The Development Services Department's Small Business and Restaurant Assistance Program provides dedicated resources and information to help qualified small businesses and restaurants citywide recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and support economic recovery.
The services are designed to help qualified small businesses and restaurants with their planning and permitting needs, making it faster and easier to get the permitting, construction and inspection help they need for a speedy recovery.
Qualifying Small Businesses
All new construction projects for small businesses (25 or fewer employees) that are located in the City of San Diego, have a valid business tax certificate and operate in the following industries qualify:
- Home offices and businesses
- Catering facilities
- Retail shops
- Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and spas
- Fitness centers and instructional studios
- Breweries, distilleries and wineries
- Entertainment and music venues
- Restaurants, tasting rooms and bars*
*These small businesses are exempted from the 25 or fewer employee maximum.
National franchises, office buildings, residential rental buildings (apartments), churches and other religious institutions are not eligible.
How to Get Started?
Book an appointment to meet virtually with a representative to address your questions and review your project ideas before applying for a permit or submitting for a new permit.