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1437 4th Street, Ste. 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8721
Fax: (310) 393-4425
E-mail: sm.engineering@smgov.net

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

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

Hours
Mon – Thurs, 8 AM to 5 PM
Alternating Fridays, 8 AM to 5 PM
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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 submits the tentative map and required documentation via the Submit a Subdivision Map page. 1. Applicant submits the final map and required documentation via the Submit a Subdivision Map page.
2. An engineer is assigned to review the tentative map. 2. An engineer is assigned to review the final map.
3. Fees are invoiced; payment instructions are sent to the applicant. 3. Fees are invoiced; payment instructions are sent to the applicant.
4. Engineering review. If more documentation and/or corrections are needed, the applicant is alerted via email. 4. Engineer conducts review. If more documentation and/or corrections are needed, the applicant is alerted via email.
5. Once all requirements have been met, the engineer alerts the applicant to bring in two bond copies of the map for stamp/signature by the Civil Engineering Division. Two copies of all pages of the tentative map in bond format must be submitted or approval cannot be granted. 5. Once all requirements have been met, the engineer alerts the applicant to bring in one mylar copy and one bond copy for review and approval by the City Treasurer and Engineer. Two copies—one mylar, one bond—of all pages of the final map must be submitted or approval cannot be granted.
6. Applicant continues the tentative map approval process with the Planning and Community Development Department and Planning Commission. 6. Map is sent to the City Treasurer for review and signature. If corrections are required, the applicant is notified via email.
    7. Map is sent to the City Engineer for review and signature. If corrections are required, the applicant is notified via email.
    8. Once approved, the applicant is notified. The bond copy is returned to the applicant to continue the final map approval process with the Planning and Community Development Department and City Council. The engineer keeps the mylar copy until the City Council approves the final map.
    9. The applicant notifies the engineer via email when City Council approves the final map. The applicant must also furnish proof of tax clearance from the County.
    10. 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.

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

Reference Documents

  • The Engineering Division is developing reference documents. Please email pwpermits@smgov.net for the latest reference documents.

Final Map Requirements

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
  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

Easement Agreement

Updated October 1, 2019
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