Citywide Alcohol Sales and Entertainment Policies


Revised: March 20, 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:

  • 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

Get Involved and Stay In Touch

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.orgor call (714) 647-5804. Thank you for being a member of the Santa Ana community.

Important Documents

Approved Ordinance
Brochure Cover Page
Informational Brochure
Entertainment Permit applications are free for the first year, until September 4, 2014. Please visit the Planning Division public counter at City Hall to obtain an application

Past Meetings

City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, July 15, 2013
6:00 p.m.

Staff Report

Public Safety Committee
Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza)
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
5:30 p.m.

Meeting Agenda
PowerPoint Presentation

Community Stakeholders Meeting
City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza - Ross Annex, 1st floor)
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Stakeholders Packet (includes draft ordinance)
Stakeholders PowerPoint Presentation

Community Stakeholder Meeting
City Hall Room 1600 (20 Civic Center Plaza - Ross Annex, 1st floor)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
4:30 p.m.

Alcohol and Entertainment Policies Response to Downtown Inc.
Proposed Revisions to Entertainment Permit Standard Conditions
Alcohol and Entertainment Permits Ordinance Red Line - February 12, 2013

Public Safety Committee
Police Department Community Room (60 Civic Center Plaza)
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Agenda
Power Point Presentation
Alcohol Sales Comparison Memo

Planning Commission Public Hearing
November 26th, 2012
Staff Report

Planning Commission Study Session
November 14th, 2012

Community Stakeholders Meeting
November 7, 2012
Power Point Presentation
Policies Fact Sheet

Planning Commission Sub-Committee
October 18, 2012

Public Safety Committee Meeting
July 24, 2012

Planning Commission Study Session
April 9th, 2012

Community Stakeholders Meeting
March 20th, 2012

Planning Commission Sub-Committee
March 13th, 2012

Community Stakeholder Meeting
February 2nd, 2012