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.