City Hall, Finance Department. 1243 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950
What positions are available?
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?
You must complete a new Business Clearance Application (PDF) and pay a $50.00 relocation fee. In addition, please contact the Planning Department to ensure that your type of business is permitted at the new location.
I lost my parking ticket, what do I do?
Go to the Enforcement Solution Center. 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 Department?
You should contact the Planning Department 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. Additionally, you can contact the Planning Department at (619) 336-4310.
What can I build on my property?
Please contact the Planning Department to obtain the zoning of your property. The Land Use Code will determine what may be built in each zone.
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 Department 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 Department reviews all plans for walls and fences. Building permits are required for any fence or wall that are taller than 72 inches (six feet). Building permit applications are available through the Building Department. The maximum height permitted for a residential fence or wall is generally 6 feet; however, this depends on the location of the wall on the property. Please contact the Planning Department 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 Department 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 18.12.090.
Can I build a granny flat/second unit on my residential lot?
Second units or granny flats, otherwise known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), are generally 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 an ADU.
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.
If a discretionary approval, such as a Conditional Use Permit, Tentative Subdivision Map is needed, how long is the process?
Each process is different, but may take from 2 or 3 months or even up to year or more. Please contact the Planning Department for additional information. The discretionary application packet can be found here (PDF).
What is the parking requirement for my business?
The parking requirements differ depending on the type of the use. Specific parking requirements are available in Land Use Code.
Where can I find the Assessors Parcel Number (APN) for my property?
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?
Yes. Some sign permits can be issued over the counter by the Planning Department. All others require a building permit from the Building Department. Over the counter permits available at the Planning Department include:
Painted Wall Sign Permits,
Sign Reface Permits, and
Do I need a permit to reface my sign?
Yes. Planning Department approval is required and can be obtained over the counter.
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 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.
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.