You may view a complete listing of our job openings under Employment Opportunities. You may also visit our office at 140 East 12th Street, Suite A - National City or call our 24-hour Jobline at (619) 336-4306. This information is updated as jobs become available.
What are the different ways I can submit an employment application?
Resumes are not accepted in-lieu of application. An application form must be filled-out for all positions, and you may attach your resume to the application.
Can I turn in an application before the job is open?
Applications are accepted only for jobs currently open.
How are applications assessed?
All applications are assessed relative to the qualifications listed on the job posting. You must meet the minimum qualifications of the posting to be eligible for further consideration. However, meeting the minimum qualifications does not automatically mean you will be interviewed.
When will I be notified of my status in an application process?
Typically you will receive correspondence within 2 work weeks of the job closing or first review date.
How do I update the personal information on my job application if I have moved or changed phone numbers?
To make a change to an application after it has been submitted, please contact Human Resources at (619) 336-4300 or HR@nationalcityca.gov.
Do I have to take any tests to get a job at the City?
Each job posting contains information about the selection process. Some positions require testing. A combination of one or more of the following may be used to assess applicants:
physical agility test (safety only)
or supplemental questionnaire.
What does it mean when a filing deadline is listed as “Continuous”?
The City of National City accepts applications for “Continuous” recruitments on an on-going basis. There may or may not be an opening at the time you turn in your application. We will keep your information on file for a minimum of six months. You will be contacted by Human Resources (or by the hiring department if it is a part-time position) if a vacancy opens up and/or a selection process is to be conducted.
Can I fax an application for employment to the City?
No. Applications must be completed and submitted on-line.
If I need accommodation for the interview or testing process, how do I request one?
The City of National City is committed to the fair and equal employment of qualified persons with disabilities. While many individuals with disabilities can apply and perform jobs without accommodation, it is the policy of the City of National City to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, please contact our office at (619) 336-4300.
Can I apply for more than one position with the same application?
Not unless a job announcement specifically indicates that an application will be for more than one position.
What is an eligibility list?
An “eligibility list” is a list of names of persons who have competed in an “open” or “continuous” selection process for a classification and are eligible for employment in that classification because they received a score of 70% or above during the examination process. Eligibility lists will remain in effect for one year, unless sooner exhausted. The Human Resources Director may extend the duration of a list for up to one (1) additional year.
What are the library hours?
The Library is open Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday - Closed, and Saturday - Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Where is the library located and how do I get there?
From I-5 Exit on Mile of Cars Way. Go east to National City Blvd. make a left onto National City Blvd. Go north for about 3 / 4 mile past 16th St. The Library will be on the right hand side.
From I-805 Exit on Plaza Blvd., and go west for 1 mile. Turn left onto Roosevelt Avenue. Go South for 1 /2 mile and turn left onto 16th St. Go East for 1 block and turn left onto National City Blvd. The Library is on the right hand side.
How can I get a library card?
A library card will be issued upon presentation of the following:
Current Picture Identification
Valid California Driver’s License
California Id Card
Resident Alien Card
Address Verification (must include applicants name)
Mail postmarked within 30 days
Parents or guardians must be present to sign application and show their ID and Proof of Address for teens and children under 18 years of age.
No. Librarians don’t have the proper credentials to advise you on any legal case. However, they can direct you to websites or books on legal topics. The San Diego County Law Library has an extensive collection of legal materials at four locations countywide. For hours and locations, go to http://www.sdcll.org/location.htm.
Can reference librarians give me medical advice?
No. Librarians don’t have the proper credentials to advise you on medical issues. However, they can direct you to websites or books on your health concerns.
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover Credit Card payments.
Is there an ATM at City Hall?
I want to sell at the National City Swap Meet; do I need a business license?
Only if you plan to sell at the National City Swap Meet more than twice a year. The fee for the Swap Meet business license is $50.00 and the license is valid until the end of the year. You do not need a license if you only plan to sell 1-2 times per calendar year.
I want to have a garage sale, what do I need to do?
Before having a garage sale, rummage sale or yard sale you must obtain a valid permit from the City’s Finance Department. The fee for the permit is $5.00 and each sale can last up to 4 consecutive days.
How many garage sale permits am I allowed per year?
Every household is limited to 2 garage sales per year.
What is the deadline for submitting a business license application?
A valid business license must be acquired prior to conducting business in the City. Therefore, application and payment for a new business license should be submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to the date the business owner plans to begin conducting business, to allow adequate time for processing to be completed, including zoning approval and fire inspection.
The deadline to submit a renewal application and payment for an existing business is February 28th.
How long will it take to receive my business license?
You should receive your business license 4-6 weeks after you apply.
I lost my business license. Can I get another copy?
Yes. The reprinting fee is $10.00.
My business has moved to a new location, what do I need to do?
Go to the Ticketwizard. You should be able to view your ticket by entering your license plate number and the state you live in.
Who needs to apply for a residential rental license?
Any person, firm, corporation, partnership or other entity owning residential rental units in the City must apply and pay an annual license fee. The annual license fee is calculated based on a per unit basis or a flat fee plus a percentage of gross rents.
What is considered a Residential Unit?
A residential unit is defined as any room or combination of rooms rented out as a single-family dwelling, to be occupied by an individual or group of individuals.
When would I contact the Planning Division?
You should contact the Planning Division when you want to find out what improvements or land use can occur on a particular property. Zoning regulates setbacks, height or construction requirements as well as the type of business.
What is the zoning of my property?
You can obtain zoning information in this website on the Land Use Map (PDF), if you know the street address or cross streets. If you want, you can also contact the Planning Division at (619) 336-4310.
What can I build on my property?
Once you obtain the Zoning/General Plan (PDF) designation for your property from the Planning Division, you can view our Land Use Code or Specific Plans and review all permitted uses within your zoning district.
I want to build a room addition. What are my setbacks?
You must know the zoning designation of your property in order to determine the setback information. You can obtain zoning information on the Land Use Map (PDF), in this website if you know the street address or cross streets. Zoning information is also available by contacting the Planning Division at (619) 336-4310. If you know your zoning designation you can view the setbacks online using the Land Use Code.
Do I need a permit to build a wall or fence? What is the height limit for a fence or wall?
The Planning Division reviews all plans for walls and fences. Building permits are required for any walls that are taller than 42 inches. Building permit applications are available through the Building Division. The maximum height permitted is 6 feet; however, this depends on the location of the wall on the property. Please contact the Planning Division at (619) 336-4310 or check Land Use Code to obtain specific information on block walls and fences.
Can I have a business in my home?
In certain circumstances a home occupation may be approved. Please contact the Planning Division at (619) 336-4310 to determine requirements and to apply for a home occupation permit. You may obtain additional information from Land Use Code Section.
Can I build a granny flat/second unit on my residential lot?
Second units or granny flats are not allowed in most single-family residential zones within the City. A discussion with Planning Department counter staff can verify your property’s zoning and potential for more than one unit.
What is a Variance?
A variance is an authorization issued for a particular parcel by the Planning Commission to allow a property owner to deviate from development standards (e.g. parking, setbacks) set forth in the zoning regulations. In order to be approved, the variance request must meet several State-mandated findings.
Where can I find fee information for permits or services?
Information on fees collected for a building permit can be determined at the Building counter or call (619) 336-4210.
How do I determine where my property lines are?
A licensed surveyor completing a survey of your property can determine the location of your property lines. The City has plans that show your lot dimensions; however, you cannot determine the exact location of your lot lines without a survey of the property. The City does not recommend any specific surveyor or survey company.
Where can I get a copy of "as-built" plans of my building or property?
You may contact the Building Division at (619) 336-4210 to find out if we have a set of plans.
Do I need a sign permit for all signs?
Some sign permits can be issued over the counter by the Planning Division. All others require a building permit from the Building Division. Over the Counter Permits available at the Planning Department include:
Painted Wall Sign Permits,
Sign Refacing Permits, and
Do I need a permit to reface my sign?
Yes. Planning Division approval is required and a building permit may be required. Requirements for signs are located in Land Use Code Section.
I would like to obtain a temporary banner permit for my business. What is the process?
You will need to fill out a temporary banner permit application and submit the application with the filing fee of to the Planning Division at (619) 336-4310.
Redevelopment is a tool created by state law to assist local governments in eliminating blight from a designated area, as well as to achieve the goals of development, reconstruction and rehabilitation of residential, commercial, industrial and retail districts.
Examples of redevelopment tools:
Ability to assemble land for development
Ability to utilize tax increment and issue bonds
Ability to invest in infrastructure to "lure" private enterprise
Ability to create affordable housing opportunities
Redevelopment is a locally driven activity that assists local governments in revitalizing their communities. Redevelopment encourages new development, creates jobs and generates tax revenues in declining urbanized areas by developing partnerships between local governments and private entities. Over 400 California cities and counties have adopted local redevelopment plans.
Redevelopment can help your community implement a revitalization effort for your downtown, neighborhood or industrial areas. Redevelopment plans are locally created and adopted so they can respond to your community’s unique needs and vision.
What is blight?
Blight consists of the physical and economic conditions within an area that cause a reduction of, or lack of, proper utilization of that area.
Redevelopment can only be used in areas that suffer from adverse physical and economic conditions, defined in the law as “blight.”
The following types of adverse physical and economic conditions have been observed in redevelopment areas to be examples of blight.
Adverse Physical Conditions
Unsafe building conditions;
Aging, deteriorating, and poorly-maintained buildings, sometimes interspersed with well-maintained buildings;
Incompatible adjacent or nearby uses of land parcels that hinder economic activity;
Adverse physical factors, such as susceptibility to flooding and earthquakes, that demand significant improvements to buildings in order that they be safe for occupancy;
Small and irregularly shaped lots under multiple ownership that are vacant or underutilized;
Outdated and inefficient building configuration and design that does not meet current business needs;
Unsafe access into buildings or parking lots; and
Inadequate and obsolete infrastructure, (i.e. utilities, storm drainage, sewers, street lighting, and confusing and inefficient street systems).
Adverse Economic Conditions
High business vacancies, low commercial leases and high turnover rates;
Vacant and underutilized land or buildings;
Depreciated or stagnant property values and other evidence of disinvestment;
Hazardous waste and other negative environmental conditions;
High incidences of criminal activity, sometimes equated with an over-concentration of bars, liquor stores or adult stores;
Lack of neighborhood businesses to serve residents, such as banks, pharmacies or grocery stores; and
What is a redevelopment agency?
A redevelopment agency is a separate public body that reports to the local governing body of a community, and either the city council or county board of supervisors. The California Community Redevelopment Law (CRL) provides that any county or city can establish a redevelopment agency by the action of its governing body. In all but a few agencies in California, the local governing body also serves as the redevelopment agency board. In a handful of cities and counties, the redevelopment agency is a separate body comprised of members appointed by elected officials.
In either instance, the local governing body and the redevelopment agency are two separate, distinct legal entities. And, the redevelopment agency assigns its own staff and advisors to carry out its day-to-day operations as well as to help formulate and implement redevelopment plans.
The benefit of this system is that the redevelopment agency is ultimately responsible to the voting public through the elected governing body that oversees the agency.
What laws govern redevelopment agencies?
The California Community Redevelopment Law (CRL), contained in the California Health and Safety Code beginning with Section 33000 et seq., provides the authority and implementation provisions for a redevelopment program. California voters adopted Article XVI, Section 16 of the California Constitution in 1952, providing for tax increment financing.
Why is redevelopment important?
Redevelopment is one of the most effective ways to breathe new life into deteriorated areas plagued by social, physical, environmental or economic conditions which act as a barrier to new investment by private enterprise. Through redevelopment, a project area will receive focused attention and financial investment to reverse deteriorating trends, create jobs, revitalize the business climate, rehabilitate and add to the housing stock and gain active participation and investment by citizens which would not otherwise occur.
Redevelopment enables communities to grow inward, not just outward. Redevelopment enhances and expands local businesses, renovates declining housing stock and improves public infrastructure systems and facilities. Redevelopment helps encourage new housing and businesses to locate within already developed areas. It helps reduce crime and long commutes, promotes affordable housing, and preserves the environment.
What can redevelopment do?
Redevelopment activities may include the rehabilitation/reconstruction of existing structures, the redesign/replanning of areas with inefficient site layout, the demolition and clearance of existing structures, the construction/rehabilitation of affordable housing and the construction of public facilities including, but not limited to, public buildings, streets, sidewalks, sewers, storm drains, water systems and street lights. All of this contributes to general economic revitalization of an area, making it more attractive for additional investors.
Through redevelopment, a project area receives focused attention and financial investment to reverse deteriorating trends, create jobs, revitalize the business climate, rehabilitate and add to the housing stock, as well as gain active participation and investment by residents and local business which would not otherwise occur. These revitalization efforts have positive effects that spill over the project area boundaries and improve the entire community.
Why can't private enterprise do it alone?
Community redevelopment is usually accomplished by forming a partnership of public and private enterprise. Public funds are used to lay the foundation and provide the pre-conditions that are necessary for private enterprises to be interested in and capable of investing their financial resources. Through the redevelopment process, a partnership of public and private efforts can join forces to bring new life to deteriorating areas.
The blighted areas designated for redevelopment are those areas where private enterprise has failed to revitalize an area. If deterioration is not stopped and turned around, the area will be unattractive for business investment. Public funds are used to leverage private investment into these blighted areas. These funds may also be spent to improve streets, utilities, landscaping, etc. to encourage and attract private development.
What is a redevelopment plan?
The plan provides the Agency with powers to take certain actions such as to buy and sell land within the area covered by the plan (project area), improving dilapidated facilities and to use tax increment financing.
A redevelopment plan provides a legal framework for planning and implementing revitalization activities in a redevelopment project area. A redevelopment plan:
Describes the purposes and objectives of eliminating deteriorated conditions;
Sets the basic goals, powers and limitations within which the redevelopment agency must conduct its activities over the life of the project; and
Is broad and flexible. The plan should set forth basic powers, limitations and should provide a general statement of redevelopment objectives and techniques that clearly establishes how the agency intends to remove deterioration from the project area.
The redevelopment plan must also be in harmony with the city or county general plan. A redevelopment plan generally contains the following components:
A legal description of the project area in written and graphic form and a description of land uses;
Descriptions of the proposed actions to be taken to carry out redevelopment. These descriptions cover the duties, powers, and authorities of the redevelopment agency and describe the rights of owners and tenants;
Descriptions of the authority and limitations for financing the activities necessary to implement the plan; and
Plans for how the agency will implement redevelopment projects to remove the deterioration.
Adoption of a redevelopment plan is normally a lengthy and complicated process involving public participation and preparation of specific reports and documents. This process typically takes between 12 and 18 months. The duration of the redevelopment plan cannot exceed 30 years.
Who adopts the redevelopment plan?
A redevelopment plan is adopted by ordinance of the governing body of the community. Adoption of the plan is based on the recommendations of the agency, the planning commission, and the project area or redevelopment advisory committee (if formed). Public hearings are required so that community input can be considered before the plan is adopted.
The redevelopment process involves a series of legally mandated steps. The following basic steps must be followed:
The local governing body adopts a survey area encompassing portions of the community that might benefit from redevelopment;
After the survey area is adopted, the planning commission selects a redevelopment project area that is coterminous with or smaller than the survey area;
The planning commission also adopts a preliminary plan that outlines the basic goals and objectives of the proposed redevelopment project and contains a legal description of the project area. The preliminary plan is then accepted by the redevelopment agency board and transmitted to all taxing entities that receive property taxes from the project area;
After the preliminary plan is adopted, the redevelopment agency begins to prepare a series of technical documents required by State law, such as the preliminary report and environmental documentation;
The agency also develops a draft redevelopment plan;
The agency then circulates the preliminary report, draft redevelopment plan and draft environmental impact report;
The agency consults with affected taxing entities and the community;
The local governing body/agency calls for a public hearing on the proposed redevelopment plan;
The environmental documentation is completed and approved; and
The redevelopment plan and the 5-year implementation plan are adopted.
What is a project area?
The area within which actual redevelopment will take place. The project area must first go to public hearing (giving citizens who will be included in the project area a chance to express their views) after which the Redevelopment Agency acts on the adoption of the project area and becomes primarily responsible for future projects.
Before a project area is established, a survey area is designated to determine whether or not a redevelopment project is feasible. Preliminary studies, such as feasibility studies, are conducted to make a determination of the blighting conditions within the area.
A project area is chosen by a local governing body first designates a survey area. Then the redevelopment advisory committee (RAC), made up of members of the community, provides the agency with input on the kinds of changes they would like to see made in the area. The survey area must then be evaluated to determine if it qualifies for redevelopment. Based upon this evaluation, the planning commission selects a project area and indicates how the purpose of the Community Redevelopment Law can be attained by redevelopment of this area. A project area can be reduced in size prior to adoption of the redevelopment plan, but cannot be enlarged without amending the survey area. A project area can also include non-adjacent properties.
How is redevelopment financed?
Redevelopment is primarily financed by tax increment revenue. Other revenue sources includes loans, grants and issuance of tax allocation bonds.
Typically, agencies use tax increment funds to leverage financial assistance from various agencies of the state and federal governments, and private sources.
The most common bond instrument used by redevelopment agencies to finance projects is called a tax allocation bond. These bonds, which are a loan of money to an agency, are not a debt of the community or the general taxpayer. Rather, they are repaid solely from tax increment revenue generated within the project area. In other words, increased tax revenues generated through redevelopment activities are funneled back into the project area to stimulate more development as well as to pay the costs involved.
What is tax increment?
Tax increment is the primary source of revenue that redevelopment agencies have to undertake redevelopment projects. It is based on the assumption that a revitalized project area will generate more property taxes than were being produced before redevelopment. When a redevelopment project area is adopted, the current assessed values of the property within the project area are designated as the base year value. Tax increment comes from the increased assessed value of property, not from an increase in tax rate. Any increases in property value, as assessed because of change of ownership or new construction, will increase tax revenue generated by the property. This increase in tax revenue is the tax increment that goes to the Agency.
For example, a property owner pays $1,000 (the standard property tax rate of one percent) on land assessed at $100,000 this year, pursuant to Proposition 13. If, as a result of new construction on the property, the property increases in assessed valuation to $500,000, the property owner would pay $5,000 at the same standard tax rate. The $4,000 increase is called “tax increment.” Redevelopment agencies are entitled to collect this increase in property tax revenues, or tax increment, on the acreage they redeveloped to repay the debt involved in the project, and to reinvest these dollars in redevelopment activities within the project area. As well, 20 percent of that tax increment money goes into a housing fund set aside specifically to finance low- to moderate- income housing.
If a citizen should decide to sell property to the agency, who determines the selling price?
The redevelopment agency has no power to set tax rates or levy property taxes. Property tax on properties within a redevelopment project area are governed by the same laws as properties outside redevelopment project areas.
Until a property is improved or sold assessed value and tax rates on redevelopment areas are restricted by property limitations.
When redevelopment activities are successful, the property values within and around the redevelopment project area increase over time due to the sale of property, or the rehabilitation and new construction of buildings. Thus, property tax increment revenues are the result of the rise in property values, not an increase in tax rates. The changed image and improved economic base increase the marketability of property in the area. Redevelopment activities enhance the marketability of properties.
If a citizen should decide to sell property to the agency, who determines the selling price?
A property owner may sell their property to a redevelopment agency. Under California law, a property is offered for sale if the owner offers it directly to the agency for a specified price before the agency begins negotiations with the property owner, or if it is offered for sale no more than six months before and is still available. An agency seeking to acquire property for redevelopment normally appraises the land and offers the owner its fair market value, which must be not less than the appraised value of the property.
The agency would hire an independent appraiser to establish the fair market value of the property. If the owner is not satisfied with the appraised value of the property, he may hire his own appraiser to re-evaluate the property after which both appraisals will be compared and a selling price negotiated. Fair market value is the value that the property would have if it were placed in today's market place and sold.
Can the City Attorney give me legal advice?
Under California law, the City Attorney cannot provide legal advice to members of the public. For referrals, please see our Referral List.
Can the City Attorney represent me in my private matter?
The City Attorney represents the City of National City, the Community Development Commission of the City of National City, and the respective Departments in legal matters. The City Attorney cannot represent private individuals in private matters.
What is the difference between the City Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office?
The City Attorney in National City is appointed by the City Council. The primary function of the City Attorney’s Office is to represent the City, and to advise its officials and employees regarding City business. The City Attorney is authorized to engage in the criminal prosecution of violations of the National City Municipal Code, which may be punishable as infractions or misdemeanors.
The District Attorney is elected by the voters of San Diego County. The main function of the District Attorney’s Office is to appear before and advise the Grand Jury, and to prosecute violations of state law. Such violations may constitute an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony.
Can I review or get copies of public records maintained by the City of National City?
To review or receive a copy of a public record maintained by the City, make your request to the City department that has the records or to the City Clerk. It is preferable that you make your request in writing so that the City can respond to your request in a timely and responsive manner.
I do not agree with a City department about the interpretation of a certain code requirement. Can the City Attorney help me?
If you are having an issue with a particular City department, please contact the Director of that particular department. The City Attorney’s role is to advise the various departments of the City, not individuals interacting with a department.