Plan Check


In order for a construction permit to be issued and the work to be properly inspected, plans must be prepared and submitted to the city for review and approval.  Plan check involves review of the submitted plans by various city departments to meet its respective code requirements.  Once the plans have been approved by all applicable city departments, the Building Safety Division will be authorized to issue the permit.


For more information regarding plan review and plan check requirements review the links below:






  • Codes Adopted
    Building Codes adopted by the City of Santa Ana (Effective January 1, 2017):
  • 2016 California Building Code
  • 2016 California Residential Code
  • 2016 California Mechanical Code
  • 2016 California Electrical Code
  • 2016 California Plumbing Code
  • 2016 California Energy Code
  • 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CAL Green)
  • Santa Ana Municipal Code



Design Criteria


Wind Speed

Per CBC 2016, 3-second peak gust wind speed per Risk Category:
  110 mph for Risk Category II (most common)
  100 mph for Risk Category I
  115 mph for Risk Category III-IV

Wind Exposure
Site specific for each project (CBC Sec. 1609) - Most areas of the City of Santa Ana can be classified as wind exposure category B
Seismic Design

Site specific for each project based on latitude and longitude of project location. (CBC Sec. 1613)

The parameters may be determined by using the USGS program available at:
Rainfall (drainage)
4-inches per hour for roof drainage design
Conventional Construction Criteria (CBC 2308)

Seismic Design Category D


Braced walls per CBC Section 2308.12 and table 2308.12.4 where SDS > 1.00

Flood Zones
Parts of the City of Santa Ana have flood zone designations of A and AE as outlined by the FEMA flood insurance maps (FIRMs)
Climate Zone
Zone 8

2016 CRC, Table R301.2(1) Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria:

Ground Snow Load
Wind Design
Seismic Design Category
Subject to Damage From
Winter Design Temp
Ice Barrier Under-Layment Required
Air Freezing Index
Mean Annual Temp
Speed (MPH)
Topographic Effects
Frost Line Depth
D2 or E
Very Heavy