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Proactive Rental Enforcement Program

What is the Proactive Rental Enforcement Program (PREP)?

The Proactive Rental Enforcement Program (PREP) promotes public health, safety, and welfare through a systematic proactive code enforcement effort towards residential rental property throughout the City of Santa Ana.

Prep is intended to promote an environment in which unhealthy conditions and life safety hazards are reduced for occupants of residential rental property by identifying and correcting code violations resulting in a:

  • Threat to the occupant's safety
  • Threat to the structural integrity of the building
  • PREPNegative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods

In 1992, the City Council adopted a residential rental surcharge imposed on property owners who chose to enter into the residential property rental business to pay the enforcement costs of the PREP program including inspection and administration.

The PREP and Gold Seal Incentive Program new ordinance became effective July 1, 2016 (Ordinance No. 2898). Inspections will be done in accordance with a uniform procedure and will involve a standardized checklist of those items which will be evaluated on each property. Please see below to view a sample violation checklist.

To register a foreclosure or vacant property, please visit the Foreclosure / Vacant Property page or see below.

Paying your PREP bill

Please see below to pay for your PREP bill online.

For billing questions concerning PREP Rental Housing Inspections fee bills, call (714) 647-5335 or you may email your questions to PREPbill@santa-ana.org

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