Santa Monica requires permits for building, construction, and business activities. The following pages provide information on navigating the permit process for permits issued by the Planning and Community Development Department.
Discretionary Permits are applications that include one or more public hearings as part of the approval process.
Active Building Permits and Plan Checks
Electronic Permit Availability
City staff is working diligently to expand the number of permits available using the online ePermits system. Currently the ePermits system may be used to apply for a number of construction permits. Before starting the application process please read the detailed ePermit Application Requirements to see if your project qualifies for the online submittal process. Online Applications improve communication between staff and applicants, and helps applicants avoid lines at the Public Counter.
Permit Requirements & Applications
The Planning and Community Development Department issues a number of permits to Homeowners, Businesses, and Contractors. Each link provides a summary of the permit, permit requirements, and a list of all documents needed for the application process. A-Z List of Permits
Building & Construction Permits
Building and construction permits are typically required for any home improvement, repair, alteration, construction, or demolition project, including pool or spa installations, sandblasting, most excavation and the erection of temporary structures such as temporary power poles. Permits are also required for re-roofing projects and improvements to plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.
Home-Share and Short Term Rentals
The City Council recently passed the "Home-Share Ordinance" which regulates short-term rental and Home-Share activities within the City. Rules for business license registration and enforcement are being drafted. Please visit the Home-Share informational webpage for more information.