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.


2015 Zoning Ordinance Update Approved by Council

On June 23, 2015, Santa Monica City Council approved the 2015 Zoning Ordinance update.  The update is the result of a three-year effort that included a Town Hall meeting, 33 Planning Commission hearings and over 500 public comments before final approval by the City Council. The ordinance will take effect on July 24, 2015.  The final document can be found on our  Zoning Ordinance update page .

Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Project Unveiled

Residents celebrated the completion of Phase I of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Project (MANGo) on Saturday, May 30.  The ceremony included a few words from Mayor Kevin McKeown, speeches by local residents and music by the Santa Monica Symphony Brass Quintet. In addition to celebrating the landscape circles, the event celebrated the rich cultural history of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood.

Portion of Eastbound Colorado Avenue to Close Permanently

Construction of the Colorado Esplanade project will soon be underway. Beginning March 26, 2015, the eastbound lanes on Colorado Avenue between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue will close permanently, leaving westbound traffic only. Businesses will remain open during construction.

Ocean Avenue and 4th Street will remain open to traffic, as will the westbound lanes along Colorado Avenue, but drivers are asked to use Broadway and Olympic Boulevards for eastbound trips.

The project will create a unique streetscape between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue, including:

  • Protected pedestrian and cycling lanes
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Benches and bike racks
  • Festival lighting
  • Decorative paving
  • Simpler traffic flow

Bike share - The System Test has Begun!

The Santa Monica City Council approved a Bike share system using Social Bicycle "smart bikes" on November 11, 2014, and one year later, almost to the day, Breeze Bike Share officially hit the road at a special ceremony in front of City Hall with participation by Mayor McKeown, the City Council, Assemblyman Richard Bloom, and presenting sponsor, Santa Monica-based Hulu, LLC. Today bike share subscribers have access to 500 8-speed Breeze Bikes at 75 stations citywide. Five stations in Venice are expected to be installed soon.

Bike share is an important component in the City's overall strategy to offer sustainable vehicle trip alternatives that reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving mobility, community health, and the overall quality of life in Santa Monica. Breeze provides a new active transportation alternative for short hops around Santa Monica to local destinations, bus stops and soon the City's three Expo Light Rail stations. You can join the thousands of Breeze riders by registering for "pay-as-you-go", monthly, or annual subscription rates at:

CycleHop, LLC is the City's contractor that maintains, operates and promotes Breeze Bike Share. This system is the first step in what may someday become and integrated, regional bike share system! The City is excited to be introducing this innovative technology that includes on-board computers that lock, unlock and track the bikes via GPS.

Santa Monica's Bike share system is being made possible through more than $2 million in grant funds that the City was awarded through Metro’s Call for Projects and from the AQMD. The process included the participation and support of the City's regional partners in the Westside Cities Council of Governments, Metro and others, and it is hoped that the system will act as a pilot program that will be extended throughout the Los Angeles area.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Apr 05

Planning Commission: Cancelled

Apr 11

Zoning Administrator
City Hall Council Chambers

Apr 19

Landmarks Commission
City Hall Council Chambers

Apr 19

Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers