Construction Permits

DTSM, Inc. serves as a liasion between business and property owners and the City of Santa Monica when it comes to a host of issues, including new building construction and interior/exterior remodels and upgrades. Please notify DTSM, Inc. as soon as possible before embarking on a project so we may better assist you. DTSM, Inc. staff must sign off on any alley closures within Downtown and if any work needs to be done in the public right of way, including on the Third Street Promenade. 


Use Of Public Property Permit

A street use permit is required for any type of interference or obstruction in or on any public street, alley sidewalk, parkway, or any other public property. A street use permit is valid for 7 or 30 days. Renewals, as deemed necessary, are approved for 60 days increments. For more information visit the City of Santa Monica's Public Works Department - Civil Engineering. 


After Hours Construction Permit

Construction conducted outside of permitted construction hours must have a permit for after hours construction. Applicants are required to provide a completed notification form, indicating the requested special construction hours, to persons occupying property within 500 feet of the construction site, as well as post notification at the job site, no less than 10 days prior to the requested After Hours Construction Permit issuance date.


Permitted Construction Hours

Monday – Friday

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Sunday & Holidays*
No Work Permitted


* New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day


To download an After-Hours Construction Permit Application, go here


Alley Closure Permit

An eleven foot (11') wide passageway must be maintained for emergency access at all times. If 11’ can be kept clear, use the Use of Public Right-of-Way: Alleys form for the required temporary traffic controls.
If the proposed work cannot maintain an 11’ clear passageway, the applicant must obtain an Alley Closure Permit.

Please note that closures in the Downtown and Civic Center areas must follow specific requirements as outlined in the Temporary Traffic Control Plans (TCCP) Requirements.


To see a list of City permits and to download them, click here.