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Info. on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, effective March 18, 2020 City Hall is closed for public walk-in access until further notice. 

The Building and Planning divisions are accepting applications and plans online, click the links below to view their procedures. Please bear with us as we work to further improve our electronic plan submittal process.

Building Electronic Submittal Process
Planning Electronic Submittal Process

Building inspections can still be scheduled by calling (619) 336-4363.
View today's Daily Inspection Schedule to see the approximate time the inspector will arrive to conduct your scheduled inspection. 

The health and well-being of National City residents, visitors, and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak remains our top priority.  The City of National City is coordinating with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency/Public Health Services Department and other agencies to take measures to monitor and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global pandemic.  

Be aware that this protocol is subject to change as more information is received and new regulations are implemented.   

The City of National City would like to thank everyone for their cooperation.  For questions, please contact the Community Development Department at (619) 336-4415;  Building Division (619) 336-4210; Neighborhood Services Division (619) 336-4364.

The Community Development Department plays a key role in shaping the future of urban development in National City. The Planning and Building divisions develop guiding policies in the City's General Plan, and review new construction through zoning, building permits, subdivision regulations, code enforcement, and community design guidelines. Under the direction of the Community Development Director, who is appointed by and is responsible to the City Manager, the Community Development Department serves National City residents directly at the public counter, and indirectly by guiding the City's urban form from concept to construction. The Department’s primary goal is to ensure and enhance the quality of life in the community. The Community Development Department is organized into three administrative divisions:


Provides assistance to residents and the development community on land use, zoning, and General Plan inquiries. The Division is responsible to analyze potential impacts to the environment on all public and private development projects, and provides analysis of discretionary permits for Planning Commission and City Council Public hearings. The Planning Division is focused on two strategies; Current and Advance Planning.


Provides assistance to residents and the development community on building codes and fees, reviews building plans, and conducts on-site inspections to ensure construction complies with the adopted building codes.


Houses the Code Enforcement Unit, Graffiti Abatement Unit, Parking Regulations Unit, and Housing Inspection Program and works directly with the Alpha Project on Homeless Outreach. NSD is also the division in which to apply for Special Events and Temporary Use Permits.


The City of National City Community Development Department staff provides high quality service and we pledge Commitment-Customer Service-Courtesy-Communication and Collaboration. We will:

· Listen to understand your needs

· Give clear, accurate and prompt answers to your questions City of National City Fiscal Year 2020 Proposed Budget III-23

· Explain how you can achieve your goals under the City's rules

· Help resolve problems in an open, objective manner

· Maintain high ethical standards

· Work to improve our service efficiency