City Departments
City Departments

You’re not alone. City Departments are here to help you with everything from gathering information to obtaining the right permits and licenses. Call, drop by, or visit the department website to find the information and advice you need.

Police Department
The Los Angeles Police Department provides law enforcement for residents and business owners in Los Angeles, as well as issues permits for certain types of businesses.
Office of Finance
The Office of Finance is responsible for collecting business taxes, supporting businesses to obtain tax exemptions when applicable, and administering a variety of business licenses.
General Services Department
The General Services Department is a centralized City department that provides a variety of services including maintaining, leasing and selling City-owned properties.
Fire Department
The Los Angeles Fire Department reviews building construction and remodeling plans to ensure that they meet fire safety requirements.
Economic and Workforce Development Department
The Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development offers financing and technical assistance programs that promote business growth and job creation throughout Los Angeles.
Department of Water and Power
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provides water and electricity to commercial and residential customers.
Department of Transportation
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation oversees many of the City's transportation-related activities, including parking, traffic control, DASH buses, and bicycle infrastructure.
Department of Public Works
The Los Angeles Department of Public Works is responsible for providing and maintaining public infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, street trees and lighting, as well as sanitation services such as trash collection, recycling, and sewage. The Department of Public Works also oversees city contracting opportunities and implements the Los Angeles Minimum Wage.
Department of City Planning
The Department of City Planning works with business owners to ensure that their business conforms to zoning regulations in the City of Los Angeles, including the issuance of Conditional Use Permits for Alcohol.
Department of Building and Safety
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) provides permitting, plan check, inspection, and code enforcement services for residential and commercial buildings in the City of Los Angeles.