In addition to land use policy development, a primary responsibility of both the Planning Department and Development Services is the review of proposed development projects in San Diego for conformance with local and state development policies and regulations. This often involves project review by multiple City staff, other government agencies, and community representatives. The project customer pays for the costs of this review process through the payment of permit and inspection fees.
All projects that are required by law to obtain a permit or other approval from the City of San Diego must be reviewed by City staff before construction can proceed. This section describes the review processes and the process participants, explains the typical steps in project review, and gives an overview of the City's environmental process.
Chapters 11-14 of the Municipal Code are referred to as the Land Development Code. These chapters contain the City's planning, zoning, subdivision and building regulations, with the exception of the planned district ordinance regulations. The Land Development Code is one of the tools used to implement the Progress Guide and General Plan and the community plans, which establish the pattern and intensity of land use throughout the City.
Planned district ordinances are special zoning regulations that have been adopted by the City Council for certain geographic areas of the city. The planned districts have not been incorporated into the Land Development Code and remain in Chapter 10 of the Municipal Code. Although the planned districts remain in effect, where they rely on citywide zoning, subdivision or building regulations, the Chapter 11-14 regulations will apply.