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Santa Ana lowers fee for home-based business permits

Posted on January 11, 2023

The Santa Ana City Council recently approved reducing the Home Occupation Permit (HOP) fee from $320 to $50.32 to better serve and make it more affordable for modern, small home-based business needs. The Santa Ana Municipal Code requires that every business operating from residential premises needs to secure a HOP and comply with all applicable...
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City, County shut down over 100 sidewalk vendors selling unsafe food in Santa Ana

Posted on December 20, 2022

The public is urged to check for health permits when buying from street vendors. SANTA ANA, Calif. – In response to community concerns, the City of Santa Ana and the Orange County Health Care Agency investigated and shut down over 100 sidewalk food vending locations that were found to be selling food unfit for human...
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New cannabis law lowers tax rates, allows consumption lounges and events

Posted on December 12, 2022

Santa Ana is the top destination for legal cannabis in Orange County. SANTA ANA, Calif. – Santa Ana will continue to be the top destination for legal cannabis in Orange County thanks to several new measures approved by the Santa Ana City Council that will lower tax rates and allow marijuana consumption lounges and events....

New 2022 California Building Standards Code

Posted on December 6, 2022

The State updates the California Code of Regulations (Title 24) every three years. The current edition is the 2019 California Code of Regulations. The new 2022 California Building Standards Code will go into effect on January 1, 2023. All construction project applications submitted on or after that date must comply with the provisions of the...

Become one of multiple partners helping CalEPA Co-create a community science model

Posted on November 23, 2022

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) is inviting Community Based Organizations (CBOs) from throughout California to co-create a community science model to inform future CalEPA community research projects. The model is intended to be widely relevant to any California community interested in community science work and youth engagement. They are looking for CBOs interested and/or...
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City wins Orange County Business Council award for MainPlace Mall plan

Posted on November 18, 2022

At last night’s annual awards ceremony, the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) awarded City of Santa Ana the top Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet award for Building & Land Reuse Community Revitalization for the MainPlace Specific Plan. The award recognizes jurisdictions and government agencies for their efforts to adopt streamlining measures that enhance customer...
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Revised Housing Element available for public review

Posted on July 12, 2022

The General Plan Housing Element provides a long-range policy guide on the production, improvement, and preservation of housing for the next eight years (2021-2029 planning period). The revised July 2022 Housing Element Draft is now available for public review on our website. The latest draft includes revisions addressing comments received on the February 2022 Draft...

Revive Santa Ana Commercial Property Compliance Assistance Program

Posted on July 12, 2022

The City of Santa Ana's Planning and Building Agency has developed the Commercial Property Compliance Assistance Program as part of the Revive Santa Ana initiative. The program pays for improvements including signage, awning, steam cleaning/power washing, fencing, doors, lighting, paint, and more. If you are the owner of commercial property in qualified areas of Santa...
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Updated General Plan Goes into Effect on May 26

Posted on May 25, 2022

The updated General Plan of the City of Santa Ana will go into effect on Thursday, May 26, 2022, the first time it has been comprehensively updated in 40 years. The Santa Ana City Council approved the General Plan update on April 19, 2022. The Santa Ana General Plan provides long-term policy direction to guide...

Planning and Building Agency counter offices closed on April 22, 2022

Posted on April 18, 2022

Planning and Building Agency Public Counters will be closed on April 22, 2022. Regular counter hours will resume on April 25, 2022. To schedule an appointment, please click here. For any questions, please contact: Code Enforcement - (714) 667-2780 or Planning Division - (714) 667-2700 or Building Safety - (714) 647-5800 We apologize...
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Santa Ana downtown residential project forms joint venture to take advantage of City’s opportunity zone

Posted on November 3, 2021

The Toll Brothers just announced the formation of a joint venture to develop the Rafferty, a two-building, 218-unit multifamily residential project (of which 5 percent of the units are proposed for very low income households) with 12,350 square feet of ground floor retail, in the heart of downtown Santa Ana at the former First American Title site...
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