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As a convenience, Development Services is working to post all Information Bulletins on this web page. Various information bulletins impacted by recent adoption of the 2007 California Buildings are in the process of being updated and will be posted shortly. Information bulletins impacted by the new building code and which have been updated have been identified in the list. For those Information Bulletins not found here, please call (619) 446-5000 and request that the item be sent to you.

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Subject Info Bulletin Number Description Revision Date File Type
Accessible Parking Requirements 305 Accessible Parking Requirements
This bulletin addresses parking standards for commercial buildings and public accommodations.
June 2010 PDF
Addressing 185 How to Obtain and Address/Address Change
Use this bulletin to assign a new address for new projects or to request a change to an existing address.
December 2009 PDF
Adult Entertainment 144 Adult Entertainment Establishments
Use this fee schedule for information on adult entertainment establishments and guidelines for location regulations.
December 2009 PDF
Affordable/In-Fill Housing Expedite Program 538 Expedite Program for Affordable/In-Fill Housing & Sustainable Buildings
This Information Bulletin provides basic information regarding The Affordable/In-Fill Housing and Sustainable Buildings Expedite Program.
March 2013 PDF
Airport Land Use Commission 519 Airport Land Use Commission Consistency Determination Review Process
This information bulletin provides general information concerning the process and types of proposed development projects/actions that the City is required to submit to the Airport Land Use Commission.
January 2012 PDF
Alcoholic Beverage Outlets 143 Permitting Requirements for Alcoholic Beverage Outlets
Use this fee schedule to determine permitting requirements for alcoholic beverage outlets.
December 2009 PDF
Appeal Procedure, Development Permits 505 Development Permits Appeal Procedure
This information bulletin discusses the appeal procedure for Development Permits processed in accordance with Processes Two, Three and Four.
October 2013 PDF
Building Valuation 101 Building Valuation Schedule
Use to determine the valuation of new construction, miscellaneous building projects and alterations/additions to existing structures.
December 2009 PDF
Carport 205 Specifications for Carports
Use this bulletin for carport construction for a single family dwelling.
March 2013 PDF
Commercial Coaches 240 How to Obtain a Permit for Commercial Coaches
Use this bulletin when temporarily placing a transportable structure for non-residential use.

January 2014

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Community Planning Groups 620 Coordination of Project Management with Community Planning Groups
Local planning group review procedures outlined.
January 2013 PDF
Condominium Conversion Regulations 539 Regulations Governing Condominium Conversions
This information bulletin summarizes the City of San Diego and Subdivision Map Act regulations and procedures for converting existing rental apartment units into condominiums.
November 2011 PDF
Construction and Demolition Debris 119 Construction and Demolition Debris
This bulletin describes the requirements to dispose of dirt, rock, asphalt, concrete, bricks, roofing materials, lumber, drywall, insulation, windows, sinks, toilets, doors, carpeting, and electrical appliances and fixtures.
August 2008 PDF
Construction Changes 118 How to Process Construction Changes to Permitted Plans
If your project has already received its construction permits but changes need to be made to the plans, follow these directions.
March 2014 PDF
Cross-Connection Control 113 Cross-Connection Control
This information bulletin describes the City standards and minimum requirements related to cross-connection control/backflow protection review.
July 2012 PDF
Decks 211 How to Obtain a Permit for Residential Decks
Use this bulletin for deck construction for residential buildings.
March 2013 PDF
Demolition/Removal Permits 710 Permit Instructions, Procedures for Building Demolition/Removal
This Information Bulletin describes the procedures and required permits for demolishing or removing buildings or structures located in the City of San Diego.
March 2014 PDF
Designated Historical Resource Review 581 Designated Historical Resource Review
If the project site/structure is Designated Historical OR located within a Historical District, it is subject to this review.
March 2013 PDF
Development and Permit Information 109 Development and Permit Information
The information provided by Development and Permit Information is offered to assist customers in designing their projects.
March 2009 PDF
Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems 187 How to Obtain a Permit for Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems
This information bulletin describes the permitting and inspection process for the installation of an Electrical Vehicle Charging System (EVCS) on an existing site or building.
May 2012 PDF
Encroachments in the Right-of-Way 576 How to Obtain a Permit for Encroachments in the Right-of-Way
This information bulletin is for privately owned and maintained improvements located within the public right-of-way or a public easement.
September 2013 PDF
Environmental Review Process 401 Overview of the State of California and Federal Environmental Review Process
This information bulletin describes the requirements that projects must follow to comply with federal, state and local regulations regarding environment review, environmental impact reports (EIR), appeals, and mitigation monitoring.
June 2007 PDF
Federal Aviation Administration Notification and Evaluation Process 520 Federal Aviation Administration Notification and Evaluation Process
Use this bulletin to determine Federal Aviation Administration notification requirements for development projects.
October 2008 PDF
Fee Schedule, Building Permit 501 Fee Schedule for Construction Permits - Structures
Use this fee schedule to determine building permit and plan check fees.
January 2014 PDF
Fee Schedule, Development Permits and Policy Approvals 503 Fee Schedule for Development Approvals/Permits
Use this fee schedule to determine fee and deposit amounts for development permits and policy approvals.
October 2013 PDF
Fee Schedule, Grading and Public Right-of-Way Permits 502 Fee Schedule for Construction Permits Grading and Public Right-of-Way
Use this fee schedule to determine fee and deposit amounts for grading and public right-of-way permits.
September 2012 PDF
Fee Schedule, Mechanical, Plumbing/Gas, Electrical 103 Mechanical, Plumbing/Gas, Electrical Fee Schedule and Worksheet
Use for figuring fees for mechanical, plumbing, gas and electrical work.
January 2014 PDF
Fee Schedule, Subdivision Approvals 504 Fee Schedule for Subdivision Approvals
Use this fee schedule to determine fee and deposit amounts for subdivision improvement agreements, easements, dedications and map processing.
September 2012 PDF
Fence 223 Specifications for Wood and Masonry Fences
Use this bulletin for the construction of wood and masonry fences up to 6' in height.
February 2009
Updated per CBC 2007
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Fire Alarm Systems 137
How to Obtain a Permit for Fire Alarm Systems
This bulletin covers the procedures for obtaining a permit to install a fire alarm system and applies to both required and voluntary National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 fire alarm system projects.

February 2014

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Fire Sprinkler Systems

139

How to Obtain a Permit for Fire Sprinkler Systems
This bulletin covers the procedures for obtaining a permit to install a fire sprinkler system and applies to all National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 and 13R sprinkler submittals.

February 2014

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Fireplaces 201 How to Obtain a Permit for a Fireplace
This bulletin covers procedures on obtaining a building permit for the installation of fireplaces.
July 2010 PDF
Garage Conversion 142 Permitting Requirements for Residential Garage Conversions
This bulletin describes the minimum requirements for obtaining a permit to convert a garage of a single family dwelling or duplex to habitable (or non-parking) area.
March 2013
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Geotechnical Study Requirements 515 Development Permit, Subdivision and Grading Permit Geotechnical Study Requirements
This information bulletin describes when geotechnical reports are required at project submittal for development permits, subdivisions, and grading permits.
March 2009 PDF
Grading and Public Right-of-Way Permits Self Certification 570 Grading and Public Right-of-Way Permits Self Certification
This information bulletin describes the procedures for obtaining a self-certification for grading and public right-of-way permits.
August 2003 PDF
Graywater Systems 208 Residential Graywater Systems
This bulletin is to assist through the permit process for residential graywater systems. It also provides information about submittal requirements, plan reviews, project inspections and associated fees.
October 2010 PDF
Hazardous Materials 116 Reporting Requirements for Hazardous Materials
Any hazardous materials that will be stored in a building when construction is complete must be reported in advance.
January 2014 PDF
Home Occupation 540 How to obtain a neighborhood use permit for a Home Occupation
This information bulletin describes the minimum submittal requirements for a Home Occupation Neighborhood Use Permit Application (Process 2).
March 2009 PDF
Inclusionary Housing 532 Information Regarding Inclusionary Housing
This information bulletin provides basic information regarding the The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.
July 2013 PDF
Master Plans 114 How to Establish and Permit Residential Master Plans
Use this information bulletin to establish and permit master plan residential buildings.
November 2013
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Medical Marijuana Consumer Cooperative 170 How to Apply for a Conditional Use Permit Medical Marijuana Consumer Cooperative
All Medical Marijuana Consumer Cooperatives (MMCC) are regulated by SDMC, Section 141.0614 and Chapter 4, Article 2, Division 15. This information bulletin provides general information, regulations and minimum submittal requirements to apply for a Process 3 Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for an MMCC.
March 2014 PDF
No-Plan Permits 203 How to Obtain "No-Plan Permits"
Requirements for obtaining permits and inspections for small projects such as electrical rewiring, plumbing, gas installation and water heater replacement.
September 2011 PDF
Owner/Contractor Agreement 174 Owner Contractor Agreement
Use this bulletin to make sure you are complying with Special Inspections and Construction Materials Testing requirements.
August 2003 PDF
Patio Covers 206 Specifications for Patio Covers
Use this bulletin for patio cover construction for single family dwelling.
March 2013 PDF
Permit Exemptions 115 Building Permit Exemptions
Covers when construction permits and inspections are not needed.
July 2006 PDF
Permit Expiration/Extension 117 Regulations Covering Permit Expiration and Extension
Use this to determine when permits expire and when they can be extended.
August 2003 PDF
Potential Historical Resource Review 580 Potential Historical Resource Review
If your project requires a construction permit, including No-Plan construction permits, and there is a structure 45 years old or older on any parcel affected by your project then it is subject to this review.
May 2013 PDF
Preliminary Review 513 Preliminary Review
This information bulletin describes a service we offer to development customers called preliminary review. It helps you obtain the answers that you need to determine the feasibility of your development project and to be successful in submitting the project for City review.
January 2014 PDF
Project Inspections 120 How to Obtain Project Inspections
Use this information bulletin to guide you through the inspection process.
August 2013 PDF
Public Noticing Information, How to Obtain 512 Public Noticing Information
This information bulletin describes how an applicant can obtain public noticing information to prepare a Public Notice Package for projects requiring noticed decisions or public hearings.
August 2013 PDF
Public Project Assessment 510 Assessment of Public Projects
Used to assist public project applicants in determining required permits and approvals and to provide an environmental assessment of the project.
September 2012 PDF
Public Project Reconnaissance and Testing 511 How Public Projects Obtain Approval for Site Reconnaissance and Testing
Used this information bulletin for a ministerial approval (Process 1) for a site that contains environmentally sensitive lands.
March 2008 PDF
Public Right-of-Way Permits 165 How to Obtain a Public Right-of-Way Permits for Standard Public Improvements
This information covers procedures to obtain over-the-counter Public Right-of-Way Permits.
September 2009 PDF
Pushcarts 534 How to Obtain a Neighborhood Use Permit for Pushcarts
This information bulletin describes pushcarts, their permitted locations, permit requirements, and submittal requirements for their installation in the Public Right-of-Way.
December 2012 PDF
Records 110 Permit Records and Mapping Information
This bulletin describes the types of records maintained by the Development Services Department and how to obtain copies of those records.
December 2008 PDF
Renewal of Roof Covering 123 Minimum Standards for Renewal of Roof Covering
This bulletin is intended to clarify the roofing requirements for the renewal of roof coverings.
March 2009 Updated per CBC 2007 PDF
Residential Addition/Alteration 140 How To Obtain a Permit to Build a Residential Addition/Alteration
Use this bulletin to prepare your plans for a Single-Story Room Addition and Accessory Structures for Single-dwelling units or Duplexes.
March 2013 PDF
Retaining Wall/Fence 220 How to Obtain a Permit for a Retaining Wall/Fence
Use this bulletin for construction of a retaining wall or fence.
December 2005 PDF
Retaining Wall/Level 221 Minimum Requirements for Retaining Wall/Level Backfill
Use this bulletin for the construction of retaining walls with a level backfill.
August 2009
Updated per CBC 2007
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Retaining Wall/Slope 222 Minimum Requirements for Retaining Wall/Sloping Backfill
Use this bulletin for the construction of retaining walls with a sloping backfill.
January 2010
Updated per CBC 2007
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School Fees 146 School Fees
The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to explain how the City of San Diego determines “assessable space” for residential buildings, and “chargeable covered and enclosed space” for commercial or industrial buildings, for the purpose of assessing school fees, in accordance with Section 65995 of the California Government Code, and as authorized under Section 17620 of the Education Code.
October 2013 PDF
Sidewalk Cafe 523 Sidewalk Cafe Neighborhood Use Permit
This information bulletin describes the submittal requirements for a Sidewalk Cafe Neighborhood Use Permit.
January 2014 PDF
Site Plan 122 How to Prepare a Single Dwelling Unit Site Plan and Vicinity Map
Use this bulletin to assist in the preparation of plot/site plan and vicinity map for a single family residence.
December 2008
Updated per CBC 2007
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Site Reconnaissance and Testing 560 How to Obtain a Grading Permit for Site Reconnaissance and Testing
Use this information bulletin for a ministerial grading permit (Process 1) for a site that contains environmentally sensitive lands.
September 2011 PDF
Sign Permits 111 Sign Plan Check to Permit Issuance
Use this bulletin to apply and obtain permits for business sign installation.
March 2013 PDF
Solar Photovoltaic Systems 301 Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Use this bulletin when constructing renewable energy projects.
June 2010 PDF
Substantial Conformance Review 500 Substantial Conformance Review (SCR)
A voluntary service available to customers who are proposing to modify their project after a discretionary permit has been approved by the City. This bulletin provides information on the SCR process and submittal requirements.
August 2013 PDF
Temporary Use Permit 533 Temporary Use Permit
This information bulletin describes the submittal requirements and review process to allow certain uses, for limited time periods, in locations where the uses would not otherwise be allowed in the applicable zone.
September 2012 PDF
Traffic Control 177 How to Obtain a Public Right-of-Way Permit for Traffic Control
Permitting requirements and fees for Public Right-of-Way Permits for Traffic Control.
December 2009 PDF
Water Heater Strapping Requirements 207 Strapping Requirements for Water Heaters
Water heaters must be strapped in place. Here are two approved methods.
April 1999 PDF
Water, Sewer or Fire Service 166 How to Obtain a Permit for Water, Sewer or Fire Service
Use this bulletin when obtaining a permit to install water, sewer or fire services.
July 2012 PDF
Wireless Communication Facilities 536 Submittal Requirements and Procedure for Wireless Communication Facilities
This information bulletin describes the submittal requirements for wireless communication facilities.
February 2014 PDF
Zone History 157 How to Obtain a Zone History Letter Use this as a guide for obtaining a zone history letter. September 2012 PDF