City Planning

 

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.

 

Frequently Requested Information

For information on the following topics, please visit the links below for more information:

 

ZONING / PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

For information on the zoning of a particular property and what can be built on it.

 

OPENING A BUSINESS

For information on opening a new business, uses that are allowed in specific locations, and applying for a business license.

 

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

For information on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs) including garage conversions.

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN REVIEW / SIGNAGE

For information on the architectural review process for building design, colors, materials, signage, and landscaping.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

For information on historic landmarks, statuses, historic buildings and resources, benefits and tax incentives, and the demolition review process.

 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

For information on City Planning application forms and how to schedule an appointment to submit an application.

 

ALCOHOL PERMITS

For information on alcohol beverage sales and permits .

 

TEMPORARY USES

For information on temporary uses including stand-alone seasonal sales, temporary outdoor sales, and special events.

 

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES

For information on procedures and permits for personal wireless service facilities on property other than the public right-of-way.

 

COASTAL ZONE

For information on whether a project is located in the coastal zone and whether a Coastal Development Permit is needed.

 

LAND SUBDIVISIONS / CONDOMINIUMS

For information on land subdivisions including Tentative and Final Parcel/Tract Maps.

 

LAND USE / POLICY PLANS

For information on City Planning policy plans including General Plan Elements, Specific Plans, and Housing Element Update.

 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

For information on the various City Planning-related boards and commissions.

 

OTHER

If you need further information and would like to speak with someone from the City Planning division, please submit a 311 inquiry.

Contact Us

City Planning

1685 Main Street, Mail Stop 28
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(866) 311-7266

311@santamonica.gov