Audit of Business Permits Issued by the Police Commission

The City of Los Angeles authorizes the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners to regulate and issue a variety of business permits – 59 distinct permits with fees ranging from $70 to $744. In March 2012, the Commission on Revenue Efficiency (CORE) recommended the City identify ways to streamline and simplify the number of distinct police permits for local businesses.

This audit was done to provide insight to the public and to City Officials about how the City balances the public policy need to address public safety concerns with the need to reasonably support local business growth and economic development. Accordingly, the audit assessed how the City identifies or eliminates permit types and manages permit applications, activities and revenues.