Proactive Rental Enforcement (PREP)

The Proactive Rental Enforcement Program (PREP) promotes public health, safety, and welfare through a systematic proactive code enforcement effort towards residential rental property throughout the City of Santa Ana.

PREP is intended to promote an environment in which unhealthy conditions and life safety hazards are reduced for occupants of residential rental property by identifying and correcting code violations resulting in a:ArborsApartments

  • Threat to the occupant's safety
  • Threat to the structural integrity of the building
  • Negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods

In 1992, the City Council adopted a residential rental surcharge imposed on property owners who choose to enter into the residential property rental business to pay the enforcement costs of the PREP program including inspection and administration. 

This program was recently renewed for an additional four years in 2012 (Ordinance No. 2824).

Gold Seal Incentive Program

In 1994, the City Council adopted the Gold Seal Incentive Program (Resolution No. 94-026) whereby particular residential properties or apartments may be certified as having met standards of excellence in property maintenance and as certified, are exempted from payment of the surcharge fee for a 3-year period. 

For more information about the PREP program, please contact Estella Rodarte at (714) 667-2776.