Approval Status Reports
The Development Services Department (DSD) utilizes the Project Tracking System (PTS) to both manage and track its permit processing functions. PTS is an in-house system which DSD began developing in 1998. Although PTS first went into production in 2001, it took several years to fully implement the system in terms of refinements, upgrades, and staff training. As staff became more proficient on the system over time PTS became more fully utilized. In addition, PTS has continuously been updated to enhance its capabilities, and business rules regarding its use have changed over time. As a result, much of the project information found on PTS during the initial years of its existence may not be as inclusive, detailed, or comprehensive as that found for more recent projects. Therefore, please be aware that many of the projects found on PTS may include only basic information. Please also be aware that the most complete source for project details on approved projects and permits can be found within the physical project files stored within the City’s official files, which are stored in the Records Management Division of DSD.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are fees that are applicable to the overall project, such as the application and some hourly fees. Additional fees are usually applied to the individual Approvals with the project and are referred to as Approval fees.
Approval fees are applied to individual approvals/permits, such as building permit plan check and inspection fees.
The Progress Bar indicates the current status of the project. It will indicate a project was created, the permit was issued, if inspections have begun or if the project was completed or cancelled.
Is an approval type (e.g. construction changes, deferred fire approvals, fire alarm and sprinkler permits) tied to a project's original permit. A dependent approval may trigger requirements that must be addressed before a final inspection can be scheduled.
Not all work requires a building permit, San Diego Municipal Code Section 129.0203. Also, projects are listed by a primary address which may not match the address you searched for. For further information or if no active permit exists, please contact our Code Enforcement Division at (619) 236-5500 or complete a Request for Investigation Form.
Inspection plans are created to manage the inspection process, and are specific to a job approval. An inspection plan can have up to three levels (Tiers) of required inspections. Each inspection on a required Tier level must be completed before proceeding inspections on the next Tier level.
Please refer to Information Bulletin 120 , How to obtain Project Inspections.
The City of San Diego's Inspection Line, the fastest, easiest way to schedule a construction inspection. please call the Automated Phone Line at (858) 581-7111.
Before proceeding with actual construction a pre-construction meeting may be required by the City to go over critical construction issues, such as height requirements, storm water best management practices (BMPs), coastal development issues, etc.
Inspection numbers are for internal tracking and identifying a specific inspection.
There are various reasons why inspections are listed as "unavailable." Typical reasons include the following:
- Permit has not been issued;
- Fees have not been paid;
- Related dependent approvals have not been issued;
- Previous inspections have not been scheduled or passed;
- Inspection issues have not been cleared; or
- An administrative hold or stop work order has been issued.
Inspections are partially passed when a portion of work within the designated inspection title has been completed and approved.
Status inspections are system generated inspections that are scheduled when a permit has not been completed, cancelled, and/or when inspections have not been performed within 180 days from the date of permit issuance or since the last inspection was performed.
Please see Inspection acronyms .
Special Inspections are required for the work that is listed under Chapter 17 of the California Building Code. Special inspections are an additional requirement, and not a substitution for City required inspections. Special inspections (e.g., high-strength concrete, welding, soils, etc.) are performed by a qualified third party.
Inspection Issues are project related matters (e.g., special inspections, pre-construction meetings, deferred submittals or approvals, etc.) that prevent the scheduling of higher Tier Level Inspections until the requirement has been completed or cleared. Additionally, Inspection Issues are used to inform inspectors when key code requirements are at or near the maximum level allowed.
Inspection issues vary from project to project and may require special inspection reports, plan check approval, another department or agency's approval, etc. Please contact the staff that entered the Inspection issue, the area inspector, or Inspection Services office.
Yes, if one was not offered to you by the inspector, please contact their supervisor. For contact information please see Staff Phone Directory (PDF).
For questions regarding inspection results, please contact Inspection Services at (858) 492-5070.