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 At A Glance
  • Adopted Date: February 24, 1970
  • Amendments:
    December 17, 1986
    December 20, 1994
    December 7, 1999
    October 31, 2003
    December 19, 2006
  • Project End Date: February 24, 2013

    Site Office Information:
    448 South Hill Street,
    Suite 1200, Los Angeles,
    California 90013. 
    T: 213-922-7800
    F: 213-617-8233.

    Regional Administrator II:
    Jenny Scanlin

    Regional Administrator I:
    Jay Virata
 \\Commonspot\internet-site\images\bullet1 Permits & Land Use

Building & Other Permit Approval

The Little Tokyo Redevelopment Plan requires CRA/LA's review and approval of any permit application before the Department of Building and Safety can issue a building permit.  The Little Tokyo Redevelopment Plan contains, among other provisions, development standards regarding density, design and permitted land uses.  Developers and contractors are strongly advised to contact CRA/LA's Karen Yamamoto, City Planner at (213) 977-1753, or Dennis Hance, Principal Planner at (213) 977-1798.

Planning & Designs Guidelines

In line with the state's efforts to preserve California’s Japantowns (Senate Bill 307), The Board of Commissioners of CRA/LA  approved the Planning and Design Guidelines for Little Tokyo on April 6, 2006.


The Planning and Design Guidelines will help ensure that the Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project Area and a few surrounding blocks (including a portion of the Arts District), will contain architectural elements, signage and building materials that are identified with the Japanese culture, thus help preserve the area as a culturally unique neighborhood.