Final/Parcel Map Application User Guide
WHAT IS A FINAL MAP OR PARCEL MAP?
A Final Map or Parcel Map is the last step in the subdivision process and is required to finalize an approved Tentative Map (TM) and Tentative Parcel Map (TPM) and create saleable lots. The process requires that any conditions listed in the Final Notice of Approval or Resolution be satisfied and often requires processing of grading and improvement plans.
Final Maps or Parcel Maps are processed by Planning & Development Services (PDS). PDS is committed to helping customers navigate the mapping process and ensuring customer satisfaction. Applicants and their professional staff (Engineer and/or Land Surveyor) will work directly with PDS mapping and engineering staff. When issues arise, applicants can request a Project Issue Resolution Conference at any time in the process to discuss issues with Executive Management and County project staff.
WHEN DO YOU NEED A FINAL MAP OR PARCEL MAP?
After an applicant has an approved Tentative Map (TM) or an approved Tentative Parcel Map (TPM), the applicant must process and record a Final Map or Parcel Map to complete the subdivision. A Final Map is required for all major subdivisions creating 5 or more lots or condominium units and a Parcel Map is required for all minor subdivisions creating 4 or fewer parcels or condominium units.
CONSISTENCY WITH POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS
In order for a Final Map or Parcel Map to be approved and recorded the following criteria must be met:
- The form and content of the maps is governed by Government Code Section 66410 et. seq. (Map Act), County of San Diego Subdivision Ordinance 81.101 et. Seq. (Subdivision Ordinance), and the County Mapping Manuals
- The Final Map or Parcel map must be “Timely Filed” pursuant to the Map Act, which means:
- All conditions of approval of the tentative map must be satisfied.
- All non-County signatures have been acquired and notarized as necessary, as well as the County Tax Collector signature on the map mylars.
- A recorded Map Tax Certificate with proof of payment of taxes shall be submitted.
- A subdivision guarantee shall be provided.
- Recording fees made payable to the San Diego County Recorder/Clerk shall be submitted.
DECISIONS AND PUBLIC INPUT
Once all requirements have been satisfied, the Final Map or Parcel Map is approved by the Director of PDS with concurrence by the Director of Department of Public Works (DPW). Parcel Maps and Final Maps have separate processing requirements, as discussed below:
Once approved, the map is then delivered by County staff for signature by the San Diego County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (Clerk) and recordation by the San Diego County Recorder’s office (Recorder). No public notice of the decision is required.
Once approved, County staff will process the notice of approval package by Communications Received (CR) and then post the CR on agenda with the Clerk. The CR package must be delivered by County staff to the Clerk by 4 pm 2 weeks prior to the proposed hearing date. This is a hard deadline, if it is not possible to deliver the package by the deadline the approval will not be placed on the agenda. The package must contain all original wet signed documents as required by the Resolution of Approval. After County Staff confirms the CR posting on the hearing date, an appointment is made by staff with the Clerk to acquire the Clerk’s signature on the map and forward the map to the Recorder.
In addition to the subdivision ordinance, there are several other ordinances that a Final Map and Parcel Map may need to comply with. Below is a list and link to some of the common ordinances that apply to map modifications:
In addition to the Ordinances listed above, Final Maps and Parcel Maps must conform with adopted County design manuals and standards. The most common design manuals and standards are listed below:
OTHER JURISDICTIONS & DEPARTMENTS
During the review process, PDS will route the proposal to various departments, depending upon the proposed project and potential impacts. A determination will be made by PDS on which Departments and jurisdictions will need to review the project during the first review. Depending upon the specifics of the project, outside agency approval can also be required. Some examples of other departments and jurisdictions that may be involved in the permit process include:
- The Department of Public Works: Private Development Construction Inspection, Flood Control, Field Operations, Materials Lab, Special Districts for Private Road Districts (PRD), Wastewater Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Watershed Protection, and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Divisions.
- Department of Environmental Health and Quality
- Regional Water Quality Control Board
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- State Water Resources Control Board
- Local Fire District
- United States Fish and Wildlife Service
APPROXIMATE COST AND TIMELINE
PDS strives to process all permits efficiently to keep costs down and to work with the community and applicants to resolve issues. The cost and timeline for processing a Final Map or Parcel Map may vary based on the complexity of the review.
The timelines for permit issuance can vary based on the number of iteration reviews, as well as various factors, such as the resubmittal times of applicants, and the overall complexity of the project review.
Applicants can also submit for an optional initial consultation meeting to obtain more detailed cost, scope, and time estimates.
How Do I Submit a Final or Parcel Map?
To identify what type of permit is required for your project, visit our Building Services Land Development Counter at 5510 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123, call us at (858) 694-2055 or visit our website.
This step is Optional:
Submit a request for an Initial Consultation meeting. This process is available to and recommended for applicants wanting input on requirements, design, and cost and time estimates before submittal.
Complete all required forms, plans, documents, and studies as required by the Final/Parcel Map application checklist.
Identify the required fee/deposit required for the application.
Make an appointment to submit the complete application and initial deposit in-person at the Land Development counter, or submit the complete application by email to the LD Permit Counter. Complete all required forms, plans, and documents as required by the Final Mapping Submittal application checklist.
A PDS Land Development Mapping reviewer will be assigned to the project and will contact you once the review is complete.
Submittal Requirement's Introduction
The tables below indicate the forms and deposits that must be submitted for each type of Final Map/Parcel Map application. Please review this information and complete and submit the submittal checklist and required documents listed below.
For in-person submittals, please bring the completed checklist, all completed forms and application materials, and a check for the correct amount to the Land Development Counter located at 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 110 (First Floor). Applications can be submitted Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Except County Holidays).
PDS is happy to assist you with any questions you may have on this
process. Please call our Land Development Counter at (858) 694-2055 or
with any questions.
Part 1: Forms
This table indicates the required forms that must be submitted for each map application type including a copy of the original. A link to these forms is included in part 3.
Final Map/Parcel Map
# of Copies
Final Map/Parcel Map Initial Submittal Checklist (PDS-822)
Application Deposit Acknowledgement and Agreement (PDS-126)
Copy of TM Resolution of Approval/TPM Final Notice of Approval
Copy of stamped approved TM/TPM
Additional documents and studies may be requested after the first
review of the application. A Land Surveyor will be assigned to your
application and will contact you early in the process to discuss
additional documents that may be required.
Part 2: Fee and Deposit Schedule
The deposit or fees required for each type of Map application is determined based upon the special area designator and if a minor or major site plan is required. A copy of our complete fee ordinance can be found here.
Parcel Map Review
Final Map Review
- 2 Lot Tentative Parcel Map
- Any Project that is on Septic will pay a Flat fee of $660 for Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) review.
- PDS Trails Fee's are a Flat fee of $203 Initial Review and $203 for each subsequent Review.
- Deposit accounts are charged
based on the time staff spends reviewing the project. Depending
upon the staff time needed to review the project, an additional
deposit may be required.
- Fees are one-time only payments to cover staff review of the application.
Part 3: Final Mapping Submittal Checklist
For an application to be accepted, the forms and documents listed in part one (forms) must be submitted along with the required deposit or fee listed in part 2 (fee and deposit schedule). Please place a checkmark by each form being submitted and bring this page with you when you submit your application.
Type of application being submitted: _TM/TPM Number:______________
- Land Development Application (PDS-811)
- Fee/Deposit: ________________
- Application Deposit Acknowledgement and Agreement (PDS-126)
- USB Drive Containing PDF of each document listed in this checklist (PDS-839)
- Copy of Approved TM Resolution of Approval / TPM Final Notice of Approval
- Copy of Approved Tentative Map/Parcel Map (copy approved and stamped by PDS)
- Copy of Approved Open Space Exhibits (provide copy of PDS dated and approved exhibits as identified in approved Resolution/Final Notice of Approval)
- Preliminary Title Report (PTR) (current within 6 months of map submittal)
- Vesting Deed (ownership must match PTR)
- Easement Deeds (provide all contained in the PTR) Proof of Legally Disturbed Area
- Ownership (Map agrees with vesting deed and PTR)
- General Map Completeness, title sheet, current certificates, statements, monuments described, basis of bearings, survey procedure complete, easements plotted, notes)
- Reference Maps (any documents used to establish survey procedure. i.e. maps, surveys field notes, boundary adjustment plats, etc.)
- Two Bond Copies of the Map (signed by the surveyor/ engineer)
- Calculations (Traverse Closures)
- Gross / Net
- Easement Calcs and Ties
- C.C.S. / B.O.B. TIES
ADDITIONAL SUBMITAL REQUIREMENTS
- Cutoff Deeds (If required) and/or boundary adjustment plat
- Senior Deeds (if required) senior deeds may not be required if they are previously mapped lines by a record of survey, parcel map, or subdivision map
- q Mapped lines by a record of survey, parcel map or subdivision map
- q Ownership
Documentation (required to determine signature authority)
- PARTNERSHIP (Limited) (provide form LP-1 (Certificate of Limited Partnership) filed with the Secretary of the State of California)
- PARTNERSHIP (General) (provide partnership papers and/or statement of partnership as recorded in the County of San Diego)
- CORPORATION (provide copy of Articles or Sec of State filing identifying officers)
- LLC (Copy of a resolution of the Board of Directors or the corporate Articles or Bylaws, granting specific authority
The map submittal may be rejected without the items in the checklist above being satisfied or shown on the map.