Guide to Getting San Diego Building Permits Easily

Getting a San Diego Building Permits in Minutes

Home improvement projects may require a building permit even if you are not adding a room or building an addition. If you are in San Diego and planning to do some repair or improvement project, this article will identify when a building permit is needed in San Diego and how to get one.

Keep reading to find out how DoNotPay can handle building permits and a wide range of other tasks on your behalf, saving you time and money. Or check out some other articles in the Planning Permissions product series.

When Is a Building Permit Necessary in San Diego?

A to construct a new structure or improve an existing structure. Some projects that require a building permit include adding or removing walls, tall fences, changing plumbing, or changing the use of a room. San Diego building permits are not required for small fences, floor coverings, or repainting. Projects like re-roofing, remodeling, or residing require no-plan permits.

What Documents Are Needed for a San Diego Building Permit?

When you are ready to get a building permit, you will need to fill out the building permit application and the Owner/Builder Information form. If HOA approval is required, it should be provided with your permit application. Building plans and blueprints may be required depending on the scope of your project. Larger projects may require contractor information as well. After the application, you may need to provide inspection and zoning documents.

How to Get a Building Permit in San Diego on Your Own

If you want to get a building permit in San Diego, it must be issued by Planning and Development Services. These are the steps you should take to start the building permit process. The instructions to apply in person are the same except you would go to the Development Services Division of the City Operations Building instead of the website. The entire process from application to permit will take six months to one year to complete.

  1. Go to the City of San Diego website. Follow the prompts to the Development Services page.
  2. The prompts will lead you to the building permit application.
  3. Fill out all the requested information.
  4. Continue to the Owner/Builder Information form.
  5. Fill out all the information completely.
  6. Submit application and application fees.
  7. After submitting your application, there is approximately a four-week wait for an appointment with the Building Division for a regular building permit. Unless express fees are paid or staff selected for rapid review.
  8. Schedule and attend a meeting with the Building Division. After review, you will be given a list of conditions that must be met for the permit to be issued. This will include inspections that are required before building.
  9. After completing the list of conditions, you will need to pay permit fees, impact fees, and all other fees due before the permit are issued.

What Fees Must Be Paid to Obtain a Building Permit in San Diego?

The fees associated with obtaining a include a variety of fees that may or may not apply to a given project. Here are some of the fees that you may need to pay.

The charge will be computed based on the value when a project is not expressly specified in the Schedule of Building Construction Permit Fees.

Total ValuationPermit Fee
$1.00 to $50,000.00First $10,000.00 - $374.00  plus $1.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00.
$50,001.00 to $100,000.00First $50,000.00 - $414.50 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $100,000.00.
$100,001.00 to $500,000.00First $100,000.00 - $639.50 $3.50 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00.
$500,001.00 to $1,000,000.00First $500,000.00 - $2,039.50 plus $3.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $1,000,000.00.
$1,000,001.00 and upFirst $1,000,000.00 - $3,539.50 plus $2.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof.

Getting a San Diego Building Permit With DoNotPay

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Getting a building permit quickly and easily in San Diego using DoNotPay:

If you want to apply for a Building Permit Quickly and Easily in San Diego but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered.

  1. Go to the Planning Permissions product on DoNotPay.
  2. Choose one of the following options:
    1. Check whether your project needs a building permit or if it's exempt
    2. Generate a permission request letter to send to your HOA
    3. Generate a guide on how to complete the building permit application
  3. Choose the focus of your project (new ADU, pool, shed, fence, etc.) and answer a few questions about your plans, including the size of the structure and estimated cost.

  4. Indicate whether you're hiring a contractor and include the estimated start date and the timeline for the project.
  5. Indicate whether any public sidewalk/street space will be used during construction.
  6. And that's it! DoNotPay will help guide you through the building permit process by checking if your project needs a building permit, contacting any HOAs you're a part of to request building permission, or generating detailed instructions on how to start and complete your building permit application process.

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