- A release letter from the current owner.
- A copy of the current owner’s grant deed.
- A release letter from the architect and engineer whose stamp is on the plans. Letters must be on Letterhead and have engineer/architect’s stamp and signature.
Things to know…
- Not all properties have plans on file with LADBS. Prior to 1978, no plans are available for single family homes or commercial buildings 3 stories and under. However, both new construction and alteration/improvement plans can be retrieved.
- Not sure who the architect and engineer are? The original signature and seal can be obtained by viewing the plans on the microfilm reels at City Records. All original architect/engineer’s indicated on the plans must provide a release letter on company letterhead, not just one designer or the other. In the case of a deceased architect/engineer, proof must be provided that they are no longer alive to release the plans. An example is an article about their death or verification from the California State Licensing Board.
- Where can I request plans and how long will the request take to complete? Plans can be requested at either of two LADBS locations: Downtown or Van Nuys. The City of LA usually takes anywhere from 7 to 10 business days to complete the request.
- Need help obtaining City of LA records/plans? We provide records research services to obtain not only building permits on a property but also MEP permits, certificates of occupancy, violations and plans among other things.