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FAQ_GraphicIs my property within the City of Santa Clarita boundary?

What is the zoning of my property?

What uses are permitted on my property?

How do I start a business in the City?

How do I request a permit for my small project?

How do I submit an Entitlement Application?

Which permits will I need for my project?

How much will my permit cost?

How long will my permit take?

Can I read the General Plan / Development Code / Zoning Code / Specific Plans / etc.?

Is this the right department for the services I need?

I need to talk to a planner.


Is my property within the City of Santa Clarita boundary?

Enter your address in this tool to check whether your property is located within the City or the County. Or you can use the interactive Mapping Your City tool to check your jurisdiction and more.

What is the zoning of my property?

In the mapping system, enter your property address or Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN). An information tab will open on the left side of your screen. Under ‘Zoning’, near the bottom, the system will indicate the official zoning of your property. If your parcel is zoned ‘SP’, it is part of a Specific Plan.

What uses are permitted on my property?

For an idea of what uses would be permitted on your property, take a look at Title 17, Chapters 17.42 Residential Use Types, 17.43 Commercial Use Types, 17.44 Industrial Use Types, 17.45 Public and Semi-Public Use Types, 17.46 Agricultural Use Types, and 17.47 Temporary Use Types of the Unified Development Code. It shows which uses are prohibited (X), are permitted by right (P), or require a particular permit, based on the zoning of your property.

How do I start a business in the City?

For a general guide on how to open a small business in Santa Clarita, please view Economic Development’s Small Business brochure. More information can be found on the Economic Development website. Business licensing in the City is contracted through Los Angeles County

To open a home-based business in the City, you will need a Home Occupation Permit (HOP) from the Planning Division. You can contact a planner for more information on obtaining an HOP.

How do I request a permit for my small project?

Most small projects can be approved over the counter for free. These projects typically include pools/spas, solar, patio covers, zoning referrals, tenant improvements, signs/banners, fences, landscaping, etc. Fill out an Over-The-Counter (Class I) Application, Grand Opening Banner or Banner Permit, and bring your application and plans to the Permit Center during regular business hours. At least one plan set should be 8.5”x 11” or 11”x 17”. Make sure to sign in when you arrive.

How do I submit an Entitlement Application?

Fill out an Entitlement Application form and review the appropriate requirements listed on the Class II, III, IV, V, VI and VII Checklists. These checklists give insight into what documents are required to submit an application. When you are ready to formally submit (or if you have questions beforehand), come visit us at the Permit Center.

Which permits will I need for my project?

All projects are different and may require different permits. Please contact a planner to determine which permits you will need.

How much will my permit cost?

The Planning Division Fee Schedule is available here. Once you file your application, you will be provided an invoice for all fees due for your project. The cashier accepts cash, card and checks. There is no fee for Over-The-Counter permits. For an estimate of fees, please contact a planner.

How long will my permit take?

All projects are different and have different processing times. The best way to determine how long your process may take is review the Class II, III, IV, V, VI and VII Checklists or contact a planner.

Can I read the General Plan / Development Code / Zoning Code / Specific Plans / etc.?

All of the Planning Division’s plans, codes, and guidelines are available on the Resources page.

Is this the right department for the services I need?

Planning is responsible for zoning and reviewing architectural/landscape plans, as well as for issuing entitlements for the permits listed on the Over-The-Counter Application and Entitlement Application.

I need to talk to a planner.

The best way to reach a planner is to call or come in to the Permit Center during business hours. All of the contact information can be found on the Contact Us page.