Marijuana Licensing Update

The City of Santa Monica is currently establishing a selection and permitting process for two (2) Medicinal Cannabis Retailers and Medicinal Cannabis Light Manufacturers.  Please note the City has a prohibition on adult use non-medicinal commercial cannabis activities.  For more information, see the Cannabis Licensing page .

California Planners Recognize Downtown Santa Monica with Great Places Award

On September 24th, the California Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) named Downtown Santa Monica as one of three 2017 “Great Places in California” at its annual conference held in Sacramento. This distinction honors our Downtown as a place that is “memorable to the community and to individuals and creates a strong sense of place,” recognizing its unique, visually interesting environment that encourages human contact and social activities.  


More than 100 years of effort by multiple generations of City leaders and partners in the community has made DTSM a true town center even as it has become a popular regional and international magnet.  Recognition by the leading California planning professionals as a “Great Place” is a credit to their vision and hard work.  Congratulations, Downtown!

New Water Neutrality Ordinance in Effect

The Water Neutrality Ordinance is a new code that caps water use for new developments by limiting the project to the historical use for that individual parcel. Click here for more information.


Water Neutrality Training Sessions:

August 23 –General Session Link
August 29 –Pool and Ponds Session Link
September 12 –Landscape Session for Landscape Designers Link
September 13 –General Session Link
September 19 –Pools and Ponds Session Link
September 20 –Landscape Session for Landscape Contractors Link

Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Modifications

Interim guidance for the processing of applications for wireless telecommunications facilities modifications compliant to Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act have been created.  This guidance is in place pending the completion of the City’s telecommunications ordinance update.  The guidance can be found here.

Zoning Ordinance Update

The most recent update to the Zoning Ordinance went into effect March 30, 2017. The updated document can be found here.

Historic Resource Inventory Update

Santa Monica Citywide Survey Update

In 2016-2017, the City of Santa Monica will be conducting an update to the City’s Historic Resources Inventory. Working with a consultant team of Architectural Resources Group and Historic Resources Group, the project will consist of the creation of a comprehensive Citywide Historic Context Statement, and a Citywide Historic Resources Survey that will be used to update the City’s Historic Resources Inventory. The context statement and survey will consider properties constructed through 1977. The team will look at all property types – residential (single- and multi-family), commercial, industrial, and institutional (civic buildings, schools, social clubs, etc.), as well as historic sites and landscapes – and will evaluate properties for potential architectural, social, and cultural significance. The team will be conducting outreach throughout the project, both to keep the community apprised of the project status and solicit input on potentially significant properties and neighborhoods. Email us at to be added to the mailing list for community outreach meetings, or watch this space for updates. Follow #samosurvey on social media on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for periodic updates and interesting finds.


Upcoming Events & Meetings

Nov 30

Scoping Meeting: City Yards Project EIR
Thelma Terry Room, Virginia Avenue Park - 2200 Virginia Avenue

Dec 06

Planning Commission

Dec 11

Landmarks Commission

Dec 12

Zoning Administrator

Dec 13

Planning Commission