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Founded in 1874 and incorporated on August 31, 1911, the City has transformed from a small township in to a distinct community in the Northeast San Fernando Valley surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. The San Fernando City Council is committed to preserving the city’s rich history while focusing toward building a vibrant future that supports existing businesses, creates new economic development opportunities and ultimately showcases why the city is a great place to work, visit, and live.  The City Council’s efforts are exemplified under the City’s adopted motto of being “Historic and Visionary” and focuses on striking the right balance of economic, cultural, political, social, and recreational opportunities for residents and businesses alike.

The City benefits from a large stock of historic homes with unique character and varied architectural styles creating great opportunities for young families to buy and restore homes, establish roots, and become a part of a larger community with a distinct character all its own. Additionally, the City benefits from a mix of exemplary public and private schools that offer students multiple alternatives for a quality education.

The San Fernando Police Department’s average emergency response time throughout the City is three minutes and the Department exemplifies what community base policing really is by being engaged with residents, businesses, the City Council and other community stakeholders to address all public safety issues that may arise in the community. The Department has time and time again stepped up to protect public health, safety and general welfare and continue to make the City a safe place for people to live, work, and play.

The City is 2.4 square miles and is conveniently located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles County; 23 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.  The City is easily accessible from the 5, 210, and 118 Freeways and has excellent public transportation options via the existing San Fernando/Sylmar Station that connects the Metrolink’s Antelope Valley line from San Fernando to downtown Los Angeles via an existing commuter rail line and extensive bus lines.

The City’s seven parks, including the Olympic-size pool at the San Fernando Regional Pool Facility, offer residents and visitors to the community multiple exercise, playground and recreational opportunities. The City boasts two national award-winning community programs, including the 100 Citizens Fitness Program and the Master Mariachi Apprentice Program. Both programs provide hundreds of families each year access to effective research-based programs designed to enrich lives. The City also works with several local partners, including the San Fernando Community Health Center, to implement an annual city-wide Healthy San Fernando! Campaign. As you can see, existing and future residents benefit from the comprehensive and diverse recreational, cultural, social and human service programs.

The City is committed to helping existing and new business be successful. This commitment is exemplified in the City’s effort to streamline the permit processing, improve customer service, and cut red tape. The City has revamped its zoning regulations to allow by-right commercial land uses, retained competitive sewer and water connection fees, comparatively low business licenses fees, and eliminated unnecessary requirements. 

Interested to find out more about our great community of San Fernando and why it is a great place for you to conduct business and/or live? Take a look at our Community Facts and Figures and Opportunity Sites information below and give us a call!


CITY HALL | Community Development Department

117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-1227 |

Monday through Thursday | 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Friday| 8 am to 5 pm

The City of San Fernando has recently completed the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan to guide development in the downtown and surrounding areas. The City Council is seeking help understanding current real estate fundamentals and economic development tools in a Post Redevelopment ERA, in order to achieve economic growth and attract qualified developer interest. The City owns properties in the downtown and has hired Kosmont Companies to evaluate the assets given current market conditions and potential public private transaction negotiations.

Click Here to view the full Downtown San Fernando Economic Development and Asset Analysis

The City of San Fernando has distinct shopping areas including the Historic Downtown San Fernando, the Civic Center shopping area, La Rinda Plaza Shopping Center, the Home Depot Shopping Center on Foothill Boulevard, and the Smart & Final and Walgreens Site on Glenoaks Boulevard.

The City has facilitated the establishment and growth of both nationally recognized retailers and restaurants and private entrepreneurs that provide of a mix of restaurant, retail and service commercial uses to residents and visitors to our city.

Following is a sampling of some of the businesses in the City:

  • Chipotle
  • Wingstop
  • Yogurtland
  • Starbucks
  • Home Depot
  • Waba Grill
  • Teriyaki Madness
  • Rydell Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram
  • Vallarta Supermarket

  • El Super
  • Smart & Final
  • Walgreens
  • Sam’s Club
  • IHOP
  • Denny’s
  • GameStop
  • McDonalds
  • Taco Bell

  • Del Taco
  • Farmer’s Insurance
  • Bank of America
  • Citibank
  • Chase
  • Wells Fargo
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon Wireless
  • WSS

The following list identifies the top city employers*:

  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Pepsi Bottling
  • Home Depot
  • Sam’s Club
  • Ricon Corp
  • Pharmavite LLC
  • City of San Fernando

*Disclaimer: The City of San Fernando makes no claims concerning the accuracy of data provided nor assumes any liability resulting from the use of information herein.

City of San Fernando demographic, economic, and zoning/land use information are available for download.

View demographic, labor force and consumer spending within the City of San Fernando and the Los Angeles region.


Compare demographic indicators for the City of San Fernando to other cities in the region with regard to labor data and consumer spending.


Take an in-depth look at our City’s demographic makeup through a survey conducted by Southern California Association of Governments.


An infographic based summary of City demographics with data sourced from the 2010 Census and the American Community Study.


See the City’s principal or largest employers as noted in the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


Find City sales tax information for the City’s Top 15 Business Types, the Top 25 Businesses, as well as sales per capita.


View the City’s financial documents, which have been nationally recognized for excellence in budgeting and financial reporting. You can also see how the City has become a leader in financial transparency by viewing municipal financial data in a user-friendly graphic format that provides insight into the City’s budget and expenditures.


View City maps including :City Zoning Map, San Fernando Corridors Specific Map, Corridors Specific Plan Sub-District Maps, and City General Plan Land Use Map.


Review permitted land uses and applicable development standards for each of the City’s Specific Plans and the City Zoning Code.


Review the Average Daily Trips (ADTs) taken from Engineering and Traffic Survey Report for Speed Limits, 2015, prepared by Tom Brohard and Associates (January 20, 2015)



Interested to find out more about our great San Fernando community and why it’s a great place for you to live or conduct business? Please call the Community Development Department’s Economic Development Division for more detailed zoning and building code information for a specific site that you are interested in and to find out the first steps to starting up a business in San Fernando.


Economic Development Division
(818) 898-1227 |

The City also provides an Opportunity Site Selector where you can search for additional sites within the City that are for sale or lease, as well as to access a variety of other useful site selection data–including tailored searches using filters for property size, type and cost; mapping capabilities by industry; and demographic reports such as labor force, education levels, and consumer spending.



Interested to find out more about our great San Fernando community and why it’s a great place for you to live or conduct business? Please call the Community Development Department’s Economic Development Division for more detailed zoning and building code information for a specific site that you are interested in and to find out the first steps to starting up a business in San Fernando.


Economic Development Division
(818) 898-1227 |

The old redevelopment economic development tool is gone but several new tools, which the League of California Cities helped shape, are now in place and allow tax increment to be used for various purposes. They differ significantly from “old school” redevelopment, but offer potential to help cities solve problems. Compared with redevelopment, the new tools have reduced financial capacity, thus requiring innovative thinking and new partnerships to maximize their potential. Click Here or the link above for more information.



Economic Development Division
(818) 898-1227 |


Timothy T. Hou Community Development Director (818) 898-7316
Michelle DeSantiago Community Development Secretary (818) 898-1227


Francisco Villalva Building & Safety Supervisor (818) 898-1231


Rosa Guzman Community Preservation Officer (818) 898-1230
Jose Luis Raygoza Community Preservation Officer (818) 898-1228
Fernando Miranda Community Preservation Officer (p-t) (818) 898-1229
Wilbur Rosales Community Preservation Officer (p-t) (818) 898-1232
George Garcia Graffiti Abatement - City Maintenance Helper (p-t) (818) 898-7315


Gerardo Marquez Associate Planner  (818) 837-1540


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