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Oil Wells

The Oil Well Inspection Unit, formally a section of Harbor Industrial Unit, is now located at City Hall East, 200 N. Main Street, Suite 1770, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Unit is charged with fire/life safety inspections of all oil wells throughout the City of Los Angeles and maintains records of over 3,500 oil wells dating back to the 1930's. 

The Oil Wells Unit can be contacted at 213-978-3598 or LAFD.OilWellUnit@lacity.org

Please note: All construction must be cleared by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety and the Fire Department through the Plan Check and Inspection System (PCIS). They can be reached at (213) 482-6900 or at their WEBSITE



  • Bond Form - Every active well must have on file an active bond or cash deposit. Instructions for required signatures are available at the the Office of the City Administrative Officer (CAO). Forms and required Bond paperwork could be forwarded to the Oil Wells Unit who will then act like a liason with the the CAO and the Office of Finance. 
    • Individual Well: A bond in the amount of $10,000 for each well
    • Multiple Wells: A blanket bond in the amount of $50,000 (5 or more)
    • Additional Wells: A rider for each new well to attach to the existing bond. 
  • Operational Fire Permit - Every active well that has not been properly plugged must have an operational permit that is renewed annually until the wells have been properly abandoned. More information regarding necessary forms can be found at Office of Finance Forms
    • As of October 2023, the current fees for Operating an Oil Well is $1,805
  • Specific Action Permit (fillable) - Before proceeding with a an abandonment (plugging with cement and sealing with steel plate) of any well, owners are required to obtain a Specific Action Permit for Abandonment. Once the form has been successfully filled out with the Well Name, Well No, API number, and all available information, the application is emailed to LAFD.OilWellUnit@lacity.org for processing. 
    • As of October 2023, the current fees for Specific Action Permits for Fire Department are:
      • Abandonment of any Oil Well: $3,610
      • Vent Cone Witnessing (Special: Field Erected Vessel): $1,444 


Captain I   –  VACANT
Inspector I – Joon Hong (#371)
Inspector I – John Davis (#372)
Inspector I – Brandon Ibrahim (#373)
Inspector I – Tim Nunez (#374)
Management Analyst – Mercedes Orellana-Farias