Revisions to the San Diego County/Grading Ordinance


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Diego County
Document Title
Revisions to the San Diego County/Grading Ordinance
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
All land designations
Document Description
The proposed project is an amendment to the San Diego County Grading Ordinance, which would 1) organize and strengthen the enforcement provisions; 2) incorporate the Watercourse Ordinance into the Grading Ordinance; 3) incorporate the Brushing and Clearing Ordinances into the Grading Ordinance; 4) increase coordination with the Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP), the Biological Mitigation Ordinance (BMO), and the Habitat Loss Permit (HLP) Ordinance; 5) revise and clarify the surface mining clean-ups to recognize "Interim Managment Plans" pursuant to state law; 6) improve environmental review, by requiring CEQA, storm water protection and other discretionary review for proposed grading be performed earlier in the permit process, at the time of review and approval of grading or improvement plans; 7) replace the Planning and Environmental Review Board (PERB) review of major grading activities with notification to owners of all property within 300 feet of the subject property and a 15 day comment period; 8) provide for ministerial issuance of grading permit which fully conform to the approved grading or improvement plans; 9) revise the performance security requirements for grading permits; 10) establish streamlined approval processes for grading plans for (a) a previously approved project (TM, TPM, MUP), (b) minor grading, and (c) agricultural grading; 11) revise the exemptions for grading and clearing permits; 12) establish an Agricultural Permit Coordinator position; and 13) include the addition of a new DPW minor grading permit for projects involving up to 5,000 cubic yards that are prepared by a Registered Engineer.

Contact Information

Julia Quinn
Agency Name
San Diego County Department of Public Works
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Local Actions
Ordinance Amendment

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