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Training Videos and Webinars

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View video tutorials and webinars to help you learn how to apply step-by-step for permits online, demonstrate new program features and provide helpful tips. Each webinar will be hosted using Zoom or Microsoft Teams and recorded.

After the meeting, all webinars will be posted in the View Webinars section below.


Upcoming Webinars

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Development Services Department Overview

This short video provides a summary of what the Development Services Department does.


How to Submit a Building or Land Use Code Violation Online

Find out how to check if a property has an existing code complaint, how to submit a new one, and how to check on the progress of a complaint.


How to Search for the Status of a Project

City of San Diego Development Services staff demonstrates how to search for the status of a project going on in your neighborhood.


Application Preparation Pt. 1: Getting Started with Online Permitting

City of San Diego Development Services staff demonstrates how to navigate, register for an account, and become familiar with services offered within the DSD online permitting section of the website.


Application Preparation Pt. 2: How to Validate Plans in PDF Scout

City of San Diego Development Services staff demonstrates how to catch errors before uploading project documents online using PDF Scout.


How to Prepare Construction Plans for Permit Submittal (AutoCAD to PDF)

City of San Diego Development Services staff demonstrates how to convert a construction plan to PDF format for permit submittal. 


Managing Inspections for Your Project

This instructional video demonstrates how to schedule, reschedule, and cancel an inspection


Recheck Required Status: Generate a Report of Missing Documents

This instructional video provides an overview of how to find the documents requested by the reviewer during an "Updates Required" or "Recheck" and how to name each document and upload them properly, so the project can be placed back into review.


Verify Registration of Project Contractors and Subcontractors

This instructional video provides a step-by-step overview of updating contractor and subcontractor information required for projects in the online permitting portal.

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How to Apply Online for an Office Tenant Improvement Professional Certification Permit | August 31, 2023
 


How to Apply Online for a Residential Solar PV and Battery Storage Permit | July 27, 2023
 


How to Apply Online for a Construction Noise Application | July 19, 2023
 


How to Apply Online for a Preliminary Review Application | May 17, 2023

This webinar explains the purpose and stipulations of preliminary reviews and shows how to apply for one in the DSD online permitting portal.


Urban Parkway Guidelines | May 31, 2023

This workshop covers when and how a project triggers right-of-way improvements.

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Managing Contractor Verification in an Online Permitting Account | Dec. 20, 2022

This webinar familiarizes customers with the Transparency Ordinance, the process of verifying contractor and subcontractor licenses, program requirements and helpful tips.


How to Prepare Your Online Application for the Mills Act Program | Dec. 16, 2022

This webinar will highlight the new online permitting portal and help customers navigate each screen for a perfect Mills Act Program application submittal.


How to Apply for an Online Permit/Online Permitting Quarterly Enhancements | Dec. 9, 2022

This webinar highlights the new online permitting portal and helps customers navigate each screen for perfect project submittals.


How to Apply for an Online Permit: Individual Historic Resource Nomination and Zone History Letter | Oct. 12, 2022

This webinar highlights the new online permitting portal and helps customers navigate each screen for perfect project submittals for Individual Historic Resource Nominations and Zone History Letters


Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations in the City of San Diego | Sept. 14, 2022 

This webinar provided an overview on the latest changes to the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and Junior ADU regulations and other recent amendments to the Land Development Code certified by the California Coastal Commission.

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How to Apply Online for Spaces as Places | June 28, 2022 

This webinar provided an overview of the Spaces as Places program and address common questions from customers on application requirements for a streetary, promenade, active sidewalk or outdoor dining on private property.


How to Apply for an Online Permit: Submitting Accessory Dwelling Unit Plans for a Faster Review | Nov. 10, 2021  

Accessory Dwelling Unit building plans for a faster review. It also highlighted the customer guide that provides step-by-step instructions on applying for a permit and provided an overview of a new tool that verifies PDF files, uploaded as part of a permit application, meet upload requirements for plan review.


Submitting Plans and Sheet Numbering for a Faster Review | Oct. 20, 2021  

This webinar covered how to format building and engineering plans for a faster review. The webinar also highlighted the customer guide that provides step-by-step instructions on applying for a permit and provided an overview of a new tool that verifies PDF files, uploaded as part of a permit application, meets upload requirements for plan review.


Online Platform/5G Introduction for the Communication Industry | Oct. 13, 2021  

The webinar highlights the new online portal and helps customers navigate each screen for a perfect 5G project submittal.


How to Flatten Your PDF Files, Plans and Forms | July 30, 2021 

This webinar shows customers how to prepare PDF plans and forms before submitting an application for a permit.


How to Look Up Projects, Permits, Code Enforcement and Zoning | July 29, 2021  

This webinar shows customers how to research information on existing projects, verify permit information, and learn how to look up Code Enforcement information and submit requests for investigations.


Building and Engineering Permits | July 22, 2021  

This webinar shows customers how to apply and upload plans for Building, Grading, Right-of-Way and Public Improvement Engineering permits, reviews a new customer guide that has step-by-step instructions on applying for a permit and showcases a new tool that verifies PDF files uploaded as part of a permit application to meet the requirements for plan review.

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