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How To Check Permits In San Diego

If you are considering buying a home, especially a home that has been flipped, you should research the history of permits that have been requested for that home. The City of San Diego has made it easy to search a property’s history of permits. With 8 easy steps you can access all of the permits that have been issued for a property with just the address.

Step 1

Go to the Development Services homepage. Select the OpenDSD tab.

Step 2

Select Search for Project Information.

Step 3

You will be asked “Is your project related to one of the following permits?” Answer yes or no.

Step 4

You can search by the Approval ID or Project ID. If you do not have this information, you can simply search by typing in the address for the property.

Step 5

Results that match or are a close match will be shown. You can click on any of the blue links to view the approval or project.

Step 6

Once you have selected a blue link, you will see the information regarding the approval.

Step 7

Additional information regarding fees paid, inspections and results are able to be viewed.  If this were a more complex project, you would see items such as dependent approvals and packages listed here.

Step 8

If you map the results, you will see where the permits are issued, and can click to see a brief description.