Planning Division

Draft General Plan Amendments

The City of La Habra is making the following amendments (General Plan Amendment GPA 23-01) to the La Habra 2035 General Plan: 

  1. Amend the Community Development Element (Chapter 2) and Appendix C: Glossary of terms to update the density standards and housing related definitions. 
  2. Amend Community Safety Element (Chapter 7) and add a new Appendix D in accordance with Government Code Section 65302(g) and to identify the City’s approach to natural and man-made disasters, Fire and Police, along with policies/programs to ensure public safety, and climate change resilience/adaptation. 
  3. Add a new Environmental Justice (EJ) component including Appendix E in accordance with Senate Bill 1000 (SB 1000) which aims to promote equity within the community by establishing policies and programs to improve food access, air quality, safe/sanitary housing and civic engagement.

To review a draft of the amendments, please click on the following documents:  

Your comments are welcomed. 

At its December 11, 2023, public hearing meeting, the Planning Commission voted 3-0, with two Commissioners absent, to recommend approval of General Plan Amendment GPA 23-01 to the City Council. The General Plan amendments are scheduled to go before the City Council on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 110 East La Habra Boulevard, La Habra, California 90631. For more information, please call Planning at (562) 383-4100.

New Sign Code Regulations Available

The City of La Habra is pleased to announce the completion of a comprehensive sign code update in order that the City may reach its goal of being "a city characterized by its well-designed, high quality, and distinctive public and private signs that contributes to La Habra's appearance as an attractive place to live work and trade."  The new sign code was updated to make it easier to read and follow. It was also updated to comply with all Federal and State laws.

Check out the City of La Habra’s “Guide for Business Signage”

The new sign code, effective January 4, 2024, can be found in its entirety under:   La Habra Municipal Code (LHMC) Chapter 18.23. (Coming Soon)


Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

In April 2021, the City adopted an inclusionary housing ordinance to help meet the housing needs of the community and provide for more affordable housing. The ordinance provides that for projects with 10 or more units, the developer must set aside 15% of the total units or provide an equivalent in-lieu fee for housing affordable to households of very low, low, or moderate incomes. Inclusionary housing units at an affordable cost will implement the goals and objectives of the Housing Element update and help meet the city's regional share of housing needs.

Ordinance 1833 - Inclusionary Housing Units

Accessory Dwelling Units 

On June 7, 2021 the City Council approved amendments to LHMC Section 18.12.150 Accessory Dwelling Units. 

The City has adopted Ordinance 1835 which reflects the changes to the ADU requirements.

ADU Ordinance Summary PDF

Senate Bill 9 Summary

On September 16, 2021 the Governor of California approved SB 9 which amended the Government Code related to Housing Development, approvals. Two sections were added related to the development of two residential units within single family residential zones and urban lot splits within single family residential zones.

SB 9 Summary PDF

Preparation of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Documents

All Negative Declaration, Mitigated Negtive Declaration and Environmental Impact Reports for projects proposed within the City of La Habra that are not exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act will be prepared by third party consultants contracted by the City and paid by the applicant.

Planning Department Memorandum

Payment Options using Online Portal

The following credit card and check payment options are available for your electronic Planning permit applications and entitlements.

Please initiate the process by contacting the Planning Department at (562) 383-4100. Once you receive the invoice from the project planner,  you may process your payment using our online payment portal. To initiate payment process:

  • Type receipt number in the appropriate field and verify.
  • When payment is complete you will receive a payment confirmation.
  • Forward payment confirmation to the project planner.
  • Staff will continue processing when payment confirmation is verified.

Credit Card must be Visa or Master Card, invoices exceeding $5,000 must be processed by check and delivered via mail or drop box only.

Check by Mail or Drop Box. Make checks payable to City of La Habra. Include a copy of the invoice and place in a sealed envelope to:

Finance Dept.

C/O Planning Department 

110 E. La Habra Blvd.

La Habra, CA 90631

Payments that do not include an invoice will not be processed.

Residential Landscape Water Efficiency Video

An informative video regarding the Model Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance has been created to assists homeowners visualize the City's guidelines and code requirements. Please click on the link to view: 

La Habra Residential Landscape Water Efficiency video (YouTube).  

Cannabis Distribution Facility Applications

The City Council has authorized up to four (4) Cannabis Distribution Facility permits subject to the requirements of Chapter 18.22 of the La Habra Municipal Code (Ordinance Number 1791 (PDF)). The City has approved three (3). Directly below are links to:

Cannabis Business Application Submittal Guide (PDF)

Cannabis Business Permit Application Checklist (PDF)

Cannabis Business Permit Application (PDF)

MX Mixed Use Overlay Zone 

On April 15, 2019, the City Council approved Ordinance 1805 creating Chapter 18.54 MX Mixed Use Overlay Zone and rezoning certain properties throughout the City. A copy of Ordinance 1805 includes Exhibit A that contains a copy of the approved development standards associated with the MX Overlay zone. 

View Ordinance 1805 - including the MX development standards

New Zoning Designations (R-5, R-6, R-7) 
On March 18, 2019, the City Council approved Ordinance 1803 that established three new multi-family zoning designations in the City affecting approximately 91 parcels. In addition, changes were made to the multi-family development standards within the Municipal Code. The amendments where approved to maintain a consistency with the La Habra General Plan 2035. View the revised standards:

View LHMC Chapter 18.06 Land Uses (PDF)

View LHMC Chapter 18.26 R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, R-6 and R-7 Development Standards (PDF)

Duties & Responsibilities
The Planning Division provides information regarding the City's zoning and land use regulations and development standards. The Planning Division coordinates with other City departments in the review of new development projects for regulatory compliance. The Division also analyzes projects and prepares and presents reports to the Planning Commission for its bimonthly meetings.

Other responsibilities include the creation and updating of maps for the public and all City departments including address and street maps, zoning maps and general plan maps. It is the department's mission to provide this assistance in a highly professional and customer service oriented manner.

General Information Packet (updated)