As you begin to plan and prepare for the launch of your new restaurant, there are a number of things you need to know about working with the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and the State of California when it comes to permits, approvals and timing.

For starters, you’ll be working with several different agencies, including the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), which is notoriously difficult when it comes to granting building permits. In addition, food service establishments are required to attain permits and pass inspections that office and retail spaces do not. 

Don’t worry. We’re here to help. And truth be told, our motives are a bit self-serving. As LA residents and foodies, we love new restaurants as much as we love permits!  

We developed this guide to give you a thorough understanding of the restaurant permitting process and who you’ll be working with. We’ve also included tips we use to expedite the building permitting process, saving time and money.