Development Engineering

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SubdivisionsThe City Engineering Section of the Development Services Department ensures all construction within the public right-of-way, and complies with adopted codes, ordinances, engineering standards, and the Subdivisions Map Act.

The City of Lancaster is experiencing significant growth which means increased residential and commercial development. We are committed to assisting all residents and the development community as plans are prepared to develop land in the City of Lancaster. To that end, we have posted several useful items on our page including:

Final Map SubdivisionFinal Maps
After a Tentative Map has been approved by the Planning Commission, Development Engineering is responsible for plan check and review of the Final Map. Final Maps include Tract Maps, Parcel Maps, and Administrative Parcel Maps. As part of the Final Map process, Development Engineering also processes Road Deeds, Easements and other dedications to the City of Lancaster, Condemnations as required, Addressing, and Vacation of Easements.

Improvement Plans SubdivisionImprovement Plans
Any development within the City of Lancaster, from Commercial/Industrial projects to Residential Subdivision projects, will require improvements within the City right-of-way and may include improvements to street, storm drain, sewer, and/or other public improvements. The Development Engineering Section is responsible for plan check and review of all improvements proposed within the public-right-of-way. 

 Grading Plans Subdivisions

Grading Plans 
Development Engineering is also responsible for plan check and review of all grading plans.


Improvement Securities and Deposits 
The City of Lancaster requires developers to enter into an undertaking agreement and furnish improvement securities to guarantee the performance and inspection of all work.  Security amounts are based on the Developer's Bond Estimate form approved by Development Engineering. Please use the Securites Checklist form with links to all required documents.


Inspections SubdivisionInspections
The Development Engineering Inspectors are responsible for inspection of all construction within the City right-of-way, from simple curb drains and adding/widening driveways to major development related street, sewer, storm drain and other public improvements. To schedule an inspection please call the Engineering Inspector’s Hotline at (661) 723-6157.

Permits and Other Services

Encroachment Permits, for all work within the public right of way, and Residential Subdivision Grading Permits are also processed through the Development Engineering Section.

Other services the Development Engineering Section provides include:

  • Annexation to the Lancaster Drainage Benefit Assessment District (DMD)
  • Annexation to the Lancaster Landscape Maintenance Assessment District (LMD)
  • Annexation to the Lancaster Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD)
  • Certificates of Compliance
  • Filling Public Records Requests
  • Flood Elevation Certificates
  • Lot Line Adjustments
  • Preparing Reimbursement Agreements
  • Street Light Authorizations

Standard Forms - Department of Public Works (DPW) Publications

Engineering Manuals and Reference Documents

Water Efficient Landscaping Requirements


Subdivisions Maps
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Check often for recent announcements and updates:


Subdivisions frequently asked questions are answered here.

Useful links may be accessed here.

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