Permits Used for Events and Development Updated and Available Online


SAN PEDRO, Calif. — April 17, 2014 — The Port of Los Angeles has updated its permitting process, which formerly had been known as an Application for Discretionary Projects. The new process has a new name – the Application for Port Permits (APP). The APP will be used to initiate the internal review process for all projects leading to the issuance of permits.

A project is defined as any event, activity, development, or work of construction within the Harbor Department property. These changes are intended to streamline the application process for Development and Non-Development Projects.

Key changes include:

  • Customers will use the new APP forms.
  • Checklists for Development and Non-Development Projects have been created. The checklists include additional information the Applicant must submit with their APP.
  • Detailed instructions about the APP process.

Questions related to the forms and permits should be directed to Derek Jordan at 310-732-3871 or emailed to developmentpermits@portla.org.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.

Updated Aug. 19, 2022, 1:40 p.m. This version includes a link to the online Application for Permits Portal, launched in 2020. Read Oct. 28, 2020 news release.