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Rapid Review

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Rapid Review, formerly known as Over-the-Counter review, is determined at the time of submittal based on the project's proposed scope. If a project is determined to be eligible, DSD staff automatically place the project into Rapid Review. Note that certain disciplines may not be able to perform a Rapid Review based on the project scope in some cases.

Rapid Review eligible minor projects include:

  1. Accessory structures for single-dwelling units (carports, patio covers, fences and retaining walls) using City of San Diego standard designs contained in Information Bulletins:
  1. Retaining walls (one wall type, maximum 6 feet in height)
  2. Simple foundation repairs for single-dwelling units and duplexes
  3. Awnings (up to two types)
  4. Deck/stair repairs
  5. Equipment platforms
  6. Roof-mounted equipment
  1. Production phase master plan pool or spas accessory to a non-residential or multiple-dwelling unit uses, up to 6 feet in depth.
  2. Right-of-way permits as identified on PDF iconInformation Bulletin 165, "How to Obtain a Public Right-of-Way Permit for Standard Public Improvements."
  3. Sign Permits.
  4. Single-story and single-dwelling unit additions and remodels. See PDF iconInformation Bulletin 140, "How to Obtain a Permit to Build a Residential Addition."
  5. Tenant improvements projects for Group B, M, F or S occupancies (as defined by the California Building Code) not exceeding 10,000 square feet in area on not more than two floors and not associated with any structural work.
  6. Fire alarm affidavits (PDF icon Form DS-163), sprinkler monitoring systems, office Tenant Improvement fire alarm systems not exceeding 10,000 square feet in area and fire alarm control unit upgrades/replacements.
  7. Fire sprinkler affidavits (PDF icon Form DS-161), kitchen hood suppression systems, fire underground serving a single building and office Tenant Improvements sprinkler systems not exceeding 50 sprinkler heads.

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