Citywide Alcohol Sales and Entertainment Policies

Revised: October 2, 2014

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:

image of downtown Santa Ana at night

  • 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.

Important Documents 

Approved Ordinance
Brochure Cover Page
Informational Brochure
 

Past Meetings 

Meeting Location Date Documents / Presentations
City Council Meeting City Hall Council Chambers July 15, 2013 Staff Report
Public Safety Committee Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza) June 18, 2013 Meeting Agenda 
PowerPoint Presentation
Community Stakeholders Meeting

City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza)

June 5, 2013 Stakeholders Packet
Stakeholders PowerPoint Presentation
Community Stakeholder Meeting

City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza)

February 12, 2013 Alcohol and Entertainment Policies Response to Downtown Inc.
Proposed Revisions to Entertainment Permit Standard Conditions 
Alcohol and Entertainment Permits Ordinance Red Line - February 12, 2013
Public Safety Committee Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza) January 29, 2013 Agenda 
Power Point Presentation
Alcohol Sales Comparison Memo
Planning Commission Public Hearing City Hall Council Chambers November 26, 2012 Staff Report
Planning Commission Study Session City Hall Council Chambers November 14, 2012  
Community Stakeholders Meeting

City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza)

November 7, 2012

PowerPoint Presentation

Policies Fact Sheet

Planning Commission Sub-Committee City Hall Council Chambers October 18, 2012  
Public Safety Committee Meeting Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza) July 24, 2012  
Planning Commission Study Session City Hall Council Chambers April 9, 2012  
Community Stakeholders Meeting

City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza)

March 20, 2012  
Planning Commission Sub-Committee City Hall Council Chambers March 13, 2012  
Community Stakeholder Meeting

City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza)

February 2, 2012