The Planning Division is responsible for implementing the City’s General Plan and Zoning Code, which regulates the type of land uses that can be located in each part of the City. Planning also reviews business licenses, to ensure that each business is in its appropriate zone, processes land use entitlements, as well as reviews plans for constructing or modifying buildings and structures. To speak with a Planning staff member, please contact the Planning Division at (562) 567-9320.
Planning approval must be secured prior to the issuance of building permits for all new construction and any modification to an existing building or structure. Depending on the location, use, size and type of building proposed, Planning Division approval may involve any or all of the following entities: City staff, the Historic Resources Commission, the Planning Commission, and/or the Design Review Board.
The City of Whittier Zoning Code has been developed to ensure a high standard of design and materials for all buildings in the City. To consistently interpret the requirements of the Code, the City has adopted Design Guidelines for commercial and residential buildings. 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 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 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.
Commission and Board Meetings
The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Mondays of each Month at 7:00 p.m. The Historic Resources Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. The Design Review Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Planning Commission, Historic Resources Commission, and Design Review Board meeting agendas are available on-line.
Planning Applications and Forms
Please see below for a list of community requested planning applications and other forms.