The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety recently launched the Fast-Track Office Tenant Improvements Program.
The effort is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting market demand “to reconfigure, retrofit, and/or reprogram existing workplaces, retail sites, and commercial office buildings for healthy, safer, and more equitable interior spaces,” according to a news release. The department offers its E-Plan portal to help fast-track the permitting and approval process for tenant improvement projects.
The department developed the plan after gathering input from local architects and building owners and managers. “This program serves residents, visitors, and those whose livelihoods depend on safe and rapid re-opening of commercial spaces,” said Wade Killefer, FAIA, president, AIA Los Angeles. “Fast-tracking these improvements means important and necessary adjustments can be benefited from more rapidly.”
The program is available to all licensed architects and engineers who wish to participate. Projects are limited in scope to basic tenant improvements or office fit-outs only.