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Planning and Building


Planning and Building Agency
20 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alternating Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Counter Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Public Counter Hours for Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: closed

About the Planning and Building Agency

The Planning and Building Agency plays a critical role in achieving the City Council's goals for the physical development of the community. The agency's objective is to provide a safe, attractive, and business-friendly community through implementing state and local construction codes, as well as planning and regulating future land uses.

Important News – Moratorium on Industrial Businesses in the Transit Zoning Code (SD-84) Zoning District

On April 16, the Santa Ana City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance adopting a 45-day moratorium on industrial businesses in the Transit Zoning Code (SD-84) zoning district. The moratorium is scheduled to expire on June 1, 2024, unless extended by the City Council.

State law requires jurisdictions to continue reviewing  or processing  pending applications affected by a moratorium but prohibits an action to approve, issue, entitle, or take similar approving action during the period. The 45-day moratorium effectively “pauses” all applicable applications (e.g., building permit, planning review, business licenses, etc.).

A PDF copy of the urgency ordinance can be found here.

For more information, please contact the Planning Department at (714) 647-5804 or

Key services

How can we help you?

Get some guidance on how to start a business and access necessary forms.

Learn more about development projects under review in Santa Ana.

Find out how to schedule a building or occupancy inspection.

Submit, resubmit, view history, and/or view status of your plan check application here.

Report barking dogs, stray animals, or other issues.

Find your neighborhood association and help your community.

Get access to zoning maps to see what is permitted and what isn't.

View our program guidelines on preserving historical buildings in the City of Santa Ana.

Find out the requirements for building a fence around your property

Planning and Building Board, Commission and Neighborhood Initiatives meetings.

Contact us if you need help or have any other questions.

Events and Meetings

Jun 14 2024

Planning and Building Counter Closure

11:00am - 5:00pm City Hall

The Planning and Building Counter will be closed for staff events on Friday, June 14th from 11:00 am to 5:00 PM . Thank you for your understanding.

Jun 24 2024

Planning Commission Meeting

5:30pm - 8:00pm City Council Chambers

The Planning Commission  meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. The agenda for regular meetings is available 3 days in advance. Planning Commission meets in the City Hall Council Chamber, 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Planning Commission meetings now have both in-person attendance and...

Jul 4 2024

Historic Resources Commission Meeting

4:30pm - 7:30pm City Council Chambers

The Historic Resources Commission meets on the first Thursday of every other month. Meetings start at 4:30 p.m. The agenda for regular meetings is available 3 days in advance. Historic Resources Commission meets in the City Hall Council Chamber, 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Historic Resources Commission meetings now have both in-person attendance...

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