Temporary Traffic Control Plans (TTCPs) are required whenever work is proposed in the public right-of-way, with the exception of dumpsters or storage pods to be located within a parking lane. The dates and times of work areas located in commercial districts, the downtown or on major streets are subject to the approval of City staff.
Construction or construction-related activities that will occur within any street requiring approved temporary traffic control plans must follow the TTCP Requirements and fee schedule.
For all other streets, traffic control plans can be reviewed in-person at the Public Counter in City Hall. All temporary traffic control plans must comply with the requirements of the California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The Plan shall include and show the following:
- The size of the work area, including all dimensions.
- The location of the work area in relation to the cross streets, alleys, or other major reference points, including all distances and dimensions.
- All temporary traffic control devices (signs, delineators, striping, others) to be used.
- Access to all existing parking facilities affected by the proposed work zone.
An eleven foot (11') wide passageway must be maintained for emergency access at all times. If 11’ can be kept clear, use the Use of Public Right-of-Way: Alleys form for the required temporary traffic controls. If 11’ cannot be kept clear, a roadway closure permit is required. The roadway closure permit is only valid in conjunction with a separate permit issued by Public Works such as a Use of Public Property Permit or Excavation Permit.
Please note that closures of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Courts in the Downtown and Civic Center areas must follow specific requirements as outlined in the TTCP Requirements.
Determination of allowed date, time, and location of the sidewalk section to be used will be made after Strategic and Transportation Planning staff assesses pedestrian activity at the proposed work site. Sidewalk widths vary citywide. Applicants must provide the total width of the work area and the total width to be kept clear on the sidewalk. Tools, equipment, and any material removed from excavations should also be included in measurements.
To allow pedestrian use of the sidewalk during construction, a minimum four foot wide walkway must be maintained. If a four foot wide walkway cannot be maintained:
- In residential districts that are not located on major streets, sidewalks may generally be closed per the signs required diagram.
- On major streets or within commercial districts, temporary walkways will typically need to be constructed. Specifications for temporary walkways are published by the Public Works Department. Temporary walkways located at the edge of an alley need to be pulled back five feet from the alley to maintain sufficient visibility. These walkways may be allowed to encroach into curb parking lanes, but cannot encroach into any traffic lanes unless accompanied by an approved Temporary Traffic Control Plan (TTCP)
Please note that additional fees may apply for TTCP review. When a sidewalk closure or temporary walkway is located at or near a bus stop, relocation of the bus stop may be required by the Big Blue Bus and/or Metro.
Signs Required for Sidewalk Closure
Submitting Temporary Traffic Control Plans (TTCP) on Santa Monica's Electronic Plan Review System (EPR)
Santa Monica's EPR system allows applicants to submit plans for review entirely online. EPR offers applicants the convenience to check the status of their projects online at any time in addition to saving travel and printing costs.
EPR Submittal Process and Information
EPR requires use of the following two websites as part of the plan review process:
- Citizen Access - The website for creating a new building permit application and for making online fee payments.
- ProjectDox - The website for the upload and review of project plans and supporting materials. Applicants view and receive project corrections, and track project status in ProjectDox.
To apply and submit project to EPR, complete the following steps
- Create a TTCP EPR project on Citizen Access (refer to instructions on How to Create a TTCP Plan Review Application on Citizen Access Prior to Uploading Plan Review Materials to EPR);
- First time users of ProjectDox will receive an automated email at the email address used to create the project in Citizen Access. Use this email to register a new user account in ProjectDox;
- Registered ProjectDox users will receive a separate automated email with an invitation to join the newly created project in ProjectDox;
- Login to ProjectDox with the same email address used to create the project in Citizen Access and upload the following required documents:
- Project plans (refer to TTCP Upload Standards Handout) and the TTCP Requirements Packet;
- Any Associated or supporting documentation (e.g. TTCP Application and Expired TCCPs (if applicable))
Applications & Forms
Need help using the EPR system?
1. Visit video tutorials below on how to complete various tasks throughout the plan review process.
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3. To access the EPR system manual, click on the question mark in the upper-right hand corner of your EPR home screen