Land Development


The Land Development Division provides engineering and review services for construction and development projects throughout the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

The DPW Land Development Website hosts additional information related to processes under their ultimate authority.


Schedule an appointment online with Land Development Counter staff for the following appointment types:

  • Grading Permit Application Submittal
  • Grading Permit Issuance


Starting Monday, February 1, 2021, we will require a flash drive in addition to the hard copy files for all new projects and resubmittals for the following permits:

  • All Major Minor, and Stockpile Grading Permits               
  • All Major, Minor, and Public Improvement Plans 
  • Final Map Applications
  • Parcel Map Applications
  • Centerline Applications
  • PDP SWQMP Referrals

The Flash Drive MUST include individual PDF files of all required documents, plans, and reports. ZIP files, encrypted or password protected are not allowed. For questions please contact your Land Development Project Manager, or the Land Development Counter at

Click here for the Flash Drive Submittal Checklist


Final Map Approval Announcement:

Please be aware if you are processing a Final Map and wish to get it approved and recorded in 2021. Final Map approvals are posted by Communications Received on the Tuesday Board of Supervisors agendas. The remaining available Board meeting dates are June 29, July 13, August 17 and 31, September 14 before the Map Tax Certificates expire on September 20, 2021. To be placed on an agenda your map must be Timely Filed pursuant to the Subdivision Map Act prior to August 14, 2021. Timely Filed means all Conditions must be satisfied, Mylars and all original documents, including but not limited to the Improvement Agreement with security, recorded Map Tax Certificate and Subdivision Guarantee must be submitted to Land Development Mapping staff 4 weeks prior to your preferred Board date. If you can not meet the August 14th date, you will need to reapply through the San Diego County Tax Collector for an updated Map Tax Certificate which takes 4-8 weeks to process. 8 weeks from September 20 is November 15. That only leaves 1 available Board Date in 2021, December 7, 2021, before the updated  Map Tax Certificate expires on December 31, 2021.



Preliminary CEQA Hydrology Checklist

* Business Process Reorganization (BPR)