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Construction Change to Building Permit & Deferred Submittals

Apply to submit changes to approved Building, Combination, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical and Sign permits and for deferred submittals. For projects that were issued originally in a paper version, a scanned set of the approved drawings will be required to be uploaded for the reviewers.

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Plan Your Project

What You Should Know

  • City of San Diego approved plans and specifications shall not be changed, modified, or altered without authorization from the City.
  • All changes, modifications or alterations to approved plans and specifications during construction must be reviewed and approved by the City prior to being incorporated into the construction documents.
  • Based upon the complexity, scope and number of proposed construction changes, a Development Project Manager may be assigned to oversee the process.
  • Learn about PDF icon construction changes, PDF icon change of records and if PDF icon historical reviews will be required.


  • Changes to approved plans (after permit issuance) must be reviewed. A non-refundable plan check fee must be paid at the hourly rate at the time of issuance of the construction change. To calculate the hourly rate, review PDF icon Information Bulletin 501. Learn how to PDF icon Process changes to Approved Plans.

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Apply for a Permit

Step 2

Read the PDF icon requirements for PDF file uploads.

Not following the PDF requirements will delay project review and approval.

Step 3

Prepare the following for your application submittal:

  1. Your proposed building construction plan change as described in PDF icon Information Bulletin 118 - Construction Changes to Approved Plans.
  2. PDF icon Form DS-342 Change of Building Permit Record is required when there is a change of the property owner, contractor, permit holder or the licensed design professional (architect/engineer) of record for a Building, Combination, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Sprinkler or Fire Alarm Permit. PDF icon Learn more about Change of Record.
  3. PDF icon Project Contacts Information (DS-345)

Step 4

Your PDF documents MUST meet our upload requirements. See Step 2 for more info.

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Step 5

Apply for the permit

You will be required to upload the completed PDF documents from Step 3.

Are you submitting changes to one of the following approved permits?

  1. Demolition Permit
  2. Sign Permit
  3. Stand-alone Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Permit with plans

Was the permit submitted on or after March 1, 2021?

Was the permit submitted on or after July 19, 2021?