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4. Plan Review

Project Submittal Requirements

The Project Submittal Manual has been created to make sure projects submitted for review include all of the information City staff needs to determine project conformance with:

  • The Land Development Code
  • City Policies
  • State and Federal Regulations

Prior to beginning the preparation of a construction permit or mapping submittal, refer to the Important Steps to Project Approval in Section 1 (PDF) of this Manual for essential information that can save you time in the project submittal process. Section 1 will identify those projects that may be reviewed over-the-counter, as well as provide information to help you determine if other permits are required prior to the submittal for a construction permit.

Other Helpful Sections

To ensure that your project submittal meets the review requirements specific to ministerial actions (building, grading, public right-of-way permits, maps, easement grants, and right-of-way dedications), see the following sections:

  • Section 2 (PDF)
    Includes such approval types as Building, Demolition, Electrical, and Plumbing/Mechanical Permits.
  • Section 3 (PDF)
    Includes information about approvals on Grading and Public Right-of-Way Permits and Encroachment Maintenance & Removal Agreements.
  • Section 5 (PDF)
    Includes such approval types as Final Maps, Parcel Maps, Lot Line Adjustments, Grants of Easements, and Right-of-way Dedications.

You will be asked to initially submit various documents, plans and information regarding your project and make changes to those plans as review results are completed. Additional information or documents may be required by City review staff and would be specified for a subsequent submittal (Issues report and Submittal Requirements reports).

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Submittals are made on the 3rd floor of the Development Services Department located at 1222 First Avenue in downtown San Diego. Appointments are recommended and can be made by phoning (619) 446-5300.

Please specify the type of appointment needed. "Engineering" for grading, public right-of-way permit, or mapping, "Building" for building, retaining wall, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing, or "Over-the-Counter"