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Planning

The Planning Division is responsible for reviewing proposed development for compliance with the City's Zoning Ordinance and General Plan. The Department is responsible for issuing use permits, processing entitlement applications, updating on the General Plan elements, and preparing long range planning and policy documents.  

You will find a variety of information relating to on-going developments in the City and updates on current and future projects, such as, residential developments, industrial business parks and commercial centers.  Also available are the various planning documents and forms you may need to file for various projects.  In addition, other related documents will also be available such as zoning brochures and starting a business information.   

How to Obtain a Business License

A business license is required to conduct any type of business in the City of Downey, including home occupation and temporary contractors with offices outside of Downey.  Please click here to download a Business License Application  If you are conducting a Home Occupation business within a residential zoned property, you must comply with the following rules and conditions.

The City of Downey is proud to announce that starting in 2014 you can apply for a new business license online. It is fast, easy and secure.

Click here to be connected to the online application page

Customer Satisfaction Survey 

The City of Downey is committed to customer satisfaction. Your feedback helps us to make our processes more efficient and customer friendly.  The City of Downey would love to hear from you regarding your experience with the City.  Please fill out a  Customer Service Survey Form