Welcome to Planning

Planning Department Counter Service Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: City Offices Closed

Contact Information

1243 National City Boulevard
National City, CA. 91950-4301

(619) 336-4310


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Zoning Map (PDF)

Planning Department Fees (PDF)

The City Council approved a new User Fee Schedule on October 2, 2018. 
The new fees will become effective on January 1, 2019.  To view the new Planning Dept. Fees click here (pdf)

The Planning Department is responsible for reviewing land development proposals, ensuring compliance with the City's General Plan, Land Use Code, Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan (PDF), Local Coastal Program Implementation (PDF),  State Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other applicable local and state regulations.

The Planning Department also provides staff support to the Planning Commission, and recommends and implements changes to the land use section of the Land Use Code.

General Plan - California State law (Government Code Section 63500) requires each city and county to prepare and adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development every ten years. The General Plan serves as a “blue print" for all land use actions of the city. It is fundamentally a policy document that articulates the goals, strategies, and, in some areas, regulations regarding the distribution of land and its type and intensity of use, both public and private. This long-range planning document is a vision of what National City should become.   

The Housing Element is a chapter of the General Plan, but is required to be updated every five years. The most recent Housing Element, which covers the years 2013 to 2020, was approved April 16, 2013.New Homes at Mirabelle


Land Use Code – Chapter 18 of the Municipal Code is the City’s  Zoning Ordinance and is the primary tool for implementing the  General Plan. The Land Use Code provides detailed standards for  development or the use of land. These standards include what  types of uses are permitted in particular zone, minimum lot size,  height restrictions, building setbacks, parking requirements, wall  heights, sign criteria and other standards.

Environmental Review - In accordance with the California    Environmental Quality Act,  environmental  review is conducted     for all private and public development projects, including City CIP (Capital Improvement Projects).  Special planning studies and technical advice on land use issues are provided to the City Council, Planning Commission, City Manager and other city departments.

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