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Information Bulletins

All new applications are required to be submitted electronically. DSD Information Bulletins and Forms are in the process of being updated as needed to reflect instructions for digital submittal processes.

Apply for a Permit

Information Bulletins provide information on fees, submittal requirements or procedures.

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PDF icon Standard Notes for Building Permits

The following Information Bulletin contains the most common standard notes that Development Services Department (DSD) requires to be located on building permit plans. This list is provided in order to help applicants comply with the with the San Diego Municipal Code and the California Building Standards. Note that only comments applicable to the specific project need to be added to plans.

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Revised August 2020


INFORMATION BULLETIN 195

PDF icon Permit Now Program

This information bulletin describes the permit process associated with the “Permit Now Program.”

Revised May 2021


INFORMATION BULLETIN 201


INFORMATION BULLETIN 203

PDF icon No-Plan Building Permit

Identifies types of work that are eligible to obtain a building permit without a plan review.

Revised January 2022


INFORMATION BULLETIN 205

PDF icon Specifications for Carports

Revised March 2013


INFORMATION BULLETIN 206

PDF icon Specifications for Patio Covers

Revised October 2016


INFORMATION BULLETIN 208

PDF icon Gray Water Systems

Revised January 2022


INFORMATION BULLETIN 209


INFORMATION BULLETIN 211


INFORMATION BULLETIN 220

PDF icon How to Obtain a Permit for a Retaining Wall/Fence

Permitting procedures to build retaining walls or fences using City of San Diego standard drawings.

Revised October 2020


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