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The Planning Division of the Community Development Department is responsible for implementing the City’s Zoning Code, which regulates the types of land uses and buildings that can be located in each part of the City. As such, the Division reviews business licenses to ensure that each business is in the appropriate zone, processes conditional use permits for certain uses pursuant to the Zoning Code, and reviews and processes (as necessary) plans for constructing or modifying buildings and structures. To speak with a Planning staff member, please contact the Planning Division at (562) 567-9320. For more information on how to obtain a business license click here.
Planning approval must be secured prior to the issuance of building permits for all new construction and modifications to existing buildings and structures. Depending on the location, use, size and type of building or structure planned, Planning Approval may involve any or all of the following entities: Staff, the City’s Historic Resources Commission and the Planning Commission.
The City of Whittier Zoning Code has been developed to ensure a high standard of design and materials for all buildings in the City. In order to more easily interpret the requirements of the Code, the City has adopted Design Guidelines for commercial and residential structures. If you are planning to modify or construct a new building in the City of Whittier, it is recommended that you visit the Community Development Department at City Hall between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday or call (562) 567-9320 to request a copy of the Design Guidelines.
Counter Hours in the Planning Division
The Planning Counter is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. For more information on Planning Services please call the Community Development Department at (562) 567-9320.
Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to common questions on the City's Planning Services please see our frequently asked questions page and click on Planning & Building Services, or click here.
Planning Commission and Historic Resources Commission meeting agendas are available on-line. Click here to see the meeting calendar and download meeting minutes.
Planning Applications and Forms
Please see below for a list of community requested planning applications and other forms.
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