Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant*.
The City of Los Angeles has a nationally-recognized brownfields program.

The City of Los Angeles Brownfields Program

The goal of Los Angeles’ Brownfields Program is to redevelop brownfields throughout Los Angeles but particularly in disadvantaged communities, and in the process incorporate more effective brownfields development strategies into the City’s normal urban renewal process. Brownfields program staff work directly with property owners, community organizations, and City agencies to help them assess, cleanup and redevelop brownfields sites. We help property owners understand cleanup-regulations and work with them to identify local, state and federal brownfields programs to help pay to test sites to determine if they are contaminated and if so, to help pay for further assessments and cleanup. In cases where a development plan is clear, the City may sometimes provide engineering services to clarify the status of contamination and what cleanup may be needed.

The Brownsfields Program is coordinated by the Brownfileds Program Manager, housed in the City of Los Angeles department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation. The Program Manager collaborates with City Council offices and other City departments as appropriate depending on the particular project.

The Brownfields Program is supported by the Los Angeles Brownfields Revitalization Fund which can be used for assessment, acquisition, remediation, and community involvement activities at brownfields sites. Additional funds and incentives for site development are available.

Federal Brownfields Grants - The City of Los Angeles was selected in 1998 to be one of only 16 communities initially designated at Federal Brownfields Showcase Communities in recognition of its innovative approaches to brownfields development. Since that time, the Brownfields Program has received over $3 million in federal and state brownfields and related grants to conduct assessments and cleanups of brownfields sites.

Click on the links above to learn more about our development sites, funding programs and support services that are available to help owners of brownfields sites, our guide to redeveloping gas station sites and links to other sources of information about redeveloping brownfields sites.

*This definition is from federal legislation: Public Law 107-118 (H.R. 2869) - "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act" signed into law January 11, 2002.


For more information on the City's Brownfields Program please contact:
or Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division at (213) 485-2260.

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