West was busy building the first of the dome-style homes he intends to use for affordable housing when he was cited by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works for building without permits. Now he has to either bring the structures into compliance by September 13—or tear them down.
County officials was alerted to the construction in suburban Calabasas after receiving two anonymous complaints about the “gumdrop-shaped” structures and construction noise, says a public works spokesperson.
Inspectors went out twice to the site in July. At the first visit, an on-site property manager indicated the domes were temporary, which would not require permits. But on a second trip, inspectors noticed a concrete foundation had been poured below the structures, which indicated the futuristic dwellings were going to stay put, according to the department.
The citation is dated July 30 and gives the property owner 45 days to either submit plans to the department for approval or demolish the structures. If West doesn’t remedy the situation in that time, he’s on the hook for at least $1,400 in fines.
West has been working toward creating these Star Wars-inspired domes for more than a year. In a video interview posted in the spring of 2018, he revealed he had purchased 300 acres of land in Calabasas to work on a new development. “It’s my first community,” he told radio host Charlamagne tha God as they walked the green, hilly terrain of the property. “I’m getting into development.”
TMZ was the first to report the hitch in West’s plans.