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Zoning & Maps

The City Council adopted the Official Zoning Map on Feb. 28, 2006. See PDF icon Report to City Council 06-020 for background information on the development of the Official Zoning Map.

Zoning Designations

Zoning designations shown on the Official Zoning Map reflect the current designations in the Land Development Code.

If you purchased property prior to January 2000 under old zoning designations, view the PDF icon conversion table to see past zoning designations and their equivalent current zoning designations under the Land Development Code.

Base Zones Types

Most property in San Diego falls into one of the following types of base zones:

  • Residential - areas designated for single and multi-family residences
    View Regulations Per Residential Base Zone
  • Commercial - areas intended for businesses that provide consumer goods and services as well as a wide variety of commercial, retail, office and recreational uses
  • Industrial - areas intended for research and development, factories, warehousing and other industrial uses
  • Agricultural - areas now used for agricultural and farming purposes that may be developed for urban use sometime in the future
  • Open Space - public recreational uses or area to be left in a generally natural state

Zoning Designations

Zoning designations shown on the Official Zoning Map reflect the current designations in the Land Development Code.

If you purchased property prior to January 2000 under old zoning designations, view the PDF icon conversion table to see past zoning designations and their equivalent current zoning designations under the Land Development Code.

Easements

It is the property owner's responsibility to research property deed and title information for easements recorded on the property. Separate approval is required from each utility agency or private party for construction of improvements in easements including the Public Utilities Department of the City of San Diego. Structures are typically not approved in easements.

From the PDF icon Public Utilities Department Sewer Design Guide:

Overlay Zones and Other Requests for Other Zoning Information

Overlay Zones and Requests for Other Zoning Information helps you determine if any other zoning designations apply to your property. Download the PDF icon Parcel Information (DS-302) form and email the completed form to [email protected]

Other Site Criteria

Beyond site zoning, other site criteria may determine which approval or permit is required. For example, a project for a property that lies within the Coastal Zone may require a special Coastal Development Permit prior to development. Existing buildings/structures or adjacent land uses such as closed landfills or burn ash sites may also have relevance to your project proposal.

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