Housing Element Update: 6th Cycle Element 2021-2029

The City of Signal Hill invites you to play a role in shaping the future of housing. You can help the City identify housing needs and areas within the community appropriate for housing by participating in the Housing Element Update 2021-2029!

Every eight years, California law requires that all cities and counties update their plan to address housing needs for everyone in the community. Help Signal Hill come up with a plan to provide enough affordable housing options for our working families, seniors, and young professionals and to ensure children who grow up here can afford to remain in the community.  

If we don't get a new housing plan approved that provides housing options across all incomes, the City could be fined, lose State funding opportunities, lose the ability to issue permits and in the end lose local control over having a say where new housing should go. The decisions that we make in the coming months will shape Signal Hill's future. Let's work together to make sure Signal Hill's housing plan is the best one for our city.

Please read the full Fourth Draft Housing Element - June (PDF) document.

Housing Element Initial Study

Housing Element Initial Study Appendix

Notice of Preparation

Housing Element Draft Environmental Impact Report

Final Housing Element Environmental Impact Report

Notice of Availability

Housing Element Recirculated Draft EIR

Appendix A (PDF)

Appendix B (PDF)

Appendix C (PDF)

Appendix D (PDF)

Appendix E (PDF)

Appendix F (PDF)

Appendix G (PDF)

Appendix H (PDF)

Appendix I (PDF)

For information on the proposed Housing Sites, please see the Current Projects page.

Temporary Outdoor Areas for Restaurants and Businesses

Temporary outdoor service or dining areas may be established for existing businesses and restaurants with current business licenses on private property, in private parking, or landscape areas, until further notice. To submit a plan for temporary outdoor dining, please use our Temporary Outdoor Dining Guide (PDF). To submit a plan for non-food-service temporary business areas, please use our Temporary Outdoor Business Areas Guide (PDF).


Planning Services implements the goals, policies, and objectives of the community as established in the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. This includes:

  • Making recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on updates and amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
  • Performing environmental reviews consistent with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act
  • Reviewing and approving applications not subject to discretionary review by the Planning Commission or City Council
  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding development applications

A Neighbor’s Guide to Development

Check out A Neighbor’s Guide to Development (PDF), a guide created by City planners to provide Signal Hill residents and property owners an overview of the planning process for any new development in the City.

Accessory Dwelling Units

For questions regarding Accessory Dwelling Units, please see our Summary of State Standards (PDF) or the 2022 ADU Handbook (PDF) If you need information about a specific property, please contact Planning Services.

Permit Review

Permit files are available for review during business hours.

Parking Information

Some ideas for parking options.

Thinking Green

The following resources provide information about green building:

Site Prospector

Available Sites

The City of Signal Hill has partnered with the Gateway Cities Council of Governments to offer the “Site Prospector” website. Site Prospector is an online database that enables prospective business owners, manufacturers, developers, real estate agents, and others to search for available office, industrial, retail or vacant site locations in Signal Hill. Below is a list of sample sites for sale or lease:

  • Hathaway Business Center
  • Signal Hill Business Park
  • Towne Center Office Park
  • Walnut Business Center
  • Walnut Avenue Business Park

Site Prospector also offers tools such as heat maps, layers and various demographic reports such as labor force, education levels and consumer spending for site specific locations or the City as a whole. Please contact the Community Development Department for further information.


For a snapshot of Signal Hill demographic information, visit the Demographics & Housing Statistics page.