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Development Services

Fees

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Fee schedules are used to calculate the amount needed to pay for services for a proposed project. The fees vary depending on the size and complexity of your project. The Development Services Department also collects fees on behalf of other City departments and government entities.

For more or more information about individual fees, please refer to Information Bulletins or the individual fee schedules below.

 Available Payment Methods

  • Online Payments:
    Customers are encouraged to make online payments by e-check or credit card. 
    Bank and processing fees apply. There are no minimum or maximum credit card transaction amounts when making payments online.
  • Onsite Payments:
    1. Customers can drop check payments into the payment drop-off safe located on the first-floor lobby of the downtown Development Services Center during business hours. All payments must be made out to “City Treasurer.” 
    2. Customers can also request a Payments appointment to make credit card or check payments in person at the Development Services Center. With in-person payments, the minimum credit card transaction amount is $10, and the maximum is $99,999.99. Payments with an "SAP Invoice Number" are not accepted here. Instead, these invoices can be paid with the City Treasurer; Learn more

 Fee Reminders

  • Water and Sewer Invoices
    Water and sewer invoices must be paid in-person with a scheduled Payments appointment and reflect the same date as the appointment. Invoices without the correct date will require staff to generate a new invoice, which may exceed the 15-minute appointment time. When this occurs, customers will be required to wait in the lobby until a new invoice is generated and the corresponding payment is processed.  
  • Development Impact Fees (DIF)
    In-person payments of DIF must be paid with a check, money order or a cashier's check made out to “City Treasurer” onsite.   

INFORMATION BULLETIN
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INFORMATION BULLETIN 103

Fee Schedule for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing/Gas Permits

This information bulletin explains the process and fees associated with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) permits. Separate building and MEP permits are required for all non-residential and Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) construction.

Revised October 2023


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INFORMATION BULLETIN 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.

Revised June 2022


INFORMATION BULLETIN
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INFORMATION BULLETIN 146

School Fees

This informational bulletin explains how school fees are assessed for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Revised April 2022


INFORMATION BULLETIN
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INFORMATION BULLETIN 501

Fee Schedule for Construction Permits-Structures

This Information Bulletin lists the fees collected by the City of San Diego for construction permits for structures (building permits). Also listed are some, but not all, fees that may be required from agencies other than the City of San Diego.

Revised February 2023


INFORMATION BULLETIN
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INFORMATION BULLETIN 502

Grading/Public Right-of-Way Permits & Mapping Actions

Lists fees and deposits for Grading Permits, Public Right-of-Way Permits and mapping actions.

Revised September 2022


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INFORMATION BULLETIN 503

Fee/Deposit Schedules for Development & Policy Approvals/Permits

This information bulletin (IB) lists fees and deposits for discretionary and policy approvals.

Revised April 2024


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INFORMATION BULLETIN 506

Fee Schedule for Fire Fees

Use this fee schedule to determine the fire permit and plan check fees.

Revised September 2022


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INFORMATION BULLETIN 532

Requirements for Inclusionary Affordable Housing

This bulletin summarizes the City of San Diego’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Ordinance. For more details, please see San Diego Municipal Code Chapter 14, Article 2, Division 13

Revised February 2023

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