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Public Project Assessment

A Public Project Assessment (PPA) is an optional service for evaluating project feasibility on property owned, leased or maintained by the city. The process assists in determining whether a discretionary permit is required, establishing consistency with existing environmental approvals, or providing a stand-alone environmental determination. A determination will be documented and provided at the completion of the review.

Plan Your Project

What You Should Know

  1. The PPA will be assigned to a Discretionary Development Project Manager who will prepare a written response to your project-specific issues approximately five working days after the staff review is completed.
  2. The PPA will identify whether a discretionary permit is required and may provide a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determination appropriate to the request. If you already know you need a Discretionary Permit or a Substantial Conformance Review for a previously-approved Discretionary Permit, do not submit a PPA application.
  3. Check the Public Projects page to learn more about the Discretionary Review process.
  4. Your project may require a historical review to determine conformance with the PDF icon Historical Resources Regulations if your project is located:
    • On a site with a designated historic resource.
    • Within a designated historic district.
    • On a site containing a structure of 45 years or more.
  5. Please review PDF icon Information Bulletin 581 for additional information. 


If you are not a City of San Diego department, a Deposit Account/Financially Responsible Party form, PDF icon DS-3242, will be required to open a deposit account with an initial deposit of $5,000 and applicable closeout fees. For more information, see PDF icon Public Project Assessment - Information Bulletin 510.


No inspections are required.


No exemptions apply.

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Apply for a Public Project Assessment

Step 1b

Once you receive a confirmation email that will be generated after completing Step 1a, review the PDF icon OpenDSD User Guide for PTS Permit Online.

Step 2

Read the PDF icon requirements for PDF file uploads.

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


Step 3

Download and complete the following forms:

  1. PDF icon Public Project Assessment Application (DS-510)
  2. If you are not a City of San Diego department, PDF icon Deposit Account/Financially Responsible Party (DS-3242) will be required to open a deposit account with an initial deposit of $5,000 and applicable closeout fees.

Step 4

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

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Step 5

Upload Application Forms

You must have a PTS number first (see Step 1a), and you will be required to upload the completed submittal documents from Step 3 at the time of application. Submitting without all the requirements will result in delays.