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.
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:
National franchises, office buildings, residential rental buildings (apartments), churches and other religious institutions are not eligible.
Go to the Open Counter Business Portal to learn which permits you'll need for new small business construction projects and predict fees.
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.
Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permits: Dining and retail outlets with space constraints can now expand operations outdoors to cost-effectively implement safety, health and distancing protocols.