GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ADVISORY UPDATES

“The information below is being obtained through Builder Companies and Civic Officials in real time.
We ask that you trust but verify as this list will be changing periodically.”

Latest updates as of July 2, 2020


IMPORTANT INDUSTRY UPDATES:

Please click here to view the DSD operations spreadsheet.


BIA INDUSTRY ALERT: COVID-19 Job Site Safety Protocol Adaptations

BIA of San Diego County has released the housing industry’s highly anticipated COVID-19 Job Site Safety Protocol. This critical document represents a collaboration between Lennar Homes, Shea Homes, Pardee Homes, Toll Brothers, D.R. Horton, California West Communities, Baldwin & Sons, Pacific Coast Communities and H.G. Fenton Company.

They recommend that all of San Diego’s building activity follow this safety protocol to promote and encourage best practices throughout our Region in order to keep the public, our local government partners and our workforce safe and healthy. 

In addition, this protocol has been shared with Elected Officials and every jurisdiction’s Development Services staff in San Diego County.

You can find the Protocol here.


If you have any questions, please reach out to BIA staff:

To receive the daily BIA Government Affairs Updates through email, please contact Angeli@biasandiego.org to be added to the distribution list.

Borre Winckel, President & CEO
borre@biasandiego.org

Matt Adams, Vice President
matt@biasandiego.org

Mike McSweeney,
Sr. Public Policy Advisor
Mmcsweeney@biasandiego.org

Angeli Calinog, Policy Advisor
angeli@biasandiego.org  

State/CBIA Update

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.


**7/2/2020 update: Petition to list the Quino Checkerspot Butterfly filed by Environmental Activists

The Endangered Habitat League and Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the State Fish and Game Commission to list the Quino Checkerspot Butterfly as an endangered species. The action would affect multiple projects in San Diego and North Riverside County despite these areas falling under Multiple Species Conservation Plans. The move to grant protection to an insect would set precedent in California. The Fish and Game Commission could take up to one year to consider the request.


6/26/2020 update: Coalition Letter to Governor Newsom Requesting a One Year Delay on VMT Analysis

As the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) implementation date quickly approaches, the BIA signed onto a coalition letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, requesting that he suspend for one year the deadline to implement the new VMT analysis under CEQA. To view the letter, please click here. The new VMT analysis required under CEQA is still scheduled for implementation on July 1.


6/23/2020 update: Fish and Game Electronic 1602 Submittal

The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is going electronic for Streambed Alteration Agreements (1602 Permits) submittals effective August 1, 2020. Please click here to view the industry notice.

For more information, the CDFW portal web page can be found here.


6/19/2020 update: SB 1410 – COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

BIA is currently monitoring a bill that proposes a rent relief plan that would give tenants until 2034 to make up late payments. The bill’s next hearing date will be on June 22 in the Senate Governance & Finance Committee.

SB 1410 would authorize an owner of real property and a tenant to sign a tenant-owner rent stabilization agreement that, during a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, would allow the tenant to defer the tenant’s unpaid rent, and would prohibit the owner from serving a notice terminating the tenancy. The state would take over the unpaid rent in the form of tax credits, which property owners can sell to investors. The agreement would require the tenant to repay the unpaid rent to the state as installments by January 1, 2034.

Please click here to view the bill language.


6/17/2020 update: BIASD VMT Delay Request

BIA has requested that SANDAG, the City of San Diego, and the County of San Diego join the growing number of jurisdictions asking Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the implementation of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) requirements established under Senate Bill 743 (Chapter 386). The conversion from LOS traffic analysis to VMT has proven to be a complex and costly endeavor that will adversely affect housing production, availability and costs which has lead to calls for a delay in implementation.

To learn more and to receive a copy of the letter, please email angeli@biasandiego.org


6/12/2020 update:  VMT Delay Request

Admist economic chaos, California forges ahead with climate change experiment.

It’s called Vehicle Miles Traveled and it takes effect on July 1. It will impose a new housing fee that will increase the cost of new housing by as much as $72,000 per home and drive rents higher. This new housing fee penalizes families who have to drive greater distances to work and will have an unintended consequence of hitting African American, Asian American and Latino communities especially hard, further hurting the Californians impacted most by the COVID-19 recession. Click here to ask Governor Newsom to hold off on this ill-timed new tax on housing.


6/1/2020 update: November Ballot Update: Split Roll Tax Initiative

Last Friday, May 29, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the initiative that would result in higher property taxes for commercial and industrial property to provide additional funding for local governments, schools and community colleges has qualified for the November ballot.
For more information, please click here to read an article from the Times of San Diego.
BIA and CBIA are monitoring this issue and will keep our membership apprised of our efforts.

5/29/2020 update: Judicial Council Adopts Amendments to Emergency Rule 9

The Judicial Council on April 6 adopted Emergency Rule 9 that tolled the statute of limitations for CEQA and land use legal challenges. Under the original rule, statute of limitations were tolled until 90 days after the Governor’s declaration of an emergency is lifted. Declarations of emergency typically last for years – some up to 8 years – since they are a prerequisite for federal funding. Many shovel-ready projects were being held up by the delay caused by the rule.

Today, the Judicial Council announced that the tolling period will end on August 3. This is a big improvement from the original rule. Please click here to read the staff report and record of the vote.


5/26/2020 update: Update on Proposed Revision to Emergency Rule 9 – Tolling of CEQA Statute of Limitations Limited to June 15

A circulating order was just sent out to the members of the Judicial Council for a vote and has been posted publicly here. The Council must respond by May 28.

If the Council votes for the amendment, the CEQA statutes of limitation (and any others that are 180 days or less, including those that apply to general land use matters) would resume on August 3, 2020.


5/20/2020 Update: Senate Housing Production Legislative Package

Led by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, five housing production bills are scheduled to be heard in committees next week, including a proposal that would create a renter/landlord stabilization program that would enable agreements between renters, landlords, and the state to resolve unpaid rents over a limited time period.
Please click here to read the Pro Tem’s press release. 
SB 1385 (Caballero): This bill would unlock existing land zoned for commercial office and retail for potential residential development by making housing an eligible use on those sites. Senate Governance & Finance Committee Hearing on May 28.
SB 1120 (Atkins): Builds off state Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) law that allows for at least three units/parcel; further encourages small-scale neighborhood development spearheaded by homeowners by creating a ministerial approval process for duplexes and lot splits that meet local zoning, environmental and tenant displacement standards. Senate Governance & Finance Committee Hearing on May 28.
SB 995 (Atkins): Provides California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) relief by expanding the existing AB-900 process for Environmental Leadership Development Projects for housing projects, particularly affordable housing. Senate Environmental Quality Committee Hearing on May 29.
SB 902 (Wiener): Allows local governments to pass a zoning ordinance that is not subject to CEQA for projects that allow up to 10 units, if they are located in a transit-rich area, jobs-rich area, or an urban infill site. Senate Housing Committee Hearing on May 26 or May 27.
SB 1085 (Skinner): Enhance existing Density Bonus Law by increasing the number of incentives provided to developers in exchange for providing more affordable units. Senate Housing Committee Hearing on May 26 or May 27.
Rent/Landlord Stabilization Program: This is part of the Senate’s Budget Proposal released on May 14. CBIA is in constant communication with all BIA chapters in regards to this program proposal and the above bills and we will keep you apprised of their efforts.
If you have any questions please contact BIA staff.

5/6/2020 Update: Updated Legislative Action Alert – CEQA Statute of Limitations

Judicial Council Rule No. 9

The Judicial Council issued the following proposed order yesterday, May 4.  Instead of the prior, indefinite tolling that was dependent on the end of the current state of emergency, actions with statutes of limitation that are less than 180-days, i.e., CEQA and land use matters, will only be tolled between April 6 and June 15. All other civil claims with longer statutes of limitations would be tolled until October 1. If adopted, the timeline on CEQA claims will resume on June 15.

Comments are due Friday, May 8, at noon. BIA has signed on to a coalition letter to support the amendment and will update members after the comment deadline.


5/6/2020 Update: Workers’ Compensation

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that will make it easier for essential workers who contract COVID-19 to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Please click this link to learn more and refer to the Governor’s webpage dedicated to COVID-19 for more information.


4/27/2020 Update: Legislative Alert: BIA Requests Judicial Council to Amend Emergency Rule No. 9

BIA and several allied construction industry organizations are petitioning a recent decision by California’s Judicial Council to indefinitely extend the CEQA statute of limitations (see #9) – from 30/35 days after approval to 90 days after the Gov “lifts” the state of emergency. That could take a long time.

Hundreds of (and many more) approved housing units are now caught in limbo since they can’t access construction financing until the CEQA litigation window has expired.  This also affects every private/public sector entity that has a project approval made after the first week of March that included a CEQA determination by the approving agency.

BIA staff will continue to keep members informed of our efforts.

4/8/2020 Update: California Judicial Council Adopts Emergency Rules Affecting Unlawful Detainer Actions

The Judicial Council of California adopted 11 temporary emergency rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting eviction proceedings, judicial foreclosures, and statutes of limitations for civil causes of actions, among other things. The rules, adopted April 6, 2020, are effective immediately and apply to all California state courts. Please click here to view.
Of importance to our industry is Emergency Rule 9: Tolling of Statutes of Limitations for Civil Causes of Action Tolls statutes of limitations for civil causes of action from April 6, 2020, until 90 days after the Governor declares the state of emergency is lifted.
This rule will have an inordinate impact on development projects that are approved during this time. While developers normally have to wait 30-days or so to know whether they will be facing a CEQA lawsuit, any projects approved during the pandemic must wait until 90 days after the Governor lifts the current state of emergency to know whether they will face a CEQA challenge.

4/17/2020 Update: AB 828 – Industry Opposition

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has proposed AB 828 – Temporary moratorium on foreclosures and unlawful detainer actions: coronavirus (COVID-19). In response to COVID-19, this proposal would force rental property owners in California to reduce rents by 25%. Please see below more details regarding the bill:

AB 828 requires the court, even if a tenant doesn’t demonstrate a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 virus, to:

Make an order for the tenant to remain in possession;
Order the owner to reduce the rent for the property by 25% for 12 months;
Require the tenant to pay monthly, 10% of the past due rent at the time of the order;
Protect nuisance tenants by allowing them to NOT respond to unlawful detainer complaints;

Requires the courts to make assumptions about a property owners financial situation based on the number of units owned:
If the plaintiff has an ownership interest in just one or two rental units, then the court shall presume that issuance of an order would constitute a material economic hardship;
If the plaintiff has an ownership in 10 or more rental units, the court shall presume that the issuance of an order would not constitute a material economic hardship.;
Allows the courts to change existing rental agreements and set new rents.

Our state affiliate, CBIA, has been working with coalition partners in opposition efforts as the 25% rental cost rollback could singularly damage the production of rental housing and could create a devastating blow to affordable housing production.

Please click here to view the opposition letter.

If you would like to take action against this bill, please click here to send a message to the Assemblymember.


4/16/2020 Update: Map & Permit Extensions

CBIA has created two handouts that should answer industry members’ questions regarding map and permit extensions. Please find below.

2020 CBIA Permit Submittal vs Permit Issuance Handout
This handout is applicable to the issues being raised by local jurisdictions.

AB 2913 Permit Expiration Bill Handout

If you have any questions, please contact BIA staff.


4/3/2020 Update: Follow up to “Essential Workers” Clarification:  For architects, engineers, etc., CBIA offers the following guidance –

On March 22, 2020, Governor Newsom revised his Stay at Home Executive Order (EO) which expressly includes a list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.  These workers are allowed to leave their homes to go to work. The list contains the following category among many others:

Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction)

What does “construction” mean? As it turns out, there is a very broad statutory definition of construction in Government Code section 54700.4:

“Construct” or “construction” means all activities necessary or incidental to the construction of housing including, but not limited to, acquisition of property or any interest therein, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or maintenance, repair or operation of any property or improvement.

The functions listed in the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document linked to the EO should be read in conjunction with the language contained in the EO itself:

When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing. (EO, p.2).

This means that people are allowed to leave their homes for three principle reasons:

  1. Consumers may leave their homes to obtain goods or services from the businesses or agencies identified in the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document;
  2. Workers to perform those functions;
  3. Anyone who facilitates those functions (the authorized necessary activities).

To “facilitate” means to help forward towards an end, to promote, to ease.

Design professionals facilitate construction since the plans and specifications are necessary to get approved prior to actual construction.  They are necessary to obtain a building permit.


Governor’s Executive Order (as of March 24):  The list of Essential Critical Infrastructure has updates contained in blue type.  Please refer to page 11 which now includes construction material sources.  Please click here to view the amended order and updated list of essential critical infrastructure workers.


COVID-19 Safety Protocols on Job Sites & Ancillary Services – All Jurisdictions

It is important that our industry be very vigilant and mindful of maintaining safety protocols. As a friendly reminder, please click here and find below some recent material BIA’s across CA have utilized for your reference:

CBIA’s Infectious Disease Jobsite Safety Protocol 

U.S. Dept. of Labor and California OSHA COVID-19 Safety Protocol

NAHB Jobsite Safety and Recordkeeping Guidance for Coronavirus


3/31/2020 Update: Legislative Alert: Bay Area Health Officers Issue Updated Stay-at-Home Order with New Restrictions to Last Through May 3

“Health officers in seven Bay Area jurisdictions are extending a previous stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020 in order to preserve critical hospital capacity across the region.

The previous three-week order was set to expire on April 7. While the prior order has been effective in reducing the rate of transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is not enough. There has been a significant increase in the number of positive cases, hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19, which is beginning to strain healthcare resources. The health officers have determined that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed.

The new order adds some clarifying language around essential business and activities, as well as some new directives, including…“Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited” [See page 2 of the press release]

The new stay-at-home order will supersede the previous order and go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. It is a complement to the indefinite statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month.”

To read the full press release, please click here.


3/30/2020 Update: CBIA has provided further clarification on the Governor’s Executive Order
As everyone is grappling with whether certain parts of the homebuilding business are not subject to the Governor’s Executive Order or Local Orders (e.g., sales offices, title companies, notaries, county recorder’s offices, etc.), it is worth noting that all orders include construction of housing as essential.

What does “construction” mean? As it turns out, there is a very broad statutory definition of construction in Government Code section 54700.4:

“Construct” or “construction” means all activities necessary or incidental to the construction of housing including, but not limited to, acquisition of property or any interest therein, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or maintenance, repair or operation of any property or improvement.

The EO and many of the local orders include a general statement that people may leave their home to:

  1. Obtain (the essential service or product – in this case, the house);
  2. Perform the work (construction services, i.e., construction workers);
  3. Facilitate (the construction as defined above) – this would include any activities necessary to consummate the transfer of title.

Ancillary Services:  CBIA has addressed questions about whether ancillary services a homebuilder provides includes things like sales offices and other important but not actual physical construction.  Please click here to view.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Nick Cammarota at ncammarota@cbia.org.

Job Site Protocols:  Our top priority is to keep all of our employees and individuals involved in the building industry safe.  CBIA has put together some basic protocols which may prove helpful for you as you oversee your worksite and offices.  Please click here to view.   These are for guidance purposes only.

Guidance Provided by the Governor’s Office on Mortgage loans and Escrow Officers:  There is new information from the Governor’s administration on Escrow Officers and Mortgage lenders which may assist you in your financial transactions.  It can be found immediately below at the Governor’s office website found here.

Other issues we are working on – Realtors and Notaries:  There have been some material published within the Real Estate Industry that effectively states that realtors are to shelter in home.  We have been asked by our executive committee to reach out to the Realtors and seek a better understanding on their actions to date.  Finally, some of our members are having issues finding notaries and have asked us to check into the Secretary of State’s Office on the concept of a Remote Online Notarization (RON).  This is allowed in other states but we are seeing if it can also be done in California.

City of San Diego

Development Services continues to put all of their department changes on the DSD web page found here.  This webpage will be updated daily.

UPDATED Job Site Safety Protocols Information:

The City of San Diego is poised to release its job site safety protocols that will be mandatory for projects operating within the City of San Diego. The safety protocols were a collaboration between the BIA and other industry groups in an effort to ensure that job sites remain as safe as possible and so housing production and jobs can continue.

The City will begin to enforce the protocols beginning Monday (4/27).

Please click here to view the protocol.


**7/2/2020 update: Development Services Department – COVID-19 Operations Update

Office Closure on July 3: The City of San Diego Development Services Department will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Customers can apply online for most services, including applying for a permit, paying or finding an invoices, scheduling an inspection and requesting a code enforcement investigation by visiting sandiego.gov/dsd. These online requests will be processed in the order received on the next regularly scheduled business day, Monday, July 6.

Inclusionary housing regulations adopted: Changes to the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing regulations were adopted by the City Council and are effective July 1, 2020. The updated regulations will be implemented incrementally so they are fully effective by July 1, 2024. The updated regulations apply to residential developments of 10 or more dwelling units and condominium conversions of two or more dwelling units, with some exceptions.

Please note that the Coastal Commission has yet to approve the new regulations so the old rules apply in the Coastal Zone.

Use of interim transportation threshold for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review: The City Council is scheduled to adopt a new City-specific threshold for transportation impacts in compliance with Senate Bill 743, as part of the Complete Communities: Housing Solutions and Mobility Choices Initiative. Before final City adoption and starting today, City staff will begin reviewing projects for potential vehicle miles traveled (VMT) impacts consistent with the draft Transportation Study Manual, which can be found on the Complete Communities: Housing Solutions and Mobility Choices Initiative webpage.

New “Rapid Review” Replacing the Over the Counter (OTC) Review Process: Rapid Review is now available for some electronic permit types for minor projects submitted digitally. Rapid Review will help reduce the time it takes customers to obtain a permit for minor projects. Some of the more common minor projects include:

  1. Construction permits for single-story, single-dwelling unit additions. See Information Bulletin 140, “How to Obtain a Permit to Build a Residential Addition.”
  2. Accessory structures for single-dwelling units (carports, patio covers, fences, retaining walls) using City of San Diego standard designs contained in Information Bulletins.
  3. Construction permits for minor interior remodels for commercial tenant improvements.
  4. Standard public improvements as identified on Information Bulletin 165, “How to Obtain a Public Right-of-Way Permit for Standard Public Improvements.”

6/23/2020 update: Development Services Department – COVID-19 Operations Update

Stamp Transfer Process Improvement: Due to the public closure of DSD, a new internal stamp transfer process for paper submittals, the Stamp Transfer Drop Off form, has been created and is in immediate effect. This new pink form should be used in lieu of the goldenrod Project/Issue Drop Off form. The form contains clarifying information and reminders specific to the stamp transfer process intended to help ensure more accurate submittals that will save both staff and customer time and improve efficiencies. For successful processing, it is important to follow all instructions on the form

Reminders:

No Duplicates!: Applicants should not duplicate paper and electronic applications. If every applicant creates a paper and electronic project submittal for each project, it will take twice as long to process all of the submitted applications. Please only submit one time to help us with processing efficiency.

All New Applications and Submittals to be Processed Online July 1: Starting Wednesday, July 1, 2020, all NEW applications for permits and approvals will be processed online. In an effort to improve operational efficiency, no new applications will be accepted in paper form. Requests for construction changes will also be required to submit digitally. Applications received before July 1 may continue to be processed in paper form. Learn more.

Upcoming Fee Changes for Fiscal Year 2021: Starting July 1, permit fees will increase 6.2% based on the recent Consumer Price Index rate, 2.7% per the annual inflator approved in the adopted Resolution No. 310545 and 3.5% increase approved in Resolution No. 311816. Applications (both paper and online) deemed complete starting July 1 are required to follow the updated fee rate regardless of the drop-off or creation date. Learn more.


6/19/2020 update: Permit and Application Extensions 

On Tuesday, June 2, the San Diego City Council approved an interim urgency ordinance that provides extensions for various Development Services permits. This ordinance will remain in effect for 45-calendar days and must be extended to allow for the full duration of each permit extension, as outlined below. 

  • Development Permits that have not expired prior to March 12, 2020, will be granted a 365-day extension of the expiration date of the Development Permit in addition to any extensions already permitted by the San Diego Municipal Code, unless the State dictates otherwise
  • Building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire, grading and public right-of-way permit applications that have not expired prior to March 12, 2020, are granted an additional 365-day extension of their utilization or expiration dates in addition to any extensions already permitted by the San Diego Municipal Code and Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s Executive Order 2020-2. These projects shall comply with state building standards in effect at the time of permit issuance.
  • Development Permit applications will receive an additional 60 days to the time provided in Municipal Code section 0115 to submit or resubmit requested materials, information, fees, or deposits before the Development Permit application file will be closed by the City. 

Development Permits that have not expired prior to March 12, 2020, will be granted a 365-day extension of the expiration date of the Development Permit in addition to any extensions already permitted by the San Diego Municipal Code, unless the State dictates otherwise. However, this extension will not apply to cannabis outlet and production facility permits that have been issued pursuant to San Diego Municipal Code sections 141.0504 and 141.1004.

Parks Master Plan Approved – June 18

The San Diego Planning Commission approved the City’s new Parks Master Plan at it’s hearing earlier this morning.

This is the first comprehensive revision to the city’s park strategy in decades and would establish access-based criteria with a focus on park investments in communities with the greatest need that have lag for years due to funding difficulties. The city looks to establish travel time goals including a 10-minute walk or 20 minute bike ride and more. The park standards are in dire need of revision since the park master plan was adopted in 1956.

The proposal will now go to the Land Use & Housing Committee for support – date to be determined.


6/17/2020 update: Housing Element Approved

Yesterday, June 16, San Diego City Council voted to approve the City’s Housing Element.

The General Plan Housing Element Update 6th Cycle (2021 – 2029) is required under state law as each jurisdiction must plan to meet its existing and projected housing needs, including its share of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). Under RHNA, the City’s allocation of housing units is 108,036.

In addition, the City will be moving forward with detailing housing needs by income level within each community plan area.

To view the housing element, please click here.


6/15/2020 update: Parks Master Plan – Planning Commission Hearing

The City of San Diego’s Planning Commission will hear the parks Master Plan Update on June 18 at 9:00am. Please click here to view the agenda (Item #1) and to learn how to participate in the virtual hearing.

The Parks Master Plan is part of the Planning Department’s Complete Communities Initiative, which is focused on providing housing, mobility choices, infrastructure, and parks, and staff have named the parks component “Play Everywhere.”

The Play Everywhere website provides a summary of key components of the master plan and provides links to the draft Parks Master Plan and draft amendment to the General Plan Recreation Element. The website also includes the proposed guiding principles and policies, including new equity goals, a new 10-20-30-40 access goal, and a new Citywide park standard.


6/12/2020 update: New Online Tool: Zoning and Parcel Information Map

The City of San Diego Development Services Department (DSD) launched its new Zoning and Parcel Information Portal (ZAPP) to make it easier for customers to research zoning and property information. The online service helps users conveniently access real-time information from their computer or mobile device 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using a City of San Diego property address, the new interactive portal allows customers to research more than 60 layers of information needed to plan and design development of a property. Those layers of information include assessor parcel numbers, zoning maps, City Council districts, school districts, historic districts, fire risks, earthquake fault buffers and various regulatory areas. Please click here to learn more.


6/11/2020 update: Midway District Proposal to Amend the Coastal Height Limit Overlay Zone

Yesterday, June 10, the San Diego City Council Rules Committee voted 3-2 to put a citywide ballot measure to eliminate the coastal height limit in the Midway District on the November ballot.
Councilmembers Jennifer Campbell and Chris Cate lead the proposal to amend the coastal height limit overlay zone section of San Diego Municipal Code so that it eliminates the coastal height limit in the midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan.
Per SD Municipal Code, this would need to be a citywide ballot measure requiring a simple majority voter approval.
To get on the November Ballot, the proposal must be heard by the full City Council before August 7.
If you are interested in learning more, please click here to read the San Diego Union Tribune article or contact BIA Staff.

6/3/2020 update: Fee Changes Effective July 1, 2020

From the Development Services Department: Please be advised that effective July 1, 2020, all user fees will increase 6.2% based on the recent Consumer Price Index rate, 2.7% per the annual inflator approved in the adopted Resolution No. 310545 and 3.5% increase approved in Resolution No. 311816. This increase will allow the Development Services Department (DSD) to meet established levels of service, provide full cost recoverability and provide sufficient resources to continue to improve the quality of the mandated regulatory review process.

Fees will apply to all projects submitted on or after July 1, 2020. Information Bulletins containing fees are in the process of being updated and will be posted to the DSD web site as they become available, but no later than July 1, 2020.

To read the public notice, please click here

For information regarding Planning Department annual fee adjustments, please visit sandiego.gov/planning.


6/1/2020 update: DigitalDSD Update

Starting on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, all new applications for permits and approvals will be required to submit applications online. Applications received before July 1, can continue to be processed in paper form.
To submit a new application online, visit the most frequently-used services section at sandiego.gov/DSD. The system’s features include providing the ability to check the realtime status of applications on Open DSD, see plan review comments, confirm development process timelines and receive official stamped electronic approvals on plan sets.
To learn more, please click here to view the public notice.

5/27/2020 update: Permit Extensions

A proposal for permit extensions will be going to the City Council next week on Tuesday, June 2.

An interim urgency ordinance is proposed to allow additional time to obtain development permits, building permits and time to construct relying on development permits, construction permits, grading permits, and right-of-way permits.

This ordinance would go into effect immediately upon adoption by the City Council and would continue in effect for 45 calendar days, at which time it may be extended for an additional 10 months and 15 calendar days.

Please click here to view the agenda (Item #60) and click here to view the staff report.


5/26/2020 update: Complete Communities & Parks Master Plan Update

On May 26, the Community Planners Committee will hear the following Complete Communities items: Housing, Mobility and Parks, which includes the Parks Master Plan Update.

Complete Communities is an initiative focused on four key areas: housing, mobility, parks and infrastructure. It is intended to provide incentives to build homes near transit, provide more mobility choices and enhance opportunities for places to walk, bike, relax and play.

The Parks Master Plan Update identifies existing gaps to guide future park development and promotes equity throughout the city.

  • New Equity Goals
  • New 10-20-30-40 Minute Access Goal
  • New Park Standard that measures recreational value
  • Citywide Park Development Impact Fee

This initiative was recently heard at the Planning Commission Hearing on May 14, and was approved by the Commissioners. City staff anticipate it going to City Council sometime in mid-June.

If you are interested in virtually attending this public meeting (via Zoom), or would like to view the agenda, please click here


**5/26/2020 update: Development Services – Operational Updates During COVID-19

Project Status Help: Operational modifications to facilitate continued operations in response to the COVID-19 emergency have resulted in an increase in questions and duplicative requests, with most inquiring about the status of applications submitted on paper.

To help address these questions more expeditiously, DSD created an electronic Project Status Request form. Information requested in this electronic form is needed to search for the documents and obtain the status. Please use this process to submit your request so that we can more efficiently and quickly provide assistance.

Before submitting requests, please check OpenDSD for the status; your information may already be posted here.


5/20/2020 update: Eviction Moratorium Hearing

San Diego City Council approved an ordinance to extend the temporary moratorium on residential & commercial evictions to June 30, 2020. Please click here to view the agenda (item S509) and click here to view the staff report.


5/15/2020 update: Local Amendments to the 2019 California Building Standards Code

Local amendments to the 2019 California Building Standards Code (CBSC) have been approved and adopted into San Diego Municipal Code Chapter 12 and Chapter 14, effective May 9, 2020.

The 2019 CBSC applies to project applications deemed complete on or after Jan. 1, 2020. The approved local amendments update the existing City regulations for consistency with the 2019 CBSC, highlights of which include:

  • An increase in the initial utilization rules for building permits from 180 days to 12 months, according to Health & and Safety Code Section 18938.6;
  • An increase in the maximum height for a fence not requiring a building permit from six to seven feet;
  • Adoption of building standards approved by the State through legislation including adding the requirements for the installation of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) within existing buildings undergoing remodels, requiring a battery backup for residential garage door openers and adding information regarding signage for all-gender restrooms; and
  • Adoption of Appendix Q “Tiny Houses” of the CRC, which provides an additional housing option to help meet the City’s affordable housing shortfall.

Please click here to learn more information and to view the public notice.


5/13/2020 update: Complete Communities Program – May 14

The City of San Diego’s Complete Communities program, which includes their proposed Mobility Choices Regulations Ordinance to ensure Citywide VMT reductions, will go to the Planning Commission on May 14, at 9:00AM. The public may view the meetings on public television (within the City of San Diego only) on City TV Channel 24 for Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable or Channel 99 for AT&T, or view the meetings online.

Complete Communities is an initiative focused on four key areas: housing, mobility, parks and infrastructure. It is intended to provide incentives to build homes near transit, provide more mobility choices and enhance opportunities for places to walk, bike, relax and play.

Please click here to view the Planning Commission agenda (Item-3) and click here to view the staff reports.

Please click here to view the Complete Communities webpage.

If you have any questions or concerns about this initiative, please contact BIA staff.


5/7/2020 Update: City of San Diego Draft Parks Master Plan – Public Review Period Extension

Due to the volume of public interest the Planning Department has decided to extend the Draft Parks Master Plan public review period by 1 week. The public review period will now close on June 1, 2020.
The public/stakeholders may submit comments by using the online feedback tool found here or by emailing comments directly to JOAvila@sandiego.gov. You may also send a letter to City of San Diego Planning Department, 9485 Aero Drive, San Diego CA 92123, Attn: Jonathan Avila.
 Please see below more information:

A draft of the City of San Diego Parks Master Plan is now available for public review. The Parks Master Plan outlines the future of the City’s parks and recreation system to expand opportunities to “Play Everywhere” for everyone, and we are now asking for the public’s input before finalizing the plan.

The Parks Master Plan is part of the Planning Department’s Complete Communities Initiative, which is focused on providing housing, mobility choices, infrastructure, and parks, and we have named the parks component “Play Everywhere.”

The Play Everywhere website provides a summary of key components of the master plan and provides links to the draft Parks Master Plan and draft amendment to the General Plan Recreation Element. In the draft documents, you will read about the results of public input, including a city-wide statistically valid survey. You’ll read about the types of parks and recreation facilities we have in San Diego and the opportunities we have to build upon and improve our Parks and Recreation system. And, you will read about the proposed guiding principles and policies, including new equity goals, a new 10-20-30-40 access goal, and a new Citywide park standard.

Lastly, you are also welcome to email BIA staff your comments/concerns/questions as we will be responding on behalf of the industry.


5/4/2020 update: Development Services Update – Operational Changes in Response to COVID-19

No Mask, No Service: Customers must wear a mask or a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times when conducting business at the Development Services Center. Face coverings include fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings. DSD staff will not serve or allow access to the first floor of the Development Services Center to customers that are not wearing a mask or face covering.

Plan Retention Policy: The 15-day plan retention policy for items in Plan Pick-up and Will Call will be reinstituted effective May 18, 2020, since full-service access is available.

Planning Commission Meetings: The next Planning Commission virtual meeting is on Thursday, May 7. Please click here to view the agenda. Members of the public can comment on agenda or nonagenda items using this webform. The meeting will be broadcast online.

Historical Resources Board (HRB) Meetings: The next HRB meeting is on Thursday, May 28, will take place at the City Administration Building and be conducted by teleconference. The public may view the HRB meetings at their scheduled time on YouTube. If you would like to comment on an agenda or nonagenda item, comments may be submitted using this webform. Please visit the HRB page for updates


5/1/2020 update: Cloud-based Permitting System for New Applications to be Launched on Monday, May 4 – PTS User guide Now Available

Beginning May 4, all new applications for permits and approvals will start being accepted online. As a courtesy, prior or in-process applications or projects before May 4 will continue to be processed in paper form and may have the option to convert resubmittals to digital reviews and approval.

The transition to online permitting will be gradual to provide flexibility for customers and plan reviewers. During this time, DSD will:

  • Allow an optional paper submittal for new projects the next several weeks during a transition period so that our customers and employees can adjust to the new system;
  • Remain flexible while evaluating requests for project re-submittals to come in a digital format;
  • Permit customers to request meetings with plan reviewers when we re-open to the public. These meetings may be virtual and conducted in platforms such as Skype, Microsoft Teams or in person. Future new safety protocols will apply; and
  • Allow customers to bring in paper plans and documents to DSD for plan review meetings, but final submission will be electronic in PDF format.

To view the public notice, please click here.

DSD has also created a User Guide on how to navigate the Project Tracking System. Please click here to view and download.


4/29/2020 update: Midway District Proposal to Amend the Coastal Height Limit Overlay Zone

San Diego City Councilmembers Jennifer Campbell and Chris Cate are proposing to amend the coastal height limit overlay zone section of San Diego Municipal Code so that it eliminates the coastal height limit in the midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan.

Per SD Municipal Code, this would need to be a citywide ballot measure requiring a simple majority voter approval.

On May 13, Councilmembers Campbell and Cate will be going to the City Council Rules Committee to consider placing this measure on the November 2020 ballot.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact BIA Staff.


4/20/2020 Update: Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Cox Announce Binational and Bipartisan Group to Plan Reactivation of Economy

Friday, April 17, 2020 – NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – Continuing to take aggressive steps to deliver relief to San Diegans affected by COVID-19, today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox announced the creation of an advisory group charged with preparing recommendations for the region’s economic reactivation and recovery.
The group will work to ensure the region is ready with policies and procedures to support a successful recovery when it is time for a gradual restart of the economy. The leaders will provide ongoing advice to reopen businesses safely, while at the same time adhering to public health orders that limit gatherings and require physical distancing. The group will develop proposals including:

  • How to reopen industries affected by COVID-19
  • Leveraging and delivering stimulus funding effectively
  • New programs and regulatory relief at the state and federal level
  • Opportunities for partnership to deliver economic relief initiatives
  • Complementing and accelerating regional priorities including climate resiliency, infrastructure and housing

To read the full press release, please click here.


Quick Permit Drop-offs and Quarantine of Submitted Documents and Plans (May 18)
  • Customers may submit projects, resubmittals and documents in the first-floor lobby of the Development Services Center, located at 1222 First Ave. The Project Submittal Manual and PDF icon Information Bulletin #153, respectively outline submittal and permit issuance requirements.
  • This is an unstaffed location for document drop off only. Read the posted instructions carefully and place your goldenrod-colored PDF icon Form DS-3500 and corresponding documents on the cart. Physical distancing is in place, so a maximum of eight customers at a time will be allowed into the first-floor lobby to drop project plans and applications. No payments are allowed hereItems left without the completed goldenrod Form DS-3500 will be discarded.
  • The drop-off service is available at the downtown Development Services Center Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. DSD is closed for business between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during weekdays, the first floor will remain open during this time to allow for document and payment drop-off.
  • When dropping off documents, maintain a social distancing radius of six feet at all times. Also, make sure that you are wearing a clean mask or another type of face-covering to limit the spread of COVID-19. These include scarves, bandanas or neck gaiters.
  • All submitted hard copy documents or plans will be placed in quarantine for 24 hours before being reviewed or processed. After the 24-hour quarantine, staff will review the documents in the order received and as time permits. The quarantine will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is detectable for up to 24 hours on cardboard/paper.
  • Stamp Transfer requests are processed in this same manner; submit all required plans with a completed goldenrod-colored PDF icon Form DS-3500.  Staff will process the request after it’s been quarantined.
  • Plan Retention Policy: A maximum 15-day plan retention policy for items in Plan Pick-up and Will Call will be reinstated on Monday, May 18, 2020. Masks are required for in person business. Customers must use email notifications and appointments are recommended for plan pick up.

Plan Pick Up/Will Call (Updated April 29)
  • Do not come to pick up documents unless you have completed this step and have received confirmation that your item is ready for pick up.
  • Customers should email their Plan Pick Up/Will Call requests to DSDPlanPickUp@sandiego.gov. Customers will receive a reply email when project plans or documents are ready for pick up.
  • Any notification of item availability other than from the DSDPlanPickUp@sandiego.gov is not a guarantee that your files are available. All requests for five or more documents are required to be handled in this method.
  • When ready, customers may pick up their project files outside of the third-floor entryway at City Operations Building. This service is available at the downtown Development Services Center Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While DSD is closed for business between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during weekdays, the first floor will remain open during this time to allow for document drop-off and payment drop-off.
  • When picking up documents, maintain a social distancing radius of six feet at all times. Also, make sure that you are wearing a clean mask or another type of face-covering to limit the spread of COVID-19. These include scarves, bandanas or neck gaiters.
  • All received documents and plan sets will be processed by DSD staff without further face-to-face customer interactions. Submit requests to pick up documents at DSDPlanPickUp@sandiego.gov; notification will be provided when the documents are ready.

Payment Options (Updated April 17)  
  • Payment drop-off can be made in the first-floor lobby of the Development Services Center, located at 1222 First Ave. This payment service is available at the downtown Development Services Center Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DSD is closed for business between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during weekdays.
  • A touchless drop safe has been installed to simply drop your payment into the slot of the safe. The safe will be checked daily and payments process the following business day. Water and sewer fees can be dropped off at this location. All payments must be made out to “City Treasurer.”  Please include in the memo of the check the invoice # or Project # or attach the invoice to the check. This is an unstaffed location for document drop off only. Read the posted instructions carefully. Please email DSDCashiers@sandiego.gov for questions.
  • Cash Payments: Cash payments are only accepted by appointment. Email DSDCashiers@sandiego.gov to schedule an appointment.
  • Payment of school fees: For the San Diego Unified School District, please visit sandiegounified.org/developer-fees for payment information.

Appointments, Questions and Review Comments/Requirements (Updated April 6)
  • Appointment requests are being managed by each division, as most will be served remotely. View the Contact Us page to find the contact information for a section or division for scheduling appointments via email, the web and phone.
  • DSD staff is still processing projects including intake, plan review and permit issuance, and is now offering inspections by appointment.
  • Project review comments and next time document requirements can now be viewed on OpenDSD. Here is how:
  • Go to OpenDSD
  • Enter Project #
  • Click on Project ID
  • Click the Review Cycles Tabs
  • Reviewer Issues (Closed Cycles) *
  • Next Time Submittal Documents
*There will be a pop up when you click on “Reviewer Issues.” Enter the phone number of the Project Contact as identified and set up in the Project Tracking System (PTS)

Building Permit Extensions

Building permit applications deemed complete on or after March 20, 2019, have automatically been granted a six-month, 180-day extension. Building permits will also be granted a six-month, 180-day extension, if eligible to receive an extension per the San Diego Municipal Code.


Inspection Services (Updated April 3)

Field Inspections are ongoing. These new field Inspection protocols must be followed for your safety and the safety of inspectors. You may be asked to provide photos instead of an in-person residential interior inspection. Inspectors will also ask you questions about your health, including if you are in COVID-19 isolation or are experiencing any symptoms. Your inspection may be performed at a later date if deemed necessary.

During inspections, follow the COVID-19 safety protocols below. DSD staff will not conduct inspections if the COVID-19 safety protocols are not observed on the job site. Inspections will be rescheduled for a later time when all site conditions meet the protocol.

  • Maintain Social Distancing
    • Plans, documents and inspection record cards must be made available for the inspector at a location where a minimum 6-feet distance can be accommodated.
    • Without exception, there may be no more than 10 people – including the inspector – in any room or space being inspected, and the 6-feet rule must be maintained.
  • Wear Facial Coverings
    • All construction site employees must use clean masks or other types of face coverings to limit the spread of COVID-19, including scarves, bandanas or neck gaiters.
  • COVID-19 Isolation or Sickness
    • Inspections will be canceled if you or anyone at the job site has tested positive or is believed to be sick.
    • Contact Inspection Services to reschedule the canceled inspection, and we will try to accommodate you at another time or later in the day by appointment or perform the inspections through alternative methods
  • Keep Your Job Site Clean
    • Maintain a clean job site. Remove all debris or other obstacles from the inspection area.
  • Consolidate and Prioritize Inspection Calls
    • Help reduce the number of times that we have to go to the job site.
    • When possible, schedule one inspection for multiple areas.  Please call for an inspection by appointment if the inspection requires more than 30 minutes.
  •  Provide Handwashing Facilities/Hand Sanitizer
    • To avoid the spread of COVID-19, ensure you have a handwashing station or hand sanitizer for inspectors to clean their hands before and after inspections.

Call 858-492-5070 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday with requests for and questions about:

  • Emergency gas leak or electrical restoration inspections;
  • Mobile home permits;
  • Registration and renewal of Special Inspectors; and
  • Construction Material Testing Laboratories and Agencies.

Express Services (updated 5/18) : Express Service is Reinstated. Customers may elect to have plans processed with timelines 1.5 times faster than standard timelines. There is a fee associated with Express review. Please note paper submittals have a 3 to 4 day delay for set up and processing due to COVID 19 staffing issues; thus, customers are encouraged to submit electronically

Payment Options: Walk-in payments to the cashiers are currently suspended, as all DSD facilities are closed to the public. For most services, online payment options are available.

Payment of water/sewer fees: The Public Utilities Department is only accepting mailed payments of water and sewer fees.


Eviction Moratorium: At San Diego City Council hearing on March 25, the City enacted an eviction moratorium that provides relief to residential and commercial tenants facing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council also unanimously approved a multimillion-dollar Small Business Relief Fund proposed last week by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.  With the backing of Mayor Faulconer and Council President Gómez, the emergency law temporarily halting evictions in the City of San Diego was passed unanimously and goes into effect immediately. It will last until May 31, 2020. The news release can be found here.


4/17/2020: Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

COVID-19 Update: Until further notice, TAC meetings will be conducted under the provisions of  California Executive Order 29-20, which suspends specific requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act. During the current State of Emergency and in the interest of public health and safety, TAC members will be participating by teleconference and/or videoconference.

The TAC’s next virtual hearing will be on April 22, from 11:30am-1:00pm. Of discussion will be a DSD operations during COVID 19 update, their plans for permitting online, and the 2020 work program. Please click here to view the 4/22 agenda.

In accordance with the Executive Order, there will be no members of the public in attendance at the TAC meetings. If you would like to comment on an agenda or non-agenda item, comments may be submitted by email to DSDTAC@sandiego.gov. Staff are providing alternatives to in-person attendance for participating in TAC meetings – pleaseclick here for updated information.


Planning Commission: Due to the current state of emergency related to COVID-19, Planning Commission hearings are not open to the public. Please go to the Planning Commission website to find information regarding upcoming meetings. If you have questions you may email planningcommission@sandiego.gov.

Planning Department: Most employees are working remotely, and will continue to be available by email and voicemail to conduct business and respond to inquiries. The Planning Department office at 9485 Aero Drive is now closed to the public. Meetings will take place via phone or web conference. The Department information line (619-235-5200) will remain open. If you are not able to speak to someone directly, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also email us at planning@sandiego.gov.


City Council Meetings: The public may view the meetings on public television (within the City of San Diego only) on City TV Channel 24 for Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable or Channel 99 for AT&T, or view the meetings online using live streaming at this link (link is external).

Comment on Agenda Items must be submitted using the City Clerk webform, and indicating the agenda item number they wish to submit their comment for. Only comments submitted no later than 4:00 pm the day prior to the meeting using the public comment form will eligible to be read into the record. If you submit more than one form per item, only one will be read into the record for that item. Comments received after 4:00 p.m. the day prior and before 10:45 a.m. the day of the meeting will be provided to the City Council and posted online with the meeting materials. All comments are limited to 200 words. Comments received after 10:45 a.m. the day of the meeting but before the item is called will be submitted into the written record for the relevant item.
Non-Agenda Public Comment must be submitted using the City Clerk webform checking the appropriate box in order to be eligible to be read into the record. The City Clerk will read the first 30 comments received by 4:00 p.m. the day before the hearing. However, if there are less than 30 comments submitted by 4:00 p.m. the day before the hearing, the City will read comments submitted by 10:45 a.m on the day of the meeting up to a total of 30 comments. The maximum number of comments to be read into the record on a single issue will be 16. Comments submitted by 10:45 a.m. the day of the meeting will be provided to the City Council, made a part of the record, and posted with the meeting materials. All comments are limited to 200 words. Comments received after 10:45 a.m. the day of the meeting but before Non-agenda comment is called will be submitted into the written record for the meeting.
City Council agendas are located here

County of San Diego

**6/17/2020 update: SB 743 (Vehicle Miles Traveled – VMT) Hearing

On June 24 at 9:00am, County Staff will present their proposal to the Board Supervisors that would convert development project traffic analysis from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled. The conversion is required by state law to address greenhouse gas emissions as prescribed by Senate Bill 743. Development projects will be evaluated for the length of trips rather than the number of trips as is the case with the LOS standard.

BIA participated in the County’s Planning Commission hearing on May 15 and voiced support of County staff’s recommendation to move forward with a geographic subarea approach for measuring VMT.

Please click here to view the agenda (item #6). Supporting documentation can be found here.

Please click here to view the Proposed Transportation Study Guide Technical Manual and the Interactive VMT Efficiency Map.

If you have any comments or concerns, please email BIA staff.


6/15/2020 update: County Climate Action Plan (CAP) Litigation – Court of Appeal Decision

The County of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Court of Appeal decision was published on June 12, 2020. The Court’s primary holdings are:

  1. M-GHG-1 violates CEQA because it contains unenforceable performance standards and improperly defers and delegates mitigation.
  2. The CAP is not inconsistent with the County’s General Plan.
  3. The County abused its discretion in approving the CAP because the CAP’s projected additional greenhouse gas emissions from projects requiring a general plan amendment is not supported by substantial evidence.
  4. The SEIR violates CEQA because its:
  • discussion of cumulative impacts ignores foreseeable impacts from probable future projects;
  • finding of consistency with the Regional Transportation Plan is not supported by substantial evidence; and
  • analysis of alternatives ignores a smart-growth alternative.

If you have any questions about the decision, please contact BIA staff.


6/3/2020 update: SB 743 (Vehicle Miles Traveled) Update

County Staff will soon present their proposal to the Board Supervisors that would convert development project traffic analysis from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled. The conversion is required by state law to address greenhouse gas emissions as prescribed by Senate Bill 743. Development projects will be evaluated for the length of trips rather than the number of trips as is the case with the LOS standard.  A hearing date has not yet been set, but it will be sometime in late June.

Please see below updates on three items related to the County’s response to Senate Bill SB 743:

Public Review of the Proposed Transportation Study Guide Technical Manual

Webinar 1 & 2 Recordings and PowerPoints

Presentations are converted to videos on this page

Interactive Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Efficiency Map Viewer

As an additional tool to help readers understand the VMT Efficient Areas Screening Map Options included in the TSG’s Appendix C, the website has been updated with an interactive map viewer which includes all nine map options, which represent the combinations of the VMT metrics (VMT/Resident, VMT/Employee, and VMT/Service Population) and the three geography options (regional, unincorporated, and unincorporated subareas). These are the same maps included in the TSG, displayed in a more user-friendly format that can be zoomed in/zoomed out to focus on any area of the county in detail. The map viewer is featured on a new “Proposed Guidelines” subpage of the project webpage.

If you have any comments or concerns, please email BIA staff. You may also address mailed comments to Greg Kazmer and mail to Planning & Development Services, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123. Email comments may also be submitted to Gregory.Kazmer@sdcounty.ca.gov

Eviction Moratorium Extension Passes

Yesterday, June 2, the County Board of Supervisors will unanimously approved the ordinance to extend the temporary moratorium on residential & commercial evictions to June 30, 2020, as the previous ordinance expired on May 31. Please click here to view the agenda (item #22) and staff report. More information can also be found here.


6/1/2020 update: Eviction Moratorium Extension Proposal

On Tuesday, June 2, the County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting an ordinance which would extend the temporary moratorium on residential & commercial evictions as their current ordinance expired on May 31. The Supervisors will also consider extending the emergency ordinance to June 30, 2020. Please click here to view the agenda (item #22) and staff report.


5/26/2020 update: Project Greenlight Update – Jackson Pendo Adara at Otay Ranch

Jackson Pendo is working collaboratively with county, state and federal officials to improve upon the plan for Adara, making it an even better neighbor to the environment and surrounding communities. The Board of Supervisors meeting is on June 3, 2020.

PGL Supporters can show their support by joining via telephone to the Supervisors’ meeting to voice their support. Each speaker will be allotted 2 minutes. If you would like to support the project and need more information, please contact Ben Boyce (858-541-7800).

REVISED ADARA PLAN BENEFITS:

Adara at Otay Ranch will feature a number of benefits for the environment and the surrounding community:

  • Adds 300 acres to preserved open space that are currently approved for development
  • Consolidates and enhances preserve design
  • Reduces wildland interface edge by 13 miles
  • Estate housing replaced with multifamily units affordable for working families
  • Consolidated development footprint improves fire defensibility
  • Provides 1,266 homes and 42 unique housing options
  • Includes 4.5-mile Proctor Valley community pathway and four miles of neighborhood trails
  • Includes a village core with a neighborhood convenience center, parks, a fire station and an elementary school site
  • Provides road improvements and traffic-calming features

Please refer to the Project Greenlight webpage for more information.


5/21/2020 update: COVID-19 Business Sector Update

The state has approved San Diego County to move further into Stage 2, allowing in-person customers at restaurants and retail businesses, with modifications. Click here for more information.

FAQ’s:

Temperature check/Symptom screening process and Confidentiality 

  • The health officer order requires the temperature screenings with the caveat that if you do not have a thermometer available you can do the symptom check. There is no requirement to complete private symptom screenings/temperature screenings. However, employers have discretion to make a plan that works for their business. [Posted 5/21/2020]

Maximum “capacity” requirement

  • In our current framework there is no specified building capacity. However, please be mindful of your businesses fire marshal’s maximum occupancy. [Posted 5/21/2020]

Reopened Office settings

  • According to the public health order the current recommendation is that certain businesses could reopen with recommendation for teleworking. There are no prohibitions if it is in conformance with the order and safe reopening plan. [Posted 5/21/2020]

Is an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) required for an employee to return to work?

  • While a IIPP is not required, everything tool utilized to ensure the safety of yourself, employees, and customers is beneficial. [Posted 5/21/2020]

Essential Businesses are also welcome to email EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov for further questions.


5/13/2020 update: SB 743 Transportation Study Guide Public Review and Additional Public Input Opportunities

SB 743 Webinar #2 & 5/15 Planning Commission Hearing: County Staff will present their proposal to the Planning Commission that would convert development project traffic analysis from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled on May 15. The conversion is required by state law to address greenhouse gas emissions as prescribed by Senate Bill 743. Development projects will be evaluated for the length of trips rather than the number of trips as is the case with the LOS standard.

Live Webinar #2: County staff will host a second live webinar on the County’s options and recommendations related to SB 743 and implementing VMT for CEQA analysis. This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, from 6:00 – 7:30pm and will build upon information presented in Webinar #1. Details on how to participate are provided below and will also be posted to the project website.

How you can Participate in the Webinar
Online: To join the webinar, visit the following link: https://zoom.us/j/95937698215. If you are unable to download and run the Zoom application for this meeting, you may choose “Join from your web browser,” which does not require downloading any plugins or software. Google Chrome is the recommended web browser. You will only be able to join the meeting at the scheduled time. You may be placed into a “waiting room” until the start of the meeting.

By Phone:  Join the online webinar via Zoom by phone at the scheduled time; however, you will not be able to view the slideshow. To join, dial (669) 900-6833. Upon calling in, the system will ask you to enter the Meeting ID: 959 3769 8215. Once in the meeting, to indicate you would like to speak during discussions via the ‘raise hand’ method, you may dial *9 on our phone’s dial pad.

Note: Upon joining the webinar, the system will mute all participants.

How you can Provide Comments
Staff will address as many questions and comments as possible during the webinar depending upon the number submitted. PDS staff will provide a summary of all questions and responses on the PDS website. Options to give comments include:
BEFORE the Webinar: E-mail your comment or question you would like to have addressed during the webinar to PDS.advanceplanning@sdcounty.ca.gov by 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Include your name and phone number.
DURING the Webinar: If participating online, use the “chat” feature to type in your comments or questions. If joining by phone, to indicate you would like to speak you may dial *9 on our phone’s dial pad. You may also send an email to jnielsen@migcom.com.
AFTER the Webinar: E-mail your comments or questions to PDS.advanceplanning@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Public Review of the Proposed Transportation Study Guide Technical Manual: The proposed Transportation Study Guide is now available for review by the public until June 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The document can be reviewed on the County website here and at Planning & Development Services (PDS), Project Processing Counter, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 110, San Diego, California 92123.

The proposed Transportation Study Guide updates the County’s existing guidelines for determining significant transportation impacts under CEQA. SB 743 and supporting state guidance require CEQA documents to assess transportation impacts in terms of how much residents/employees drive, officially referred to as Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). Under the existing Guide, transportation impacts are measured in terms of road congestion and delay, also known as Level of Service (LOS).

The proposed Transportation Study Guide includes options for the Board of Supervisors to consider related to:

1) the geography to use in calculating total/average VMT for the unincorporated county;
2) criteria to use in determining which projects must conduct detailed VMT analysis; and,
3) the VMT threshold to use in determining significance.

The Transportation Study Guide also includes changes to the non-CEQA use of LOS and other local mobility analyses to complement the changes occurring with VMT.

To submit comments, please email Gregory.Kazmer@sdcounty.ca.gov or address mailed comments to Greg Kazmer and mail to Planning & Development Services, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123.

Planning Commission Hearing: Options for complying with SB 743 will be heard by the Planning Commission on May 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Public Testimony via Teleconference – Members of the public may participate in the meeting via a teleconference. If you wish to participate through teleconference, please visit the Planning Commission website found here. Instructions on how to view and participate in the meeting via teleconference are available at the link above. Large groups wishing to comment on a common item are encouraged to submit comments in writing or to identify one spokesperson to join the teleconference on behalf of the group. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Commission Secretary at Ann.Jimenez@sdcounty.ca.gov.

If you would like to send comments to the Planning Commission, please send all correspondence to Ann Jimenez at Ann.Jimenez@sdcounty.ca.gov or to Planning & Development Services, Attn: Ann Jimenez, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123.


5/4/2020 Update: Board of Supervisors Hearing – May 5, 2020

CREATING A PLAN TO SAFELY REOPEN SAN DIEGO: On Tuesday, May 5, the Board of Supervisors will consider adopting the Reopen San Diego Business Safety Framework. Please click here to view the agenda, specifically #14. This is a baseline series of actions that businesses will need to implement to safely reopen non-essential businesses when the time comes. The measures, which are likely to be included in future Public Health Orders lifting business restrictions, reflect input the County has received from the REsponsible COVid-19 Economic Reopening (RECOVER) Advisory Group established by Chairman Greg Cox and Mayor Kevin Faulconer, construction industry associations through Supervisor Gaspar, and North and East County business owners through Supervisors Desmond and Jacob. It is anticipated that this Framework may be further modified as the recommendations from the RECOVER Advisory Group are received.
Board of Supervisors Meeting Public Participation
Per the Governor’s executive order to stay home, in person participation at Board of Supervisors meetings is not allowed at this time. You may participate in the meetings via teleconference instead of attending in person. Please see the information posted online for ways to watch the hearing and voice your opinion on agenda items.

4/17/2020 update: North County MSCP

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, the County of San Diego has made several changes to holding public meetings to protect the public’s health and prevent the disease from spreading. Per the Governor’s executive order to stay home, in person participation in public meetings to discuss the North County Multiple Conservation Plan Status Review and Options Assessment (Options Assessment) is not allowed at this time.

A recording of the presentation to be given at these meetings is now available on the County’s website found here.

Additionally, staff and the consultant team will hold a Q&A session via video conference on April 30. If you are interested in attending, please email Chelsea Oakes at MSCP@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Should you wish to review and provide input, the Options Assessment is also available on their website and the comment period has been extended to May 14, 2020.

County staff anticipate presenting the report and the input received to the Board of Supervisors in the fall of 2020.

To ensure your input can be included in these discussions, please provide comments by May 14.


4/13/2020 Update: Planning Commission Hearings: The County of San Diego’s Planning Commission will have a hearing on Friday, April 17, at 9:00am. In person participation will not be allowed, but the public may still participate. Please see below:

All correspondence for the April 17, 2020 Planning Commission hearing must be received by April 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Public Testimony via Teleconference – Members of the public may participate in the meeting via a teleconference. If you wish to participate through teleconference, please visit the Planning Commission website found here. Instructions on how to view and participate in the meeting via teleconference are available at the link above. Large groups wishing to comment on a common item are encouraged to submit comments in writing or to identify one spokesperson to join the teleconference on behalf of the group. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Commission Secretary at Ann.Jimenez@sdcounty.ca.gov.

The Planning Commission agenda is located here.

If you would like to send comments to the Planning Commission, please send all correspondence to Ann Jimenez at ann.jimenez@sdcounty.ca.gov or to Planning & Development Services, Attn: Ann Jimenez, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123.


COVID-19 Update (Updated April 3): .Click here to view Addendum 1 to the Order of the Health Officer, effective April 3, 2020 as of 12:00 a.m.. Addendum 1 adds the following requirements to the existing Order of the Health Officer:

Effective 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020:

No later than 12:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020:

  • All businesses that remain in operation in accordance with the Order and that allow members of the public to enter a facility must prepare and post a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” on the form attached to the Order for each of their facilities open to the public in the county.
  • The Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees.
  • A copy of the Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility.
  • All businesses shall implement the Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand.
  • The Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must ensure all required measures are implemented and must identify and require measures necessary to implement social distancing and sanitation at that facility.
  • If the measures identified and implemented are not effective in maintaining proper social distancing and sanitation, additional measures shall be identified and implemented or the facility shall be closed.
  • A fillable Social Distancing Protocol template can be found here and utilized to fulfill this requirement.

For updated information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.


Jobsite Safety Protocol recommendations (Updated April 2): The County strongly encourages industry members to refer to the CDC and County Public Health COVID-19 website for best resources available:

County COVID-19 site

County COVID-19 informational site for Business and Employers.  The County also holds a teleconference for business and employers on Wednesdays at 9:30am – the meeting link is on the webpage.

CDC Website


Planning & Development Services – Effective March 20, 2020, PDS will temporarily close all lobbies to the public, and provide all essential services as described below:

Customer Drop Off Service

  • Where customers must visit our lobby, we will ask customers to practice social distancing.
  • All permit applications, plans, and resubmittals will be processed as a drop off service.
  • A drop off desk is provided in the lobby of the Permit Center for customers to drop off permit applications, plans, and resubmittal.
  • Customers may pick up plans as usual, once they receive notification the plans are ready for pick up.
  • Customers that visit the office for service, will be contacted staff, to provide assistance or make an appointment for phone of video assistance.

 Phone and Video Calls

  • All customer appointments and meetings will be conducted by phone and video calls.
  • Customers seeking zoning, permit services, property specific information, or other information will be directed to contact PDS by phone, email, or web. Staff will respond within one business day.
  • Staff encourage all customers to use online services, which include self-service reports for parcel information, requesting building inspections, online permits and conduct payments online.

Inspections Services

  • Inspection services will continue in the field and inspectors will achieve social distancing requirements.
  • Applicant assistance in meeting this will be requested.

PDS will continue operating the Customer Service Phone lines Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Many PDS services are available online and can be accessed through Accela Citizen Access (ACA).  ACA services are highlighted below.  For guidance on how to use ACA, click on our Accela Updates page, which contains how-to guides for our online services.

Accela Citizen Access services:

  • Online Payments
  • Permit and Property searches
  • Run reports
  • Print a Building Permit Invoice
  • Apply for Building permits
  • Check Trust Account balances
  • Make a deposit to a Trust Account
  • Schedule Inspections

For parcel information that customers previously visited offices to obtain, PDS has established several self-service reports that allow customers to access much of the information online.  A list of self-services reports is included below.

Self-Service Reports:

  • Initial Study Research Packet
  • Property Summary Report
  • New Building Records
  • Building Permits Issued
  • Building Permit Invoices
  • New/Completed Discretionary applications

Documents associated with many land development permits can be accessed online at the PDS Document Library.  A user guide is available at the top of the library.

Customers may also access our  GIS portal where they can review geospatial data associated with properties in the unincorporated County.

Key Phone Numbers

Building Counter                           858-694-2168

Land Development Counter          858-694-3284

Zoning Counter                             858-694-2601 or 858-495-5441

Environmental Health Counter      858-565-5173

Meetings that may require physical attendance will be scheduled by staff in locations that can accommodate the required social distancing guidance.


Public Works Update –  Customers are encouraged to utilize online, phone, and e-mail services when submitting plans, maps, and other information. Starting Friday, March 20, and until further notice, DPW’s counters will be closed to personal interactions.

Face-to-face meetings will only take place as a last resort, only when necessary precautions can be enforced, and must be pre-arranged by phone or email. Available services can be found at the following:

County Surveyor
Survey Records System website
County Surveyor website
Phone: (858) 694-3253

Private Development Construction Inspection (PDCI)
PDCI Front Desk Phone: (858) 694-3165
Email: kim.patrick@sdcounty.ca.gov

Right-of-Way Enforcement Officer Phone: (858) 753-3450
Email: dpw.rightofwayenforcement@sdcounty.ca.gov

Watercourse Enforcement Officer Phone: (619) 359-9809
Email: teni.garcia@sdcounty.ca.gov

Watershed Protection Program
To report stormwater pollution or irrigation runoff in the unincorporated area of the County, please call 1-888-846-0800, e-mail us at watersheds@sdcounty.ca.gov,  or visit us hereProjectCleanWater.org is a regional water quality resource for all of San Diego County, South Orange County, and South Riverside County where you can find information and report stormwater pollution concerns to any of the regional jurisdictions here.

To obtain structural BPM inspection and maintenance information for general information about maintenance of stormwater treatment devices in the unincorporated area of the County, please call (858) 495-5323, visit here, or e-mail.

Flood Control
Flood Control Phone: (858) 495-5318

For steps to determine if drainage facilities on your property are maintained by the County, click here.

To determine if there is a FEMA-mapped floodplain on a property, enter address, place, or coordinates in FEMA Map Services Center, please use the online tool found here.


Waste and Recycling
Please see the waste and recycling website for information and assistance on reducing waste, composting, and available resources to start or improve your home or business recycling program.

Collection Services
Private recycling and franchised waste companies provide recycling and trash collection services throughout the unincorporated area. For a list of service providers for your area, a list of franchised waste haulers is available here, and a list of recycling haulers is available here.


County Assessor’s Office: Reports that project recordings will continue. In the event of a building shutdown select staff will remain on site to process E-recordings and by-mail recordings. All Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk locations remain open at this time, 8 am to 5 pm. However, due to the County of San Diego’s declaration of a public health emergency, the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk will be practicing social distancing.


Construction & Demolition Ordinance – updated 3/23/2020: The County of San Diego has recently adopted changes to its Construction & Demolition (C&D) Recycling Ordinance.  These changes will apply to projects with permits issued on or after April 1, 2020.  More information on the ordinance can be found here.


Development Fee Package Proposal: The proposal, which was originally scheduled to be presented to the Planning Commission on 3/20, has been postponed.

For up to date information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

City of Carlsbad

**6/17/2020 update: Building Permit Extensions

Yesterday, June 16, the Carlsbad City Council approved an automatic one-year extension for building permits and applications. Before construction projects can begin, builders must first get permits from the city. Construction permits are typically valid for one year. Sadly, many projects have experienced delays due to health and financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 emergency. This extension will help provide builders and projects with the extra time they need to recover.


6/1/2020 update: Feedback Needed on SB 743: Traffic Impacts through Vehicle Miles Traveled

The public is invited to provide feedback about the City of Carlsbad’s draft vehicle miles traveled analysis guidelines that are presented to comply with California Senate Bill 743.
SB 743 was adopted in 2013 and has changed the way transportation impacts are to be evaluated for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Previously, transportation impacts were based on metrics that evaluated congestion, such as vehicular delay and volume-to-capacity ratios. Instead, the recommended metric is vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Use of this metric is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote a diversity of land uses and encourage development of multimodal transportation networks.
The recommended thresholds of significance and screening criteria to comply with SB 743 will be presented at City Council on June 16, 2020.
Feedback, comments, and questions on the draft Vehicle Miles Traveled Analysis Guidelines can be sent to jason.geldert@carlsbadca.gov with the subject line “VMT Comments.” In order to allow time for response, correspondence is requested prior to June 5, 2020.
If you send in comments, please cc BIA Staff: Mike McSweeney

5/1/2020 update: Draft City of Carlsbad VMT Analysis Guidelines

California Senate Bill 743 has changed the way transportation impacts are to be evaluated for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act. The recommended metric is vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and use of this metric is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote a diversity of land uses, and encourage development of multimodal transportation networks.

The City of Carlsbad has been developing guidelines to comply with these requirements, and the current draft is attached. More information can be found on our website found at https://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/planning/codes under the “Draft Vehicle Miles Traveled Guidelines” link, including background on the policy, VMT analysis maps, additional resources, and information about upcoming opportunities for review and public comment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact BIA staff.


4/8/2020 Update: City passes temporary halt on commercial evictions. On April 7, the Carlsbad City Council voted to temporarily suspended evictions of commercial tenants who can’t pay rent due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please click here to learn more and to read the staff report.


While they will not be providing in-person services, they are not shutting down operations.  Please see below important building related services:

  • Counter Inquiries and Submittal Drop-offs: All walk-in and over-the-counter services are suspended. However, customers may pick up and drop off plans/applications at the white popup tents that are located outside of our building at 1635 Faraday Avenue. Please make sure your members contact the appropriate CD division before they pick up/drop off plans (especially during this rainy period). All received documents and plan sets will be processed by CD staff pursuant to standard practices/processes.
    • Building Division: (760) 602-2719
    • Land Use Engineering (760) 602-2750
    • Planning Division: (760) 602-4610
    • Fire Prevention: (760) 602-4665.
  •  Field Inspection Services:  Field inspections will continue; However, all homeowners, property owners and licensed contractors are required to maintain adequate social distancing (six feet separation) during the inspection.
  • Telephone Appointments: All previously scheduled face-to-face appointments will be rescheduled to be conducted over the phone or email. We are also implementing measures that will improve our ability to conduct more video chatting and online submittals.

City of Chula Vista

**6/26/2020 update: Chula Vista Transportation Study Guidelines

On June 9, 2020, the City of Chula Vista adopted the City’s Transportation Study Guidelines (TSG), which implement the requirements of Senate Bill (SB) 743. The approved TSG is now available online and can be found here.

The TSG provides guidance for completing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review of a project’s Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) impacts, and for addressing the project’s effect on Level of Service (LOS) and non-passenger vehicle modes of travel. The City is currently in the process of assessing alternative programmatic measures to mitigate VMT impacts and will be requesting feedback from BIA.

If you have any questions regarding the TSG, please contact: Scott Barker, Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Chula Vista, sbarker@chulavistaca.gov


6/15/2020 update: State of the City Address

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas will be providing a State of the City Address on Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00pm. Please click here to view the agenda and to learn how to participating in the virtual hearing.


6/5/2020 update: SB 743 (Vehicle Miles Traveled Update)
The Chula Vista City Council voted to approve the Transportation study guidelines and resolution to implement SB 743 on June 9. Following the adoption of the TSG, staff will move forward with:
1. Developing guidance to Transportation Study preparers on the application of project-specific mitigation measures.
2. Developing larger-scale programmatic mitigation measures for VMT impacts. Options include developing a new mobility fee or implementing an in-lieu fee in which a project reduces its VMT impacts through the payment of a fee.
City Staff will be in contact with the BIA on mitigation measures and fees.

5/27/2020 update: SB 743 (Vehicle Miles Traveled Update)

The City of Chula Vista’s Draft Transportation Guidelines will be reviewed by the Planning Commission at their May 27 meeting at 6:00pm.

Staff will present their proposal to the Planning Commission that would convert development project traffic analysis from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled. The conversion is required by state law to address greenhouse gas emissions as prescribed by Senate Bill 743. Development projects will be evaluated for the length of trips rather than the number of trips as is the case with the LOS standard.

For information on how to join the live hearing, please click here.

To view the staff report, please click here.

To view the full agenda and materials, please click here (Click 2020 -> 2020-27-05 Packet – Item #4 attachments).

As of now, Staff anticipates City Council meeting for adoption in early June.

Eviction Moratorium Extension Approved

Yesterday, May 26, City council voted to extend the City’s eviction moratorium. The moratorium stops residential/commercial tenant evictions and suspends foreclosure for nonpayment of rent or mortgage when a tenant’s or homeowner’s income has been substantially impacted by COVID-19 and that impact can be adequately documented. The moratorium runs through June 30, 2020, as extended by City Council.

Please click here to read the ordinance and learn more about the moratorium.


5/26/2020 update:
Evictions Moratoriums Update

On May 26, City council will consider adopting an ordinance which would extend the temporary moratorium on residential & commercial evictions as their current ordinance is set to expire on May 31. Council will also consider extending the emergency ordinance to June 30, 2020. Please click here to view the agenda (item #13) and staff report.

Chamber of Commerce – Business Sector Update Meeting

In the last few weeks, the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce has hosted several industry-specific meetings with the goal of learning about the city’s Economic Development Plan and Safe Reopening requirements. So that Chula Vista businesses can meet, connect, and plan for a Safe Return, they have scheduled a Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce Membership Zoom meeting on Wednesday, May 27 at 12:30pm.

All Chamber members and Chula Vista businesses are welcome to attend the meeting.

Topic: Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce – COVID 19 Reopening Requirements presented by Chula Vista City Staff

Time: May 27, 2020: 12:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86146856599

Meeting ID: 861 4685 6599

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4/29/2020 update: Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Implementation

The City of Chula Vista will be presenting their SB 743 Implementation plan to Planning Commission on May 27 and anticipate a June 16 City Council hearing.

Currently, the practice of evaluating traffic transportation impacts uses on road congestion or level of service (LOS). SB 743 will require the amount of driving and length of trips – as measured by vehicle miles traveled (VMT) – be used to assess transportation impacts on the environment for CEQA review. These impacts will be reduced or “mitigated” by options such as increasing transit, providing for active transportation such as walking and biking, and participating in mitigation banks.

The City of Chula Vista’s proposed program has similarities to the City of San Diego employing regional areas and project size and type to determine necessity, level of impact and mitigation. Chula Vista will use a regional calculation rather than city specific with a 15% VMT reduction baseline as recommended by the OPR. Projects may fit the screening criteria list but could still be subject to city discretion.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more information, please contact BIA Staff.


4/8/2020 Update: On April 7, the Chula Vista City Council amended their Eviction Protection Ordinance. Please click here to view the amendments and click here for the eviction moratorium webpage, which includes a summary of the regulations.

3/27/2020 update: DSD Operational Plan 

Each morning Development Services Department (DSD) staff will place two bins in front of the doors to Building B.  One will be labeled “Drop Off” and one will be labeled “Pick Up”.  These bins will be out between 8:30 am and 2:45 pm, Monday through Friday.

New Submittals & Applications:

  1. Applicant deposits a flash drive in the “Drop Off” bin containing a complete set of plans, application, and all other required documents.
  2. The submittal will be reviewed by DSD staff to determine completeness.
  3. If the submittal is deemed incomplete, the applicant will be contacted by DSD staff with a list of missing items.  The flash drive will be placed in the “Pick Up” bin for retrieval by the applicant.
  4. If the submittal is deemed complete, the applicant will be notified of the application & plan check fees due.  All fees can be paid via Citizen Access.
  5. After fees are paid online, DSD staff will notify the applicant that plans and other physical documents can be deposited in the “Drop Off” bin.
  6. Physical documents deposited with the City will be quarantined for a period of 24 hours.
  7. Following the quarantine period, plans will be routed per normal procedures.

Resubmittals, Plan Changes, & Deferred Submittals:

  1. Applicant emails enovak@chulavistaca.gov a transmittal of all documents that will be submitted.
  2. The transmittal will be reviewed by DSD staff to determine completeness.
  3. If the submittal is deemed incomplete, the applicant will be contacted by DSD staff with a list of missing items.
  4. If the submittal is deemed complete, DSD staff will notify the applicant that hard copies of their submittal and approved transmittal can be deposited in the “Drop Off” bin.
  5. Physical documents deposited with the City will be quarantined for a period of 24 hours.
  6. Following the quarantine period, plans will be routed per normal procedures.

Permit Issuance:

  1. DSD staff will notify applicant that permit is ready to issue via email.  All required documents will be attached and fees due will be invoiced.  All fees can be paid online via Citizen Access.
  2. After fees are paid online and all documents are completed and returned to DSD, the permit will be issued.  All required documents will be produced and deposited in the “Pick Up” bin.
  3. The applicant will be notified via email that their permit package is ready for pickup.
  4. The applicant will sign the transmittal document attached to the permit package, indicated that they have received their permitted plans.  The signed transmittal document must be left in the “Drop Off” bin.

Updates will be posted on the Development Services website found here.  

City of Coronado

Open 8am to 5pm daily,  all City services by appointment only.

For appointments, call (619)522-7326 or email comdev@coronado.ca.us

Please click here to view the latest updates.

City of Del Mar, Encinitas, & City of Solana Beach

**5/15/2020 update: Encinitas Planning Commission Hearing – May 21

The Planning Commission is hearing changes to their Density Bonus Ordinance on Thursday, May 21.

The City’s Density Bonus Regulations were last revised in October 2017. A number of bills chaptered in the 2018 legislative session went into effect on January 1, 2019 and an additional bill chaptered in the 2019 legislative session (Assembly Bill AB 1763) went into effect on January 1, 2020. The proposed ordinance being presented on May 21 provides minor amendments to bring the existing regulations into compliance with State Law.

Please click here to view the staff report.


4/8/2020 update: Del Mar – City passes temporary halt on commercial evictions.

On April 6, the Del Mar City Council voted to temporarily suspended evictions of commercial tenants who can’t pay rent due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please click here to learn more and to read the staff report (see item #8).
4/1/2020 update: Encinitas Commercial and Residential Tenant Moratorium
On April 1, 2020, City Council adopted an Emergency Ordinance to enact a temporary moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of rent for residential and commercial tenants related to the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). The Ordinance is effective for rent due on or after March 27, 2020. The moratorium will last until the local emergency is terminated or the withdrawal of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-28-20, whichever occurs sooner, though the Council can extend the time period by a subsequent resolution. Click here for more information.

The Cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, & Solana Beach will be resuming inspections starting March 25.  Building Inspector to not do any inspections on occupied residential and or commercial buildings.  They are working on a protocol for video type inspections for some of the occupied buildings. All 3 Cities have contracted an Inspector from Esgil to handle Building Inspections.

Click the following links for more information for the following cities:

City of Del Mar

City of Encinitas

City of Solana Beach – Plan and Document Drop-Off

City of El Cajon

Essential services remain operational. Public interaction is limited and business is encouraged via phone, email or their Citizen Self Service portal found here.  Plan checking, permit issuance and inspections are still in place.

BUILDING: PAC_CSR@cityofelcajon.us
PLANNING: Planning@cityofelcajon.us
HOUSING: Housing@cityofelcajon.us

More information can be found on their website.

City of Escondido

**5/18/2020 update: Hearing on Extending Eviction Moratorium
On May 20, City council will consider adopting an ordinance which would extend the temporary moratorium on residential & commercial evictions as their current ordinance is set to expire on May 31. Council will also consider extending the emergency ordinance to June 30, 2020. Please click here to view the agenda (item #17) and click here to view the staff report.

4/10/2020 Update: Eviction Moratorium: The Escondido City Council passed an Ordinance on April 8, 2020 adopting a Temporary Eviction Moratorium as a result of the COVID-19 impact. Please click here to read FAQ’s regarding the ordinance.

Planning Commission: Hearings are yet to be determined and the Planning office continues to be reached only by email or by phone.

Submittals: Submitting will be via a dropbox at City Hall, with a check, and that box will be quarantined for 72 to 96 hours before it is opened.

NEW Inspection Request Deadline: Inspection requests received by 3 p.m. on any business day will be scheduled for the next business day. Inspection requests received after 3 p.m. will be scheduled in two business days. Please call us at 760-839-4646 to request your inspection. For an inspection time window for an inspection that is already scheduled, please call (760) 839-4647 and press “0” any time after 8:30 a.m. on the morning of your inspection.
If you have any additional concerns about our availability or how to move forward with your project or plan, please contact Mike Strong at 760-839-4556 or email at mstrong@escondido.org.

Staff continues to process projects, review applications, and conduct inspections until further notice, although the format for meeting with applicants and “drop in visitors” may change. Planning, Building and Engineering open, but admittance to City Hall will be by appointment only. Any other issues will be handled ad hoc.


Please click here to monitor the latest COVID-19 virus updates. The website will be updated as practices evolve.

City of Imperial Beach


The City of Imperial Beach has moved to entirely online processing of permits, plan checks, payments, and inquiries as City Hall and other public facility buildings are closed for the time being. At this time, critical path inspections are being carried out as long as social distancing requirements can be maintained and staff is researching the potential of self-certifications for specific projects or other alternatives that meet inspection standards. City staff is still working and facilitating projects where possible and have provided key contacts for the Community Development Department so that any interested party can receive up to date information about how to process permits. Please click here for more information.

City of La Mesa


March 24’s Regular City Council Meeting has been cancelled. Effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 18, 2020, City Hall will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice, only providing essential services and by appointment only. Community members who need to make payments may deposit them into the drop box located outside of La Mesa City Hall. All public safety and public works services will remain operational. To make an appointment please email or call:

Planning: sthompson@cityoflamesa.us or 619.667.1348

Building: kcarlos@cityoflamesa.us or 619.667.1176

Code Compliance: 619.667.1189

Engineering: pw-eng@cityoflamesa.us or 619.667.1166 **updated 6/18/2020

Cashier: ebullers@cityoflamesa.us or 619.667.1111

City of Lemon Grove

**6/15/2020 update: SB 743 Implementation – City Council Hearing

The City of Lemon Grove’s Draft Transportation Guidelines will be reviewed by the City Council at their June 16 meeting at 6:00pm.

Staff will present their proposal that would convert development project traffic analysis from Level of Service to Vehicle Miles Traveled. The conversion is required by state law to address greenhouse gas emissions as prescribed by Senate Bill 743. Development projects will be evaluated for the length of trips rather than the number of trips as is the case with the LOS standard.

Please click here to view the agenda (Item #4) and to learn how to participate in the virtual hearing.

For information on how to join the live hearing, please click here.

To view the staff report, please click here.



Starting  March 24, City Hall will be closed and staff will be available by appointment only. City staff emails and phone numbers can be found here.

National City

Operations Update: City Hall is closed to the public.  Please see below their current operations procedures:

  • Staff are issuing permits by email and phone.
  • When permits are issued by email, the hard copy permit will be delivered by a field inspector at first inspection.
  • Credit cards accepted through email.
  • Small size plan submittals of 10 mb or less can be sent with pdf file.
  • Larger files will be accepted using a dropbox type program that the city is working on.  They hope to have it operational next week.

If you have any questions, please contact BIA staff or:
Building Official – Luis Sainz
lsainz@nationalcityca.gov
619-336-4214

City of Oceanside

**6/15/2020 update: Facilities Reopening – June 15

Certain offices will reopen beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.

While lobbies reopen, visitors and employees must wear a face covering when entering, practicing physical distancing, and spaces may have limited occupancy.

City Hall access will be limited to people conducting business with municipal departments, and many services will continue to be available online.

The public counters to reopen include:

  • City Council / City Manager / City Attorney
  • City Clerk’s Office
  • Police / Fire Counters
  • Harbor Office
  • Cashier’s Office / Parks and Recreation Office
  • Human Resources Office

Development Services Counter to open 6/22/20


3/27/2020 update: The City of Oceanside held a Special Meeting on March 25 to consider and approve an urgency ordinance which provides for a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Peter Weiss called for the Special Meeting following the Governor’s executive order that authorizes local governments to pause evictions for renters through May 31, 2020.  The Council also voted to provide additional financial support to expand meal programs to any family or individual in need at this time. More information can be found here.


Services are still open including plan checks and inspections.  More information can be found on their website.

City of Poway

4/9/2020 Update: City passes temporary halt on commercial evictions. On April 7, the Poway City Council voted to temporarily suspended evictions of commercial tenants. Please click here to learn more (See Item #10).


The City of Poway is allowing existing construction projects to continue and providing inspection services with a much reduced staff.  They are allowing facetime, video and photos, when it is appropriate, in order to not hold up building inspections.  They are accepting resubmittals and construction changes for projects already in process.  Currently, they are only processing NEW building permits for roof-mount solar permits and over-the-counter permits for electric upgrades, water heaters and heaters.  Interior inspections (such as T.I.’s and new building interiors) are at the discretion of the inspector and may need to wait until the pandemic has subsided.  The City is exploring how to take in new applications, conduct plan checks and process permits with the limited staff they have at City Hall.  The City will post on their website if/when that happens.

Contacts:
BUILDING EMERGENCY PERMIT CALL (858) 668-4644
BUILDING INSPECTIONS CALL (858) 668-4646
PLANNING Hector Salgado (858) 668-4659
ENGINEERING Melody Rocco (858) 668-4653

Building Division: If you need an emergency building permit due to life or safety concerns, please call our building department at (858) 668-4644 and a representative will call you back as soon as possible. Roof-mount solar permits that require no plan check fee may be submitted via mail with a completed application and two sets of plans (permits will be issued via email). Over-the-counter permits for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and reroof permits may be submitted via mail with a completed application and applicable fee via check payable to City of Poway (permits will be issued via email). Resubmittals will be accepted via mail. For inspections, please contact (858) 668-4646 and follow the Building Field Inspection Protocol outlined below.

For other new submittals, email a copy of the completed application and a PDF of the plans (or link to a FTP site for downloading plans) to Andrea Palacios. The application will be reviewed by the Engineering and Planning Divisions for any additional items that need to be addressed prior to formal submittal of the permit. When no additional items remain for a full review, an email will be provided to the applicant from the Building Division with the applicable plan review fee. Then the completed application along with the requested hard copies of the plans and technical documents and applicable fee, via check payable to City of Poway, shall be mailed to the City at the following address:

Building Division, [Specify Permit #]
Development Services
13325 Civic Center Drive
Poway, CA 92064

Planning Division: Resubmittals may be submitted via mail along with a PDF version of the plans (or link to a FTP site for downloading plans) emailed to the assigned project planner. Please contact your project planner for all other inquiries and staff will respond within two normal business days. For new submittals email a copy of the completed application and a PDF of the plans (or link to a FTP site for downloading plans) to planning@poway.org. The applicable plan review fee will be emailed back to the applicant. Then the completed application along with the standard submittal package and applicable fee, via check payable to City of Poway, shall be mailed to the City at the following address:

Planning Division, [Specify Permit #]
Development Services
13325 Civic Center Drive
Poway, CA 92064

Land Development Division: Resubmittals for current projects may be submitted via mail along with a PDF version of the submittal package (or link to a FTP site for downloading the package). Please contact your project engineer for all other inquiries and staff will respond within two normal business days. Inspection services for current construction projects will continue to be provided. For new submittals email a copy of the completed application and a PDF of the plans (or link to a FTP site) to Andrea Palacios. The applicable plan review fee/deposit will be emailed back to the applicant. Then the completed application along with the standard submittal package and applicable fee, via check payable to City of Poway, shall be mailed to the City at the following address:

Engineering Division
Development Services
13325 Civic Center Drive
Poway, CA 92064

CIP Division: CIP staff are working remotely on a limited basis and will be checking email and voicemail. If you have questions about a current project, please contact your project manager and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Inspection services for current construction projects will continue to be provided.

Building Field Inspection Protocol 

  • Appointments will be coordinated as normal. Prior to the inspection, any interior inspections require the area of inspection to be sealed and vacated for a minimum 24-hour period prior to the inspection. Photographic evidence of the sealing shall be provided to the inspector and approved prior to appointment scheduling.
  • Special Instructions:
    • Only one point of communication with contractor or property owner during inspection is permitted. All other workers should remove themselves from the site during inspection.
    • Masks shall be used by all parties during the inspection.
    • A minimum six-foot social distancing shall be practiced during inspections.
    • The inspector may decline the inspection and remove themselves from the property if they believe that they may be exposed to someone that is sick.
    • When touching items touched by others:
      • Wear gloves when possible.
      • Disinfect items and surfaces.
      • Frequently wash hands, or if handwashing is not available sanitize hands.

For all other inquires related to Planning or Building, please contact City Planner David De Vries by email or call (858) 668-4604. For inquiries related to Engineering, Land Development or CIP, please contact City Engineer Melody Rocco by email or call 858-668-4653 and a response will be provided within two normal business days.

City of San Marcos

**6/19/2020 update: City Council suspends General Plan Update project due to impacts related to COVID-19

The City Council has suspended the General Plan Update project due to impacts related to COVID-19. The General Plan Update included a comprehensive approach to updating the long range policy document. Although the comprehensive General Plan Update has been suspended, the City will continue to update the Housing and Safety Elements while also addressing Environmental Justice as required by state law.

Notifications about upcoming events related to these updates will continue, and you are encouraged to stay engaged through these next steps.

If you have any questions, please contact mmcsweeney@biasandiego.org


6/4/2020 update: Public counters at City Hall and Public Works reopened this week

Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Public health and safety measures are in place.

DSD still encourages use of their “Virtual Counter” options when possible. Please click here for more information.


5/18/2020 update: Extended Moratorium

On May 12, the San Marcos City Council voted to extend the City’s temporary eviction moratorium to June 30, 2020. The moratorium was initially enacted as an urgency measure on March 24, 2020 to protect residential and commercial tenants from the possibility of eviction by reason of financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and imposed a temporary moratorium against such evictions. Please click here to view the news release.


3/24/2020 update: The San Marcos City Council took action to protect residential and commercial tenants from the possibility of eviction by reason of financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and approved a temporary moratorium against such evictions.  Please click here for more information.

The City is now in “essential services” mode for the foreseeable future. The City’s full attention is on maintaining basic services and supporting the community at this time. Some Planning and Engineering staff will continue to work on existing projects remotely on a limited basis. Please click here to monitor the City’s dedicated website for ongoing updates.

Planning and development review staff are working off sight and building inspections are ongoing.

City of Santee

The City of Santee will only be accepting and/or processing essential Encroachment Permits until further notice. Essential permits include those for:

  1. Emergency repairs
  2. Maintaining safety
  3. Permits critical to infrastructure needs

In regards to inspections, the only permits that should be requesting inspections are those that have previously started construction and need to be closed out for public safety reasons, or those that fall into one of the essential encroachment permit categories listed above. Further, night inspections should only be requested for emergency work.

Please remember only essential encroachment permit submittals will be processed, and all are to be submitted electronically via email: EncroachmentPermits@CityofSanteeCA.gov until further notice.

For emergency work permits, please make sure to indicate “Emergency Work” on the subject line and contact the Department of Development Services Inspection Line at (619) 258-4100 x 168.

Future updates will be posted here.


**7/2/2020 update: Updated Consolidated Fee Schedule for 2020

The City of Santee consolidated fee schedule has recently been updated to reflect the latest consumer price index and is effective as of July 1, 2020.

To view the Fee Schedule, please click here


5/15/2020 update: Santee City Council – Housing Element Workshop II / Affordable Housing Strategies

The City of Santee is preparing an update to the City’s Housing Element. Members of the public are invited to virtually attend a public workshop to be held before the City Council on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30pm. The workshop will be held via webinar and telephonically and more information will be posted on the City Clerk’s webpage found here.

The Housing Element is the City’s main housing policy and planning document that identifies housing needs and constraints, and sets goals and policies to address these needs.

The City must adopt an updated Housing Element by April 15, 2021. The workshop will also present information on inclusionary housing programs and other affordable housing strategies.

To view the public meeting notice, please click here.

City of Vista

**6/4/2020 update:

The Vista Civic Center will reopen to the public on Monday, June 8, which includes public counters at City Hall and Public Works. People entering City facilities must wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing at all times. Customer service hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Please note flex Friday schedule.

Residents and customers are encouraged to continue using the City website for available online services.



Vista is not accepting any new permit applications, but are still providing essential services to those projects that are in plan check, or permitted and under construction.

Due to the closure of City Hall until further notice, new applications for Planning, Building, Fire or Grading plans or permits will be processed as follows:

PLANNING:  E-mail Patsy Chow, Deputy Director/City Planner with all Planning inquiries – pchow@cityofvista.com.

BUILDING:  E-mail all Building Permit inquiries to – plansubmittals@cityofvista.com.  Procedures for Building permit applications can be found here. Electronic plan submittals are for preliminary review only; formal plan review will require submittal of plans/technical reports by appointment.

FIRE:  E-mail all Fire Permit inquiries to – mvierow@cityofvista.com.  Procedures for fire permit applications can be found here.

LAND DEVELOPMENT:  E-mail Jason Christman, Land Development Engineer with all Land Development, grading and improvement inquiries – jchristman@cityofvista.com

Any inquiries related to these interim permitting procedures should be directed to 760.643.5388. City staff’s response time goal for all electronic submittals is five business days. Response time goal for voice mail inquiries is 48 business hours.

Please click here to view the City’s webpage.

San Diego Gas & Electric

**6/1/2020 update: SDG&E Planned Power Outages

BIA staff has been in communication with SDG&E staff regarding resumption of planned outages as the Governor’s office has given the Utilities permission to schedule planned outages again. The message BIA got from the SDG&E representative was “Everything that was delayed will be given priority and we will begin working on those jobs next week (first week of June)”.
If your project has a planned outage that was delayed, or will need to schedule a planned outage, contact your SDG&E representative to inquire about scheduling the planned outage.
As of this writing, SDG&E has shared with the BIA that they have over 400 planned outages backlogged and will be working through those orders as described above. Patience will be required and we hope this update is helpful.
For additional information or questions, please email Mike McSweeney or call him at 858-514-7004.

4/8/2020 Update: Changes in Place for Planned Outages from SDG&E

The following e-mail was sent to BIA staff from Mitch Mitchell, Vice President, State Governmental Affairs and External Affairs at SDG&E, explaining the utility’s position regarding planned outages. SDG&E is under orders from the California Public Utilities Commission, the Governor and Cal Fire regarding planned outages:

Dear Michael,

Pursuant to our conversation on Friday about our planned outage situation (decision), I wanted to follow up with more detail. Attached to this email, you will find a letter signed by the leaders of the Office of Emergency Services (OES), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and CALFIRE that signals what they are expecting the California investor owned utilities to focus on during the current covid-19 virus crisis. This letter was written as a result of an evolving concern about customer impacts from how the utilities were scheduling and handling various work projects. When the Governor first announced his guidance for social distancing during the covid-19 virus and his subsequent shelter in place directions, we announced that we would be halting all planned outages unless they were tied to projects that were enabling us to address safety issues. 

The letter from the three agencies states what is expected of us at this time. Our initial decision to cancel all non-safety related planned outages resulted from our understanding that at a time when a majority of San Diego residents and students are now being required to work and learn at home, and to only leave their home for essential needs, turning off the electricity for any period would be an added disruption that would lead to heightened customer concerns. We also realized that our ability to properly address issues or concerns for medical baseline and life support designated customers that arise, was going to be hindered based on the current crisis. Under normal circumstances, if a planned outage is scheduled and a customer has a concern about the outage impact, they have the ability to go to a friends or a family members home during the outage. Due to the current shelter in place and social distancing order those options are unavailable. This makes the concern for medical baseline and life support designated customers even larger. 

With the direction provided by the agencies, we are going to continue focusing on the areas that the letter highlights. This situation ultimately impacts any plans that we had to move forward with planned outages that were scheduled for the purpose of powering new homes developments in our service area. Our focus is on complying with the direction provided by the letter and doing everything we can to operate the grid safely during this difficult period. We are planning to re evaluate the planned outage situation in May and, with guidance from the CPUC, make a decision about whether a change can be made that allows us to reschedule some of the planned outages that have been canceled this month as a result of this crisis. 

If the Governor, and CPUC advise us that new home development outages are indeed essential then we will gladly meet with you to discuss how to proceed. Addressing and ensuring the safety of our medical baseline and life support customers will be the top priority for us and options will have to be developed to protect them. We are all hopeful that the current health crisis is addressed and we can safely return to a normal operation soon but until then we will continue to focus on being a part of the solution to hopefully flatten the curve. 

Sincerely,

Mitch

Please click here to view the letter.


Jurisdictions are curtailing planned power outages as more people are working from home. BIA and SDG&E are working together to minimize disruptions to new home connections.

San Diego Unified School District

Developer/School Impact Fees: The department is working diligently to process Developer/School Impact Fees and Certificates of Compliance as quickly as possible. Please email your Approval Sheet and/or Project Number and all other relevant information to developer-fees@sandi.net.  You will receive a reply email with your fee calculation. Please send a check made payable to the SDUSD and include a phone number, email address and project number on your check.

Send all payments to:

SDUSD
Attn: REAL ESTATE/DEVELOPER FEES
4860 Ruffner Street, Annex 14
San Diego, CA 92111

Once payment is received by SDUSD, the dept. will create the Certificate of Compliance and email it to the email address associated with your City of San Diego Approval Sheet, as well as DSD at the City of San Diego.


Grossmont Union High School District

Developer/School Impact Fees: GUHSD will collect fees on Wednesdays, 8:00am-12:00pm, at the following location:

Grossmont Union High School District
9600 Milden Street
La Mesa, CA

For any questions, please contact:
Rosa Rosselli, Planning Technician
(619) 644-8177
(619) 644-3564 FAX

Notification of Payment:
Please make all checks payable to GUHSD
No cash or credit card payment accepted

Please click here for the GUHSD Building Fees webpage.

Otay Water District

**7/2/2020 update: Moratorium Extended on Capacity/Annexation Fees

Yesterday (July 1), the Otay Water District Board approved to extend their moratorium on changes or any potential increase to the Capacity and Annexation fees to October 31, 2020. As part of the moratorium OWD staff have been directed to defer their capacity fee study efforts and schedule.

OWD staff will reach out to stakeholders, including BIA, once the current environment changes and/or the moratorium approaches the expiration date.


5/15/2020 update: Integrated Water Resources Plan – Public Workshops

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, will be hosting an online workshop to learn about the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP). The Metropolitan is in the process of developing a new IRP in coordination with its member agencies and retail water providers. The updated IRP will incorporate different scenarios to most effectively plan for and address potential water supply reliability challenges and opportunities through 2045.

Knowing that future water supplies and demands are unpredictable for a variety of reasons, how can Metropolitan best prepare Southern California for continued water resilience and sustainability? The 2020 IRP will address this question with its scenario planning approach. Metropolitan will also discuss “drivers of change” that will affect the future of water, and welcomes your input and perspectives. “Drivers of change” include factors such as climate change impacts, technological innovations and water use trends.

Online public workshops are offered May 20 and May 22 at 10 a.m. The same material will be presented at both workshops. Registration is required; please click on the prior date links to register or click here to view the invitation.

You may also submit questions and feedback regarding the IRP by email.


90-Day Moratorium on Capacity/Annexation Fees: Yesterday (4/1), the Otay Water District Board approved a 90-day moratorium on changes or any potential increase to the Capacity and Annexation fees.  As part of the moratorium OWD staff have been directed to defer their capacity fee study efforts and schedule. OWD staff will reach out to stakeholders, including BIA, once the current environment changes and/or the moratorium approaches the expiration date.

Industry Resources

BIA INDUSTRY ALERT: COVID-19 Job Site Safety Protocol Adaptations

BIA of San Diego County has released the housing industry’s highly anticipated COVID-19 Job Site Safety Protocol. This critical document represents a collaboration between Lennar Homes, Shea Homes, Pardee Homes, Toll Brothers, D.R. Horton, California West Communities, Baldwin & Sons, Pacific Coast Communities and H.G. Fenton Company.
 
They recommend that all of San Diego’s building activity follow this safety protocol to promote and encourage best practices throughout our Region in order to keep the public, our local government partners and our workforce safe and healthy. 
 
You can find the Protocol here.


**6/11/2020 update: SB 743 Update – SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments)

SCAG, as are several cities and Boards of Supervisors from the Southland and Mid-State, are formally requesting that Governor Gavin Newsom grant a one-year extension to the implementation of VMT (vehicle miles traveled). Please click here to read the letter.

5/29/2020 update: Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) Update

RWQCB Conducting Drive By Inspections

RWQCB staff are out doing drive-by inspections of construction sites. RWQCB staff reported to BIA staff on Thursday that they have noticed sites have been doing a good job of “track out” cleaning. The 3 things to keep on top of are:

  • Properly installed stabilized construction site entrances
  • Properly installed silt fencing and straw waddles
  • No loose trash or debris

BIA members should be aware that construction sites are easy targets for environmentalists, neighbors living nearby and lawyers seeking to file citizen suits. Work with your site QSD/QSP to have your SWPPP onsite in your construction trailer.

Finally, if your project is in the Los Penasquitos watershed, the RWQCB is especially looking for sediment discharges. Be vigilant and avoid a violation!

For more information, please contact BIA Staff: Mike McSweeney


5/11/2020 update: County of San Diego COVID-19 UPDATE

Please review the County Health Officer’s Updated safety protocol, which covers all construction throughout the San Diego Region. It supersedes all local guidance versions: Construction Industry COVID-19 Exposure Response & Prevention Plan

Please note that starting May 8, employees of all essential businesses must wear facial coverings.

In addition, San Diego County and California public health officials have issued updated public health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The County order is in effect until further notice: San Diego County public health order (PDF) Updated May 9, 2020

Safe Reopening for businesses: The state is allowing certain businesses to reopen, with restrictions, starting May 8. The County is requiring businesses to complete the County’s Safe Reopening Plan, print and post it at their entrance. Businesses should also review and refer to the state checklist for their specific industry. Please refer to the construction industry’s guidance and checklist for the Construction industry. Essential businesses already operating do not need to submit a new plan.

Each business’s plan may need to be updated and reposted when state guidance changes. The County will not require approval for this plan. Businesses with questions can email: COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov


April 1, 2020 Industry Update: Construction Industry Letter on COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Job Sites & Ancillary Services 

BIA, along with construction industry associations such as the AGC, ABC, and more, have signed on to a coalition letter on COVID-19 safety. BIA requests that members to push these policies out to the jobsites and do safety briefings to staff on latest measures. It is important to note that if one jobsite that fails to follow these guidelines, it most likely will spoil it for all.

Please click here to view the letter.


BIA Legislative Alert: Industry Ask – Do No Harm

Do No Harm: On April 3, the BIA sent a letter to every jurisdiction informing that the industry continues to follow stringent COVID-19 related health and safety guidance, and requesting that jurisdictions “do no harm” by suspending all plans to increase regulatory and fee burdens unless they are specifically designed to create relief by reducing costs and/or by streamlining the housing planning and production process.

Please click here to view one of the letters.  BIA will update the industry as jurisdictions respond.


BIA News Alert: Local building industry adapting to COVID-19 restrictions

“SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – California’s stay at home order may be in effect, but you can still hear the sounds of heavy machinery and hammers banging across San Diego County.  Construction was deemed essential, allowing builders to continue working.”

Borre Winckel, President & CEO, was recently interviewed by 10News on how the building industry is adapting to COVID-19 safety measures.  Please click here to read the article/view the interview.


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Information

Wells Fargo is participating in the Paycheck Protection Program.   To apply for a Paycheck Protection Program Loan with Wells Fargo, an applicant must have a Wells Fargo business loan, or Wells Fargo business account, or Wells Fargo business credit card as of February 15, 2020.

Existing Wells Fargo SBA customers: For existing Wells Fargo SBA customers that have their SBA loan with us currently,  Wells Fargo’s Loan Servicing team can help with payment deferments.   For payment deferments on their existing Wells Fargo SBA loans, please complete this form and email completed for to SBAPMGCOVID19@wellsfargo.com.

For more information, please contact:
Roy Chiovari, CTP
Senior Vice President
Regional Sales Manager
Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
Tel 760-432-5347  |  Cell 858-254-6964  |  Fax 866-845-0878
roy.chiovari@wellsfargo.com

www.wellsfargo.com/commercialbanking

Wells Fargo Paycheck Protection Program Website

Wells Fargo Coronavirus (COVID-19) information center

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance (Currently available from the SBA): Disaster Loan assistance is only available directly from the SBA – not from bank lenders that participate in the 7(a) and 504 loan programs.  Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.    For customers that inquire about SBA Disaster Loan Assistance, please click here.