CITY OF LAWNDALE

For general information:

Public Works:
Phone: (310) 973-3260
Email: tware@lawndalecity.org

Permits:

Most major projects will require a permit of some kind. This is necessary to ensure that all building meet minimum standards which will protect its occupants and neighbors not only in everyday living, but also in case of emergencies and natural disasters.

A building permit will be issued to:

  1. A property owner, for work on single family or duplex buildings, provided that the owner lives in one of the units.
  2. A licensed contractor.

When a permit is taken out, the signature and identity of the applicant must be verified. A California Driver's license, State of California Identification Card, or other positive identification will meet this requirement.

Contractor working in the City of Lawndale are required to have a Lawndale business license.

If a contractor has employees, a Certificate of Workers' Compensation Insurance must be on file with the Planning and Building Department. Contractors working alone may waive this requirement, but must show a pocket copy of their State Contractors License.

Inspections - Work be conducted in conjunction with a permit must be inspected during the project to insure compliance with codes and the approved plans. To arrange an inspection, call us at least one day before the desired inspection date.

Building Permit Fees - Permit and plan check fees for building permits are based on the valuation, or cost of the work being done. For a calculation of building permit fees, contact the Building Division with the valuation of the proposed work and the area (square feet) of the addition or new building.

Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Permit Fees - Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Permit Fees are based on "item counts". For example, the fee for an electrical permit for a room addition is based on the number of new switches, light fixtures and outlets. For a calculation of fees, contact the Building Division with an item count of the work to be done.

School Fees - Fees are collected by the Centinela Valley Union High School District at 14901 Inglewood Avenue for all new buildings or additions in excess of 500 square feet. The rates are as follows:

Residential Development = $1.84 per square foot
Commercial/Industrial Development = $.30 per square foot

For more information, contact the Centinela Valley Union High School District at (310) 263-3228.

OTHER FEES:

City of Lawndale Parks and Recreation Fee - The construction of new residential units requires the payment of a fee of $400.00 per unit.

City of Lawndale Future Sewer Connection Fee - The construction of new buildings, additions, or changes of occupancy requires the payment of sewer capacity fees. The fee is based on the type and size of structure proposed. The fee per new residential unit is $204.00. Contact us for additional information.

Weekly Trash:

Consolidated Disposal Service
(800) 299-4898

Other Services offered by Consolidated Disposal:

Bulky Item Pickup -
Single-Family Dwelling Unit Customers are entitled to an unlimited number of collections, with a maximum of four items per pickup, or up to 20 bags of yard waste for no additional charge. Items will be collected on the customer's regular collection day. Please call Consolidated Disposal at (800) 299-4898 48 hours in advance of your regularly scheduled collection day to schedule your bulky item collection.

Used Oil Recycling -
Customers may dispose of up to three one-gallon containers of used motor oil weekly. Service will occur in conjunction with regular Recyclable Materials collection. Used oil containers must be tightly sealed, and filters must be completely drained and placed in a sealable zip lock bag. Consolidated Disposal Service will provide containers upon request, or individuals may pick up containers from the City's Public Works Office at 4722 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Hazardous Material:

Types of Hazardous Materials include:

  • Electronics, such as TV's, computers, and cell phones are banned from the trash.

Hazardous Materials Disposal:

FREE PERMANENT DROP-OFF FACILITY - S.A.F.E. COLLECTION CENTER
1400 NORTH GAFFEY ST
SAN PEDRO, CA 90021
1-800-988-6942

OPEN SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M. EXCEPT HOLIDAYS AND RAINY DAYS. NOTE THAT, STARTING JULY 1, 2010, SAFE CENTERS WILL NO LONGER BE OPEN ON FRIDAYS. THERE IS A LIMIT OF SIX (6) ELECTRONIC ITEMS PER VISIT.

Recycling Ordinance:

CITY OF LAWNDALE PASSES CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS RECYCLING ORDINANCE

The City of Lawndale has passed Ordinance 984-06 to increase recycling at construction and demolition sites. This ordinance requires persons pulling a building permit for any demolition project and all other projects with an estimated cost over $100,000 to divert 50 percent of all waste generated from the jobsite, fill out a waste reduction and recycling plan, and to pay a security deposit and administrative fee. For more information please visit the City's website or pick up information at Lawndale City Hall or the Public Works Department. Construction and demolition waste accounts for approximately a quarter of all waste going into California's landfills. But with proper planning this amount could be dramatically decreased. There are many materials from jobsites that can be salvaged or recycled (concrete, asphalt, wood, dirt, doors, windows, etc.) Recycling, salvaging, and reusing construction material can save you money by reducing your disposal costs. Remember - proper planning is the key to saving the most money on your project. Make sure to pickup (or download from the City's website) a copy of the brochure "Save Money and Conserve Our Natural Resources by Recycling Your Construction and Demolition Debris" to learn how to reduce your job cost and the amount of materials ending up in our landfills.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES C&D STAND FOR?
Construction and Demolition

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT CONSTRUCTION WASTE BE RECYCLED?
A lot of natural resources can be saved by recycling C&D waste, which makes up 24% of the trash going into the landfill. Also, most cities have ordinances requiring that the material be recycled.

DO ALL THE CITIES HAVE THE SAME RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS?
No. However, most cities that do have recycling policies require you to submit recycling and disposal receipts upon completion of the project.

WHY AM I ASKED WHAT CITY MY WASTE CAME FROM?
The State requires each city and county to reduce waste through recycling, composting or other diversion activities. To gather statistics by city, landfill and transfer station gatekeepers ask where the waste is from.

WHAT ARE INERT MATERIALS?
Inert solids include asphalt, brick, concrete, dirt, fines, rock, sand, soil and stone. These materials are also referred to as aggregate.

WHAT IS A MIXED C&D RECYCLING FACILITY?
At a mixed C&D recycling facility, different recyclables are sorted from a load of mixed debris. A load of mixed C&D generally includes drywall, metal, untreated wood, yard trimmings and small amounts of inert materials (large amounts of inert should go into "rock boxes").

HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY RECEIPTS REFLECT RECYCLING?
First, you must make sure that you are taking your load to a facility that can recycle the materials you have. When you are at the gate of any facility, be sure to tell them that you would like to recycle the material and you need a receipt that reflects that. The receipt will indicate that the material was either recycled or disposed of.

WHAT IF I CONTRACT WITH A HAULING COMPANY TO HANDLE ALL OF MY C&D WASTE?
You will need to request that the hauler take your waste to an approved C&D recycling facility, and that the hauler provides to you the appropriate receipts from those facilities.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT WASTE GENERATED BY MY SUBCONTRACTORS?
If you are acting as the General Contractor you are responsible for ensuring that the City's recycling requirements are met.

WHAT IF A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT GENERATES LITTLE TO NO WASTE?
All construction projects generate waste and you are responsible for meeting the City's C&D recycling requirements.