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The County reviews plans to the most recently adopted California Building Code, County of San Diego Amended Building Code, the County of San Diego Zoning Ordinance and General Plan. We understand that staying current with all of these requirements can be challenging and that there are portions of each referenced code that can be left to interpretation. That is why it is our goal to offer all of our customers an opportunity for a second opinion on any correction or interpretation that we have made during plan review or over the counter. If you as our customer feel that your interpretation of a requirement could be interpreted a different way, please ask for a second opinion.
A second opinion is available on any interpretation or correction provided and will not affect the level of customer service you receive. We ask you to provide your interpretation of the code along with any health and safety concerns that the interpretation may cause and how this will affect your project. The second opinion will come from one of our senior staff or a supervisor who will have a chance to take a deeper look at supporting documentation on both sides of the issue. This may occur at the counter or require a few days for proper research and understanding of the intent of the code in question. After your second opinion you can always follow up with our Building Official for a final opinion.
The Project Issue Resolution (PIR) Conference
This is yet another opportunity for our customers to have interpretations reviewed and heard by Executive Management. A Project Issue Resolution Conference is a meeting that includes an applicant, our Executive Management team, and County Project Staff to discuss issues and identify solutions that were not able to be resolved with County Supervisors due to interpretations of code or other unique circumstances related to a project. Please click here for more information.
Here are some important Building Division links:
- PDS Online Services Guidance - Do you have a question? Try this first!
- Research Permit History and Apply for Permits
- Average Wait Times at the Building Counter
- Building Forms and Handouts
- Building Permit-Related Fees
- Building Permit Renewal and Expiration
- Building Plot Plan Requirements
- County Building Codes
- Green Building Program
- Energy Efficiency, Green Building and Renewable Energy Information
- Online Building Permit Application
- Planning a Building Project - General Requirements
- Real Time Permit Center Queue Status
Check out this CTN.org video about how building codes and inspections keep County residents safe!