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County inspectors cite Kanye West for ‘Star Wars’ dome houses in Calabasas

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Inspectors were tipped off by complaints about “gumdrop-shaped” dwellings

A photo of the wooden, gumdrop-shaped shells of the houses.
The domes that West is building in Calabasas, which were reportedly inspired by the dome homes in Star War’s fictional planet “Tatooine.”
Courtesy of Los Angeles County Public Works

Kanye West’s foray into affordable housing may have hit a snag.

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.”

West lives nearby, in Hidden Hills, in a 15,000-square-foot mansion he and wife Kim Kardashian West spent four years and $20 million remodeling.

TMZ was the first to report the hitch in West’s plans.

The dome-like structures look a lot like old-fashioned bread ovens, especially in their chaparral setting, surrounded by oaks and low shrubs.
A photo taken by a county inspector on July 30 shows the dwellings up close.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
A photo of one of the larger structures, which appears to be a curved wood-frame grid frame covered by some kind of plastic.
An up-close photo of one of the structures.
The area where West is building the dome homes.
Via Google Earth