Until further notice, Costa Mesa City Hall and facilities are CLOSED to the public. Select City parks are open with restrictions to help protect public health and safety. The Costa Mesa Skate Park and Bark Park remain closed.
The park restrictions include:
- Parking lots and amenities, such as tot lots and play equipment, will remain closed at this time.
- Gathering, stopping or picnicking in the parks is prohibited, and social distancing must be maintained.
- A face covering must be worn, except for children under age 2 or individuals who have difficulty breathing.
City staff is committed to continuing to provide essential city services and will be providing services to the public online, via telephone and through our website in order to follow the Governor’s guidance and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Please see below for a list of City services offered during this period:
Based on federal and state guidance, the City took the bold step to order the cancellation of all non-essential meetings and functions and all large gatherings of 250 people or more. This includes postponing or cancelling smaller gatherings that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person or involve individuals at high risk of infection, including those over 60 years of age or with underlying conditions.
Cancellation of Commission and Committee MeetingsPublic meetings including those for Commissions and Committees that are non-essential will be postponed until further notice. Special meetings may be convened on a limited basis to address essential city business that cannot be deferred during this period. Planning Commission meetings are considered essential business until further notice.
Modified City Council Meetings
As of March 12, 2020, the City instituted a Safety Alert warning system at all City facilities including the City Council Chambers strongly encouraging members of the public to participate remotely, especially high-risk populations. The City Council meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020, will take place in the City Council Chambers. However, the City is encouraging the public to participate remotely on television or online instead of attending in person to help mitigate risk, especially for high risk populations.
The meetings are broadcasted live on Spectrum TV Channel 3 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and live-streamed at youtube.com/costamesatv.
Members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the City Council, in-lieu-of doing so in person, please submit comments in writing via mail to “City Council” at 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 or by email to email@example.com The comments will be provided to the City Council as part of the meeting record and will be uploaded on the City’s website. We are also considering teleconferencing options to further mitigate exposure.
Development Services will continue to offer services online, and via email, telephone or conference line. Planning applications and certain building permit applications will be accepted electronically. In person site visits and inspections will be limited and considered on a case-by-case basis only. For assistance, please visit the department webpage, or call or email:
|Planning Services||(714) firstname.lastname@example.org
|Building and Safety||(714) email@example.com|
|Community Improvement||(714) 754-5638
|Housing and Community Development||(714) 754-5245
To submit a Planning Application electronically:
- Email a complete signed application (PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If over 10 MB, please email instructions for access to a document sharing site where City staff may download the complete application including project plans.)
- When received, City staff will respond with an email confirmation and an application number for tracking purposes.
- See below for information on fee payments.
Building Permits Applications and Plancheck
We will continue to accept building permits applications electronically for certain types of permits. Online building permit application materials can be found here. Other building permit application types will not be accepted until further notice, though the City is actively working on a system to accept electronic submittals for all applications.
To submit Building Permit Applications electronically:
- Email a complete, signed permit application (PDF) to email@example.com.
- When received, a building permit technician or plancheck coordinator will respond with an email confirmation and a permit number for tracking purposes.
- See below for information on fee payments.
Until further notice, the Costa Mesa Building Division has ceased all off-site inspections, except on a case-by-case basis when it is determined by the Building Official that conditions are safe for inspection. Staff will attempt to accommodate remote inspections via FaceTime, Skype, photos, etc. when feasible. Inspectors are available for emergency life/safety inspections should they be necessary. Please call (714) 754-5626 or submit an inspection request online and an inspector will contact you within 48 hours regarding inspection options.
Fees and Payments
Fee payments may be wired to the City at no additional charge by following these instructions. Once the payment is wired, please email the payment confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the site address and planning/building permit application number (when assigned). Once payment is received, the application will be processed.
- Payments may also be made by emailing a signed credit card authorization form (PDF) with your planning application. Please note that there is a $15,000 credit card transaction limit. Checks may be mailed to the City (City of Costa Mesa Attention: Planning Division, PO Box 1200, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-1200) and must include the site address or planning/building permit application number; however there will be a delay of several days for processing of physical checks or other similar forms of payment.
In concert with the most conservative guidance, which is in direct alignment with local, state, and federal actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Costa Mesa is calling on various businesses to implement closures or other restrictions.
The City of Costa Mesa is calling for the closure of movie theaters, fitness clubs effective March 17 at 11:59 p.m.
The City of Costa Mesa is calling for limiting restaurants to take out and delivery services only, effective March 17 at 11:59 p.m
South Coast Plaza
Out of an abundance of caution, South Coast Plaza Management has made the decision to take proactive action and close for 14-days (effective at 7 p.m. on March 16) to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.
As a trusted and valued community partner we embrace their efforts to help stem the transmission of COVID-19. As precautionary measures continue to evolve, decisions such as this can serve as bold and decisive action.
This decision is also consistent with President Trump’s latest advisory to limit public gatherings to 10 individuals or less.
Small Business Relief
On March 16, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration for California, which makes loans available to applicable small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Additionally, the California Employment Development Department has information on employer and employee assistance programs. These loans may be used for select activities, with interest rates of 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere (businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible) and 2.75% for non-profits. For more information, please utilize the following resources:
- Click here for information on Small Business Administration assistance.
- Click here for information on California Employment Development Department online resources.
- Click here for how to provide information to your employees to file a claim for unemployment during this layoff time.
Resources for Employers and Workers
California will continue acting swiftly to help workers hurt by COVID-19. The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has compiled resources for employers and workers to centralize information on paid sick leave, paid family leave, unemployment and more. For more information, visit their webpage.
California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) has also gathered federal, state, and local resources that provide guidance as well as examples of what communities are doing to help their local businesses. For more information, visit their webpage.
Virtual Community Center
The City has launched a Virtual Community Center with resources on how to maximize this period of social distancing. Check it out now!
City parks and the Costa Mesa Country Club, the city-owned public golf course closed on March 24, 2020 due to COVID-19 related concerns. On April 28, various city parks and the golf course opened for passive use. On May 9, select Fairview Park trails were opened to the public. The Costa Mesa Skate Park and Bark Park remain closed.
You can still take a Virtual Tour of Fairview Park online!
Effective immediately, the following facilities are closed until further notice.
- Senior Center *
- Balearic Community Center **
- Downtown Aquatics Center
- Downtown Recreation Center
- Teen Center
- Costa Mesa Skate Park
- Bark Park
* Senior Center Closure (except for limited essential services)
The Senior Center at 695 W. 19th Street will be closed for non-essential public access. Essential services related to meals, transportation, and social services will be available on a limited basis. Please contact the Senior Center for detailed information about access to specific resources at (714) 327-7550 or via email email@example.com.
All OC Public Libraries locations will be closed March 16 through March 31, 2020, with all library programs, classes and events cancelled until April 30th. This also includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms. In Costa Mesa, the Donald Dungan Library at Lions Park and the Mesa Verde Library will be closed until further notice. For more information, please visit the OC Public Libraries' webpage.
Cancellation of City ProgramsEffective immediately the following Parks and Community Services Programs and Activities are cancelled until further notice.
- R.O.C.K.S and Teen Programs
- LEAP (Learn Explore and Play)
- Youth Sports and Youth Sports Groups
- Adult Sports
- Open Gym
- Youth and Adult Recreation Classes
- Aquatics Programs
- Mobile Recreation
- Lions Park Programming
- Facility Rentals
- Park/shelter reservations for groups with 10 or more individuals
- Camp Costa Mesa
ContactThe police lobby will remain open to the public for limited services. For emergencies, call 911. If it’s not possible to call, Costa Mesa Communications accepts text to 911. For a non-emergency and to report suspicious activity, call 714-754-5252.
Filing ReportsThe police lobby will remain open to the public for limited services; however, the community is encouraged to filed police reports online if possible. Reports that can be filed online include hit and run, non-injury traffic collision, lost property, theft, theft from a vehicle, vandalism, and harassing phone calls. Visit www.costamesapolice.org and select Crime Reporting on the homepage to file a report.
Live Scan services are suspended until further notice.
Costa Mesa Police Department will suspend issuing parking citations for street sweeping and residential permit parking violations as approved by the City Council on March 17, 2020.
Street sweeping operations will continue until further notice.
Front Counter services are now being provided over the phone, by email and online
- For engineering and transportation plan checks and permits, please contact Nader Noorani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For oversize load permits, film permits, and residential parking permits, please email email@example.com.
- For inspection requests, please call (714) 754-5025.
- For lot line adjustments, please contact Brad Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with a current building permit seeking to have their waste hauling hold released to get their project finaled by the Building Department can email the waste hauling tickets and self-haul form to Robert Staples at email@example.com. If a business would like to pull a self-haul permit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the application for processing and payment.
At this time, all of the following maintenance practices are continuing as scheduled:
- Street Sweeping
- Bus Station Power Washing
- Street Cleaning/Power Washing
Work requests can be submitted through the City’s MyCostaMesa App (available on Google Play or the Apple store), through the City’s website, or by phone at (714) 754-5123.
For information about solid waste and wastewater collection services, please visit the Costa Mesa Sanitary District webpage.
For information regarding water needs, please visit the Mesa Water District webpage.
The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) determined that energy, water, sewer, and communications companies under CPUC jurisdiction should halt customer disconnections for non-payment as a result of the State of Emergency due to COVID-19. For more information, visit the CPUC's webpage.
SoCalGas has closed their branch payment offices to the public, but payments are still able to be completed at various locations, online, by phone, or by mail. Click here for more information.