The City of Long Beach has created a hotline, to be open from 7:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturdays, for neighbors to report on unpermitted construction projects, the city announced Monday.
The line, 562.570.0000, is open to anonymous complaints and is part of a wider effort aimed at catching those working on unpermitted construction projects, the city said.
"Long Beach is committed to promoting and maintaining a safe, quality living and working environment," said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. "Providing fair, consistent and effective public services improves quality of life and enhances every part of our community."
The hotline will supplement the city’s regular Code Enforcement services, in effect Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 4:30PM. For anonymous complaints after hours, residents are encouraged to call 562.570.CODE (2633) or visit www.lbcode.org.
According to the release, most alterations and repairs to buildings require permits, with the exception of fence additions, interior painting, repairs of existing plumbing and leaks and faucets.
If an individual or individuals are caught working on a project without a permit, the city will issue a Stop Work Order and pause any additional construction activity until all applicable permits have been issued, the release stated. Administrative citation fines and possible referral to the City Prosecutor’s office will occur if the workers fail to comply.
To discuss permitting and beginning any construction project, call 562.570.6194 or visit the Permit Center at City Hall, 333 West Ocean Boulevard, fourth floor.