PDS Public Records

Planning & Development Services public records are available for public review online for properties in the unincorporated area of San Diego County.

Some Planning & Development Services records can be accessed online using the following tools:

Research permit history, pay fees, schedule inspections, and apply for building permits online. For assistance, you can view Help Guides for Accela Citizen Access

Provides general property characteristics to help in preparing plans and documentation. A help guide to use this tool is available for assistance.

Research permits and archived documents for properties, projects, and developments in San Diego’s unincorporated communities.


For all other PDS Records:

To request PDS records that are not available online, please visit the County Public Records Requests Portal and select Planning & Development Services as the department to receive assistance from County staff. 

(California Public Records Act, Government Code Section 7920 et seq.).

Records Exempt from Disclosure:

State law recognizes that certain categories of documents may be exempt from disclosure. Examples of categories of documents that the County may exempt from disclosure include those listed below. Please note, this list is not exhaustive.

  1. Attorney-client communications to and from counsel for the purpose of seeking or rendering legal advice are exempt from disclosure.
  2. Appointment calendars, phone records, emails, memos and other records which impair the deliberative process of County staff may be withheld.
  3. Preliminary drafts, notes, or interagency or intra-agency memos that are not retained in the ordinary course of business, if the public interest in withholding those records clearly outweighs the public interest in disclosure.
  4. Names and contact information of complainants in code enforcement actions may be withheld.