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Temporary Use Permit

A temporary use permit (TUP) is for certain uses for limited time periods in locations where the uses would not otherwise be allowed in the applicable zone.

A TUP is required for the following uses:

  • Retail sales related to seasonal activities, such as holidays.
  • Public assembly and entertainment uses.
  • Wireless communication facilities intended to provide service to citywide public events.
  • Placemaking on private property.

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What You Should Know

  • An application for a TUP may be approved if it meets the following conditions:
    • The proposed use, for the limited time period, will not be detrimental to the purpose and intent of the applicable zone; and
    • The approval of the proposed use would result in no more than two TUP’s for the same use/event at the same location in any 365-day period.
  • Additional approvals may be required
    • All temporary or permanent improvements associated with the temporary use must secure all other permits (e.g. Building Permit, Electrical Permit, Special Events Permit) prior to the use being commenced.
    • Single Events Permit from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is required for special events.
    • See Information Bulletin 533.
  • Downtown Community Plan area may have additional requirements
  • A Letter of Request and Site Construction Plan with a Vicinity Map are required to be submitted with the following information:
    • Applicant (name, address, phone number, and e-mail)
    • Address of the site
    • Existing use of the site
    • Proposed temporary use of the site
    • Where on the site the temporary use will be conducted
    • Type and location of any proposed structures to support the temporary use (e.g., tents, fences)
    • Date(s) and hours of operation for the temporary use
    • For sales of vehicles - the approximate number
    • If the temporary use involves retail sales, explain how the public will access the sale (open to the public, invitation only)



  • No exemptions

Compliant Outdoor Expansion

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Step 2

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

Step 3

Complete or obtain:

Step 4

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

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Step 5

Apply for a Permit

You will be required to upload the completed documents from Step 3. Submitting without all the requirements will result in delays.