Defining your project should be done in relationship to the building code, municipal code, and zoning requirements. Be sure to spend ample time at this stage of the project determining the overall design, cost, and schedule, because it will pay off with better coordination and time savings during subsequent steps. Take time to familiarize yourself with the Development Process: Step-by-Step section of the City of San Diego Development Services website. Look for possible issues that might affect your schedule or cost, such as Discretionary Reviews or the inclusion of scope items that require an Alternate Equivalent to the Code. Consider having a Preliminary Review to bring up complex issues early in the overall processing of your project.