SimplEPermits

No need to visit City Hall! Home owners, property owners and contractors can use this process.

The Online Permits process allows property owners and licensed contractors to obtain simple no-plan Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical permits for minor residential installations via the internet at their convenience. Online permits can be issued where work does not require any type of plan review. See information bulletin 103 at https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/dsdib103.pdf  for details.

The following types of work may be permitted through On-line Permits:

  • Electrical - meter reset, adding 15 amp circuits, miscellaneous wiring (relocate electrical outlets, re-wiring, etc.);
  • Plumbing - water heater replacement, water or sewer piping repair, gas line repair, repair/ replacing drains, backflow preventer
  • Mechanical - installation or replacement of Forced Air Unit (FAU) and Air Conditioner (A/C) units, exhaust fans, in a home or a unit.

Online permitting is open 24 hours, seven days a week. However, permits are processed only until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please complete and Email the following information to [email protected]: (In order to make sure you receive our email, please add us to your safe sender list).

  • A completed PDF icon General Application Form (DS-3032) is needed in order to schedule the correct inspector for your project and to avoid delays in inspections, the project description should include a general description of the work to be performed, the use of the building and suite number (see examples below).
  • An Electrical, Plumbing and/or Mechanical Permit Worksheet located in PDF icon SimplEPermit Fee Worksheets (DS-145).
  • Owner-Builders should also complete the PDF icon Owner-Builder Verification form (DS-3042). Note: Signatures on the Owner-Builder Verification form must be notarized per state law.

You should receive the permit and invoice within one to two business days with instructions on how to pay your invoice online. An inspection may be scheduled once the invoice has been paid. Note: The inspection contact phone number on record is needed to access our online OpenDSD scheduling system. The inspection contact will be the contractor listed on the General Application or the property owner for permits issued to owner-builders.

Sample project descriptions arranged by permit type
In order to schedule the correct inspector for your project and to avoid delays in inspections, the project description shall include a general description of the work to be performed, the use of the building and unit number (see examples below).

Mechanical:
Replace furnace in a house/duplex
Replace furnace in a condominium/apartment - unit # 17
Install AC with new electrical circuit in a house/duplex

Plumbing:
Repair gas line - house/duplex
Repair gas line - apartment complex
Replace water heater in a house/duplex
Replace water heater in a condominium/apartment - unit # 236
Remodel kitchen in a house where no walls or framing are being remove or altered.

Electrical:
Upgrade electrical service to 200 amps in a house/duplex
Install 40 amp circuit for a hot tub.

For SimplEPermits related questions please Email: [email protected].