Zoning Ordinance Update

Low Density Housing

The City of Santa Monica's Zoning Ordinance Update is complete and has been approved by City Council, effective July 24, 2015.  The purpose of the update is to implement the 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). Last comprehensively revised in 1988, the update ensures that the Zoning Ordinance is relevant to today’s concerns, and that it is easy to use, and its requirements are clear.


For projects located in the Downtown, the provisions of the 1988 Zoning Ordinance will be in effect until the Downtown Specific Plan is adopted (anticipated summer 2016).