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New to Irvine
Welcome to the City of Irvine. We are very pleased that you have chosen our community for your new residence. As you begin your new life in our wonderful city, this page is filled with some of the services that may be helpful to you. Additional listings for City and County services can be found on the Irvine website under the heading "Info Guide." For more information, call (949) 724-6000.

Business Services

Chamber of Commerce
(949) 660-9112
The Chamber, in conjunction with the City, works aggressively towards Irvine’s economic development, promoting Irvine as the city of choice. The lead agency working with the City on economic development, the Chamber has established a plan that promotes Irvine as a prime business and residential location.ICC is a non-profit business organization (501C6) that represents the business community and provides benefits and services to the membership.
www.irvinechamber.com

Business Permits
Development Assistance Center

(949) 724-6308
Planning and Development staff are available at the Planning and Zoning Counter of the Community Development Department, located in City Hall, to answer any of your questions, and to facilitate your development application. The DAC team is equipped to answer questions regarding planning and zoning regulations.


Quick Links

City Services

Parks and Recreation Activities
(949) 724-6610
The City of Irvine offers hundreds of activities every quarter. Activities are offered for all ages. Registration is available on-line.
Click here for Registration information

Building Permits
(949) 724-6313
All permit applications may be submitted at the Permit Processing counter.To further assist the public, we offer a self-service submittal system. Plans and permit applications can be logged in and dropped off at the self-serve bin provided all of the forms and submittals are completed. For more information, please visit the self-service area located in the Community Development reception area.

Click here for Permit Processing Center

Business Licenses
(949) 724-6310
The City of Irvine welcomes new business enterprises, and values the many businesses that have made Irvine their home.The City of Irvine requires all organizations operating within the City to have a business license (Code of Ordinances Section 2-10-201).
www.cityofirvine.org/ipd/divisions/business_licenses

Facility and Picnic Rentals
(949) 724-6620
The City of Irvine's park buildings, picninc shelters and senior centers are available for rent. Most rentals requires a minimum of 30 days advance notice. Call to book your event today!
Click to view Facility Reservation information

Child Care Coordination Office
(949) 724-6632
The Child Care Coordination Office provides a variety of services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of childcare in the community.City staff work with individuals, agencies and businesses to help provide quality services for children.
www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/childcare/default.asp

FOR Families
(949) 724-6650

FOR Families provides information and short-term support to individuals, couples and families living or working in Irvine who need assistance identifying and accessing needed services and resources. Our focus is on supporting the well being of our community members.
www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/childcare/for_families/default.asp

Irvine Animal Care Center
(949) 724-7740
Our five-acre facility houses more than 3,000 homeless animals every year.Our pets live in roomy kennels with plenty of beds, blankets and toys, and each of them also enjoys daily playtime in our enclosed yards and exercise rooms.Over 90% of the animals that arrive at our shelter are either returned safely to their owners, or adopted into new, loving homes.
www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/animalcare/default.asp

Disability Services
(949) 724-6732 Voice / TTY

Provides information and support services to people with disabilities who live or work in Irvine.Disability Services offers social/ recreational opportunities, community awareness events, informational seminars, quarterly newsletter, classes, and much more.
www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/disabilityservices/default.asp

TRIPS
(949) 724-7433 (724-RIDE)
Transportation to destinations within Orange County (wheelchair accessible vans and buses) for Irvine residents with disabilities and older adults.Available to Irvine residents with permanent disabilities and senior citizens over 65 years of age. Enrollment for eligible use is required. Waiting list for those certified as eligible.
www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/seniors/transportation.asp


Education

Irvine is proud to be served by two incredible school districts, which have nationally recognized schools that serve grades K-12. There are also three, well-known institutions of higher education located in Irvine.

Irvine Unified School District
(949) 936-5000
The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) is comprised of 23 elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools.Contact the IUSD office to receive more information regarding enrollment, year-round terms and schedules, the District's approach to innovative educational programs, open-style classrooms and team-teaching.
www.iusd.org

Tustin Unified School District
(714) 730-7301
The Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) is located in the central part of Orange County and serves a portion of the Irvine community.The District consists of 17 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, a continuation high school, and alternative and adult education programs.Contact the District for enrollment and attendance information.
www.tustin.k12.ca.us

Concordia University
(949) 854-8002
Concordia University is located in the Irvine community of Turtle Rock. The four-year Christian liberal arts university is comprised of the School of Adult Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Theology, Christ College and English Language School. Concordia offers 18 undergraduate majors, an adult degree completion program and five graduate degrees. Its first academic year began in 1976.
www.cui.edu

Irvine Valley College
(949) 451-5100
As one of California's leading community colleges and one of Orange County's best-known educational institutions, we provide student’s exceptional educational opportunities in outstanding facilities and an extraordinary faculty and staff.

www.ivc.edu

University of California, Irvine
(949) 824-6703
Since its founding in 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location.UCI has become internationally recognized for efforts that are improving lives through research and discovery, providing excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community.

www.uci.edu

California State University Fullerton –
Irvine Campus

(949) 936-1600
Established in 2002 to meet the higher education needs of central and south Orange County. The branch campus offers many of the resources of a large university in a smaller, more personal learning environment. Located on the grounds of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (now Heritage Fields) in Irvine, over 3200 students are enrolled in one of over 30 majors/programs that are offered. The Irvine Campus offers upper-division, graduate level and teacher credentialing courses as well as courses through University Extended Education.
www.fullerton.edu/irvinecampus/


Newspapers

Irvine World News
(949) 553-2900
Published weekly by the Orange County Register, the Irvine World News features local news and information on all the happenings in the City of Irvine. The paper is delivered to the homes of Irvine residents every Thursday, and is available online and at local newsstands.
www.irvineworldnews.com

Los Angeles Times, OC Edition
(714) 966-5600
The Los Angeles Times is also one of the areas most notable sources for news and information. The Times offers daily and "weekend only" delivery to subscribers, and is available at local newsstands and online.
www.latimes.com

Orange County Register
(877) 4MY-REGISTER
The Orange County Register is one of the area's flagship newspapers, featuring up-to-date news and information on local and nationwide topics. The Register is available to subscribers for daily, early-morning delivery, and is also available online and at local newsstands.
www.ocregister.com

OC Post
(866) 628-9458

www.ocpost.com


Public Safety

Irvine Police Department
(949) 724-7000
The Irvine Police Department is a professional, values-based organization where community policing is a way of life. Community policing is the foundation that the police department has been building upon since it began in 1975.We hope you will benefit from the information that has been compiled about crime and our prevention efforts in our City. Our website is one of the ways in which we hope to improve communication with City residents and businesses.
www.ci.irvine.ca.us/ipd/default.asp

Orange County Fire Authority
(714) 532-7266
The Orange County Fire Authority protects and supports the needs of the City of Irvine.As a member agency, the OCFA serves the changing needs of the communities it serves by providing the highest quality regional emergency, safety and support services.The firefighters pledge their commitment to preserving the quality of life, to protect lives, property and the environment with compassion, vigilance and dedication to excellence.
http://www.ocfa.org/


Religious Institutions

Adat Ha Mashiach Messianic Congregation
(714) 630-6703
77 Post (meeting only)
Irvine, CA
http://www.adathamashiach.org/

Agape Nest Presbyterian Church
(949) 733-9191

13955 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92620

Assembly of God Church
(949) 252-8400

17951 Cowan
Irvine, CA 92614
http://www.socalag.org/

Beth Jacob Congregation
(949) 786-5230

3900 Michelson
Irvine, CA 92612
www.bethjacobirvine.org

Bethel Korean Church
(949) 854-4010

18700 Harvard Ave. #A-F
Irvine, CA 92612
www.bkc.org

Calvary Chapel of Irvine
(949) 733-3701

PO Box 16956
Irvine, CA 92623
www.calvaryirvine.com

Chinese Bible Church
(949) 653-1329

18182 Culver Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Chinese Baptist Church of Central Orange County
(714) 669-1700
12012 Yale Court
Irvine, CA 92620

www.cbccoc.org

Chinese First Baptist Church of Irvine
(949) 854-4005

18700 Harvard Ave. #D
Irvine, CA 92612
irvinebaptist.org

Christ Our Redeemer AME Church
(323) 731-6367
(877) 426-7263

U.C.I. Interfaith Center

First Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science Church)
(949) 262-9540

25 Orange Tree
Irvine, CA 92618
www.tfccs.com

Christian Science Reading Room
(949) 552-6929

15435 Jeffrey Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
(949) 786-9091

23 Lake Rd.
Irvine, CA 92604
https://secure.lds.org/units/stake/0,9780,606-1-5-518743,00.html

Congregation Kol HaNeshamah
(949) 551-2737
14252 Culver Drive, Suite A
Irvine, CA  92604-0326
www.voiceofthesoul.org

Congregation Orami
(949) 829-5880

30 Hughes, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Congregation Shir-Ha-Ma'a lot
(949) 857-2226

3652 Michelson Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92612

Creekside Christian Fellowship
(949) 786-4849

4849 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92604

Embassy Christian Center
(949) 833-3555

17601 Fitch
Irvine, CA 92614

Evangelical Formosan Church
(949) 261-8007

17422 Armstong Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614

Faith Community Church
(800) 41-TRUTH
17601 Fitch
Irvine, CA 92614


Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
(949) 733-8172

13955 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92620

Filipino-American Church

(949) 857-6844

5000 Barranca Pky
Irvine, CA 92604

First Church of Christ, Scientist
(949) 673-1340

3303 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA

First Korean Baptist Church
(949) 857-9425
5101 Walnut Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604

Full Gospel Business Men's
(949) 260-0700

20 Corporate Park #340
Irvine, CA 92606

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
(949) 552-1918

4800 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92604

Grace Christian
(949) 460-6179

P.O. Box 7615
Laguna Niguel, CA

Irvine Canaan Christian Community
(949) 251-0783

17321 Murphy Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614

Irvine Community Church
(949) 559-1701

14804 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618

Irvine First Korean Church
(949) 857-5721

15 Orange Tree
Irvine, CA 92618

Irvine Presbyterian Church
(949) 786-9627

4445 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92604

Irvine United Church of Christ
(949) 733-0220

4915 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92604

Islamic Center of Irvine (ICOI)
(949) 786-4264

2 Truman
Irvine, CA 92620
http://www.icoi.net/page/contact

LA International Church of Christ
(949) 477-0600
18842 Teller Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612
www.ocregion.com

Logos Korean Church
(949) 653-9191

18182 Culver Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
(949) 854-3232

1540 Concordia Dr. East
Irvine, CA 92612

Mariner's Church
(949) 854-7600

5001 Newport Coast Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
http://www.marinerschurch.org/

Messianic Jewish Congregation
(949) 551-5797

15 Orangetree Lane
Irvine, CA 92620

New Community Church
(949) 442-9240

2025 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92606

New Life Mission Church of Irvine 
(949) 439-4346 
4782 Karen Ann Ln.
Irvine, CA 92604 
www.newlifeirvine.org 

Orange County Chinese Evangelical
(949) 752-7777

2332 McGaw Ave.
Irvine, CA 92714

Pacific Church of Irvine
(949) 552-6774

15 Orange Tree Lane
Irvine, CA 92618

Powerhouse Christian Fellowship
(949) 250-7363

17781 Mitchell N.
Irvine, CA 92618

Sand Canyon Presbyterian Church
(949) 654-1490

33 Whistling Swan
Irvine, CA 92604

Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church
(949) 786-3326

18182 Culver Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Shuvah-Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation
(949) 551-5797

4200 Trabuco Road
Irvine, CA

Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i

(949) 753-3551

PO Box 17254
Irvine, CA 92623

St. Andrews Episcopal Church
(949) 559-4699

4400 Barranca Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92604

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
(949) 854-1000

9 Hillgate
Irvine, CA 92612
www.seasirvine.org

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
(949) 559-4006

5101 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92604
www.sjnirvine.org

St. Mark Antiochian Orthodox
(949) 851-8933

17840 Sky Park Cir.
Irvine, CA 92614

St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church
(949) 733-2366

4949 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92604

Saint Thomas More Catholic Parish
(949) 551-8601
51 Marketplace
Irvine, CA  92602
http://www.stmirvine.org/

True Jesus Church in Irvine
(866) 530-3450

5200 Trabucco Rd.
Irvine, CA 92620

UCI Episcopal Campus Ministry
(949) 856-0211

Interfaith Center
PO Box 6030
Irvine, CA 92616-6030

U.C.I. InterFaith Center
(949) 856-0211

Irvine, CA 92697

Unified Mosque of Irvine
(800) 800-2266

4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
www.islamwum.org

United Church of Christ Irvine
(949) 733-0220

4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
www.iucc.org

University United Church Methodist
(949) 786-8354

18422 Culver Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

University Synagogue
(949) 553-3535

4155 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
www.universitysynagogue.org

The Village Church of Irvine

(949) 707-3100

5 Wrigley
Irvine, CA 92618-2711
www.villagechurchirvine.com

Voyagers Bible Church
(949) 857-5007

6000 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
http://www.voyagers.org/

Woodbridge Community Church
(949) 552-1101

5000 Barranca Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92714
www.woodbridgechurch.org


Social and Support Services

Catholic Charities of Orange County
(714) 347-9600
Catholic Charities of Orange County is a non-profit organization that makes available a broad base of services to all Orange County residents regardless of religious, ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds. Catholic Charities works with individuals to define, design, and implement family-friendly programs that promote economic opportunity, educational achievement, family enrichment, community health, and neighborhood reinvestment.
www.ccoc.org

City of Irvine Disability Services
(949) 724-6633

Provides information and support services to people with disabilities who live or work in Irvine. Disability Services offers social/ recreational opportunities, community awareness events, informational seminars, quarterly newsletter, classes and much more.
www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/disabilityservices/default.asp

CSP (Community Service Programs, Inc.)
(949) 975-1046
CSP serves youths, adults and families living in Orange County who are involved or at risk of involvement with the justice system.
www.cspinc.org

Families Forward
(949) 552-2727
Assists families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other supportive services.
www.families-forward.org

FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity)
(949) 642-6060

FISH Harbor Area, Inc. is a non-profit whose mission is preventing hunger and homelessness in our community.
www.fishharbor.org

Human Options
Hotline: (949) 854-3554
(949) 854-0180
Human Options' mission is "to help battered women, their families, and our community break the cycle of domestic violence."Human Options Emergency Shelter, a safe house for women and children, provides a safe, caring environment for up to 45-days. We also offer long-term follow-up counseling, a family healing center, counseling, and social services.
www.safenetwork.net/rd/sn000012.htm

Meals on Wheels
(949) 724-6910
Provides meals to those who are homebound.

Newcomers Club of Irvine
(714) 878-0520
Group for women new to the Irvine area who are looking to make friends and explore their new city.  Activities include book discussions, luncheons, bridge, monthly coffee, golf, and other get-togethers.
www.newcomersofirvine.com

Saddleback Community Outreach
(949) 380-8144
The major objective of SCO programs and services (food, housing, utility payments, clothing and transportation) is to help those being assisted become self-supportive.
www.saddlebackoutreach.org

Share Our Selves (SOS)
(949) 642-3451
Medical and Dental Clinics
949-650-0640
Share Our Selves (SOS) provides free emergency assistance to those in need of basic living essentials, including food, clothes, health services, and financial aid.
http://www.shareourselves.org/

Women’s Opportunity Center at UCI
(949) 824-3274
The Women's Opportunities Center is a leader in providing career assistance to women and men throughout the community. Serving more than 2,000 individuals annually, WOC provides career and resume counseling, library resources, job listings, career development workshops, and personal support groups.
http://unex.uci.edu/woc

Working Wardrobes
(949) 862-9090
Working Wardrobes®, a non-profit, nonsectarian organization based in Orange County, assists survivors of domestic violence and other adults in crisis to reclaim their self esteem and re-enter the workforce.Working Wardrobes® provides life skills education, career coaching, and professional image enhancement services to over 2000 people each year.
www.workingwardrobes.org


Trash Service

Waste Management of Orange County
(949) 642-1191
Waste Management offers a full-range of environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers in the City of Irvine. Services available include waste removal, disposal operations, and a recycling program offering curbside pick-up. The WasteByRail Program and Trading Services are available specifically for businesses.
www.wmorangecounty.com


Utilities

Irvine Ranch Water District
(949) 453-5300
Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) provides domestic water service, sewage collection and water reclamation to the City of Irvine and portions of surrounding communities. Contact the IRWD for more information on their quality water service, in addition to free water conservation devices, home and business water audits utilized to increase conservation, landscape workshops, water awareness tours and information on emergency preparedness.
www.irwd.com

Orange County Sanitation District
(714) 962-2411

The Orange County Sanitation District is responsible for wastewater, water reclamation and watershed protection.They are responsible for controlling air emissions, conserving and recycling natural resources and monitoring the impacts of treated wastewater releases on precious ocean marine life.

www.ocsd.com

Southern California Edison (SCE)
(800) 655-4555
Southern California Edison (SCE) is the electrical utility provider for the City of Irvine, offering convenient, 24-hour customer service. SCE provides electrical power to homes and businesses, in addition to providing information on energy efficiency, rotating outages, emergency preparedness, electrical safety tips, and tree planting guidelines to ensure non-interference with electrical utility lines.
www.sce.com

Southern California Gas Company
(800) 427-2200
Southern California Gas Company (The Gas Company) is the provider of natural gas to those residing or operating a business in the City of Irvine. The Gas Company also provides customers with appliance services (hook-ups and safety checks), an energy efficiency and rebate program, direct-assistance program for limited income customers, and information on emergency preparedness and air quality. Contact The Gas Company during business hours for more information.
www.socalgas.com