Open by Appointment

Due to COVID-19, and to ensure the health and safety of the public and our personnel, City Hall is open by appointment only until further notice. We are also available to assist you via phone and e-mail during regular business hours.

No walk-ins will be allowed. To make an appointment with the Community Development Department, please email or call 562-989-7340.

Temporary Outdoor Areas for Restaurants and Businesses

Due to COVID-19 indoor restrictions on several business sectors, 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). 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


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

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.