The Permit Center offers a variety of information regarding property in the City of Pasadena. We have permits dating back to the late 1800’s as well as construction plans dating back to the 1950’s, while some of the information is provided through the County Assessor’s Office.
Research Property • Search For A Permit • Check Case Status • Schedule An Inspection
Building Permits (Prior To 1922)
Permits prior to 1922 are stored in our archives. Our Historic Preservation staff will provide research on a property, (date built, original owner, architect, contractor, cost of construction, and date of additions), for a fee. Please fill out the Request for Historic/Architectural Research form and return it to the Permit Center, either in person or via mail.
Building Permits (1922 – 1985)
Permits between 1922-1985 are stored on Microfilm. You may obtain copies by visiting the Permit Center. There is a nominal fee for the copies.
Building Permits (1985 – Present)
Permits from 1985 to the present are available for printout from our permit database. You may obtain copies by visiting the Permit Center. There is a nominal fee for the copies.
You may request to review a plan. To request a plan, please call with the address of the project and the type of construction. Projects which are currently under construction are free to view. There is a fee for those projects already complete. Plans can be viewed in the Permit Center only, they may not be removed from the premise. The following types of construction plans are kept on permanent record at the City of Pasadena:
- New Commercial/Industrial
- Commercial/Industrial Additions
- New Multi-Family Residential
- New Single Family Residences in the Hillside District
- Seismic Upgrades
Community Planning Files
Advance Planning files consist of project information about various projects. There is no cost to review the files, however there is a charge for any copies. These files include:
- Zoning Map Amendments ( map or text changes)
- General Plan Amendments
- Planned Developments
- Master Development Plans ( a procedure eliminating the need for multiple Conditional Use Permits for multiple or phased projects at the same location. The process also ensures an orderly and thorough review of your project by the City as well as receiving input from the neighborhood impacted by the proposed development ) . Listed below are current Master Development Plans in the City of Pasadena.
- Lake Avenue Congregational Church
- Valley Hunt Club
- Annandale Golf Course
- Mayfield Senior School
- Huntington Memorial Hospital
- St. Luke Medical Center
- Las Encinas Hospital
- Chandler School
- Pasadena Historical Society
- California Institute of Technology
- Art Center College of Design
- Monte Vista Grove Homes
- Confirmed Word Faith Center
- Polytechnic School
- Hillside Homes for Children
- Westridge School for Girls
- Special Projects, such as housing studies, homeless study, census studies, updating the General Plan, lower Arroyo seco study, etc.
Current Planning (Zoning) Case Files
Current Planning case files consist of project information on the use of property and the location of buildings on specific properties that deviate from that allowed per Zoning District or the Zoning Code. Our records date back to the late 1930’s. There is no cost to review the files, however there is a charge for any copies. They include the following:
- Conditional Use Permits
Zone designations and code explanations
(626) 744-6777 General Plan Land Use Designation
Los Angeles County Assessor
Council District – City Clerks Office
Enterprise Zone – Northwest Division
The Enterprise Zone is a tarageted, economically distressed, area in Pasadena (Boundaries: Woodbury Road, Mentor Avenue, Maple Street, Prospect Blvd.) where incentives are provided by the City to encourage business investment and promote the creation of new jobs.
Redevelopment Areas – Redevelopment Division
Below is a list of our redevelopment areas. Please click here for maps and detailed descriptions.
- Old Pasadena
- Fair Oaks
- Lincoln Avenue
- Orange Grove
Specific Plan Areas
Specific plans contain detailed development standards, distribution of land uses, infrastructure requirements, and implementation measures for the development of a specific geographical area as outlined in the General Plan. Transit-oriented development, pedestrian-oriented development, and mixed use development with housing over commercial, is included. The primary purpose of a specific plan is to provide a mechanism to target implementation measures toward specific planning area while preserving and enhancing areas of historical or architectural significance. Specific plans have been identified for the seven areas outlined below.
- Central District
- South Fair Oaks Bio-tech Center
- West Gateway
- East Pasadena
- East Colorado Blvd.
- North Lake
- Fair Oaks/Orange Grove
There are two types of historic districts in Pasadena, Landmark Districts and those identified in the National Register of Historic Places.
Pasadena currently has two landmark districts:
- Bungalow Heaven
- Garfield Heights
We have several National Register Districts, of which examples follow:
- Civic Center
- Old Pasadena
- Playhouse District
- South Marengo