (PDF)

Permit Fees Fact Sheet (PDF)

Precise Plan Application (PDF)

Sidewalk Vending Permit Application (PDF)

Sign Permit Application (PDF)


Solar Energy System Application (PDF)

Starting a Business in Cerritos: Flow Chart (PDF)

Temporary Sign Permit Application (PDF)


Temporary Use Permit Application (PDF)


Tree Removal

Commercial/Industrial Administrative Tree Removal Application (PDF)

Commercial/Industrial Discretionary Tree Removal Application (PDF)

Commercial/Industrial Emergency Tree Removal Notification/Application (PDF)

HOA Administrative Tree Removal Application (PDF)

HOA Discretionary Tree Removal Application (PDF)

HOA Emergency Tree Removal Notification/Application (PDF)

Private Parkway Tree Removal Application (PDF)

Tree Preservation Manual (PDF)

Wireless Telecommunication

Small Wireless Facility Permit Application (PDF)

Small Wireless Facility Policy Manual (PDF)

Wireless Equipment Collocation Evaluation Form (PDF)

Wireless Indoor Distributed Antenna System (iDAS) Policy (PDF)

Wireless Telecommunication Permit Application (PDF)

Building and Safety Permit Applications and Information

These must be accompanied by building plans and other applications as required. Please note, building permits may be obtained Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Building and Safety counter closes at 4:30 p.m. daily.

Building Permit Application (PDF)

Construction and Demolition (C&D)
Waste Management Forms (PDF

Electrical Permit Application (PDF)

Grading/Landscape Permit Application (PDF)

Master Fee Schedule—City Building and Safety Fees (PDF)

Mechanical Permit Application (PDF)

Miscellaneous Permit Application (PDF)

Plumbing Permit Application (PDF)

Sewer Permit Application (PDF)

State Disability Access Resources

Disability Access Requirements and Resources—English (PDF)

Disability Access Requirements and Resources—Chinese Simplified (PDF)

Disability Access Requirements and Resources—Chinese Traditional (PDF)

Disability Access Requirements and Resources—Korean (PDF)

Disability Access Requirements and Resources—Spanish (PDF)

Disability Access Requirements and Resources—Tagalog (PDF)

Disability Access Requirements and Resources—Vietnamese (PDF)

Print, complete, and sign the application above for your project and bring it to the Department of Community Development for review, along with any required plans and attachments. Copies of these applications are also available at the Department of Community Development in City Hall.

In addition to City approvals, review and approval by other agencies may be required. City staff can assist in identifying these outside-agency approvals.

Hours of Construction

Please note that all construction, demolition, and grading activities shall be limited to the following days and hours, unless otherwise approved in writing by the City of Cerritos:

  • Monday through Friday: Between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and City-observed holidays: No construction, demolition, or grading activities are permitted.

Public Review

Documents related to upcoming development proposals will be made available here for public review during the established public review period. For questions regarding development proposals, please contact the Department of Community Development at (562) 916‑1201.

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