07 - Bicycle Racks / Bike Sharing Installation

Revised on 10-21-2020

Picture of bike racksOn March 13, 2013, the LAMC relating to bicycle racks was amended.  The amendments were to LAMC Sections 12.03, LAMC 12.21, LAMC 12.21.A.16.(f)(1) and (2), and 12.21.1.  Relevant excerpts of this ordinance are referenced in this document.  This new ordinance identifies LADOT as the lead agency for ALL bicycle parking.  It also references LAMC 85.04 for the “process and” LAMC 85.04 Section (b)2 specifically describes this process.  Bicycle sharing and physical installations of all types of racks, kiosks, etc. for bicycles, would be subject to the requirements of LAMC 85.04.  These amendments were a result of the January 16, 2013 Council Adopted Action.

The “use” of bicycle racks / bikesharing in the public right-of-way is not managed or controlled by the BOE. What BOE does permit, through the issuance of an A- Permit, is the installation of bicycle racks.  Use of the public right-of-way is controlled by either the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) or the Department of Transportation (DOT). An example of DOT controlled use is LAMC Section 85.04, Bicycle Parking Zones – Racks. Cover of Guide to City of LA Bike Parking OrdinanceExamples of BSS controlled use are news racks, temporary signs and banners, temporary lane closures, and temporary storage of materials. BSS permits are available online at http://bsspermits.lacity.org.

The only aspect bicycle sharing installation that requires a permit from BOE is the physical attachment(s) to the public right-of-way. This will typically be accomplished through an “A” permit. The BOE is also a resource for engineering review of bicycle sharing proposals. All development services provided by BOE are fully fee supported. Fee waivers as necessary can be approved by the City Council and can cover both the engineering review and A permit.

In general, bicycles racks are not considered a BOE “R” Permit because BOE R-Permits are “not intended for use by the public” (LAMC 62.118.2) and are issued to the underlying property fee owner.  However, if the bicycle rack is "Non-Standard", the Applicant would be required to obtain an R-Permit from BOE prior to the installation of the rack (A or B-Permit).

In the past, BOE included transportation planning but these duties were transferred per LAAC Section 22.487


Vetting Process

The following is the BOE vetting process that will take place once a completed application is received.  Instructions on how to complete the on-line A-Permit application can be found in this manual under Construction "A" Permits,  Technical Procedures, 01 - Permit Processing Procedures for Construction A-Permits.

NOTE:  LADOT approves the bicycle rack/corral plan (Standard Plan S-671-2 - Bicycle Racks) and BOE only issues an A-Permit for the installation of the bicycle rack/corral.  If there are any questions, please review Bike Parking Ordinance Guide for clarifications or questions.  Clearance Requirement Diagram

  1. Applicant must have LADOT approval, including:
    1. A site plan/schematic of the proposed site of the rack or corral
    2. Location of the bicycle rack/corral
  2. Check Navigate LA to confirm there are no MapNotes that may prevent the A-Permit from being issued
  3. Verify the address of the bicycle rack/corral (may also be found in Navigate LA)
  4. Provide comments or request additional information from the applicant via the on-line application system under the Permit Approval Tab in the “Bureau of Engineering Comments to be Shown and Emailed to Customer” Comment box (no comments/information may be required). 
  5. BOE staff should upload to the "Attachments" section of the online permit a copy of the LADOT approved layout.

    Screen shot of design standards and dimensions for bicycle racks from the Bike Parking Ordinance Guide