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Flexible Regulations

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The City regularly updates the San Diego Municipal Code to simplify and streamline the permitting process, ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations, and to eliminate unnecessary barriers to development. These updates help address the City’s changing land use needs and challenges.

The following table summarizes regulations that were recently added or amended to reduce costs, streamline approvals, and create greater flexibility for projects to facilitate faster and easier housing production.

PDF icon Extension of Time of a Development Permit (126.0111)

May extend the expiration date of an approved development permit one or more times, up to 72 months beyond the initial approval date.

PDF icon Development Impact Fee Deferral (142.0640)

  • Payment of DIFs may be deferred for a maximum of two years from agreement or when final inspection is requested
  • An applicant may apply to waive or reduce DIFs
  • DIFs may be adjusted for residential development to reflect residential uses not identified in the fee schedule

PDF icon Transit Priority Area Parking Regulations (142.0528)

  • Eliminates minimum parking requirements for multifamily housing development within TPAs
  • Requires unbundled parking
  • Requires transportation amenities that reduce vehicle miles traveled

PDF icon Shared Parking Requirements (142.0545)

Two or more different, adjacent land uses may request shared parking.

PDF icon Development on a Premises with a Utilized Development Permit (126.0113)

Allows a change in development when the proposal complies with the use and development regulations of the applicable base zone or overlay zone.

PDF icon Live/Work Quarters (141.0311)

Creates more opportunities for residential units in traditionally commercial-only zones.

PDF icon Mixed Use Zones (131.0700)

New Citywide zones that promote dense transit-oriented development.

PDF icon Employee Housing (141.0304)

Permits Employee Housing (6 or fewer units) in all zones that permit single-family residential uses.

PDF icon Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Transitional Housing (141.0315 and 141.0313)

  • PSH and Transitional Housing are permitted as a limited use in all multifamily residential and commercial zones
  • Development Impact Fees are waived

PDF icon Neighborhood Development Permit for Affordable Housing (126.0404)

Where otherwise required, an NDP and its findings are waived for affordable housing developments.

PDF icon Homeless Facilities (141.0317)

Low-Barrier Navigation Centers are permitted by-right as a limited use in mixed-use and commercial zones that allow multi-family development

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