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Types of Ministerial Plans

No Plan Permits

Many projects can be permitted without plans. These "No-Plan" projects include work such as:

  • Installing new electrical circuits
  • Replacement of a heating system
  • Adding or replacing a water heater

Not sure if your project qualifies for a "No-Plan" permit? See Information Bulletin 203 - How to Obtain No Plan Permits. (PDF)

Most of these types of projects can be permitted online by using our SimplE-Permits service.

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Over-the-Counter (OTC) Permits & Approvals

Some uncomplicated building projects and standard mino public right-of-way improvements require that plans be prepared. However, these projects may be simple to permit/approve and can be reviewed "Over-the-Counter" while you wait. Simply make an appointment by phoning (619) 446-5300. Be prepared to describe the project in detail, as some projects won’t qualify for an "Over-the-Counter" plan review.

Building Permits

Plans showing the proposed design, construction methods, and type and quality of materials used for new construction or for construction involving existing structures.

Plans and specifications need to be:

  • Drawn to scale
  • Sufficiently clear to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed, and
  • Shown in enough detail to comply with the provisions of the Building Regulations and all applicable laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.

The plan information provided needs to be legible and comprehensible to reduce the time it takes for plan review. You are encouraged to use plan template sheets (such as the ones below) as project cover sheets.

When state law requires that documents be prepared by an architect or engineer licensed by the State of California, the architect or engineer of record needs to be designated on the plans. If plans or other material submitted are not prepared by an architect or engineer licensed by the State of California, the Building Official may require plans, computations, and specifications to be prepared by a licensed architect or engineer or require the applicant to demonstrate the reasons the material prepared didn't require a licensed architect or engineer.

Dedication of Rights-of-Way

Typically, unless shown on a map, the dedication drawing is prepared on a B-Sheet (11" x 17") by a land surveyor licensed by the State of California and accompanied with a grant deed and legal description. The requirement for dedication of right-of-way is a condition of approval from an approved discretionary action (land use permit or tentative map).

Demolition Permits

Required for proposed demolition and disposal of debris to protect the public against personal injury or property damage and to insure completion of the demolition or removal and cleanup of the site. Plans should conform to similar formats as building plans. Photos need to be submitted as well as the building record for historic review for buildings over 45 years old.

Drainage Study

Required with grading and right-of-way improvement plans. Drainage studies include determination of storm run-off (hydrology) and design and sizing of the storm drain facilities (hydraulics). A drainage study is also known as hydrology or hydraulic calculations, prepared by a registered civil engineer, licensed by the State of California, and in accordance with the most current edition of the Drainage Design Manual.

Electrical Permits

All electrical plans will show a single line diagram of service, feeders, conduit, and wire sizes. Electrical calculations must accompany all submitted plans. Signed Certification of Compliance with California Building Standards, Administrative Code Title 24 Part 1 must appear on the plans. All submitted plans need to be signed as required by the California Business and Professions Code Division 3.

Encroachment Maintenance & Removal Agreement (EMRA)

Required for any private improvement located within a public right-of-way. The format of the Encroachment Maintenance and Removal Agreement (EMRA) (DS-3237) (PDF - Filler Form) is 8.5" x 11" with additional exhibits attached.

Final Maps

Required for subdivisions of land, the preparation, content, and form of final maps shall be in accordance with the California Subdivision Map Act, the Land Development Manual, and conditions of approval for previously approved tentative maps. Maps must be signed and stamped by a land surveyor or civil engineer licensed by the State of California. Final Maps are 18" x 26".

Geotechnical Reports

Dependent upon the geologic risk at the project site and the type of grading, structure or occupancy proposed, Geologic/Geotechnical Reports may be required as part of the plan review. These reports, prepared by professionals as licensed and allowed by the California Business and Professions Code, are reviewed to insure that any mapped, suspected, or discovered hazards have been evaluated and appropriate mitigation has been recommended and incorporated into the design of the grading and/or proposed structure. For more information see Information Bulletin 515 (PDF).

Grading Permits

Required when there is earthwork alteration to existing topography to ensure slope stability, protection of property, erosion control, water quality, and landform preservation, to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of persons, property, and the environment in accordance with applicable City Council policies and the standards established in Chapter 14, Article 2, Division 1 of the Land Development Code (PDF). Plans must conform to the standardized Grading plan D-sheet (24" x 36") format. Plans need to be prepared by licensed professionals as authorized by the California Business and Professions Code.

Grants of Public Easements

Typically, unless shown on a map, the easement drawing is prepared on a B-Sheet (11" x 17") by a land surveyor licensed by the State of California and accompanied by a grant deed and legal description. The requirement for the easement is either a condition of approval from an approved discretionary action (land use permit or tentative map), or the proposed construction of public facilities (such as water, sewer, storm drains, etc.) on private property.

Landscape Plans

Required as part of the building, grading, and public improvement plans. Landscape plans for erosion control, revegetation, or planting within public rights-of-way shall be prepared by a landscape architect or other professional as licensed and authorized by the California Business and Professions Code. Plans must be consistent with the City’s Landscape Standards (PDF) and formatted consistent with the rest of the plans being submitted, either the building plans or D-Sheets.

Mechanical Permits

A separate Mechanical Permit is required for each building in which rough work for heating, ventilating, air conditioning, or refrigeration is installed. Submittal documents, including plans, specifications, and schedules may be necessary to determine whether the installation as described will be in compliance with the requirements of the Mechanical Regulations and Chapter 12, Article 9, Division 4 of the Land Development Code (PDF).

Parcel Maps

The preparation, content, and form of parcel maps needs to conform to the provisions in the California Subdivision Map Act, the Land Development Manual, and conditions of approval for previously approved tentative maps. Maps must be signed and stamped by a land surveyor or civil engineer licensed by the State of California. Parcel Maps are typically processed for subdivision of 4 or fewer lots, to consolidate lots, or to adjust existing lot lines. Parcel maps are 18" x 26".

Plumbing Permits

A separate Plumbing Permit is required for each building in which rough work for a plumbing fixture is installed, except in the case of an unoccupied accessory building or a garage that is part of the plumbing system of a single dwelling unit. Submittal documents, including plans, specifications, and schedules may be necessary to determine whether the installation as described will be in compliance with the requirements of the Plumbing Regulations and Chapter 12, Article 9, Division 4 of the Land Development Code (PDF).

Public Right-of-Way Permits

Public improvement plans must be prepared by a civil engineer licensed by the State of California and are required for:

  • Private construction of public improvements
  • Construction of privately owned structures or facilities within the public right-of-way (to be maintained by the adjacent property owner)
  • Any construction activity within a public right-of-way
  • Planting of any tree, shrub, or plant within the public right-of-way

Plans should conform to the following formats:

Sign Permits

See Information Bulletin 111 (PDF) and Chapter 12, Article 9, Division 8 of the Land Development Code (PDF).