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Citywide alcohol sales and entertainment policies

The ordinance

After a collaborative effort lasting almost 20 months, the City has adopted a new ordinance to streamline the permitting of alcohol and entertainment in Santa Ana. During this process, the City of Santa Ana received feedback from an eclectic range of community representatives and stakeholders on concepts related to alcohol and entertainment policies citywide. Based on a series of previous discussions we identified the following goals:

  • Make process for alcohol sales (CUP) faster, cheaper and simpler
  • Create consistent rules that create a level playing field and applied citywide
  • Eliminate confusing parts of rules and create certainty for applicants
  • Maintain public safety
  • Create policies that maintain a healthy balance of uses in the downtown and support an 18-hour environment
  • Support merchants that provide goods and services to family and youth
  • Create a permit that allows restaurants to offer dancing and entertainment
  • Reduce the restricted store size from 20,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet for stores

We encourage you to continue contacting us about the new policies related to alcohol sales and entertainment citywide. If you have any questions or concerns, send an e-mail to AlcoholEntertainment@santa-ana.org or call (714) 647-5804. Thank you for being a member of the Santa Ana community.

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