Performance Metrics

The Performance Management Unit is responsible for monitoring and analyzing the City Planning Department’s workload and performance metrics. The staff assigned to this Unit advises management on implementing new strategies that aim to improve case processing timeframes, data collection, and analysis around policy outcomes.

The data below is available for public use and will be updated on a quarterly basis to offer regularity and transparency in reporting. Please contact Ashley Atkinson with questions:, phone (213) 978-1196.


Development Activity & Trends

The charts below track the relationship between Applications Filed and Cases Completed. Tracking these metrics together allows us to illustrate how the volume of entitlement applications affects the volume of entitlement approvals. For example, as applications for new entitlements declined in Quarters 3 and 4 of 2014, the number of entitlements approved increased over the subsequent quarters of 2015. In general, an increased volume of entitlement applications submitted is correlated with a decrease in entitlement cases completed over the same time period. It can be surmised that as additional staff time is needed for intake and review of new applications, time available for completion of existing applications decreases accordingly. This relationship is illustrated in Chart 1. However, in the case of Environmental Cases and Appeals, the relationship of applications filed and cases completed are more closely aligned, and there is essentially a one-to-one relationship between administrative applications and cases completed (Charts 2, 3, and 4).

As of March 31, 2019 

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Chart 1

Entitlement Applications Filed & Completed


Chart 2

Environmental Cases Filed & Completed


Chart 3

Appeals Filed & Completed


Chart 4
Administrative Cases Filed & Completed
*In Q4 of 2017, the Department implemented a new tracking system for ministerial actions that were previously unaccounted for, resulting in an increase in administrative cases from that point forward. In addition, a growing number of department policies provide for ministerial rather than discretionary action.


Chart 5

Non-Residential Square Footage Proposed & Approved


Chart 6

Dwelling Units


Chart 7

Dwelling Units Proposed, Affordable vs. Market Rate


Chart 8

Dwelling Units Proposed Through Incentive Programs


Chart 9

Mayor Garcetti's 100,000 Unit Goal (Dwelling Units Approved)


Chart 10

Percentage of Categorical Exclusions vs. Mitigated Negative Declarations


Service Activity & Trends

The charts below reflect activity at our three Development Service Centers (DSCs), which provide customer assistance, take in development applications, and review plans for compliance with conditions of approval. Tracking the number of services provided and wait times at each DSC allows the department to assess staffing levels and other resources in order to provide better customer service. The West Los Angeles DSC opened in May 2017. View DSC hours and locations.


Chart 11

Development Services Provided


Chart 12

Services Provided and Average Wait Time at All DSCs


Chart 13

Development Service Center Wait Time