L.A. Area Chamber Supports Councilmember Greuel's Effort to Streamline L.A. City Permitting Process


August 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES – Continuing her efforts to make Los Angeles more business-friendly, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel introduced a motion today asking the Department of Transportation to create an expedited program for the department’s project-related activities.

“With a struggling economy, we need to do everything possible to stimulate the economy and create jobs.  This program will go a long way towards cutting through the red tape and bureaucracy at City Hall,” Councilwoman Greuel said.  “This program will make the City's permit-issuing operations more efficient, and it will reduce the risks and costs associated with projects.”  

Currently, other city departments such as the Planning Department and the Building and Safety Department, have programs that offer applicants a choice in how quickly their permit applications will be reviewed. They may go through the regular process or pay an additional expediting fee and have their projects reviewed more quickly by dedicated expediting staff or regular staff working on overtime, at no cost to taxpayers. The expediting programs in these departments accelerate the City’s receipt of project-related revenues.  Even when developers pay expediting fees to other City departments, the DOT’s lack of a similar program slows down many projects.

“A relay team is only as fast as the slowest runner and the same is true for the city’s permitting process,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “Councilmember Greuel’s motion to create a formal expediting program for the Department of Transportation (DOT) will help ensure that all legs in the city’s permitting race are streamlined for speed and efficiency”.

“Our departments must work together more efficiently,” Greuel said. “Unfortunately, the lack of an expedited program in the DOT renders the programs in other departments ineffective.”

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Media Contacts:
Gwen Oldham (For L.A. Area Chamber)
213.580.7532

Ben Golombek (For Councilmember Wendy Greuel)
213.473.7002