Geology & Coastal Engineering

City staff is available by phone, email, or video call to assist with City business. For general department questions, contact staff at 310-456-2489, extension 390 and via email

In-Person COUNTER Services

Walk-ins and appointments Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Schedule an appointment with the online Appointment Request Portal.

The public will need an appointment for in-person assistance for all other times.

Sign in to get in the queue. Be prepared to wait outside the building until staff is available at the counter.


The City Geologist reviews engineering geology reports, building and/or grading plans, and as-built engineering geology and compaction reports for proposed projects. In addition to performing site visits and reviewing reports, staff notifies the City and applicant of potential geologic hazards that are associated with the project.

Coastal Engineering staff reviews wave run-up reports and building plans for proposed projects. Emphasis is placed on the effect of wave impact on the proposed development, the effect of the proposed project on adjacent properties, coastal and local beach conditions, and inundation. Staff coordinates with the project consultants, other City departments, and local agencies.

electronic submittal

The City implemented a paperless office system to reduce paper use, increase efficiency, and provide a more effective way for staff and clients to interact. All reports and documents with associated maps and cross-sections must be submitted in PDF format on a single CD.

  • Applicants must provide a valid email address for correspondence with the City
  • All documents shall be a minimum of size 10 font
  • Reports must be stamped and signed by the consultant
  • Submittals must be accompanied by a stamped and signed Signature Form 
  • Clearly label the CD with the following information:
    • Project address and Assessor's Parcel Number
    • Name and address of consultant preparing the report
    • Space to add the Project Number (e.g., Planning File: ______)
  • Applications, Forms, and Fees