The Community Development Department's public records, such as building permits, certificates of occupancies, project plans, and Planning records may be accessed several different ways, as detailed below. Copies of project plans and other documents prepared by licensed professionals requires the approval of the property owner and the licensed professional who prepared the documents, as described in the Plans Duplication Request section below.
Limited records are available for viewing and download by visiting the PublicDocs Santa Monica website. At this site, you can access many of the City's available public records such as building permits, certificates of occupancy, and records from the City Planning Division. Please note that approved project plans associated with building permits, as well as structural calculations, are protected by California Health and Safety Code Section 19851, which prohibits the release of copies of plans or documents prepared by a licensed professional without the written consent from current property owner and the preparer of the document(s).
The public records described above, including project plans and structural calculations, can be viewed at the public counter in the Permit Services Center at City Hall. Duplication of the protected documents, such as project plans and structural calculations, may only be viewed at the public counter and are prohibited from being duplicated or printed without the written consent of the current property owner and the licensed professional that prepared the document(s).
Please note: The viewing of documents at the City Hall public counter is currently allowed by appointment only. You may schedule an appointment with a Permit Specialist to view records here.
Public Records Request
All public records, except the protected documents described above (e.g., project plans, structural calculations), are available through a Public Records Request made to the City Clerk's Office. In accordance with California Government Code Section 6256, a public records request may be made by visiting the City's online Public Records Request Center.
Construction drawings (i.e. plans) are intellectual property and are protected by California Health and Safety Code Section 19851, which prohibits the release of copies of plans without the written permission from the current property owner and the licensed professional that prepared the plans. Plans may be viewed at the public counter in the Permit Services Center. Any request to obtain a copy of plans requires the submittal of a Plans Duplication Request Application to a Permit Specialist for processing. The application may be submitted in person at the public counter or by email to email@example.com.