A Building permit is required to construct any new structure or improve existing buildings and other structures. The more common building permit applications are for new or remodels to single dwelling units, multi-dwelling units, commercial and industrial buildings, and accessory structures.
Building construction plans and other documents must be submitted for review to ensure that construction projects comply with federal, state and local standards for building safety, accessibility and land use, zoning and standards that help safeguard life or limb, public health, property and welfare. City staff review and approve these applications to ensure all applicable regulations are met.
Before applying for a building permit, review the list of projects in the San Diego Municipal Code §129.0203 that are exempt from a Building Permit.
Depending upon the scope of your project, you will be required to select from the following list of building permit record types:
Building Permit Submittal Requirements
A Building permit is required to construct any new structure or improve existing buildings and other structures. Learn about submitting for a building permit by reviewing the Guide to Project Submittal Process, Section 1.
Most historic reviews will be required to submit a photographic survey and a building record from the Offices of the County Assessor, Recorder and Tax Collector. Learn more about requesting the building records.
The following processing opportunities are provided to allow for quicker processing for eligible projects.
Plan review, development impact fees, water and sewer, school and inspection fees vary based on the type of building construction project. Please review Information Bulletin 501 for more information.
Review the list of projects in San Diego Municipal Code §129.0203 that are exempt from a Building Permit.
Inspections are required for all building construction projects and occur during different phases of construction. Please review Information Bulletin 120 for more information.
Obtain or complete the following documents:
Not following the requirements for the file uploads will delay project review and approval.
You will be required to upload the completed documents from Step 2.