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Types of Discretionary Permits/Approvals

Neighborhood Development Permit Procedures (PDF)
Review process for proposed development that may be desirable but may have some limited physical impacts on the surrounding properties.

Neighborhood Use Permit Procedures (PDF)
The purpose of these procedures is to establish a review process for developments that propose new uses, changes to existing uses, or expansions of existing uses that could have limited impacts on the surrounding properties.

Site Development Permit Procedures (PDF)
Review process for proposed development that, because of its site, location, size, or some other characteristic, may have significant impacts on resources or on the surrounding area, even if developed in conformance with all regulations.

Coastal Development Permit Procedures (PDF)
Review process for coastal development that is consistent with the Local Coastal Program, the California Coastal Act of 1976 (Public Resources Code section 30000, et seq.) and the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 5.5., Chapter 8, Subchapter 2, Article 17.

Planned Development Permit Procedures (PDF)
Review process for development that allows an applicant to request greater flexibility from the strict application of the regulations than would be allowed through a deviation process.

Conditional Use Permit Procedures (PDF)
Review process for the development of uses that may be desirable under appropriate circumstances, but are not permitted by right in the applicable zone.

Variance Procedures (PDF)
To provide relief for cases in which, because of special circumstances applicable to the property including size, shape, topography, location, or surroundings, the strict application of the development regulations would deprive the property of privileges enjoyed by other property in the vicinity and under the same land use designation and zone.

Tentative Maps (PDF)
Process for approving tentative maps and the associated design and improvement of proposed subdivisions and to implement the provisions of the Subdivision Map Act to provide for the orderly division of land.

Public Right-of-Way Vacations (PDF)
The purpose of these procedures is to establish a process for approving applications to vacate a public right-of-way and to supplement the provisions of California Streets and Highways Code, Sections 8300 through 8363.

Easement Abandonments (PDF)
The purpose of these procedures is to establish the process to abandon public service easements and other easements granted to the public or the City of San Diego and to supplement the provisions of California Streets and Highways Code Sections 8300 through 8363.

Public Right-of-Way Use Permit Procedures (PDF)
The purpose of these procedures is to establish the process for approval of encroachments in the public right-of-way when the applicant is not the recorded owner of the property on which the proposed encroachment will be located.

Land Use Plans - Adoption and Amendment Procedures (PDF)
Adoption of new land use plans and the privately or publicly initiated amendment of adopted land use plans.

Development Agreement Procedures (PDF)
To promote and facilitate orderly and planned growth and development through the provision of certainty in the development approval process by the City and through corresponding assurances by the developers.