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  • Alarm System Permit
    In accordance with Manhattan Beach Municipal Code 3.56 any individual or business that has a functioning alarm system installed at their residence or place of business inside the City of Manhattan Beach must obtain an Alarm System Permit.

  • Animal License
    All dogs 4 months or older must be licensed, as required by City Municipal Code. Cats may be licensed upon request, although the license is not required by the City.

  • Block Party Permit
    In accordance with Manhattan Beach Municipal Code 4.20, any person or group requesting closure of any street or part of a street to vehicular traffic must apply for a permit. 

  • Building Permit
    Community Development now accepts permit applications online. Please visit the Citizen Self Service to start your application. The forms listed below are not available for online requests at this time.

  • Business License
    The Manhattan Beach Municipal Code requires all businesses operating in the City to pay an annual business license tax. The business license tax year begins March 1st and ends the last day of February the following year.

  • Construction Permits
    Community Development now accepts permit applications online. Please visit the Citizen Self Service to start your application. The forms listed below are not available for online requests at this time.

  • Filming and Still Photography
    The City's Finance Department administers and issues Film Permits for both motion picture and still photography engagements. The City is home to a major production studio and is an attractive site for film productions of many types. The City boasts a beautiful picturesque 3.8 square mile beach town with a breathtaking 2.1 mile oceanfront with a Pier and Roundhouse.

  • Moving Van Permit
    A moving van permit is required for all moving vans making deliveries in the City. A moving van permit may be obtained online through the Citizen Self Service (CSS) portal.

  • Planning Permit
    Obtain any online permits by visiting the Citizen Self Service Information page. If you have additional questions, please contact the Planning Division at (310) 802-5520.

  • Right of Way Permit
    In accordance with Manhattan Beach Municipal Code 7.36.030, a permit is required for any encroachment in the public right of way, whether temporary or permanent.

  • Sound Amplification Permit
    Every user of sound amplifying equipment on public or private property shall file an application with the Chief of Police at least ten (10) days prior to the date on which the sound amplifying equipment is to be used, pursuant to Manhattan Beach Municipal Code 5.48.

  • Special Event
    To hold a special event within the City of Manhattan Beach (including the Metlox Center), please contact Linda Robb in the Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5403 or via email.

  • Street Banner
    In accordance with Manhattan Beach Municipal Code 9.60.010 - all banners must first obtain a permit from the City Manager or the City Manager's designee before being hung. Banner permits shall be issued only for the purpose of publicizing City-sponsored and co-sponsored events and City funded-events.