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Planning & Zoning

Effective 11/6/2020, City Hall will be closed to the public.  There will be no City staff available at City Hall.  All new planning application submittals will be required to be submitted electronically during the City closure. Please email planningdept@sanjuancapistrano.org or call the planning division line at 949-443-6331, if you have any questions.

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. 

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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