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What does the Planning Department do?

The Planning Department is responsible for developing and updating planning policies that help shape the City's future growth. The Department ensures long-range plans for the City represent a unified vision and implementation strategy, create great places, and foster a more sustainable and equitable future. Learn more about what we do.


The City offers amazing benefits, including:


Robust Healthcare


Generous Time Off




Guaranteed Salary Increases

(5% increase effective Jan. 1, 2024)

To be considered for a classified City position, you must be on the official list of qualified candidates for that position. Lists are typically opened one or two times per year for no more than a few weeks at a time and are used to fill positions throughout the year as they become available.

Three steps to getting a job with the City:


Step 1

To be notified when the list you’re interested in opens, please submit a job interest card. For Planning-related positions, please select the following categories: "Community Development,” "Economic Development,” "Geographic Information Systems," "Land Use," "Planning and Development" and "Redevelopment," and click "Subscribe.” Please note, Job Interest Cards will NOT be sent out if a job classification is being recruited for as a Promotional job opportunity.

Step 2

Once you are notified the list has opened or see the job open on, please allow sufficient time to complete the application and submit any required documents before the application period closes.

Step 3

If your application has been accepted, you will be notified by the City’s Personnel Department. When a City Department has a vacancy for that position they will contact you, usually via email. The Department will specify the position(s) being filled and typically request that interested candidates submit a letter of interest and resume to be considered for an interview(s) for the position.

For more information about the City of San Diego’s hiring process, check out these FAQ’s.