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Check with the City before painting your home

Updated April 6, 2020

Homebuyers and new businesses are attracted to Cerritos by the City’s great looking neighborhoods. Beautiful homes, clean streets, landscaped sidewalks and more than 30,000 street trees help make Cerritos an attractive place to live and work.

The City’s exterior paint color ordinance helps protect the property values and park-like look of Cerritos. Painting is an investment, so before buying paint or hiring a contractor, homeowners must obtain a paint color permit at City Hall. Prior to issuing the permit, staff will assist the homeowner in conducting a quick check to make sure the proposed color(s) will fit well with Cerritos neighborhoods.

If you are planning to paint your home, first pick up paint samples for your choice of exterior and trim colors at the local hardware or paint store. You can then bring the paint color samples to the Community Development counter on City Hall’s second floor between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A City planner will review your choices and compare the colors against the City’s approved exterior paint color palette.

Homeowners who need ideas or help choosing a color may review the color palette at the Community Development counter. The palette provides color combinations most suitable for residential properties and was prepared by a professional color consultant. For details, call the Planning Division at (562) 916-1201.

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