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Last Updated 09/16/21

The city government of Santa Ana has not yet updated it’s local zoning codes to comply with the State ADU mandate so the State Standards apply to the ADU development.


Planning And Development Fees / Permit Fees

Planning Division Fees in Santa Anaing


Planning Service

Fee

Site Plan Review


0 - 9,999 SF or Discretionary Action

$4,035 - 13,786 +

[1.18 - 4.94 x respective SF]

10,000 SF - 99,999 SF

$20,284 - $33,730 +

[0.13 - 0.65 x respective SF]

100,000 or more SF

$40,428 + 0.06/SF

Environmental Review


Categorical Exemptions

$546

Negative Declaration without Traffic Study

$6,866

Negative Declaration with Traffic Study

$62,518

Environmental Impact Report

$95,754

Other Actions


New Single-Family Residence Review

$1,275

Second Dwelling Unit Review

$1,938

Discretionary Land Use Actions


Change of Zone or District

$4,581

Conditional Use Permit

$4,924

Development Agreement/Review

$11,506

General Plan Amendment

$8,254

Parcel Map (Tentative)

$3,973 + 16.90/lot

Tract Map (Tentative)

$4,296 + $16.90/lot

Actions to Allow for Flexible Standards


Lot Line Adjustment

$1,173

Minor Exception

$2,275

Specific Development Zone

$14,588

Variance

$4,777


Source: Santa Ana Municipal Code, 2013 Note: Single-family projects are assumed to require minimal, if any, environmental review; condos and multiple-family projects typically require subdivision maps and greater environmental review. DEVELOPMENT FEES AND EXACTIONS The City of Santa Ana charges processing fees and exactions to recover the costs of providing services to new development. Development fees are designed to ensure that developers pay a fair, pro rata share of the costs of providing infrastructure, and to compensate for processing development application. Regional entities also charge development impact fees to cover the costs of providing schools, sanitation, and regional transportation improvements. Development Fees Table displays the planning fees for typical city permits and actions.


Residential Development Fees in Santa Ana



Permitted Housing

Product Types 1

Single-family

Condominiums

Apartments

City Building/Planning Fees




Building Fees

$6,711

$797,814

$210,409

Fire Facility

N/A

$212,607

$85,186

Planning

$3,093

$18,768

$45,474

City Impact Fees




Park Fees

$5,137

$989,224

$300,345

Sewer

$2,433

$484,468

$117,678

Drainage

N/A

$306,808

$103,102

TSIA, Residential Multiple-family

N/A

$21,825

$41,797

Street Work

$5,137

$989,224

$300,345

Regional Impact (Other Agency)




School Fees ($3.20/sf)

$4,781

$908,997

$365,888

Orange County Sanitation District

$3,369

$659,414

$144,512

SMIP - State Seismic

$18

$10,688

$1,983

Federal Clean Water

$299

$71,998

$10,734

State Building Stds

$7

$2,187

$535

Transportation Corridor Fee

N/A

$603,513

N/A

Total Fees Per Unit




Total Fees

$26,875

$5,110,026 2

$1,442,387

Total Fees Per Unit

$26,875

$17,033

$19,492

City Fees Only Per Unit

$18,401

$9,511

$12,415

Other Agency Fees Per Unit

$8,474

$7,508

$7,069


Source: City of Santa Ana Planning Division Fees, effective 7/1/2013 Note: Based on a comprehensive study by a third party consulting firm, planning/development fees were modified in 2009 to better reflect the actual cost of services. Cumulative Cost To determine the total cost of development fees, City staff compiled three prototypical projects–a single-family home, a 300-unit condominium project, and 74-unit apartment project. All development fees were then calculated. As shown in Table, total development fees for the residential projects ranged from $17,033 to $26,875 per unit. It should be noted that a significant percentage of the per unit fee is actually due to other agency charges.



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