Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety

April 2, 2014

City of Los Angeles' Initiative to Streamline Its Development Process Becomes Clearer

Kevin Keller, Director of Planning and Housing Policy under Mayor Eric Garcetti, provides insight into the city's development services reform in light of a recent report by Matrix Consulting.

September 19, 2013

Bill Fulton Tasked by Mayor with Reconstituting San Diego City’s Planning Department

San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton talks community plans and rebuilding a department in the wake of a political shift in the city.

December 4, 2012

LA Council President Asks AIA-LA Members if Merging Planning with Building & Safety Is a Good Idea

In the following partial transcript from a November 15 breakfast forum held by the American Institute of Architects, LA City Council President Herb Wesson leads an assessment of the pros/cons of merging the Department of Planning with Building and Safety in response to budgetary constraints.

May 1, 2020

LA Building & Safety’s Osama Younan on New Digital Practices During Pandemic 

General Manager of the LA Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Osama Younan on the shock his agency underwent and the department’s continuing transition away from in-person counter service to online systems to expedite city processes and provide physically distant essential service.

May 23, 2016

ULI-LA Forum: LA City Leaders Collaborate to Improve Planning and Development Process

Key Los Angeles city departmental managers and officials discussed improvements to each of their respective organizations and explained their vision for a collaborative approval process that reduces obstacles for developers.

March 1, 2010

Bud Ovrom Now Leads L.A. Building and Safety; Advocates ‘12-to-2' Plan

The new general manager of the city of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety lays out the priorities for his new position, as mandated by the mayor and the current economic woes of the city.

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