Permits Counter

Welcome to the Permit and Plan Check Counter! We look forward to serving you with all your permitting needs!

The permit and plan check counter and processing center is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The City is closed on alternating Fridays.SA_Cityhall

Appointments may be made and are often required with our permit counter staff to discuss:

  • New construction submittals, especially commercial projects.
  • Large project submittals and pre-submittal meetings prior to submittal.

Need more info?  Call (714) 647-5800.  For appointments, please call a minimum of 24-hours in advance.

Our knowledgeable permit processing staff assures that all applications are complete and reviewed by appropriate staff and other Agencies.  Planning Division approval is required for the majority of building permit applications prior to Building Division submittal.  Plan check fees are payable at time of submittal.  Upon final approval of an application, the counter staff verifies that all information is current and correct, collects all required outstanding permit fees, and issues the appropriate permits.

Fire plan check services are provided by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA).  Depending on the scope of work, some plans may be submitted at the City of Santa Ana, and some directly to OCFA.  For more information, please call us at (714) 647-5800 or you may contact OCFA directly at (714) 573-6100.  You may also visit the OCFA website for additional information.

To help you determine if your project can be submitted directly to OCFA or requires submittal at the Santa Ana Permit and Plan Check Counter click here to view the OCFA permit routing matrix.

For information regarding Santa Ana Police Department alarm permits, please contact (714) 245-8011.

Still have questions? Visit our Questions about Permits Page for more information about permits and the permitting process.


While most projects require permits, there are many smaller projects which can performed by your average DIY-er.  Check out the table below to see if your project requires a permit.

Please note that if a project requires a permit, this permit must be obtained from the Permit Counter prior to performing the work.  Some work may also require an inspection.  For more information check out our Questions about Permits page or call us at (714) 647-5800.

Project Description Permits Required
Replace an electrical outlet


Replace a toilet fixture

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Change-out a garbage disposal


Replace a ceiling fan


Kitchen or bathroom tiling (residential)


Replace weather stripping


Install engineered hardwood floors


Replace water heater


Replace front door