As of Tuesday, May 26, City Hall will be open to the public with modified hours and additional safety measures. Read the City Hall Opening Press Release.
City of Dana Point Community Update Newsletter
July 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update
June 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update
June 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Community Update
The following operational changes will be effective Tuesday, May 26 until further notice.
City Hall Administration and Public Works Public Counters will be open with normal business hours, which are Monday to Thursday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm and Friday from 7:30am - 4:30 pm. The Community Development Public Counter is open from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm for walk-in services and from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm by appointment only.
The following safety measures have been implemented to protect employees and the public:
- Visitors are required to wear a face covering to enter City facilities. If a visitor does not have one, a face covering will be provided.
- Visitors will have their temperature screened before entering City facilities and receiving in-person services. Please check in at the 1st floor center foyer from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and at each department suite from 1:00 pm - 4:00pm. Visitors will not be permitted to enter City facilities upon a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Accommodations can be made to make services available in alternatives ways such as via phone or email.
- Plexi glass barriers on all public counters.
- 6-feet social distancing and maximum occupancy in each public lobby will be enforced.
Online and telephone services are still available; residents and businesses are encouraged to call our main line at 949-248-3500 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff person.
All services requiring in-person visits or public service counter assistance can be made available via walk-in, appointments, phone, online or through email. Additional information can be found on each department's pages.
- Community Development Department (Planning, Building and Code Enforcement)
- Public Works and Engineering Department (Engineering Permits and Parking Permits)
- Recreation (Recreation Classes and Park Rental Reservations)
For all other inquiries, please call our main line at 949-248-3500 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff person.
Dana Point Police Services
While the lobby of Police Services is closed, the blue phone outside of the door is operational and can be used to access Police Services. The City encourages everyone to call 949-770-6011 for non-emergency police assistance and 911 for emergency assistance.
As a result of the COVID-19 virus, and resulting orders and direction from the President of the United States, the Governor of the State of California, and the Orange County Health Care Agency, as well as the City of Dana Point Emergency Declaration, the public has not been permitted to physically attend Dana Point City Council meetings since mid March, 2020. As the COVID-19 related restrictions ease, the public will now be allowed to attend Council meetings provided social distancing guidelines are followed. These guidelines will result in very limited opportunities on a first come basis, for the public to observe the Council meeting from the foyer which is adjacent to the Council Chamber and to enter the Chamber to make public comments. Members of the City Council may continue to participate in meetings telephonically if they choose pursuant to Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-29-20. Similarly, members of the public may choose to participate electronically by watching the meeting live on Cox Cable Channel 855 or online on the City of Dana Point YouTube Channel.
Public comment may be provided in person, electronically or by mail. If you choose to attend the meeting and wish to delivery public comment in person, you are encouraged to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. Temperature screenings are mandatory for all persons entering City Hall. City Staff in attendance at the meeting will be coordinating entry to the Council Chambers when public comment is open. There will be limited space at the Council meeting for members of the public to sit or stand to observe the meeting live from the foyer adjacent to the Council Chamber. If that space is exceeded, persons wishing to present public comment in person will be permitted to line up outside and will be allowed to speak. After speaking, however, they will be required to go back outside unless one of the limited spots inside of the foyer becomes available. Members of the public will be required to follow Staff's directions. Alternatively, comments may also be submitted for any agenda item or on any item not on the agenda in writing via mail to "City Council" 33282 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received by 4:00 pm on the date of the meeting will be provided to the City Council in advance to allow time for the Council to read them. To be considered as part of the meeting to which an agenda applies, mailed or emailed comments must be received no later than 4:00 pm on the day of the meeting (although all comments whenever received will be shared with the Council.) Emails should include "Public Comment" and the date of the meeting in the subject line, as well as a reference and agenda item number, if applicable. Mailed comments should prominently include a similar reference at the top of the first page. Mailed and emailed comments will not be read by the City Clerk during the meeting, but will be included in the record.
Planning Commission meetings will be conducted by teleconference until further notice. Written comments may also be submitted by email to email@example.com.
Community Center, Nature Interpretive Center, Recreation Programs, and City Parks
The City of Dana Point’s Nature Interpretive Center (NIC) reopened on June 26, and will remain open to the public based on staff and volunteer availability. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities please contact City staff at the NIC - (949) 248-3527.
City Parks will remain accessible to the public with additional maintenance and cleaning services. Playgrounds at all parks and facilities are closed until further notice.
The Community Center is closed to the public until further notice.
Animal Care Services
The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter will be limiting their in-person services, beginning March 16, 2020. Sheltering services continue to be available. The shelter's office is closed to walk-ins; however, they are open to the public by appointment by calling (949) 492-1617.
- Animal Control Officers will continue to accommodate the most emergent health and public safety issues in the community.
- Pet licensing can be done at the shelter by mail by sending payment to: 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672; over the phone by calling 949-492-1617; or submitted into our drop box located next to the front door of the shelter.
Thank you for your patience and consideration as we seek to maintain essential public services while striving to protect the health and welfare of our community. Timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death.
These changes were put into effect by City Manager Mike Killebrew in accordance with the City’s emergency declaration for COVID-19. The situation with COVID-19 is evolving and the City will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments accordingly. To stay up to date on any additional news regarding City operations or facilities, we advise people to monitor the City’s social media, including facebook, twitter and instagram. For questions or additional assistance, please call 949-248-3500.
- COVID-19 Employment Support Services
- State and Local COVID-19 Services and Resources Directory
- Temporary Outdoor Operations Permit Application - The City of Dana Point has developed a permit process to allow restaurants to establish outdoor seating in support of providing a safe, clean environment for workers and customers in compliance with State COVID-19 Industry Guidance. Once submitted and permission to operate is granted by the County/State, the City will prioritize initial approvals to allow operations to proceed. Read more about it here.
City Proclamation of Local Emergency
May 20, 2020 - Amendment 3 to City Proclamation of Local Emergency (PDF)
April 7, 2020 - Amendment 2 to City Proclamation of Local Emergency (PDF)
March 27, 2020 - Amendment 1 to City Proclamation of Local Emergency (PDF)
March 17, 2020 - City Proclamation of Local Emergency (PDF)
March 16, 2020 - City Statement on COVID-19 Updated (PDF)
March 12, 2020 - City Statement on COVID-19 (PDF)
Following simple steps below can help protect you, your family, friends and co-workers.
- Washing hands with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
At this time all questions regarding Coronavirus should be directed towards the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA). HCA has established a COVID-19 Hotline and is taking questions from the public about the Coronavirus at (833) 426-6411. Additional information can be found on the HCA website https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/.
Text “OCCOVID19” to 888777 to receive text messages from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center with updates and resources related to COVID-19.
AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep Orange County, California residents and businesses informed of emergencies that may require immediate lifesaving actions. Sign up for Alert OC by accessing the Emergency Services page on the City’s website: www.danapoint.org or https://member.everbridge.net/453003085613900/new
Additional information regarding the Coronavirus and State and Federal efforts can be found at the California Department of Public Health website http://cdph.ca.gov/covid19 and Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.