If you're considering building within the Mandeville community, you should know applicable codes and ordinances. Have plans and permits available for inspection. Have surveys made so you know your property’s boundaries.
Development within the Mandeville community is controlled by the Baseline Hillside Ordinance. Go to http://www.ladbs.org for more hillside permit, inspection and code-enforcement information. Also, talk to MCA if you’re planning to build or remodel, so that valuable neighborhood information can be shared with you and your consultants.
If you own property along Mandeville Canyon Road, know that the parkway abutting the street is City-owned, and is part of the City-approved People’s Path project. Please contact info@theMCA.org to obtain City-approved guidelines for construction within the People’s Path. Setbacks from the paved street vary from 15 to 25 feet, depending on the actual width of the city-owned right-of-way (i.e., pavement plus parkway), whose total width varies from 60 to 100 feet.
Be aware that for both pedestrian and vehicular safety, all Mandeville Canyon Road, including abutting parkways, is a city-imposed No Parking street. Setback areas are public domain, and City permits are required for any type of intrusion into City-owned or controlled property, or variance from Building and Safety codes. Note also that lower Westridge is a narrow, relatively steep and winding road, with heavy vehicle and bicycle traffic.
In all cases, remodels and new construction should comply with city codes, and permits are needed if encroachments are planned into City parkway areas, between property lines and existing paved areas.
Again, please contact info@theMCA.org if you have any questions or would like any assistance or guidance.
How to apply for City Permits with the Bureau of Engineering https://engpermits.lacity.org/rpermits/index.cfm
Revocable (R) Permits
A street is defined as any public thoroughfare or way, including the sidewalk, parkway, and any other public property bordering upon a public way. A street serves several purposes or uses. Primarily, it serves as a passageway for vehicles and pedestrians. The borders of streets, although in some instances not used as passageways, are still used by the public for setback purposes, and therefore should be maintained clear of obstructions where feasible.
The R-Permit is also a mechanism to utilize in special circumstances where placement of private structures out of a right-of-way would create a hardship due to topography or other restraints. Generally, private structures should not be permitted in the public right-of-way.
The purpose of the Revocable Permit (R-Permit) is to grant conditional encroachment of the public right-of-way by private parties not authorized to occupy the right-of-way. The R-Permit review process ensures that encroachments are checked for compliance with the City's specifications for design, use, material, and inspection.
The most significant factor in considering whether the City approves a request for an encroachment of any type is the status of the encroachments of other properties in the neighborhood. If there are no other similar encroachments and the proposed encroachment is significant, it may be advisable to seek neighborhood opinion by way of a questionnaire.