1. Real Estate Sign Restrictions
  2. Business Taxes & Permits
  3. Water Retrofit Requirements
  4. Flood Plain & Earthquake Maps
  • Real Estate Sign Restrictions

    Real Estate Sign Restrictions

    The following is a brief outline of local sign ordinances applicable to temporary real estate signs in residentially zoned areas in various jurisdictions in San Diego County. The information reflects the most commonly asked questions and is in no way meant to replace the actual sign ordinances. You are encouraged to contact the local jurisdiction with additional questions or for any points of clarification. Pages last updated: Summer, 2007.
  • Disclaimer

    Disclaimer

    *Public Right-of-Way: That portion of a property deeded to the City for streets, curbs, sidewalks, and other public improvements. For the purposes of sign regulations, the Public Right-of-Way includes curbs, sidewalks, and the small areas between curbs and sidewalks. If you are unsure, please call the number provided.
    **Disclaimer- The information provided is updated to the best of our ability using written and verbal information provided by the jurisdiction. If you are unsure or unclear on a rule, please call the number provided for further assistance.
  • Carlsbad

    Carlsbad

    More Info: (760) 602-2703
    On-Premise For Sale Signs1 sign (4 square feet maximum), No lights, banners or pennants, 5 Feet above average grade, remove 15 days after sale.
    Off-Premise Directional SignsOff-site signs, not a public right-of-way (within 10 feet of the curb), must have property owner's permission.
  • Chula Vista

    Chula Vista

    More Info: (619) 691-5280
    On-Premise: 1 sign (3 square feet maximum), No lights, banners or pennants, remove 15 days after sale.
    Off-site signs, not allowed in public right-of-way (within 10 feet of the curb), must have property owner's permission. Open house 5 signs max during daylight hours on private property with permission of property owner. Any signs in public right away have been deemed trespassing and will be confiscated and trashed. Fines are issued for any signs in public right-of-way.
  • Coronado

    Coronado

    (619) 522-7320
    On-Premise maximum: 6 square feet / 4 feet tall. Not allowed in public right-of-way. Removal 15 days after close of escrow. No banners or flags with exception of nonprofit and nonpolitical banners.Off-Premise Directional Signs: All off-premise signs must have approval of the property owner and no signs are allowed in the public right-of-way.
  • County (Unincorporated)

    County (Unincorporated)

    (858) 565-5981
    On-Premise: Maximum height of 12 feet. In residential zones, the signs are limited to 4 square feet in area and a maximum height of 6 feet. No more than one on a parcel and no allowance for long frontages. 32 square feet in commercial and industrial zones and up to 64 square feet if the frontage is greater than 500 feet in length.
    Off-Premise: No more than 1 on each parcel with the permission of the property owner, or 2 on a corner lot, not allowed in the public right-of-way, no larger than 4 square feet, daylight hours only.
  • Del Mar

    Del Mar

    (858) 794-4610
    On-Premise: 5.5 square feet displayed for each individual unit in a Residential Zone, and a maximum of 6 sq ft in a Commercial Zone, must be out of public right-of-way, and in place for 60 days or less. An additional 3 sq ft will be allowed for "open house" signs placed upon the private property, during "open house" hours only. Balloons are considered signs.
    Off-Premise: Must have property owner's permission, 8-12 feet off of the curb, San Diego areas: Del Mar Heights/Highlands.
  • El Cajon

    El Cajon

    (619) 441-1716
    On-Premise: 1 sign per street frontage (12 sq ft max, 32 sq ft in commercial). No flags, banners or balloons.
    Off-Premise: 4 sq ft maximum, not on public right-of-way with exception of political signs. Limit of 6 off-site signs per property advertised, limit 2 per property. There is a mandatory Temporary Sub-division Sign Application, which must be completed within a reasonable time prior to posting and requires a $190 bond be posted for each sign.
  • Encinitas

    Encinitas

    (760) 633- 2600
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 2 signs (3 square feet maximum), unlit. Flags and banners allowed during daylight hours if securely fastened.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: 3 sign limit. Daylight hours only. Not on public right-of-way, must have property owner's permission. Flags and banners allowed during daylight hours if securely fastened.
  • Escondido

    Escondido

    (760) 839-4671
    On-Premise:1 unlit sign per frontage (not to exceed 2 signs) 4 sq ft maximum. May have up to 2 riders but must not exceed 5 sq ft including riders. Must be removed within 15 days after close of escrow.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: Up to 3 off-site Open House signs, not to exceed 4 sq ft in area and 5 sq ft in height. May attach up to 3 balloons. Must be out of public right-of-way, and the property owner's permission is required.
  • Imperial Beach

    Imperial Beach

    (619) 628-1356
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 1 sign per frontage, 8 square feet for lots up to 9,999 square feet. Permit required with a $10 filing fees. Flags permitted, but no pennants or banners.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: One-on-One basis with confirm from the city. Contact the Community Development Department at the number above.
  • La Mesa

    La Mesa

    (619) 463-6611
    On-Premise For Sale Signs Residential: 1 sign per street frontage, no lights (4 sq ft maximum and 5 ft tall maximum). Removal 15 days after close of escrow.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: 4 sq ft maximum. Only on open house days. Not in public right-of-way.
  • Lemon Grove

    Lemon Grove

    (619) 825-3800
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: One sign maximum 6 sq ft (Commercial/Industrial zones: two signs, maximum 16 sq ft.)
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: Maximum of one sign per intersection along most direct route to development. Maximum sign are 9 sq ft, maximum sign height 5 ft. Permit required prior to installation of signs.
  • National City

    National City

    (619) 336-4310
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 2 unlit signs (50 sq ft per frontage - in commercial zones, 6 sq feet in residential). Removal 7 days after close of escrow.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: Maximum area of all signs limited to 100 sq ft, unlit, 180 day limit
  • Oceanside

    Oceanside

    (760) 966-4770
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 2 signs (maximum: 6 sq ft and 5 ft tall).
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: 1 sign (4 sq ft maximum), only allowed from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Poway

    Poway

    (858) 668-4600
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 1 unlit sign per frontage (4 square feet maximum and 5 ft in height, 32 sq ft and 8 ft in height maximum in commercial), removal 15 days after close of escrow. Signs on rear street frontages are prohibited.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: 4 sq ft maximum and 5 ft in height.
  • San Diego

    San Diego

    (619) 446-5000
    On-Premise For Sale Signs1 sign per frontage (4 sq ft maximum), no flags or banners. 5"x7" in La Jolla, 9"x12" in Rancho Bernardo, (PDO Regs). Must have firm name. Removal 15 days after close of escrow.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: 4 sq ft maximum. Daylight hours only. Not on public right-of-way including street medians, sidewalks & grass strip at curb. No flags, banners or pennants.City of San Diego Sign Regulations
  • San Marcos

    San Marcos

    (760) 744-1050 ext. 3204
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 1 sign per frontage (6 sq ft maximum), 5 ft height limit, removal 15 days after close of escrow. Not in public right-of-way or on public property.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: Allowed if confirmed by city (not in public right-of-way), permitted by Kiosk Directional Signs displayed by the city. May contain the development name.
  • Santee

    Santee

    (619) 258-4100
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 1 unlit sign per frontage (4 sq ft maximum and 5 ft height maximum). No flags or banners. No permits required. Removal 15 days after close of escrow.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: 4sq. ft maximum and 5 ft height maximum. Not on public right-of-way. Not on vacant lots advertising other property.
  • Solana Beach

    Solana Beach

    (858) 481-2633
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 1 unlit sign (6 sq ft maximum and 5 ft tall maximum), 1 open house sign, single small flag/pennant per sign.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs: 1 (6 sq ft sign and 5 ft tall maximum) per lot with owner's approval. Not on public right-of-way. Single small flag/pennant per sign.
  • Vista

    Vista

    (760) 639-6100
    On-Premise For Sale Signs: 1 sign per frontage (6 sq ft maximum and 8 feet tall maximum), 6 square feet extra per acre allowed on lots. Signs must not exceed 96 sq ft. Removal 15 days after close of escrow.
    Off-Premise Directional Signs Not permitted
  • Business Taxes & Permits

    Business Taxes & Permits

    The following is a brief outline of local sign ordinances applicable to temporary real estate signs in residentially zoned areas in various jurisdictions in San Diego County. The information reflects the most commonly asked questions and is in no way meant to replace the actual sign ordinances. You are encouraged to contact the local jurisdiction with additional questions or for any points of clarification. Pages last updated: Summer, 2007.
  • Carlsbad

    Carlsbad

    More Info: (760) 602-2495
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, signs, garage conversions.
    Cost - Included in Gross Receipts Tax.

    Business Taxes
    Gross Receipts - Minimum $25 + $5 per employee
    (760) 602-2495
  • Chula Vista

    Chula Vista

    More Info: (619) 691-5272
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - signs, employees, customers, case-by-case approval.
    Cost - $25 one time fee.

    Business Taxes
    Five or fewer employees - $25 for first year
    Six or more employees - $52.50 + $6.50 per employee.
    (619) 691-5272
  • Coronado

    Coronado

    (619) 522-7320
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - signs, use of accessory structures, customers, can't impact residential parking, must be owner-occupant.
    Cost - $15 annual fee.

    Business Taxes
    Gross Receipts - $25 up to $15,000; $50 - $50,000; $87 - over $50,000
    (619) 522-7320
  • County (Unincorporated)

    County (Unincorporated)

    No business license required in unincorporated area of county.
  • Del Mar

    Del Mar

    (619) 755-9313
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, signs, garage conversions
    Cost - Included in Gross Receipts Tax.

    Business Taxes
    Gross Receipts - $30 up to $15,000 (Call for other rate brackets.)
    (619) 755-9354
  • El Cajon

    El Cajon

    (619) 441-1741
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    Not permitted for Real Estate Business/Brokers (*change is pending)
    Business Taxes
    Flat - $40 and $3 per employee
    (619) 441-1721
  • Encinitas

    Encinitas

    (760) 633-2600
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - full-time employees, signs, parking impacts, deliveries
    Garage may be used.
    Cost - included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Flat - $25 first year and $15 thereafter
    (760) 633-2606
  • Escondido

    Escondido

    (760) 839-4880
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - customers, employees, signs, advertising w/ business address
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Base of $35 - then escalates according to gross receipts
    (760) 839-4659
  • Imperial Beach

    Imperial Beach

    (619) 423-8301
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - signs, parking impacts, garage. No more than 2 employees.
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Flat - $53 yr. (Prorated) + $6 pe, + $105 for person with certificate.
    (619) 628-1365
  • La Mesa

    La Mesa

    (619) 463-6611
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, materials, storage, signs
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Flat - $35
    (619) 667-1114
  • Lemon Grove

    Lemon Grove

    (619) 825-3805
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, signs, parking impacts, storage, no more than 6 customers per day Cost - Included in Business Taxes

    Business Taxes
    Flat - Broker $30 (processing fee) + $15
    Salesperson $30 + $10 (processing fee)
    (619) 825-3800
  • National City

    National City

    (619) 336-4200
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, signs, sales, material storage
    Cost - $100; $50 (one time fee) + $50 licensing

    Business Taxes
    Gross Receipts - $50 - first year, following years based on gross receipts.
    (619) 336-4261 or 4264
  • Oceanside

    Oceanside

    (760) 966-4845
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, signs, garage conversions.
    Cost - $50 per year + $0.50 per $1000 income
    Business Taxes
    Flat - $75 commercial
    Gross Receipts - $0.50 per $1000)
    (760) 435-3878
  • Poway

    Poway

    (858) 748-6600
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, signs, materials/storage, garage use, parking impacts
    Cost - $25 (one time fee)

    Business Taxes
    Business Certificate - $8 every two (2) years.
    (858) 679-4217
  • San Diego

    San Diego

    (619) 236-6490
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - signs, parking impacts. May have 1 employee. Use converted garage.
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Flat - $34 + $5 per employee - 12 or fewer employees.
    $125 +$5 per employee (13+ employees).
  • San Marcos

    San Marcos

    (760) 744-1050
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, signs, parking impacts
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Flat - $20 (up to 5 employees), $30 (6-10 employees), $80(31-50) or call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3101 for additional fee schedules.
  • Santee

    Santee

    (619) 258-4100
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, signs, parking impacts, garage use, materials/goods
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Flat - $25 (prorated)
    (619) 258-4100 ext. 144
  • Solana Beach

    Solana Beach

    (858) 720-2400
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - customers (but may have one client, if providing a service, present), signs, parking impacts. May have one employee.
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    Flat - $40
  • Vista

    Vista

    (760) 726-1340
    Home Occupation Permit Restrictions
    No - employees, customers, signs, parking impacts
    Cost - Included in Business Tax

    Business Taxes
    No - employees, customers, signs, parking impacts
    Cost - Included in Business Tax
  • Water Retrofit Requirements

    Water Retrofit Requirements

    Most cities, and the County of San Diego, have adopted various forms of water retrofit requirements mandating the installation of ultra-low flow (ULF) water fixtures, including toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators.
    The following is an overview of the ULF fixture requirements for each municipality in San Diego County.
  • Carlsbad

    Carlsbad

    Municipal Water District
    (760) 438-2722
    Requirements - No ULF retrofit requirements
  • Chula Vista

    Chula Vista

    Building & Housing Department
    (619) 691-5007
    Requirements - ULF for bathroom additions or remodels
  • Coronado

    Coronado

    Community Development
    (619) 522-7326
    Requirements - ULF for bathroom/kitchen remodel and upon replacement of fixtures
  • County (Unincorporated)

    County (Unincorporated)

    Planning & Land Use Department
    (619) 565-5920
    Requirements - ULF for remodels, room additions and upon installation or replacement of fixtures if comparable model is available
  • Del Mar

    Del Mar

    Finance Department
    (858) 755-9354
    Contact San Diego Water Authority
    1-800-986-4538
    Requirements - No ULF Requirements
  • El Cajon

    El Cajon

    Building Department
    (619) 441-1726
    Requirements - No ULF Requirements
  • Encinitas

    Encinitas

    Building Department
    (760) 633-2730
    Requirements - No ULF requirements
  • Escondido

    Escondido

    Utilities Administration
    (760) 839-4647
    Requirements - ULF for bathroom remodels, bathroom additions and remodeling base upon value. Ordinance requiring removal of self-generating water softeners under appeal.
  • Imperial Beach

    Imperial Beach

    Building Department
    (619) 628-1356
    Requirements - ULF for bathroom remodels, bathroom additions, and upon replacement of existing fixtures
  • La Mesa

    La Mesa

    Building Inspection & Permits
    (619) 667-1176

    Helix Water District
    (619) 466-0585
    Requirements - ULF for remodels, bathroom additions, and upon replacement of existing fixture
  • Lemon Grove

    Lemon Grove

    Building Department
    (619) 825-3805
    Call between 8:00-9:30a.m. or 3:30-5:00p.m. Requirements - No ULF retrofit requirements.
  • National City

    National City

    Sweetwater Authority
    (619) 420-1413
    Requirements - No ULF Requirements.
  • Oceanside

    Oceanside

    Water Utilities
    (760) 966-4850 or (760) 966-7860
    Requirements - No ULF requirements.
  • Poway

    Poway

    Building Services
    (858) 679-4288
    Requirements - ULF required for remodel or replacement of existing fixtures.
  • San Diego

    San Diego

    Building Inspection Department
    (619) 570-1030
    Requirements - ULF for all resales, bathroom remodels, and upon replacement for all fixtures. 3.5 or less before Jan.1, 1992 is acceptable.
    Water Conservation Hotline (619) 515-3500
    Water Conservation Certificate
    San Diego Municipal Code Section 147.04 - Plumbing Retrofit Upon Change of Property Ownership.
  • San Marcos

    San Marcos

    Building Division
    (760) 744-1050, ext. 3241
    Requirements - ULF for bathroom remodel and bathroom additions
  • Santee

    Santee

    Building Division
    (619) 258-4100 ext. 170
    Requirements - ULF for remodels, room additions, and upon replacement of existing fixtures (reviewed on a case-by-case basis due to drainage problems)
  • Solana Beach

    Solana Beach

    Building Department
    (760) 633-2730
    Requirements - ULF for bathroom additions and only when relocating or adding more than one toilet
  • Vista

    Vista

    Building Department
    (760) 639-6100
    Requirements - ULF bathroom additions
  • Flood Plain & Earthquake Maps

    Flood Plain & Earthquake Maps

    The following is a brief outline for locating Flood Plain and Earthquake maps throughout the County of San Diego. This information is provided for reference only. SDAR advises you to contact each City/County directly to verify this information. (Revised 7/01/00)
  • Carlsbad

    Carlsbad

    1635 Verde Ave.
    Dept: Planning (760) 602-2700
    Hours: 7:30-5:30 M-Th, 8-5 F
    Info needed: Address
    Flood Plain Maps: Maps are available through the Planning Department.Earthquake Maps: Countywide and City geotechnical studies and maps available for reference and free of charge. Contact County of San Diego for more information.
  • Chula Vista

    Chula Vista

    276 4th Ave.
    Dept: Engineering (619) 691-5021
    Hours: 8-5 M-F
    Info needed: Address and parcel number
    Flood Plain Maps: City of Chula Vista will provide information by telephone. If copies of maps are needed, it must be done by a blueprint company. Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information. charge. Contact County of San Diego for more information.
  • Coronado

    Coronado

    1825 Strand Way
    Dept: Community Development (619) 522-7326
    Hours: 8-5 M-F
    Info needed: Address
    Flood Plain Maps: Contact FEMA for maps and information. Have information and maps available for reference for city of Coronado only.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information
  • County (Unincorporated)

    County (Unincorporated)

    5201 Suite D Ruffin Rd.
    Dept: Public Works (858) 694-3267
    Hours: 8-4 M, T, W, F, 8-7 TH
    Info needed: Address and parcel number
    Flood Plain Maps: Flood plain and FEMA maps are available at the mapping division by mail or in person. Call for a fee schedule.Earthquake Maps: Faults/Epicenter maps are available from the Public Works Dept. Call 694-3285 or the planning counter at 694-3253 for information and fees.Web Site: www.sangis.org
  • Del Mar

    Del Mar

    1050 Camino Del Mar
    Dept: Planning (858) 755-9337
    Hours: 8-5 M-F, Center Hours: 1-5
    Info needed: Address and parcel number
    Flood Plain Maps: Maps provided free of charge at the Planning Department counter.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information. Website: www.delmar.ca.us
  • El Cajon

    El Cajon

    200 East Main Street
    Dept: Planning (619) 441-1742
    Hours: 8-5 M-F
    Info needed: Address
    Flood Plain Maps: Planning Department will answer phone inquires but does not provide maps. For maps and other information contact FEMA.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information
  • Encinitas

    Encinitas

    505 South Vulcan Ave.
    Dept: Engineering (760) 633-2710
    Hours: 8-5 M-F
    Info needed: Address or parcel number
    Flood Plain Maps: Engineering Department will answer phone inquires but does not provide maps. For maps and other information contact FEMA.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information
  • Escondido

    Escondido

    201 North Broadway
    Dept: Engineering (760) 839-4671
    Hours: 7:30-5:30, Closed alternate Fridays
    Info needed: Address and parcel number
    Flood Plain Maps: Contact FEMA for maps and information
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information
  • Imperial Beach

    Imperial Beach

    825 Imperial Beach Blvd.
    Dept: Public Works (619) 423-8311
    Hours: 8-12, 1-5 M-F
    Info needed: Address
    Flood Plain Maps: Planning Department will provide FEMA maps at no charge.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information
  • La Mesa

    La Mesa

    8130 Allison Ave.
    Dept: Community Development (619) 667-1177
    Hours: 7:30-5:30 M-F, Closed alternate Fridays
    Info needed: Address
    Flood Plain Maps: Community Development Department will answer phone inquiries but does not provide maps. For maps and other information contact FEMA.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact La Mesa Fire Chief for info and maps, (619) 667-1471.
  • Lemon Grove

    Lemon Grove

    3232 Main Street
    Dept: Public Works (619) 825-3810
    Hours: 8-5:30 M-F
    Info needed: Address and parcel number
    Flood Plain Maps: Public Works Department will answer phone inquiries and provide maps. For more information contact FEMA.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information
  • National City

    National City

    1243 National City Blvd.
    Dept: Engineering (619) 336-4310
    Hours: 8-5 M-F
    Info needed: Address
    Flood Plain Maps: Engineering Department will provide information by telephone as well as providing copies in the office.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information
  • Oceanside

    Oceanside

    300 North Coast Highway
    Dept: Engineering (760) 435-3520
    Hours: 8-4:30 M-F
    Info needed: Address, parcel number, cross street
    Flood Plain Maps: Engineering Department will answer phone inquires but does not provide maps. For maps and other information contact FEMA.
    Earthquake Maps: Contact County of San Diego for maps and information