The City Planning Division administers and implements City land use and development policies, urban design policies, and the historic preservation program. The division processes a variety of development approval applications, working closely with the Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board to ensure new development reflects city land use policy and enhances the built environment.
In addition to providing direct services to the public by staffing a public counter, preparing information handouts, and responding to citizen inquiries, the division conducts extensive community outreach on development projects, working closely with both the applicant and community to identify and resolve key issues early in the process to ensure new development reflects the community’s long range vision for Santa Monica.
For information on the following topics, please visit the
links below for more information:
/ PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS
For information on the zoning of a particular property and
what can be built on it.
For information on opening a new business, uses that are
allowed in specific locations, and applying for a business license.
For information on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and
junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs) including garage conversions.
DESIGN REVIEW / SIGNAGE
For information on the architectural review
process for building design, colors, materials, signage, and landscaping.
For information on historic landmarks, statuses, historic
buildings and resources, benefits and tax incentives, and the demolition review
For information on City Planning application forms and how
to schedule an appointment to submit an application.
For information on alcohol beverage sales and permits .
For information on temporary uses including stand-alone
seasonal sales, temporary outdoor sales, and special events.
For information on procedures and permits for personal
wireless service facilities on property other than the public right-of-way.
For information on whether a project is located in the
coastal zone and whether a Coastal Development Permit is needed.
SUBDIVISIONS / CONDOMINIUMS
For information on land subdivisions including Tentative and
Final Parcel/Tract Maps.
USE / POLICY PLANS
For information on City Planning
policy plans including General Plan Elements, Specific Plans, and Housing
For information on the various City Planning-related boards
If you need further information and would like to speak with
someone from the City Planning division, please submit a 311 inquiry.