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Planning & Zoning

New Temporary Outdoor Operations Permit Process:

In an effort to assist restaurants and other businesses in quickly installing outdoor dining or curbside/storefront pickup areas that would comply with State and County Public Health directives, the City Council adopted an Urgency Ordinance establishing a streamlined permitting process. A business may apply for a no-fee Temporary Outdoor Operations permit by completing the linked application and submitting to the Planning Division at planningdept@sanjuancapistrano.org. Please allow up to two days for staff to review and process a submitted application. If you have any questions about the submittal process, please email planningdept@sanjuancapistrano.org or call 949-443-6331. 

Effective 5/18/2020, all new Planning Applications will be required to be submitted in person at City Hall by appointment only. The City will no longer be accepting electronic submittals for new applications. Any existing applications that have already been submitted electronically will continue to be processed electronically. In order to schedule an appointment, please click here.  To protect the health and safety of City Hall staff and visitors, all visitors to City Hall must complete a COVID-19 Public Health Self-Certification Form, wear a face covering or mask and adhere to social distancing protocols. If you have any questions about the submittal process, please email planningdept@sanjuancapistrano.org or call 949-443-6331.

Appointment Arrival Instructions:

For appointments on Monday or Tuesday, please contact (949) 443-6349 when you arrive. For appointments on Wednesday or Thursday, please contact (949) 443-6345. Any late arrivals to a scheduled appointment may result in rescheduling the appointment for another available time period.

The Planning Division is responsible for providing assistance to public with zoning regulations and requirements to properties within the City. These include, but are not limited to, use regulations, development standards, signage and tree removals. The Planning & Zoning Department provides current and advanced planning services, including review of private and public development projects for compliance with the established policies, regulations, and standards as set forth by the City’s General Plan and Municipal Code.

Zoning Documents & Resources:

Planning Documents & Resources:

Application Brochures
Affordable Housing Agreement n/a
Architectural Control Get Brochure
Conditional Use Permit Get Brochure
Discretionary Use Permit n/a
Development Agreement n/a
Floodplain Land Use Permit n/a
General Plan Amendment Get Brochure
Grading Plan Modification Get Brochure
Mobilehome Park Conversion/Closure n/a
Sign Monument (not part of AC) n/a
Sign Program Get Brochure
Site Plan Review Get Brochure
Temporary Use Permit n/a
Tentative Parcel Map Get Brochure
Tentative Tract Map Get Brochure
Time Extension n/a
Rezone/Zone Change Get Brochure
Zone Variance Get Brochure

Other Applications

Type of Application Brochures Applications
Banner Permit n/a Get Application
Landscape Permit Guidelines Get Application
Lot Line Adjustment Get Brochure Get Application
Massage Therapy Get Brochure n/a
Pre-Application Permit/Consultation n/a Get Application
Residential Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Permit n/a Get Application
Sign Permit Get Brochure Get Application
Special Activities Permit n/a Get Application
Tree Removal Permit Get Brochure Get Application
Zoning Compliance Plancheck n/a Get Application
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