Enhancing Public Services to LA's Unincorporated Areas

The County of Los Angeles recently launched a website to better connect residents of unincorporated areas to information and municipal services offered by the county.

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February 20, 2024, 11:00 AM PST

By Clement Lau

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The County of Los Angeles is the most populous and complicated county in the U.S., responsible for developing policies and delivering services to meet the needs of ten million residents, of which one million are living in unincorporated areas which are communities outside of city jurisdictions that have no local mayor or city council. Over 65% of L.A. County's 4,000-square mile land area is unincorporated. There are about 120 to 125 unincorporated areas, which range in size from a few blocks in size to larger urban centers with more than 150,000 residents.

Residents of unincorporated areas rely on L.A. County and their County supervisor for local government representation and services, including land use planning and zoning, parks and recreation, public libraries, public safety, environmental protection, emergency response, code enforcement, homelessness crisis response and other critical services and initiatives.

The County recently created and launched a new website where residents of unincorporated areas can find answers to questions like:

  • Who is their County representative?
  • What are the municipal serves available to them?
  • Which departments do they contact for more information about specific services?
  • How to they for apply for permits, register for services, report issues and complaints, and request important documents?

Also available on the website are guides to municipal and unincorporated area services in English and Spanish organized by supervisorial district as well as responses to frequently asked questions.

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