Posted on 07/22/2015

25% in Process Since July 2013; 25,929 New Housing Units Permitted by Department of Building and Safety.

Mayor Eric Garcetti this week announced a key milestone in his goal of producing 100,000 new housing units by 2021 to help address the housing crisis in Los Angeles. Based on fiscal-year-end data from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), building permits have been issued for 25,929 new housing units since July 1, 2013, putting production at 26% of Mayor Garcetti’s goal two years into his eight-year timeline.

Building permits are issued by LADBS after necessary approvals from the Department of City Planning and other agencies are obtained and construction is ready to begin.

"We’re addressing our housing crisis here in L.A. head on—by raising the minimum wage so more Angelenos can afford rent, by doing all we can as a city to increase our housing stock, and by making sure everyone has access to a place to live,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “As this important milestone shows us, we’re on track to addressing this challenge and we are moving full steam ahead. We know there is more work to be done to make up for our housing deficit and to build at an impactful level over the next six years."

Housing production has been climbing steadily since a low of 3,573 units were permitted in fiscal year 2009-2010, in the midst of the recession. The pre-recession peak was 15,168 units in fiscal year 2005-2006.

Mayor Garcetti’s goal is an ambitious target that requires facilitation of housing construction and improving the efficiency of the City’s permitting processes. Programs Mayor Garcetti has put in place to facilitate housing production include LADBS’s Parallel Design Permitting Process, which saves up to six months by allowing design and plan check to be conducted simultaneously for projects with at least 40 units, and the Inspection Case Management program, which provides coordinated inspection services during construction for projects with a valuation of $10 million or more and can reduce construction time by an additional three to six months.

Forthcoming initiatives include Build LA, a software system that will integrate and streamline the City’s development review processes across departments. Initial funding for this project has been secured and kickoff is expected in early 2016. The Department of City Planning is also moving forward with re:code LA, a comprehensive rewrite of the 1946 zoning code that will address the City’s contemporary housing needs.

The Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn identifies additional strategies for the production and preservation of housing including expanding zoning capacity in key transit nodes and corridors; streamlining the building of transit-oriented and affordable housing; and preserving existing affordable housing. The Mayor is continuing to work with City departments, City Council, and stakeholders to develop these strategies.