Urban Design Guidelines


The Urban Design Element of the General Plan includes a comprehensive list of urban design issues that must be considered and addressed by new development. The goals, objectives, policies and principles set forth in the General Plan are intended to improve the City’s image and strengthen the public and private realm.

On September 5, 2000, the City Council approved the Urban Design Guidelines for the City of Huntington Beach consistent with the Urban Design Element of the General Plan.

Urban Design Guidelines promote high quality development that will:

Urban Design Guidelines

Chapter 1: User Guide to the Urban Design Guidelines Manual (.pdf-233KB)

Chapter 2: Single-Family Detached Residential (.pdf-363KB)

Chapter 3: Multi-Family Residential (.pdf-253KB)

Chapter 4: General Commercial (.pdf-551KB)

Chapter 5: Downtown/Main Street Commercial (.pdf-819KB)

Chapter 6: Special Consideration Commercial Guidelines (.pdf-265KB)

Chapter 7: Industrial/Business Park (.pdf-195KB)

Chapter 8: Signs (.pdf-240KB)

Chapter 9: Streetscape Guidelines (.pdf-56KB)

Chapter 10: Public Art Guidelines (.pdf-110KB)

Chapter 11: District-Specific Guidelines (.pdf-491KB)


Chapter 2: Single-Family Detached Residential (.pdf-420KB)

Chapter 3: Multi-Family Residential (.pdf-399KB)

Chapter 4: General Commercial (.pdf-445KB)

Chapter 5: Downtown/Main Street Commercial (.pdf-602KB)

Chapter 6: Special Consideration Design Guidelines (.pdf-280KB)

Chapter 7: Industrial/Business Park (.pdf-427KB)

Chapter 8: Signs (.pdf-215KB)

Did you know?

The city has over 1,000 parking spaces near the beach!  You can purchase the Annual Beach Parking pass that allows discounted parking prices near the City beach.  Learn more about this beach parking pass.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Planning Division
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5271
Fax: (714) 374-1648

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