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 2020. There is only 1 remaining Board agenda available (September 15, 2020) before the Map Tax certificate expiration of September 21, 2020. To be on that agenda all Conditions must be satisfied, Mylars and all original documents must be submitted prior to August  25, 2020. If can not do that, you will have to reapply for the tax cert which will take 4-8 weeks to process in the current situation, that gets you to November 21, 2020. At that time there is only 1 remaining Board hearing date available, December 8, 2020.



Preliminary CEQA Hydrology Checklist

* Business Process Reorganization (BPR)