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Permit Application Processing Timeline

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The City of San Diego Development Services Department is committed to processing applications for permits as expeditiously as possible. However, the actual length of time to process your permit -- from start to finish -- can vary depending on the nature and complexity of a project, the completeness of the documents submitted and the number of applications received.

  • Intake: This is the queue time that it takes to process applications from the first upload to the pre-screen phase. 
  • Review: This is the time from the start to the finish of the project review. 
  • Permit Issuance: This is the queue time after the project has been reviewed, a request to obtain a permit is received and the time it takes for staff to verify that all requirements have been met.  
Permit or Application Type Business Days*
Building Permit Intake 11
Building Permit Rapid Review Intake 11
Building Construction Change Intake 9
Discretionary Projects Intake 18
Grading, Public Improvement, Mapping Intake 9
Plan Review (All Application Types) Review Varies based on review type.
Building Permit - Stamp Transfer (Paper) Review 2
Building Permit - (Paper) Permit Issuance 7
Building Permit - (Digital) Permit Issuance 19

*The average timelines do not including weekends and holidays.
Updated: July 23 at 10 p.m.