New Water Neutrality Ordinance in Effect

The Water Neutrality Ordinance is a new code that caps water use for new developments by limiting the project to the historical use for that individual parcel. Click here for more information.


Water Neutrality Training Sessions:

August 23 –General Session Link
August 29 –Pool and Ponds Session Link
September 12 –Landscape Session for Landscape Designers Link
September 13 –General Session Link
September 19 –Pools and Ponds Session Link
September 20 –Landscape Session for Landscape Contractors Link

California Planners Recognize Downtown Santa Monica with Great Places Award

The American Planning Association will spotlight Downtown Santa Monica at its annual conference in September through its program that recognizes places that are “memorable to the community and to individuals and create a strong sense of place.”

Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Modifications

Interim guidance for the processing of applications for wireless telecommunications facilities modifications compliant to Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act have been created.  This guidance is in place pending the completion of the City’s telecommunications ordinance update.  The guidance can be found here.

Zoning Ordinance Update

The most recent update to the Zoning Ordinance went into effect March 30, 2017. The updated document can be found here.

Marijuana Licensing Update

The City of Santa Monica currently does not have any licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and will not be accepting applications for any cannabis related businesses (medical or recreational) until City Staff reviews necessary local regulations for marijuana uses with the City Council. For more information, see the Marijuana Licensing page .

Historic Resource Inventory Update

Santa Monica Citywide Survey Update

In 2016-2017, the City of Santa Monica will be conducting an update to the City’s Historic Resources Inventory. Working with a consultant team of Architectural Resources Group and Historic Resources Group, the project will consist of the creation of a comprehensive Citywide Historic Context Statement, and a Citywide Historic Resources Survey that will be used to update the City’s Historic Resources Inventory. The context statement and survey will consider properties constructed through 1977. The team will look at all property types – residential (single- and multi-family), commercial, industrial, and institutional (civic buildings, schools, social clubs, etc.), as well as historic sites and landscapes – and will evaluate properties for potential architectural, social, and cultural significance. The team will be conducting outreach throughout the project, both to keep the community apprised of the project status and solicit input on potentially significant properties and neighborhoods. Email us at to be added to the mailing list for community outreach meetings, or watch this space for updates. Follow #samosurvey on social media on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for periodic updates and interesting finds.


Upcoming Events & Meetings

Oct 04

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers

Oct 10

Zoning Administrator
City Hall Council Chambers

Oct 18

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers