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Standards & Requirements FAQs

What are the requirements to get a permit for residential garage conversions?

There are several requirements for obtaining a permit to convert a garage of a single-dwelling unit or duplex to a habitable, or no parking, area. Read more - Residential Garage Conversions (PDF).

What are the specifications for patio covers?

Patio covers are one-story structures not more than 12 feet above grade and used only for recreational, outdoor living purposes, and not as carports, garages, storage rooms or habitable rooms. Read more - Patio Covers (PDF).

What are the strapping requirements for water heaters?

The State of California requires that all water heaters in our area be anchored or strapped to resist movement during an earthquake. Read more - Water Heaters (PDF).

What are the minimum requirements for a retaining wall or level backfill?

Construction of retaining walls, except those less than three feet high and not supporting surcharge, requires a permit and is regulated by City of San Diego building codes. Read more - Retaining Wall/Level Backill (PDFK).

What are the specifications for wood and masonry fences?

Construction of wood or masonry fences six feet or less in height and not supporting surcharge does not require a permit from the City of San Diego Development Services Department. Read more - Wood and Masonry Fences (PDF).

What are the minimum standards for substantial conformance review?

The goal of Substantial Conformance Review (SCR) is to determine if the proposed project is consistent and in conformance with a previously approved permit. Read more - Substantial Conformance Review (PDF).

What are the submittal requirements and procedure for telecommunication facilities?

There are two types of telecommunication facility designations: major and minor. These designations pertain to the permit process. There are many requirements for a telecommunication facility. Read more - Wireless communication Facilities (PDF).