Citywide Alcohol Sales and Entertainment Policies

Revised: October 2, 2014

After a collaborative effort lasting almost 20 months, the City has adopted a new ordinance to streamline the permitting of alcohol and entertainment in Santa Ana. During this process, the City of Santa Ana received feedback from an eclectic range of community representatives and stakeholders on concepts related to alcohol and entertainment policies citywide. Based on a series of previous discussions we identified the following goals:Downtown

  • Make process for alcohol sales (CUP) faster, cheaper and simpler
  • Create consistent rules that create a level playing field and applied citywide
  • Eliminate confusing parts of rules and create certainty for applicants
  • Maintain public safety
  • Create policies that maintain a healthy balance of uses in the downtown and support an 18-hour environment
  • Support merchants that provide goods and services to family and youth
  • Create a permit that allows restaurants to offer dancing and entertainment
  • Reduce the restricted store size from 20,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet for stores

We encourage you to continue contacting us about the new policies related to alcohol sales and entertainment citywide. If you have any questions or concerns, send an e-mail toAlcoholEntertainment@santa-ana.org or call (714) 647-5804. Thank you for being a member of the Santa Ana community.

Important Documents -

Approved Ordinance
Brochure Cover Page
Informational Brochure

Past Meetings
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Meeting Location Date Documents / Presentations
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
July 15, 2013
Public Safety Committee
Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza)
June 18, 2013
Community Stakeholders Meeting
City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza
June 5, 2013
Community Stakeholder Meeting
City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza

February 12, 2013
Public Safety Committee
Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza)
January 29, 2013
Planning Commission Public Hearing
City Hall Council Chambers
November 26th, 2012
Planning Commission Study Session
City Hall Council Chambers
November 14th, 2012
Community Stakeholders Meeting
City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza
November 7, 2012
Planning Commission Sub-Committee
City Hall Council Chambers
October 18, 2012
Public Safety Committee Meeting
Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza)
July 24, 2012
Planning Commission Study Session
City Hall Council Chambers
April 9th, 2012
Community Stakeholders Meeting
City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza
March 20th, 2012
Planning Commission Sub-Committee
City Hall Council Chambers
March 13th, 2012
Community Stakeholder Meeting
City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza

February 2nd, 2012