02 - Highway Dedication

Revised on 06-23-2020

A building permit to construct, remodel, or enlarge an apartment, house, commercial, or industrial building fronting on an Avenue, Boulevard, or Collectors can be issued only subject to the applicant providing for dedication of the adjoining streets. However, highway dedication and improvement cannot be required for additions and accessory buildings incidental to other than a residential building existing on the lot as of March 1, 1962, if the total cumulative floor area of such additions and accessory buildings does not exceed 500 square feet. The system of Avenues or Boulevards is shown on the 2035 Mobility Plan on file in the office of the Department of City Planning.  

PCIS Screen Shot of Clearance - Highway DedicationThe authority for this dedication is LAMC Section 12.37 commonly called the R-3 Ordinance. This ordinance gives the specific requirements of street dedication and improvements which must be required on:

  • Avenues
  • Boulevards
  • Collectors
  • Local streets within a distance of up to 300 feet from such highways. 

When highway dedication is required, BOE should make sure the dedication line (new property line) is shown on the plans. Building setback, encroachments, and acceptable driveway grades must be determined based on the new property line.

The Board of Public Works may, in some instances, waive highway dedication as a requirement preceding the issuance of a building permit, conditional upon later dedication. In such cases, it is important BOE make sure that no portion of the building, planter, or stairs extend in front of the future property line. It is also important the elevation of garage floors and other parking areas are such that they provide acceptable driveway grades based on the back of sidewalk elevation of the future property line as well as the elevation of the existing property line.

Processing the BOE Clearance for Highway Dedication


IMPORTANT NOTE: When reviewing Highway Dedication Clearance on the Clearance Summary Worksheet, BOE staff will also start a cursory review of the Permits Clearance to hold for any possible improvements.  For example, if it's known that a B Permit is required, but has not been guaranteed, BOE staff should "Comment" B-Permit required in the both the Highway Dedication AND the Permit Clearance items.

The following is the process of updating Highway Dedication clearance status on the Clearance Summary Worksheet.  This process is done through LADBS Plan Check and Inspection System (PCIS) under the module called "Clearances".  BOE staff should verify the following:

  1. Determine if the project is subject to LAMC 12.37 per the guidelines in the 01A - Highway Dedication Investigations section of this manual.
    1. NOT Subject to LAMC 12.37 - Follow the instructions below​
      1. BOE staff to login to PCIS to clear this item.  Additional instructions can also be found in the 00 - Clearance Summary Worksheet for Building Permit Application Clearances,  Plan Check and Inspection System (PCIS) Usage.
      2. Within PCIS click the "Comment" box in the upper right side on the screen.  Typical comments that could be entered include:
        1. Sample Comment: Not subject to LAMC 12.37
      3. Change status to "Approved"
      4. Click "Save Status" (if this is not clicked, the worksheet will not save)
    2. Subject to LAMC 12.37 - Follow the guidelines in the "01A - Highway Dedication Investigations, Project is Subject to LAMC 12.37" section of this manual.  As a result of the investigation, the Applicant will be required to either:
      1. No Dedication Required:  The item wold be ready for PCIS Clearance (generally happens when the public right of way adjacent to the property has been fully dedicated per the 2035 Mobility Plan)
        1. Within PCIS click the "Comment" box in the upper right side on the screen.  Typical comments that could be entered include:
          1. Sample Comment: No dedication required
        2. Change status to "Approved" 
          Click "Save Status" (if this is not clicked, the worksheet will not save)
      2. Dedication Required
        1.  until the item is ready to be cleared in PCIS.
          1. Sample Comment 1 - Dedication required.  ROW or Planning Case #. Type of Construction Permit Required (A or B)
            1. Change status to one of the following based on the description of work proposed:
              1. Not Required - Not used (BOE staff should use Approved instead of Not Required and add appropriate comments)
              2. Exempt - Not used
              3. Approved for Drainage - Not used
              4. Approved with Conditions - Used because there is Dedication required
              5. Approved - Not used (because Dedication is required)
              6. Denied - Not Used
              7. Pending - Not Used (default)
              8. Click "Save Status" (if this is not clicked, the worksheet will not save)
              9.  
  1. BOE to get the Building Permit application number from the Applicant.  If the Applicant doesn't have the application number, BOE staff can login to PCIS and complete tasks 1-5 as shown in the document 00 - Clearance Summary Worksheet for Building Permit Application Clearances,  Plan Check and Inspection System (PCIS) Usage, under Building Permit Clearances, Technical Procedures, Clearance Summary Work Sheet Clearances.
  2.   Review the Building Permit Application for:
    1. Zone(s) (Item 3 - Parcel Information)
      1. If there is a Tentative zone (T) associated with the lot, the lot would be subject to a Planning Action (Discretionary Action) with different BOE requirements
      2. If there is no Tentative zone (T) associated with the lot, anything zoned R3 and less restrictive or RD1.5, RD2 or RD3 Zones (Department of City Planning - Generalized Summary of Zoning Regulations  provides a list of all zones and their order of restrictiveness from high to low) requires Highway Dedication.
    2. Tract (Item 1)
      1. Identify lot(s) involved with the subject project to determine street frontages
  3. BOE to determine in the project is "by-right" (12.37) or "discretionary" (Planning Action)
    1. Discretionary (Planning Action):  BOE to request Applicant provide a copy of the Letter of Determination to verify dedication requirements.  If the Applicant does not have the Letter of Determination, BOE would inform the Applicant to go to the City Planning Office to make this request.
    2. By-Right (12.37):  If the Applicant does not have the Letter of Determination, BOE to verify if an R-3 investigation under LAMC Section 12.37 should be performed.
      1. Determine if the project is subject to LAMC 12.37  This process is documented in the 01 - 12.37 Highway Dedication Processing under "DETERMINING IF THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO LAMC 12.37"
        1. Yes, subject to 12.37
          1. BOE to login to the review on-line Highway Dedication System and determine if a "Letter of Requirements to Customer" was completed.  I no letter was completed, BOE will ____________(C. SOTELO)________
          2. If a Waiver is being requested, Applicant will be required to go to City Planning and file a Waiver Application (Other BOE Permits/Processes, Technical Procedures, Highway Dedication Investigations)
        2. No, not subject to 12.37
      2. No Investigation Performed:  BOE to initiate an R-3 investigation if it is warranted.  The process to complete an R-3 investigation can be found under "Other BOE Permits/Processes, Technical Procedures, Highway Dedication Investigations".   This process will allow BOE to generate a Determination Letter.  In order for BOE to perform a field investigation the Applicant will be required to provide the following:
        1. An Investigation Fee per the current BOE Standard Fee List.  NOTE:  If the subject property is subject to LAMC 12.37, the investigation fee is required, whether or not any dedication is required.
        2. An approved Site Plan (8 ½”x 11” or 11”x 17”) showing the existing property line, the existing building footprint of buildings to remain, and the proposed property line.  Currently, BOE can not accept electronic plans.
        3. A copy of their Building Permit Application and Clearance Summary Worksheet
        4. Any other relevant documentation, like photos, can expedite the field investigation process. 
  4. Dedication Requirements
    1. No Dedication Required:  BOE would clear the Highway Dedication Clearance item on the Clearance Summary Worksheet within PCIS.  Applicant may still be required to construct street improvements as a requirement of the building permit.  This clearance item would be addressed under the Clearance Item "Permits".
      1. Change status to one of the following based on the description of work proposed:
        1. Not Required - Not used (BOE staff should use Approved instead of Not Required and add appropriate comments)
        2. Exempt - Not used
        3. Approved for Drainage - Not used
        4. Approved with Conditions - Not Used
        5. Approved - Used when there is no dedication requirements
        6. Denied - Not Used
        7. Pending - Not Used (default)
        8. Click the "Comment" box in the upper right side on the screen.  Typical comments that could be entered include:
          • Sample Comment 1 - Basis for why there is no dedication requirement, i.e., Exempt from LAMC Section 12.37, No dedication per case # 12345
    2. Dedication is Required:  Applicant will be required to submit to BOE a Highway Dedication package.  Should the Applicant not have all the required information, BOE staff would provide the Applicant with the a Highway Dedication Procedures Handout (located within the on-line Highway Dedication Application database).  Items the Applicant will be required to provide BOE include:
      • Dedication fee per the current BOE Standard Fee List
      • Copy of the Building Permit Application and Clearance Summary Worksheet
      • Letter of Determination (Planning or 12.37)
      • Title Report that is less that six (6) months old
      • If the property involved is owned by a partnership or LLC, the Partnership Agreement or LP1 must be submitted along with the Preliminary Title Report or Title Insurance Policy showing who is authorized to sign on behalf of the company.
      • Notarized Letter of Intent signed by the owner, agreeing to comply with the terms of LAMC Section 12.37
      • If the area to be dedicated is varied, Applicant should provide a private land surveyors Legal Description of the area to be dedicated
    3. Once all required Highway Dedication package documents have beenHighway Dedication Tracking System Screen Shot 1 received, BOE staff to login into the Highway Dedication Tracking System and locate the record (if a Planning Action, BOE would be required to enter a new Highway Dedication record and assign a Planning Case # to the record per the instructions in "Administrative Requirements, 12.37 Highway Dedication Processing, 1-12.37 Highway Dedication Processing" under "Project is Subject to LAMC 12.37, #2")
      1. BOE to make a note of the R/W No. or the Planning Case Number located within the "Property Information" grid in the Highway Dedication Tracking System.   This will be part of the "Comments" in PCIS.