While City Hall remains closed to the public to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 until further notice, all City employees are still working and providing essential services to the public.
Please be advised that effective July 1, 2020, all City Departments, except for police and fire, will operate four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. only. City Departments will not be operational on Fridays, except for police and fire services which will continue on a 24/7 basis.
These actions are being taken to ease the budget deficit resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to allow for the continued deep cleaning and disinfecting of City facilities. This revised schedule will remain in place until further notice.
City staff are 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 building permit applications will be accepted electronically. In person site visits and inspections by City staff will continue, so long as State and local health guidelines are followed and conditions are safe. Staff will perform remote site visits and inspections via FaceTime, Skype, photos, etc. whenever feasible. Please visit the department webpage for additional information, 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
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Planning Division will continue to accept planning applications electronically. To submit a Land Use Application:
- 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 regarding fee payments.
Please visit the Planning Division webpage for additional information.
Outdoor Uses during COVID-19
On June 2, 2020, the City Council approved Urgency Ordinance 2020-15 which allowed restaurants to provide temporary outdoor dining on private properties and within the parking lots as well as certain areas in the public right-of-way. Additionally, religious services are also temporarily permitted in an institution's parking lot or other on-site open spaces and requirements for valet parking have been temporarily waived. Some of these configurations require approval of a temporary use permit; you can find the development parameters and, where required, the application forms, by clicking the appropriate link below:
- Outdoor dining on private property not within a parking lot
- Outdoor dining on private property within a parking lot
- Outdoor dining in the public right-of-way
- Religious services in the parking lot or other on-site open space – attendees remain in the car
- Religious services in the parking lot – attendees seated in the parking lot
The temporary use permit application can be submitted via email to email@example.com. A $250.00 filing fee will be charged for the temporary use permits beginning July 16, 2020
Building Permits Applications and Plancheck
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Building Division will continue to accept building permit applications and planchecks. Instructions for submitting building permit applications and planchecks can be found here.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Costa Mesa Building Division will continue with inspections, so long as State and local health guidelines are followed and conditions are safe for inspection. Staff will perform remote inspections via FaceTime, Skype, photos, etc. whenever feasible. Please call (714) 754-5626 or submit an inspection request online. Inspection requests submitted before 3PM on a business day will be scheduled for the following business day. Inspections are performed daily between 7AM and 4PM. To verify an inspection request was received or to find out who your assigned inspector is, please refer to our online daily inspection list. The daily inspection list for the following day is posted online at 5PM. To find out the time of your inspection, or to make any special requests or arrangements, please contact your assigned inspector between 7AM and 8AM the morning of your inspection.
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 for planning applications and to email@example.com for building applications, along with the 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 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: Development Services Department, PO Box 1200, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-1200) and must include the site address or planning/building permit application number. Please note: there will be a delay of several days for processing of physical checks or other similar forms of payment.
Costa Mesa’s Economic Development Team remains committed to providing helpful resources and information to assist the local business community during this difficult time. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has developed the Costa Mesa Business Assistance Collaborative (Costa Mesa BAC). This is a collaboration focused on mobilizing businesses and patrons and unifying resources and messaging to help move the City and the business community toward economic prosperity. The collaborative includes the City of Costa Mesa, the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Travel Costa Mesa, and the South Coast Metro Alliance. Please visit costamesabac.com for a listing of Costa Mesa businesses that are open, the Costa Mesa COVID-19 Resource Guide for businesses, and access to universal signage for business for all stages of re-opening. Costa Mesa BAC is also tracking data on economic impacts from COVID-19 and has launched a proactive call center to gather information to help the City respond to local business needs. Costa Mesa BAC has also launched the "Shop Costa Mesa" campaign to encourage local residents to support local businesses.
The City has taken a number of measures to assist businesses, including:
April 7, 2020
- Temporary Moratorium on the Eviction of Commercial Tenants Unable to Pay Rent Because of COVID-19
- Automatic 12-month extension of the time limits set forth in zoning code for all approved discretionary entitlements
May 19, 2020
- Launched of an Emergency Small Business Loan Program in Partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Main Street Launch
June 2, 2020
- Suspended the requirements for Minor Conditional Use Permits and Conditional Use Permits to Allow Temporary Outdoor Activities. For more information, please visit the City's Planning Division 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!
Select City parks are open with restrictions to help protect public health and safety. The Costa Mesa Skate Park remains closed until further notice.
Park Parking lots are now open, however the following park restrictions are still in place:
- Tot lots and play equipment will remain closed at this time.
- Social distancing must be maintained.
- A face covering must be worn, except for children under age 2 or individuals who have difficulty breathing.
COVID-19 Parks Reopening Timeline:
- 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.
- On June 5, the City of Costa Mesa approved greater use of some City parks to allow for expanded passive activities in addition to the current approved uses of walking, jogging and biking. Individuals and members of the same household may relax, read, engage in other passive recreation, and picnic, subject to maintaining at least six feet of distance from others who are not members of the same household. Areas that will remain closed to the public include playgrounds, restrooms, picnic shelter areas, sports courts, and all amenities that have touch points. There can be no gathering, including team sports at this time.
- On June 13, the Costa Mesa Bark Park reopened. For more information, please click here.
- On July 2, the City of Costa Mesa opened the use of most City parks restrooms, picnic shelter areas, and sports courts. Individuals and members of the same household may relax, read, engage in other passive recreation, and picnic, subject to maintaining at least six feet of distance from others who are not members of the same household. Playgrounds and park reservations will remain closed until further notice. Gatherings are not permitted and facial coverings are required.
- On July 27, The Downtown Aquatics Center is open for Adult Lap Swim. For more information, please click here.
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
- Teen Center
- Costa Mesa Skate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrons will be able to access a chat platform on our ocpl.org home page to ask us questions. It is available during our current business hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10-4 p.m. Patrons can ask any kind of question and we will help them quickly and accurately. They have the option of asking a question in a chat box or using a text message.
25 Loaner laptops and Hotspots - available at OC One-Stop in Garden Grove
Job seekers can borrow a laptop and hotspot at no cost. Job seekers can contact OC Economic and Business Recovery Call Center at (714) 480-6500 and complete a telephone application. Detailed information is located here.
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
- 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 file 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.
The Costa Mesa Police Department resumed street sweeping enforcement on July 1, 2020. Residents were notified through several social media sites and through email and text via Nixle. Residents are now required to adhere to the street sweeping restrictions in their area. Also, residents should be aware that the police department issues citations for any vehicle parked on the street during the restricted “No Parking” times. Residents cannot park their vehicle(s) on the street after the sweeper cleans if it is within that restricted time frame. City Hall remains closed and therefore, permit parking enforcement is still suspended.
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 email@example.com.
- For oversize load permits, film permits, and residential parking permits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For inspection requests, please call (714) 754-5025.
- For lot line adjustments, please contact Brad Edwards at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If a business would like to pull a self-haul permit, please email email@example.com 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.