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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8721
Fax: (310) 393-4425
E-mail: sm.engineering@smgov.net

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1685 Main Street, Rm. 113
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8737
E-mail: pwpermits@smgov.net

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2500 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 458-4991
E-mail: streets.mailbox@smgov.net

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Subdivision Maps

Tentative and final subdivision maps are required whenever a property owner/developer desires to subdivide a parcel within the City of Santa Monica. The most common reason for a subdivision is to create condominiums. The Engineering and Street Services Division reviews tentative and final subdivision maps for compliance with Chapter 9.54 Land Divisions of the Santa Monica Municipal Code and the California State Subdivision Map Act. 

Tract vs Parcel Map 

A subdivision map is further classified as a "tract map" or "parcel map" based on how many units, parcels, or lots are created from the subdivision. When the proposed subdivision results in 5 or more units, parcels, or lots, the subdivision map is known as a "tract map." When the proposed subdivision results in 4 or fewer units, parcels, or lots, the subdivision map is known as a "parcel map." The type of map being submitted for approval must be clearly stated in the title of the map. 

Submittal Procedure and Process

All subdivision map submissions are processed electronically. Paper submissions will no longer be accepted. To submit a subdivision map to the Civil Engineering Division for review, please visit our Submit a Subdivision Map page.

When your map is approved, you will be instructed to bring in bond (paper) and/or mylar copies of the maps for necessary stamps and signatures by the City. Until this point, though, all reviews will be handled electronically. 

The table below highlights the key steps in the submittal process for a tentative and final maps. Please note that other departments may have their own processes. Please contact the respective departments directly for more information.

Tentative Map Final Map
1. Applicant obtains a tentative parcel or tract map number from the Los Angeles County Public Works, Land Development Division 1.  Applicant submits the final map to Los Angeles County Public Works, Land Development Division for review to obtain a "City Letter" from the County.
Note: The City of Santa Monica is a contract City with Los Angeles County for subdivision map reviews. LA County must review and approve the final map prior to submitting it to the City for review.
2. Applicant submits the tentative map and required documentation via the Submit a Subdivision Map page for City review. 2. Applicant submits the final map and required documentation via the Submit a Subdivision Map page.
Note: The City imposes a condominium tax of $1,000/unit. This tax is due at time of building permit issuance and is assessed by the City Planner assigned to the building plan review. This fee is not imposed during the City's subdivision map review process.
3. An engineer is assigned to review the tentative map. 3. An engineer is assigned to review the final map.
4. Fees are invoiced; payment instructions are emailed to the applicant. 4. Fees are invoiced; payment instructions are emailed to the applicant.
5. The assigned engineer reviews the map. If more documentation and/or corrections are needed, the applicant is alerted via email. 5. The assigned engineer reviews the map. If more documentation and/or corrections are needed, the applicant is alerted via email.
6. Once all requirements have been met, the engineer electronically approves the map and emails a copy of the approved map to the applicant. 6. When all requirements of the assigned engineer have been satisfied, the map is forwarded to the Land Development Supervising Civil Engineer and City Engineer for review. If additional corrections are required, the applicant is alerted via email. 
7. Applicant continues the tentative map approval process with the Planning and Community Development Department and Planning Commission
Note: The Planning Division may require a physical copy of the map for processing; consult Planning Division requirements for details.
7. Once all requirements have been met, the applicant to bring in one mylar copy and one paper copy for signature. Two copies—one mylar, one paper—of all pages of the final map must be submitted or approval cannot be granted.
    8. Map is sent to the City Treasurer for signature. If corrections are required, the applicant is notified via email.
    9. Map is sent to the City Engineer for signature.
    10. Once signed, the applicant is notified. The papercopy is returned to the applicant to continue the final map approval process with the Planning and Community Development Department and City Council. The assigned engineer retains the mylar copy until the City Council approves the final map.
    11. The applicant must notify the engineer via email when City Council approves the final map. The applicant must also furnish proof of tax clearance from the County.
    12. The mylar copy of the final map is routed to the City Clerk for signature. The City Clerk sends the map to the County for recordation.
Note: The City Clerk must record the final map. Applicants may not record the final map themselves.

Fees

 

Tentative Map Final Map
New Submittal $657.23 $1,304.89
Revision to Previously-Approved Map $218.85 $437.71
Fees stated above are valid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. Maps submitted after this date will be subject to revised fees.

Submittal Requirements

Tentative Maps

Pursuant to SMMC 9.54.020(B)(C), a tentative map is required for all land subdivisions in Santa Monica, regardless of the number of units, parcels, or lots being created. Requirements for tentative parcel maps are provided at SMMC 9.54.050. Requirements for tentative tract maps (also referred to as "tentative subdivision maps" in the Municipal Code) are provided at SMMC 9.54.030. The information in this section is intended to summarize the requirements set forth in the Municipal Code. In the event of conflict between the information contained on this website and the requirements set in the Municipal Code, the Code shall prevail.

Required Documents

Note: All documents must be submitted in PDF format. Alternative formats will not be accepted.

  1. Tentative Map
  2. Preliminary title report issued within the past 3 months
  3. Underlying document for the basis of bearing as recorded with LA County

Plan Check Requirements

Final Maps

Required Documents

Note: All documents must be submitted in PDF format. Alternative formats will not be accepted.

  1. Final Map
  2. Approved Tentative Map
  3. Preliminary Subdivision Report issued within the past 3 months
  4. Lot/Traverse Closure Calculations
  5. Set Monuments and Centerline Tie Sheets
  6. Planning Commission Statement of Official Action
  7. Letter of Approval from County of Los Angeles ("City Letter")
  8. If subdivision is for condominiums: City of Santa Monica Condominium Tax Receipt or Recorded Tax Lien Agreement
  9. If improvements were required: A copy of the improvement agreement and performance and labor bonds

Vacations

In the context of public right-of-way, a vacation is the act of a legislative body that completely or partially abandons the public right to use a street (which includes alleys) or public service easement (e.g., an easement for sewer and water utility purposes). For example, if an alley was vacated, that alley would cease to exist as a legal street. Vacations are governed by California Streets and Highways Code sections 8300 through 8363. Nearly all streets and public service easements in the City of Santa Monica are controlled by easement, meaning that the City doesn’t actually own the land but rather has an easement to use it for a specified purpose (e.g., as a street). When the City vacates a street controlled by easement, the vacated area is now free of the easement, meaning that the original property owners regain control of the area for their own use. These property owners are usually those that surround the vacated area. For example, if an alley is vacated, the property owners on each side of the alley would regain control of that portion of the alley adjacent to their parcel up to the centerline of the alley. It is usually necessary for a property owner to update their title to reflect a vacation once it has been recorded with Los Angeles County. The City has no involvement in the adjustment of titles after recording a resolution of vacation.

Documents

Click the links below for more information regarding vacations.

Lot Line Adjustment

Public Right-of-Way Easement Dedication

Certain development projects may require the dedication of public rights-of-way to fulfill a public need. Dedications are memorialized in an easement agreement between the property owner and City. The agreement is recorded with the Los Angeles County Recorder. For example, an dedication may be required to ensure an ADA compliant sidewalk and adequate space for underground utilities in front of a property. When a dedication is required, please submit the Easement Dedication Application linked below along with required documents for review.

Updated April 2, 2020
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