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Main Engineering Office
1437 4th Street, Ste. 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8721
Fax: (310) 393-4425

Permit Center
1685 Main Street, Rm. 113
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8737

Street Services
2500 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 458-4991

Mon – Thurs, 8 AM to 5 PM
Alternating Fridays, 8 AM to 5 PM
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Plan Check Guidelines & Requirements

The Public Works Department, Engineering and Street Services Division provides plan check services for the following types of private projects projects and developments:

  • Single-family residential
  • Multi-family residential
  • Commercial/industrial
  • Offsite improvements, when required by the City as part of a private project or development

Plan Check Checklists

The following plan check checklists are provided to assist applicants with being successful in the Public Works Engineering plan check process. For every project submitted to the City, the applicant is required to complete the appropriate checklist for their specific project type and upload the completed checklist to the electronic plan review system (ProjectDox). For details on requirements for specific project types, click the links to the checklists below:


Undergrounding of Overhead Utilities

Utility undergrounding greatly improves the aesthetics of the City of Santa Monica and reduces the severity of community impacts, such as fires, during hazardous weather conditions. The City supports the installation of underground utilities and the relocation of overhead utilities underground. The City’s underground utility requirements are codified at Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) 7.04.820.


Click the links below for more information regarding the City's underground utility requirements.

Tieback License Agreements

Private development projects that propose tieback anchor systems and other foundation supports, such as soldier piles, in the public right-of-way, must enter into a Tieback License Agreement with the City. The tieback agreement must be executed and recorded with the Los Angeles County Recorder prior to issuance of a Building Permit for the subject property. Please allow 2-3 months for this process.


Click the links below to access the Tieback License Agreement application and the City's standard Tieback License Agreement.

Offsite Improvement Plans

Offsite improvement plans must be prepared on City title block and meet all requirements stated in the City's offsite improvement plan checklist.


Updated September 5, 2019
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