Community Development

The City of Lake Elsinore Community Development Department is responsible for administering the City's planning, code enforcement, and construction regulation programs. The divisions within the department include Planning, Code Enforcement, Fire Services, Building and Safety, and Economic Development.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve all persons in a positive and courteous manner while fostering and managing growth in order to achieve a healthy, safe, attractive, and enjoyable lake destination where all can live, work and play, build futures, and fulfill dreams. We help plan the City's form and character, support community values, preserve the environment, promote the wise use of resources, partner with the development community, and protect public health and safety.

Service Philosophy

The City of Lake Elsinore Community Development Department staff provides high-quality service when you need it. We will:

  • Listen in order to understand your needs
  • Give clear, accurate, and prompt answers to your questions
  • Explain how you can achieve your goals under the City's regulations and guidelines
  • Help resolve problems in an open, objective manner
  • Maintain high ethical standards
  • Continuously work to improve our service

Contact Us

You may submit online applications for Planning, Building, and Fire permits on the Citizen Self-Service Portal page.

To contact us, please call 951-674-3124, ext. 289. Please include your name, address, and daytime phone number, and provide us with as much information as possible relating to your question or request.