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. We also provide geographical information on special districts and maps are provided where possible.
Future technology plans of the City include the ability for customers to retrieve specific property information online. In the meantime, you may visit the Permit Center to find out about Pasadena properties, or use the following contacts.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
Zone designations and code explanations (626) 744-6777
General Plan Land Use Designation (626) 744-4206
Los Angeles County Assessor
Landmark Status (626) 744-4228
Council District - City Clerks Office (626) 744-4124
Enterprise Zone - Northwest Division (626) 744-4660The 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 (626) 744-4660
Below is a list of our redevelopment areas. Please click here for maps and detailed descriptions.
Specific Plan Areas (626) 744-4206
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.
Historic Districts (626) 744-4660
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:
We have several National Register Districts, of which examples follow: