Planning Division

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The City of Santa Ana Planning Division is dedicated to caring for the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and our community.  In an abundance of caution, we have adjusted the way we provide all development related services by exercising healthy distancing and best practices as recommended by the CDC.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience during this unprecedented public health crisis. Public counter assistance and services will be handled by appointment only; phone, email, and teleconferencing are also available.

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  • Landscape plans
  • Neighborhood reviews
  • Lot mergers
  • Lot line adjustments
  • Commercial cannabis applications

New minor projects, such as:

  • New single-family homes
  • Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
  • Major additions
  • Major commercial/industrial façade remodels

Please email to schedule an appointment for development projects and discretionary action applications, such as:

  • New projects containing over 2,500 square feet
  • Subdivisions
  • CUPs, Variances, Minor Exceptions
  • Zone changes
  • General plan amendments
  • Historic resources commission applications


PLAN DROP OFF AREA - Counter Application and Minor Project Submittals

Located adjacent to the City Hall Ross Annex Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and do not require an appointment or a counter visit.   Please do not leave payment with these applications. Your applications will be taken in after 48 hours and reviewed for completeness, after which a planner will contact you to arrange payment options.

  • Adult entertainment
  • Certificate of occupancy
  • Entertainment permit
  • Home occupation permit
  • Reasonable accommodation
  • Temporary trailer
  • Underground utility waiver
  • Window replacement
  • Reroof permits

 (see online options)

  • Sign
  • Sign program
  • Temporary sign (banner)
  • Front yard fence
  • Land use certificates

Resubmittals for minor projects, such as:

  • New single-family homes
  • Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
  • Major residential additions
  • New tenant improvement submittals (non-residential)
  • Major commercial façade projects


For any additional questions please email or call (714) 647-5804. For additional information regarding COVID-19, click here.  A list of helpful numbers for the City services offered at City Hall can be found at City phone numbers.


Current Planning

This section works with developers and property owners to facilitate new development in the city and implement the City’s commercial cannabis ordinances.

Major Projects and Monthly Development Project Reports

Interactive Projects Map

Historic Preservation

Forms, Fees, Applications, and Handouts

Citywide Design Guidelines

Zoning Documents

Cannabis Resources Portal

Advance Planning

This section performs long-range planning for the City including: General Plan maintenance, coordination with regional agencies, and annual reporting to state agencies.

General Plan Update

Circulation Element Update

Housing Element Update

Climate Action Plan

Housing Opportunity Information

Zoning Map

General Plan Map

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Neighborhood Initiatives

The Neighborhood Initiatives team works with Santa Ana's 64 neighborhood associations and community based groups to build capacity, solve problems and encourage civic engagement.

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Neighborhoods and Community

Neighborhood Meetings Schedule

Neighborhood Map

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Historic Preservation & Urban Design

This section implements the City's Historic Preservation program and maintains the Citywide Design Guidelines.

Local Register of Historic Properties

Historic Properties Map

Mills Act Contract Application


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Property Information Search

Access information about any Santa Ana property. Search by address or parcel number.



Have a question about making any property changes to your residence or business? Our FAQ provides answers and links to any permits you may need.

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