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Any dead animals on private property may be picked up at the expense of the property owner. For any dead animals inside or under a private home, a private company in the telephone book must be contacted for assistance.
Dog licenses are available at the County Animal Shelter / Care Center at 216 West Victoria Avenue in Carson, by calling 562-345-0400 or by downloading the application online from the county’s website. The city and county host an annual dog licensing and rabies clinic generally in June at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall.
The new 2022 California Building Standards Code will become effective January 1, 2023. All Over-the-Counter permits issued after January 1, 2023, must comply with the new 2022 California Building Standards Codes. All projects submitted for plan check to the Building Division after January 1, 2023, must comply with the new 2022 California Building Standards Code.
Construction Hours and Days
Unless otherwise noted, construction hours and days are as follows:
113.1 Violations. No person shall erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building, structure or building service equipment or perform any grading in the City or cause or permit the same to be done contrary to, or in violation of, any of the provisions of this code or any of the technical codes.
113.4 Penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this code or any of the technical codes shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation continued or was permitted, and upon conviction is punishable as set forth in Section 1.08.010 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code.
113.5 Penalty fees. The permit fees and charges made pursuant to Title 15 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code shall be tripled (not including fees for nonstructural fixture) when work requiring a permit has been started or continued or finished prior to obtaining permit. The triple fee shall be based on the structural permit fee, or square footage of remodel area, or a minimum fee as established pursuant to city council resolution.
(Ord. 468 § 6 (part), 2008: Ord. 469U § 6 (part), 2007)
(Ord. No. 516, § 6, 12-7-10; Ord. No. 551, § 6, 12-17-13; Ord. No. 554U, § 6, 12-17-13; Ord. No. 589, § 5, 11-1-16; Ord. No. 630, § 5, 11-6-19; Ord. No. 669, § 7, 11-15-22)
https://library.municode.com/CA/Rancho Palos Verdes/CODES/Code_of_Ordinances?nodeId=TIT15BUCO_CH15.18ADCO_15.18.040ADCOAMIOPE
It depends on the type of revisions being made. A simple minor clarification will not necessitate the need to revise the plans to comply with the new 2022 California Building Standards Code. A major change and/or addition to a project will need to comply with the new 2022 California Building Standards Code. Each specific case will need to be reviewed by the Building Department to determine which edition of the California Building Standards Code the revisions must comply with.
Plan checks for development projects where permits have expired for a period of less than one year shall be assessed a fee equal to half of the amount of the applicable plan check fee, as set forth in the resolution establishing said fee, if the plans that are being resubmitted are identical to the prior plans. Said fee shall be paid when the plans are re-submitted for review by the building official.
105.5 Expiration. Every permit issued by the building official under the provisions of the technical codes shall expire by limitation and become null and void, if the building or work authorized by such permit is not completed through final inspection within the allowed time from the date of issuance of such permit, which time shall be as follows: up to 5,000 square feet, 18 months; 5,000 to 10,000 square feet, 24 months; over 10,000 square feet, 30 months. For good cause, upon initial application for a permit, the building official may establish a different expiration date when it is anticipated such date will be necessary to complete construction due to extenuating circumstances. Upon expiration, before work under the permit can be recommenced, a new permit shall be obtained. Such new permit shall be valid for 24 months, and the fee therefore shall be one half the amount required for a new permit for such work, if no changes have been made or will be made in the original plans and specifications for the work and not more than one year has passed since the expiration of the permit; otherwise, such new permit shall be subject to all terms and conditions applicable to new permits.
Any permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for an extension of the time within which the permittee may complete work under that permit when the permittee is unable to complete the work within the time required by this section although proceeding with due diligence. Application for extension shall be filed on forms prescribed by the building official and be accompanied by payment of the fee as established by city council resolution. The building official may extend the time for completion of work under the permit by the permittee for a period of time not exceeding 180 days upon finding the permittee has been proceeding with due diligence and that circumstances beyond the control of the permittee have prevented action from being completed. No permit shall be so extended more than once.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, for any property where construction has been performed pursuant to one or more unexpired permits for a period of at least four years and is adversely affecting adjacent properties or the owners or occupants thereof, as documented in written complaints submitted to the Building Official or Director of Community Development, the Building Official shall not issue a new building permit for any new work or an extension of an existing unexpired permit until all work being performed pursuant to any unexpired building permit has been completed and the City has issued a final approval or a certificate of occupancy thereof. This provision shall not apply to: 1. emergency work; 2. work that is necessary to preserve the integrity of the structure; or 3. work that, in the opinion of the Building Official, will mitigate impacts to an adjacent property.
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The number of the Los Angeles County Building Division is (562) 946-1390. The number for the Department of Regional Planning is (213) 974-6411.
Unpermitted work is construction that doesn’t have the necessary approval by the city. This means the city either isn’t aware of the work, wouldn’t approve the work, or doesn’t know whether it is up to code. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes requires permits to be obtained for most types of construction and remodeling projects to ensure that the work done complies with local building codes and safety standards. However, there are occasions where the homeowners build without permits without city approval. Fortunately, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes allows getting a retroactive building permit if the work meets the minimum local codes and standards without demolishing the entire building or starting from scratch.
If a property owner can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the director that an unpermitted structure which is the subject of an after-the-fact application was constructed prior to the current property owner taking title to the property and was not disclosed by the previous property owners, then the penalty fees may be waived by the director.
A permit is required to be issued by the Building and Safety Department, whenever a building is being demolished. This is to assure that construction debris has been removed, sewer or septic lines have been properly capped, and the site is restored to a safe condition to ensure that all health and safety hazards have been removed. Demolition permits are usually issued over-the- counter at the Building and Safety Division and the permit fees are minimal.
California State Law also requires that all contaminants, such as asbestos, lead, and soil contaminants, be properly disposed of. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that all demolition permit applicants first obtain clearance from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, prior to applying for a demolition permit from the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. This may include a requirement to have the property tested for lead, and/ or asbestos by a certified testing agency.
South Coast Air Quality Management District may be reached at 21865 Copley Dr. - Diamond Bar CA 91765, via telephone at (909) 396-2000, or the District’s website.
For further information, please contact the Building and Safety Division at (310) 544-5280 for additional information regarding demolition permits or stop by our counter at City Hall.
The County of Los Angeles Building Code requires that building plans be retained for a minimum of 90 days from the date of completion of the work covered on the plans. After 90 days, residential plans are typically discarded. The space required to store plans for every house built in the unincorporated county areas makes it prohibitive to keep them. One possible option for finding the as-built plans for any structure is to contact the original builder, designer, and/or engineer. This information can typically be found on the original building permit.
A: The California Building Standards Code (CBSC) is maintained by the California Building Standards Commission (www.bsc.ca.gov) and contains the codes and laws that regulate the construction of all buildings and structures in the State of California. The CBSC is Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) and consists of twelve parts: Five (5) parts are authored by the State of California and seven (7) parts are based on model codes that are authored by various model code writing bodies.
The new 2022 California Building Standards Code includes:
A building permit must be obtained before you construct, enlarge, alter, move, replace, repair, improve, convert, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure. Building permit is not required for certain work such as one-story detached accessory structure (Sheds, Playhouse, etc.) not exceeding 120 square feet, fences not over 7 ft. high, retaining walls not over 4 ft. in height (measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall), etc. For complete list of work exempt from permit see California Residential Code Section R105 and California Building Code Section 105.
All retaining walls, regardless of height, supporting a surcharge (i.e. road, structure or hillside, etc.) require a building permit.
Yes! All permits can be applied for online. Smaller permits can be applied
for through our eTrakit - Over the Counter Permitting Portal .These smaller permits
include: Electrical permits, HVAC, Solar, Electrical Panel Upgrades,
Re-Roofs, Plumbing permits, Water Heater* permits (*May need planning
approval prior to B&S Issuance*), etc.
-Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels, Exterior Door, Window & Skylight
Changeouts, ESS, etc can also be submitted for online “over-the-counter”
review when submitted to Buildingsafety@rpvca.gov .
-Any other reviews must be uploaded onto our online portal.
PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING:
The Building Department only does non-structural plan check over the counter. This includes Kitchen Remodels, Bathroom Remodels, and Solar Plans. Solar Plans can be expedited through our
ETrakit-Online-Permitting-Portal . Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels can also be submitted for online as an “over-the-counter” review when submitted to BuildingSafety@rpvca.gov . Any other major type of reviews must be uploaded onto our online portal. Online-Plan-Check-Portal
• Foundation Inspection: When the excavation for footings is complete and footing forms and required reinforcing steel and structural embedment are in place, but before any concrete is placed. (Also needed are separate underground electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspections).
• Exterior Shear inspection: When all exterior sheer elements are in place & correctly nailed, all required hardware (straps, clips, holdowns, ties & caps) are installed.
• Roof Sheathing Inspection: When all roof framing members are installed and the plywood or other sheathing is complete along with any required strapping.
• Wood Framing Inspection: When all roof, walls and floor framing, fire blocking, draft stopping and all pipes, chimney, vents and duct work are in place, but before any work is covered. Wood framing inspection will not be approved until rough mechanical, electrical, and plumbing inspections are completed.
• Insulation Inspection: When all thermal insulation is in place but before it is concealed. Inspect state energy requirements stated on the approved plans.
• Lath and/or Gypsum Board Inspection: After all lath and gypsum board is in place but before any stucco is applied, or before gypsum board joints and fasteners are taped and finished.
• Reinforced Masonry Inspection: In grouted masonry before any units are laid up, all steel must be tied and in place ready for concrete foundation pour. Grout inspection is required after units are laid. Final inspection is required after cells are grouted and cap is installed.
• Structural Steel Inspection: When structural steel members are in place and required connections are complete but before concealing any members or connections. Certificates of Compliance are to be given to the City Inspector.
• Re-roof Inspection: Sheathing inspection and building final inspection.
• Underground: After conduit or cable has been installed in trench but not covered.
• Rough wiring: Before any part of the work is concealed and prior to framing inspection. Telephone, television, intercom, security, doorbell and thermostat cable need to be in place for rough inspection. Compliance with Title 24 Requirements for Residential Lighting is checked.
• Final: When all fixtures, appliances, and systems are in place and connected.
• Underground or sub-floor plumbing: After material has been installed and tested, including sewer. Sewer Cap, is inspected for demolition projects.
• Rough plumbing: Before any part of the work is concealed (including shower pan hot mop), prior to framing inspection and after roofing is installed.
• Gas piping test: After lath or gypsum board has been installed.
• Shower pan.
• Final: After all fixtures are in place and connected.
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Inspections:
• Underground/Sub-floor duct inspection.
• Rough: Before any part of the work is concealed, metal fireplace rough, prior to framing inspection and after roofing is installed.
• Final: All appliances and equipment are in place and connected (Performance test may be required).
• Call for final inspection when the construction has been completed.
• All external surfaces must be painted, or otherwise sealed, weather-stripping must be installed on all new windows and doors, and all electrical or plumbing fixtures have been installed. Interior painting, wallpapering, or carpeting need not be complete.
• Smoke & Carbon Monoxide alarms must be installed as required by the latest edition of the California Residential Code.
You will be required to provide sanitary district approved plans at final inspection for newly constructed buildings and detached structures with plumbing.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Approval for Septic Tanks EHS approved plans will be required at application submittal.
Sanitary District staff will review the project plans to ensure there will be no adverse impacts on the sanitary sewer system and no encroachment into a sanitary sewer easement.
We urge applicants to contact the appropriate district prior to beginning construction. It is the applicant's responsibility to receive sanitary approval.
New residences, ADU’s and commercial buildings.
Your job card will have information on whether the permit is final, as
well as the inspections you have passed. If the job card was not present at
the time of the inspection, however the inspector passed the final
inspection, you can check online by creating an account and searching using Permit Inspection Search feature. or by emailing staff with your request at
When equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the Building & Safety Department.
Building Inspectors are in the field performing inspections for the majority of the day and are only present in the office for a short window of time each day. They can be reached at the Building Counter and by phone or email between the hours of 7:30 am - 9 am. or 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Call 310-544-5280 and request to speak to an inspector. You can also reach them by email using the following information listed below:
Desirea Molina: DesireaM@rpvca.gov
Erick Monsivaiz: EMonsivaiz@rpvca.gov
A common statement heard at the counter after one has received a Stop Work notice is: “I was only doing repairs, and my contractor told me repairs don’t require a permit.” While we are sure that your contractor means well, he may not know RPV's code's. It is always better to check with us before you begin work.
*Work Exempt from Permits according to the California Residential Code 2022 can be viewed by researching the California Residential Code 2022.
Once your permit is issued, you will need to schedule periodic inspections.
Please be aware that inspections are a First-Come-First-Serve Basis. There is a
limited number of stops allowed per day. If you want a better chance of
getting the date you prefer, we recommend you schedule in advance.
Inspection requests should be made online at rpvca.gov/inspections or by phone at 310-544-5279. Please provide the following information:
All inspections are performed between 9 am-12 pm (AM) and 1 pm-4:30 pm (PM).
Most likely no. We only are required to retain plans per the Rancho Palos
Verdes Municipal Code for up to two years after the permit has been
finalized. We do however maintain building permit records for residential,
commercial and industrial construction. please contact the Los Angeles County Assessor for original plans.
California State Contractors License
In California, anyone who contracts to perform work that is valued at $500 or
more for materials and labor must hold a current, valid license from the
Contractors State License Board. Non Licensed individuals can be hired on an
hourly basis by homeowners, but not for fixed fee. You can check on
contractor's licenses and obtain valuable information for your project at the
Rancho Palos Verdes Business License
Anyone who does business in Rancho Palos Verdes is required to have a
current City of Rancho Palos Verdes Business License, including contractors
and subcontractors. To obtain a business license, please contact the Business
License Cashier at 310-544-5301 or BusinessLicense@RpvCa.Gov or check the website at https://www.rpvca.gov/288/Business-License-Information
Yes. After your permit is issued, a series of inspection will be required.
Depending on the scope of your project, inspections may be required for
foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical and similar work. The City requires
a final inspection on all building permits.
Yes, some files can be seen through our permitting program. Please visit
the following website: RPV- Permit Records Search .
Additionally, to request multiple records from different departments
regarding a certain address, you can do a Public Records Request with
the City Clerk’s Office. They can be reached with the following email:
For More Information Please visit the City Clerk Website:
If you begin work without the required permit, a "Stop Work Order" will
immediately be issued by the Building Official, Building Inspector or Code
Enforcement Officer. You will be required to apply for the permit and pay
triple the original permit fee. After the permit has been properly issued, you
will be required to uncover any work which has been covered so that it may
be properly inspected. In some cases, regulations may not permit the type of
construction that has been done. If this happens, you may be required to
replace or restore the area to its original condition prior to your construction.
A building permit belongs to the property owner. The contractor acts as
an agent of the owner and shall give the original permit card to the
The permitting process for the design and installation of an EVCS and its related supply equipment or system for one- and two-family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, and/or non-residential buildings or sites depend on a variety of factors such as, but not limited to:
- The type and quantity of equipment to be installed.- The type and amount of related equipment to support the station.- The location and type of building or site where the installation will occur.
Simple EVCS design and installation may avoid a detailed plan review and a streamlined electrical permit issuance may be granted by sending a site plan , EV Charger checklist and permit application to email@example.com . More detailed information on the type of plan review that may be required for your project, application submittal requirements, costs related to the review and/or permit and inspection processes can be found by visiting the solar submittal section of www.rpvca.gov .
Yes. All work completed under a building permit issued by the City of Rancho
Palos Verdes must pass a "final inspection" by the Building Official or Building
Inspector. Even though a contractor may have taken out a building permit for
a property owner, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to
see that a final inspection is attained for each building permit. Failure to have
a final inspection could result in withholding issuance of any future permits.
According to City Code, the building official shall not issue a permit until all
expired building permits have been finally approved and all work originally
done without permits has been covered by a building permit, inspected and
All inquiries/questions about a review should be directed by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Plan Checkers office at 909-595-8599 EXT # 159
Residential, commercial and industrial plan reviews typically takes a few
weeks. We will contact the applicant as soon as the plans have been
processed. 1st Submittals generally take up to 2 weeks, whilst
resubmittals/revisions take up to 1 week. If your plan check has taken
longer, please inquire to email@example.com
When a septic tank is no longer used because of an alternate connection to city sewer, the tank must be properly abandoned or removed. This applies to old cesspools, leaching pits, dry wells, seepage pits, vault privies, and pit privies. Access for future uses must be permanently denied. Click here for steps for removal.
A Building Permit and engineering calculations are REQUIRED when:
We do maintain a copy of Geology & Track files along with Soils Reports.
These copies are only physical copies, therefore they cannot be sent
electronically. Tract Files can be requested with Building & Safety at the
permit counter within Business Hours. Photos can be taken of non copyrighted documents and plans, and “letter”
size paper can have copies made.
Due to the nature of how permit costs are calculated, we are unable to
provide an estimate unless further information is given (i.e.: job valuation,
scope or work, etc.). All our fees are based off of our City-Council-Approved
Fee schedule. Building-Safety-Master-Fee-Schedule-2022
Yes. Any changes to the approved set of plans must be submitted and approved by the appropriate Department(s) and/or other Agencies before construction changes are implemented. You must adhere to the approved plan.
Most residential plans can be drawn by anyone, however commercial and industrial plans must be prepared by a licensed professional. It is recommended you obtain design professionals to create the construction documents. Additional Plan Check fees are required after the 3rd Submittal, therefore Self-Drawn plans are more likely lead to additional costs.
You cannot live in, sleep in, or rent your garage as a dwelling unit. A garage is non-habitable and does not meet the minimum code requirements to be considered a sleeping room. If you are interested in converting your garage into a dwelling unit, please see our ADU requirements. To begin the process, please inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org .
Construction for commercial and multifamily projects shall be performed by an appropriately California licensed contractor as required by the California Business and Professions Code.
Plan Review status can be viewed through our Online Plan Check Portal plan check portal. Ensure your email is associated with the project so that you can see whenever there is any change in status. If you do not have access to the project, please inquire at email@example.com
In most cases we recommend that you hire a licensed contractor and that they be required to obtain the permit as part of the project agreement. This is simply because the permit holder is the party responsible for the work and complying with the codes and regulations. A reputable contractor should have no problem obtaining a permit. You can verify a contractor's state license and registration by visiting the Contractors State License Board.
“Owner/builder” describes a situation in which the homeowner becomes the general contractor. As an owner/builder, you (not the person you hire) assume responsibility for the overall job. Your responsibilities may include such things as state and federal taxes, workers’ compensation insurance and other legal liabilities.
An owner-builder is what the term indicates: a person owns the property and acts as their own general contractor on the job, and either does the work themselves or has employees (or subcontractors) working on the project.
The work site must be their principal place of residence that they have occupied for 12 months prior to completion of the work.
The homeowner cannot construct and then sell more than two structures during any three-year period.
When you sign a building permit application as an owner-builder, you assume full responsibility for all phases of your project and its integrity. You must pull all building permits. Your project must pass codes and building inspections. The owner-/builder is responsible for ordering materials and making sure all suppliers are paid. An owner-builder also is responsible for supervising, scheduling, and paying subcontractors. If you use anyone other than your immediate family or a licensed subcontractor for work, you may be considered an “employer.” Employers must register with the state and federal governments and are obligated to participate in state and federal income tax withholding, federal Social Security taxes, workers' compensation insurance, disability insurance costs, and unemployment compensation contributions.
Tip: For more specific information about your obligations under federal law, contact the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-1040, and the U.S. Small Business Administration at (800) 359-1833. For more specific information about your obligations under state law, contact the Employment Development Department at (916) 653-0707, the Department of Industrial Relations at (415) 703-5070, and the Franchise Tax Board at (800) 852-5711.
Unless you are knowledgeable about construction, mistakes can be costly and take additional time to repair or correct. Subcontractors and suppliers who are not paid on schedule may file mechanics liens against your property. Educate yourself about mechanics liens and how to prevent them. If your workers are injured, or your subcontractors are not licensed or do not carry liability insurance or workers' compensation insurance and they are injured, you could be asked to pay for injuries and rehabilitation through your homeowner’s insurance policy or face lawsuits. You should be cautious of unlicensed individuals claiming to be contractors who prey upon homeowners. They may promise to guide you through the owner-builder process for a consulting fee, but they are breaking the law.
As an owner-builder, you assume full responsibility for all phases of your project and its integrity. Licensed contractors must demonstrate knowledge of their craft, be tested, fingerprinted, bonded, and undergo an FBI background check before they are licensed to work in California. Illegal contractors can botch a job or leave with the down payment, leaving the owner-builder to deal with the consequences.
Licensed contractors have provided proof of competency and proof of
insurance to the city. This protects the homeowner from incurring costs
due to damage by uninsured contractors, and it protects the homeowner
from contractors who do not have adequate knowledge of the City
adopted building codes. A permit will not be issued until all contractors
being used to complete the project are licensed. Homeowners doing their
own work do not need to be licensed.
For residential windows, the maximum prescriptive U-factor is 0.32, and
the maximum prescriptive SHGC is 0.23. NOTE: Rancho Palos Verdes is
located in a Sever-High-Fire-Zone. At least One pane of the window needs
to be tempered glass per Chapter 7A of the CBC.
Concrete flatwork on private property does not require a permit. You can
create a patio, replace a driveway, or form a path without a permit. Please
verify with firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the max % of hardscaping
area allowed. If you are replacing the driveway approach or the sidewalk in front of your
property, an Encroachment Permit is required. This may be obtained with the Public Works Department Public Works Permit Technicians
Cheri Bailiff: CheriB@rpvca.gov
Karissa Russell: KRussell@rpvca.gov
Property setbacks are rules that define how close to a property line a structure may be built. These distances are based on the zoning of your property. Property setbacks often exist to improve the visual appeal of a community. Side yard setbacks are there to keep some light and space between homes and are generally greater as the lot size increases. Rear yard setbacks are intended to keep larger green spaces for people to enjoy their backyards. Learn more about setback requirements by inquiring with email@example.com or contact 310-544-5287 for more information.
The City Of Rancho Palos Verdes Code Enforcement Division is response
driven. We only open investigations when we receive a formal complaint
from the public. If you are contacted about a code violation, it is response
to a complaint that the City has received about your specific property.
If I want to file a complaint about a neighbor’s property, Can i be
anonymous? The answer is usually yes. Our procedures strive to maintain the
confidentiality of complainants. You do not have to provide your name
when filing a complaint. However, for the few percent of complaints that
ever evolve to a court action, all information from the case is then
provided to the court.
Please submit a formal complaint to the Code Enforcement Division
through their website: Filling a Compliant- RPV Code Enforcement
Worried the unpermitted work may be releasing Asbestos into the
air? South Coast AQMD has partnered with Cal/OSHA for investigating
Asbestos and Lead complaints. You can contact a Cal/OSHA inspector by
Long Beach Office: 1500 Hughes Way, Suite C-201 Long Beach, CA 90810
For more information please visit their website: Cal/Osha Complaint
Would you like to report the contractor being in violation of the Contractor
Please visit Contractor State License Board website:
If you are not sure where your property line is, or if you and your neighbor
are in disagreement about the location of a common property line, you
may need to hire a land surveyor. It is unlawful for anyone to do land
surveying or offer to do land surveying unless he or she is currently
licensed as a land surveyor in the State of California. The City of Rancho
Palos Verdes does not offer land surveying services to the public. If you’d
like to see an approximate property line location you can speak with
Planning to view the property with the GIS Maps. Property line disputes
can NOT be determined per the GIS maps, only by the determination of a
licensed Land Surveyor. The State of California Board for Professional
Engineers and Land Surveyors also maintains a helpful website should
you find you need a surveyor.
A permit must be obtained to legalize any work completed without permits. Plans must be made for all work and submitted for review and approval. Once the permit is issued, the work will be fully inspected to verify code compliance. Inspectors may require demolition of finishes and wall coverings to ensure the work matches the approved plans and complies with current code requirements.
If you are placing a temporary dumpster in front of your property, an Encroachment Permit is required. This may be obtained with the Public Works Department : https://www.rpvca.gov/292/Public-Works
Public Works Permit Technicians
Karissa Russell: KRussell@rpvca.gov
Plan Checks are good for 6 months or 180 days. If you will be going passed the 6 month period, you will still be eligible for (2) - 90 day extensions ($82 each extension). (Municipal Code Section 15.18.050. Subsection 105.3.2)
We currently don't offer any expedited plan check options.
The building codes, as empowered by the State of California Health and Safety codes, are clear that no construction is allowed until the permit is issued. Once the permit application and accompanying plans have been submitted, the Building & Safety division will review and process the plans. Following approval of the plan and payment of fees, a permit will be issued.
Certificates of Occupancy cannot be issued until all permits have received final inspection approval and all City Departments have signed off on their areas of responsibility.
A permit is required for residential accessory structures, including non-habitable storage sheds, workshops, gazebos, cabanas, and similar non-habitable structures, greater than 120 square feet in area. Structures 120 square feet or smaller in area may be exempt from building permit requirements. All accessory structures regardless of size must comply with Municipal Code zoning requirements for use, placement on the parcel, and design. If electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work is included as part of the accessory structure, a permit is required regardless of size. For information about the location limitations of residential accessory structures, contact Planning staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 310-544-5287
You may have a maximum of three (3) Dogs and three (3) Cats.
Depending on the circumstances, Los Angeles Animal Control will be the contact when it comes to barking dogs. Code Enforcement can only regulate the number of dogs & cats on the property.
The current property owner recorded on Title is responsible for all building violations that may exist.
We advise that if there is any demoing of anything on the said property, please contact the Building Division at (310) 544-5280.
To find the approved construction projects in the City, please call the Building Division at (310) 544-5280.
Hours of allowed operation 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hours of allowed operation 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Prohibited except with a Special Construction Permit
The Code Enforcement Division does not obtain or analyze air samples. Residents can contact an independent testing company or laboratory for this service.
The Code Enforcement Division can address the maintenance of the pool causing the breeding of mosquitos. The Los Angeles Vector Control will respond and treat the water with possible mosquitos. Please contact them at (310) 915-7370.
For nuisance noise issues, call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at (310) 539-1661.
Hours of allowed operation 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Trash cans are allowed to be placed at the curb/pickup location at 4:00 p.m. the night before collection and must be removed before 10:00 p.m. the day of collection.
The Property Maintenance Ordinance regulates the storage of certain items in public view. Items such as boxes, tires, trash cans, furniture, and appliances in public view are a violation of the code.
According to the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, it is unlawful to maintain a property at a variance to the surrounding properties. This means that any vegetation that is overgrown, needs to be trimmed.
Parking regulations on public streets are enforced by the Los Angeles Sheriff Department. The non-emergency line is (310) 539-1661.
The Code Enforcement Division enforces inoperable vehicles on private property. Please call (310) 544-5281.
Front yard parking is not allowed with the exception of:
The driveway, which is defined as a permanently surfaced/paved area providing direct access for vehicles between a street and a permitted off-street parking.
Please refer to RV Parking Regulations page for more information.
A Code Enforcement Officer will contact you to discuss your concerns and answer any questions. We kindly ask to give a minimum of 10 business days after filing a complaint.
The Code Enforcement Division do take anonymous complaints. Our complaint process is confidential. Please not that if the information is incorrect or insufficient, the investigation may be hindered and we will be unable to contact you.
To pay an administrative citation, you may use the following:
City of Rancho Palos Verdes
Planning, Building & Code Enforcement
30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes CA, 90275-5391
In accordance with Section 1.16.130 (Request for Administrative Hearing), an individual or business has the right to contest an administrative citation and request an administrative hearing when the individual or business disagrees with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Code Enforcement Division action. An individual or business has the right to contest an administrative citation and request an administrative hearing when the individual or business disagrees with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Code Enforcement Division action. The following Rancho Palos Verdes municipal codes provide information related to the payment requirement of the administrative fine, how to request an administrative hearing, the time required for the hearing process, and the advance hardship fee waiver deposit required. Enclosed in this packet are the Request for Administrative Hearing form, the Advance Hardship Fee Waiver Deposit form, and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
The contestant is responsible for the timely filing of the appeal to request a hearing. The Request for Administrative Hearing form must be completed in its entirety and returned to the Community Development Department of City Hall within 30 days from the date of service of the administrative citation. A separate Request for Administrative Hearing form is required for each citation.
An advance deposit of the total administrative fine for each citation is required at the time of filing. Payment may be in the form of Cash, Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order payable to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. The advance administrative fine deposit shall be refunded if the ruling made by the Hearing Officer rules there was no violation as charged in the Administrative Citation.
Any responsible person who requests a hearing to contest an administrative citation and who is financially unable to deposit the administrative fine required in Section 1.16.120 (Payment of Administrative Fine) may file a request for an advance deposit hardship waiver.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Whom do I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding the hearing procedures?
Contact the Code Enforcement Division at (310) 544-5281 or email@example.com to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the contents of this document.
What if my hardship waiver is denied and I want a second opinion?
The decision of the director or the director's designee on whether to issue a hardship waiver shall be final.
What are the steps involved when requesting a hearing?
Step 1: Complete a request for hearing form and return it to the Community Development Department.
Step 2: Either deposit the administrative fine with the Community Development Department or provide a notice that a request for an advance deposit hardship waiver has been filed pursuant to Section 1.16.140 (Advance Hardship Waiver Deposit).
Step 3: The Community Development Department must receive a completed request for hearing form and the administrative fine or completed hardship waiver form pursuant to Section 1.16.140 (Advance Hardship Waiver Deposit) within 30 days from the date of service of the administrative citation. If not, the responsible person waives the right to a hearing.
Step 4: The citing official shall notify the person requesting the hearing by regular mail in accordance with Section 1.16.030 (Procedure for Service) of the time and place of the hearing at least 20 days before the date of the hearing. The citing official shall serve any documentation, other than the administrative citation, that the citing official has submitted or will submit to the hearing officer on the person requesting the hearing by regular mail in accordance with Section 1.16.030 (Procedure for Service) at least ten days before the date of the hearing.
Step 5: Only after a request for hearing form is received by the Community Development Department within the required period, and the responsible person requesting the hearing has either deposited the administrative fine in full or obtained an advance deposit hardship waiver (hereinafter a “perfected appeal”), shall the city set the date and time for the administrative hearing. The hearing shall be set for a date not less than 15 days, nor more than 60 days after the filing of a perfected appeal.
Is there a cost to schedule and/or attend the administrative hearing?
Yes, the administrative hearing officer shall assess against the responsible person administrative costs for any violation found to exist, or for any violation which was not timely corrected. The administrative costs include any and all costs incurred by the city in connection with prosecuting the violation, including, but not limited to, investigation costs, staffing costs for preparing and conducting the administrative hearing, and costs for all inspections necessary to enforce the compliance order and the administrative order. The administrative order shall specify the date by which the costs must be paid to the city.
How soon will the hearing be scheduled?
The hearing shall be set for a date not less than 15 days, nor more than 60 days after the filing of a perfected appeal.
What if I can’t make the hearing and need to reschedule attending the hearing?
The contestant may request one continuance and the city may continue the hearing on its own initiative for good cause. Holding the hearing beyond 30 days of the appeal shall not invalidate the citation.
What happens if I fail to attend the administrative hearing?
If the responsible person fails to attend the scheduled hearing, the hearing will proceed without the responsible person, and the responsible person will be deemed to have waived the right to an administrative hearing and any further appeals as set forth in this chapter.
Who appoints the administrative hearing officer?
Administrative hearing officers shall be selected in a manner that avoids the potential for pecuniary or other bias. In no event shall the administrative hearing officer be the citing official. The compensation, if any, of the administrative hearing officer shall be paid by the city. Compensation shall not be directly or indirectly conditioned upon whether administrative citations are upheld by the administrative hearing officer.
What are the procedures at administrative hearings, and do I need a lawyer or witnesses?
Administrative hearings are informal, and formal rules of evidence and discovery do not apply. Each party shall have the opportunity to present evidence in support of that party's case and to cross-examine witnesses. The city bears the burden of proof at an administrative hearing to establish a violation of the municipal code. The administrative citation and any additional reports submitted by the citing official shall constitute prima facie evidence of the facts contained in those documents. The administrative hearing officer must use the preponderance of evidence as the standard of review in deciding the issues.
Can I appeal the decision of the administrative hearing officer?
Yes, you may appeal the decision of the hearing officer within 20 days after service of the administrative hearing officer's decision upon the responsible person/citee, either the responsible person/citee or the city may seek review of the administrative hearing officer's decision by filing a notice of appeal and paying the appeal fee, if required, set forth in Government Code § 53069.4(b)(2) or its successor with the Los Angeles Superior Court (Southwest District/Torrance). The appealing party shall serve a copy of the notice of appeal either in person or by first-class mail upon the non-appealing party. If either the responsible person/citee or the city fails to timely file a notice of appeal, the administrative order shall be deemed confirmed.
Is there a fee for paying the administrative citation late?
Yes, any person who fails to pay the city on or before the due date any administrative fine imposed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be liable for the payment of late payment charges as follows:
Can the city place a lean on my property for unpaid fines?
Yes, in accordance with Section 1.16.230 (Collection of administrative fines and costs-Lien Procedures).
Please meet with the Code Enforcement Officer who issued the Notice of Violation to discuss your concerns.
Unfortunately, short-term rentals are prohibited in single-family and multi-family residential zoning districts.
Voter Registration forms are available at: Los Angeles County Clerk-Registrar/Recorder’s Office website (www.lavote.net); California Secretary of State’s Office website (www.sos.ca.gov); or post offices and local libraries.
The City’s next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, with two (2) seats available on the City Council, each with a full term of fours years. On November 15, 2016 City Council adopted Ordinance No. 591 to change the General Municipal Election dates to coincide with the Statewide General Elections held in November of even-numbered years.
The General Municipal Election, previously scheduled for November 3, 2020, has been canceled.On June 2, 2020, the City Council called for the General Municipal Election to be held for the election of two members of City Council. The nomination period began on July 13th and ended on August 7th, with only two candidates nominated – incumbents Mayor Cruikshank and Mayor Pro Tem Alegria, for the two open seats.Per Elections Code 10229, when this occurs, the local agency (City Council) is authorized to appoint to each office those nominated as though they were elected at a municipal election. This appointment also causes the previously scheduled election to be canceled and yields an approximate savings of over $100K to the City’s budget. The City Clerk has also been directed to not accept for filing any statement of a write in candidate which is submitted after the appointments are made.During the August 18, 2020, City Council meeting, the City Council appointed John Cruikshank and Eric Alegria to take office and serve exactly as though elected at a municipal election for a full term of four years. They will be sworn into office during the December 1st Regular City Council meeting.Agenda Report from August 18, 2020 Consideration and possible action to appoint persons nominated for Members of the City Council and cancel the General Municipal Election scheduled for November 3, 2020.Resolution 2020-48 Cancellation of the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election and Appointments to Office
Voters who wish to vote by mail must submit a written request to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Printed Vote by Mail Applications can also be found on the back cover page of your Official Sample Ballot booklet. Your written request must identify the election for which a ballot is being requested, and must contain the voter’s name and signature, registered address, and the address to which the ballot should be mailed. The signature of each person requesting a vote by mail ballot is required in order to verify the legitimacy of the application. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, please visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website by clicking the link below to complete and sign the application for a vote by mail ballot. Return the application to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk P.O. Box 30450 Los Angeles, Ca 90030-0450
Any registered voter may become a Permanent Vote by Mail voter. As a permanent vote by mail voter, you will no longer have to apply for future elections. A ballot will automatically be mailed to you for each election in which you are eligible to vote. A voter’s name shall be deleted from the permanent Vote by Mail voter list if he or she fails to return a Vote by Mail ballot for four consecutive statewide general elections. You may request an application for Permanent Vote By Mail status by calling (562) 466-1323 or by visiting the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website by clicking the link below to complete and sign the application for Permanent Vote By Mail status. Return the application to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk P.O. Box 30450 Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450
There are three easy ways to become a Permanent Vote by Mail voter:
Download and complete the Request to Cancel Permanent Vote by Mail Status Application. You can also request an application by calling 1 (800) 815-2666 Option #2.
Return your completed signed application by one of the following methods:
Fax: (562) 864-6786
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMail application to:
Registrar-Recorder/County ClerkP.O. Box 30450Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450
In addition to the impressive emergency resources provided by the County, the City is very fortunate to have several volunteer civilian response teams that assist our first responders and our community during an emergency or disaster. These organizations include the Rancho Palos Verdes Neighborhood Watch, Palos Verdes Peninsula Community Emergency Response Team PVPCERT), Peninsula Volunteer Alert Network (PVAN): For more information, visit this page: https://www.rpvca.gov/826/Volunteer
One of the city’s primary responsibilities to its citizens is to provide for the maximum protection of life and property from both natural and man-made hazards and disasters. In July of 2008, the city council unanimously approved Resolution No. 2008-61 for the creation of a Emergency Preparedness Committee with this goal in mind. This new city advisory board, which consists of 7 resident volunteers appointed by the city council, has been charged with the mission to advise and make recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to emergency preparedness to help ensure that the City of Rancho Palos Verdes develops and maintains a high state of readiness to respond to a wide variety of emergencies and disasters."
The Emergency Preparedness Committee holds evening meetings as required, generally on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall.
If you have questions, or would like the Emergency Preparedness Committee to make an emergency preparedness presentation to your group or organization, please email the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, within 120 feet of any property line abutting a Residential Zoning District, no construction or grading, including grading operations to prepare sites for earth interments, shall occur before 9:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. All equipment shall be equipped with a muffler to reduce on-site grading and construction noise levels.
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For excessive noise or other activities that results in impacts, Green Hills Cemetery security may be reached at (310) 995-7006 from 4pm-9:30pm.
In January 2013, Green Hills submitted plans reflecting an overall building height of 22.5’, with a datum point of 322.5’ to the top of the parapet. A silhouette was installed depicting the proposed building envelope, including its height. A silhouette certification was submitted ensuring that the silhouette reflected the submitted plans (see attachment below).
In April 2013, the Planning Division approved the plans and subsequently another set of plans with revisions to the grading and no changes to the building height in November 2013. Green Hills were granted a Building Permit and construction began. In August and September 2015, building height certifications prepared by a licensed surveyor were submitted by Green Hills certifying the parapet wall at a height of 322.5’ (see attachment below). Inspiration Slope Silhouette & Bldg Certifications
Areas 5 and 6 are approved to be used for stockpiling of soil while other parts of the cemetery are developed/improved over time. As earth is placed and removed from the area, it is inevitable that the grades will continuously change.
It should be noted that the Master Plan shows future mausoleum buildings in the west half of this area. For future development applications for these mausoleum buildings, the baseline grades will be based on the 2011 topographic survey filed with the City. Any improvements in this area will be subject to review with opportunities for public input.
As the most recent Annual Review was conducted on January 31, 2017, the next Annual Review is anticipated to be conducted by the City Council in January 2018.
Request wallboard/lath and or drywall inspection after all lathing or drywall is in place, but before taping, plaster, or stucco is applied.
The electrical inspection includes an examination of the materials, components, and electrical equipment installed. All rough wiring for the structure and the electrical service is inspected at the same time. Rough-in inspection includes, but is not necessarily limited to, all wiring within the walls, all circuit breakers, panel boards and ground splices terminated by mechanical means. The inspection takes place after all wiring systems, including the ground conductor (GEC), have been installed in approved boxes, cabinets, and service equipment. Switches, receptacles and fixtures should not be installed at the rough-in.
To release main service panel to SCE, once all outlets, switches, lighting, equipment and breakers are set.
Performed when the gas pipe is factory coated for use underground with all joints and or fittings wrapped and installed in the trench. Steel gas pipe (galvanized or black iron) shall be of approved material. Burial depth for steel pipe shall be no less than 18” inches below grade. The test for such piping shall be 10 psi on a 30 psi gauge for no less than 15 minutes, with no perceptible drop in pressure. Approved Polyethylene (PE) pipe may be used in exterior buried piping systems. The test for such piping shall be 10 psi on a 30 psi gauge for no less than 30 minutes with no perceptible drop in pressure. The burial depth for PE pipe shall be no less than 18” inches below grade with approved metallic risers on each end. An electrically continuous number 18 AWG yellow tracer wire shall be installed with and attached to underground non-metallic gas piping and shall terminate above grade at each end. CSST shall be installed and bonded in accordance with the code and the manufacturer’s specifications. These tests shall be made using air, CO2, or nitrogen pressure only. For installation and testing, gas pipe materials other than those listed above consult the piping manufacturer and the Building Division for approved methods.
Request final inspection after construction is completed, including all grading, drainage and site work, and before the building is occupied. The building must be unlocked, or prior arrangements made for the inspector to access the building. All appliances, electrical fixtures, convenience outlets, switches and plates must be in place. The following is also required to receive a final on the building permit and a certificate of occupancy: (Provide a final HERS report if applicable.) Indicate the presence of required maintenance and operations manuals.
Rough-In Inspections (Framing, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical) All the rough inspections can be inspected concurrently by Combination Inspectors. On complex installations, separate inspections by Special Inspectors for each trade may be necessary.
Interior and exterior walls should be constructed according to the type of material used as specified in the building code and approved set of plans. Request structural frame inspection after bracing; shear panels at walls, floors and roof; straps and hold-downs; fire blocking and all other framing and structural connections are in place. The framing inspection should be made after all electrical, plumbing, and mechanical rough-in has been inspected and all ducts, chimneys, hold-downs and shear walls are installed and framing is complete. (Building shall be dried-in prior to frame inspection.)
Request foundation inspection after trenches are excavated, forms are erected, UFER ground, seismic restraints and reinforcing steel are in place and, before, pouring concrete. (Verify all form setbacks to approved plans)
Request insulation inspection after insulation and caulking is in place. Provide a QII certification to the building Inspector if required by T-24.
Air pressure testing is required on all interior fuel gas piping at rough inspection and after all cabinets have been installed or brown coat inspection.
Request exterior lath inspection after exterior walls and sub-roof underlayment, and lath has been installed; all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place; rough plumbing is completed and under test; rough electrical and rough mechanical are complete and after drywall is installed.
In accordance with the state building code, the plumbing and mechanical systems are inspected prior to covering or concealing any portion of the system. The inspection takes place after the installation of all water piping, drain, waste vent piping, fuel gas piping, HVAC ducting, range, dryer and bath exhaust ducting, furnace, boiler, water heater, unit heaters, and/or other fuel fired appliances and their venting system. (IAQ/whole house fans as applicable.) Also in accordance with the state building code, water or air pressure testing is required on all water, drain, waste and vent piping.
Request roof sheathing (frame from top plates up) after all roof penetrations for plumbing and mechanical have been installed. (Inspect HVAC if applicable at this time.) Interior and exterior shear walls are to be inspected. Pre-assembled walls (strong walls, I-joists etc.) must be ICC listed. (All windows/sliders shall match plans for U-factor and egress.)
For smaller residential additions or alterations, a grading permit or inspection is usually not required. Certain site conditions, however, may warrant the submittal of a grading plan for plan review, grading permit issuance and inspection approval before foundation work can commence. Soil and civil certifications also must be submitted and approved by the City prior to inspection approval of the footings or foundation.
“Built-in place” shower bases shall be lined in accordance with the code and filled with water. This inspection is typically requested at the same time as the drywall inspection. (Pan slope inspected.)
All special inspection reports and documents must be turned in to the Inspector prior to calling for a final inspection.
Inspect subfloor insulation for correct R-value and installation method.
performed when the base plumbing drainage system is in place. The inspection must be approved prior to the placement of concrete or floor sheathing. The system shall be on test at the time of the inspection by either a 10-foot head of water or for systems other than plastic, five pounds of air shown on a 30 psi gauge. All plumbing under floors shall be suspended a minimum of three inches above the ground to allow for soil expansion.
Performed when the builder/owner or licensed electrician has set the temporary service to be used during the construction of the residence. Ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection of all 125 volt 15, 20 and 30 amp receptacles must be provided on all job sites. Receptacles of higher amperage and voltage will also need GFCI protection or assured equipment grounding conductor program, per NEC 590.6 (B) (2). Only the use of approved extension cords is acceptable. The use of illegal extension cords may result in the removal of the electrical meter.
Request underfloor inspection after rough plumbing (sanitary drain lines) and rough mechanical (water and gas piping) are installed, strapped and under test; and after heat ducts are installed, supported and insulated before the subfloor is installed. Subfloor and insulation are not to be installed until inspection of underfloor has been approved.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you require a disability-related modification or accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at email@example.com or 310-544-5217. Staff will use their best efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to provide as much accessibility as possible while also maintaining public safety.
To use Zoom you will need one of the following:
- A Modern Computer (Windows or Apple computer with speakers and a microphone). Note: Webcams are recommended but not required.
- A Modern Mobile Device (iOS or Android)
- Phone. Mobile device, desk, or landline
You can join a test Zoom meeting by going to https://zoom.us/test and then follow the prompts to test your audio and video connectivity.
Please go directly to Zoom's Frequently Asked Questions located here https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206175806-Frequently-asked-questions
To maximize public safety while maintaining transparency and public access, those members of the public wishing to participate in City Council meetings are encouraged to do so in one of the following ways:
Remote Participants (via Zoom)
If you wish to speak during the meeting, please fill out the online request form at rpvca.gov/participate by the deadline specified in the agenda. Upon successful submission, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to connect to the meeting.
Please fill out the public comment form and hand it to the City Clerk.
Written or pre-recorded comments on a specific agenda item(s)
If you simply wish to make a comment, please submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Comments received by 4:00 P.M. on the day of the meeting will be forwarded to the City Council prior to the meeting for consideration. Otherwise, they will be included as late correspondence the following day.
Comments on a specific agenda item(s) during the live meeting: If you are watching the meeting live and wish to make a comment on an agenda item as it is being heard, you may submit your brief comment using the methods below. Your comment will be read or heard during the meeting if received in real-time and prior to the commencement of that item. Otherwise, it will be included as late correspondence the following day.
a. Email: Comments will be accepted via email to email@example.com during the meeting, prior to the close of the public comment portion on an item or during public comments for non-agenda items, and read aloud into the record with a maximum allowance of three minutes per individual comment, subject to the Mayor’s discretion.
b. Voicemail: You may leave a comment at (310) 544-5217 using the City’s voicemail system prior to the close of the public comment portion on an item or during public comments for non-agenda items, and your message will be heard by the City Council with a maximum allowance of three minutes per individual comment, subject to the Mayor’s discretion.
NOTE: Please always refer to the agenda of the City Council meeting you are interested in participating in as the specific details may differ from the ones outlined above.
Go to https://www.rpvca.gov/772/City-Meeting-Video-and-Agendas and click on "Watch Event". If you cannot see the "Watch Event" link, please double-check there is either a City Council or Planning Commission meeting scheduled.
The online streaming is provided by Granicus and requires a modern Internet browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari). For more details about the minimum requirements to stream meetings online, please refer to this link
If you are interested in watching the meeting but would like to have an opportunity to provide public comments, please fill out the Public Participation Form at https://rpvca.gov/participate. A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided to you upon successful registration.
Local cable channels Cox 35 and Frontier FiberOptic 39 broadcast the City Council and Planning Commission meetings live in standard definition (SD).
The options listed below apply to the following RPV advisory boards' public meetings:
You can participate in person at the advertised location of the meeting.
If you would like to watch and/or provide comments during the meeting, please register at https://rpvca.gov/participate and the details will be provided to you by the City staff.
NOTE: Please note that the RPV advisory board meetings are not broadcast via the City website or the local cable channels unless specifically stated in the meeting agenda.
At least 10 working days should be allowed for initial plan review, with 5 days allowed for subsequent reviews if needed. Once plan approvals are completed, the permit can be issued in one visit if all the paperwork is correct. Click to see the Public Works Permit Fees.
Parking permits can be obtained at the Public Works counter. More information on parking permit programs can be found in the following page:
The city’s volunteer docent organization, Los Serenos de Point Vicente, conducts hikes within the Forrestal Nature Preserve, along the public trails at Trump national, and at the tide pools at Abalone Cove Beach. For information or to schedule a docent-led hike please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hikes should be scheduled at lest 6 weeks in advance.
Another excellent source for hikes and trail information is the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Call 310-541-7613 or visit the organization's website:
The Pacific gray whales' annual migration season from the frigid waters of the Arctic seas to the warm lagoons of Baja, California, can be seen from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center from December through April. The Interpretive Center is a premier whale-watching site. It is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the park grounds are open 9 a.m. until dusk.
Another ideal location is Pelican Cove, located between the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Long Point (formerly Marineland, now called Terranea Resort).
Commercial whale watch boats offer an up-close look at whales. For Redondo Sports Fishing in Redondo Beach, call 310-372-2111 or for 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, call 310-832-8304. Also, visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro to learn more about the whales, or call the aquarium at 310-548-7562.
The United States Coast Guard operates the Point Vicente Lighthouse. The Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts regularly scheduled tours on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 310-541-0334 for more information.