Planning and Building Permits
Updated March 15, 2017
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. 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:
Below is a list of business-related permit applications available for download and other helpful information:
Planning Applications and Information
CEQA Compliance Protocol (for environmental assessments and special studies requiring third party preparation)
Cerritos GIS Mapping Tool (property information and planning approval history)
Filing Fee Schedule (PDF) — Effective through June 30, 2017
Master Fee Schedule (PDF) — Effective beginning July 1, 2017
Building and Safety Permit Applications and Information
These must be accompanied by building plans and other applications as required.
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.