Geology & Coastal Engineering

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


City staff is available for walk-ins and appointments. Schedule an appointment with the online Appointment Request Portal.

  • Monday and Tuesday 9:00 AM -12:00 PM 
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM by appointment
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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


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. View the Electronic Plans Submittal Guideline for details.

  • Submit Geotechnical reports via email to the City Contract Geologist
  • Reports must be stamped and signed by the consultant
  • Submittals must be accompanied by a stamped and signed Signature Form;  the E-signature page must be included in the report behind the title page. 
  • All As-built reports must conform to Geotechnical Guidelines requirements for as-built reports.
  • The file name shall begin with the project address and conform to the Document Naming Standards. Example: Your Property Address_Version #_Document Type 
  • All documents shall be a minimum of size 10 font
  • Applications, Forms, and Fees