Community Development

City Hall Closed to the Public

Due to COVID-19, and to ensure the health and safety of the public and our personnel, City Hall is open by appointment only until further notice. We are also available to assist you via phone and e-mail during regular business hours.

No walk-ins will be allowed. To make an appointment with the Community Development Department, please email or call 562-989-7340.

Temporary Outdoor Areas for Restaurants and Businesses

When state and local public health regulations allow for it, temporary outdoor service or dining areas may be established for existing businesses and restaurants with current business licenses on private property, in private parking, or landscape areas, until further notice.

Currently, dining and drinking on-site at restaurants and other establishments in L.A. County and Signal Hill is prohibited by the State due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we are not issuing new Temporary Outdoor Dining applications at this time.

View the Temporary Outdoor Dining Guide (PDF).

To submit a plan for non-food-service temporary business areas, please use our Temporary Outdoor Business Areas Guide (PDF).

Responsibilities and Services

The Community Development Department performs a variety of services intended to protect, maintain, and develop an attractive, safe, and healthy environment for residents and the business community. The department's primary function is to oversee property development and land use activities in the city.

Planning Commission

Select this link to view the Planning Commission Agenda for this month's meeting (may take a few seconds to download).

Building Safety reviews construction plans, tracks interdepartmental reviews, issues permits, and provides inspectionsto ensure code compliance.

Neighborhood Enhancement services include initiating and managing code enforcement actions and supporting the Sustainable City Committee.

Oilfield Services

Enforces noise, safety, and appearance provisions to the Oil Code.

Planning Services 

  • Providing staff support for the Planning Commission
  • Providing technical assistance regarding the rules and regulations for the development of private property
  • Reviewing and managing development projects consistent with the provisions of the General Plan and Municipal Code
  • Provide information on housing and population estimates. You may also visit the State Department of Finance.