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Planning Division Mission Statement

The Planning Division’s mission is to guide the use of land, growth and development through the implementation of adopted codes, policies and plans to make this City the best possible place to live, work, shop, play, learn, and conduct business.

About the Planning Division

The Planning Division reviews land use applications and facilitates new development consistent with the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, applicable Specific Plans, the Subdivision Ordinance, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other State, Federal and local regulations pertaining to new development activity.The Division administers thousands of separate policy, regulatory and entitlement plans throughout the City going back many decades. Most area-focused plans and all individual property entitlement plans are only available in the Planning Division during normal business hours.

The Division is responsible for the maintenance and implementation of the City’s General Plan, the maintenance and administration of Title 17 (Zoning Code), the implementation of the City’s Tobacco Ordinance (in Title 8 – Health and Safety) and the co-administration of Title 16 (Subdivisions) of the El Cajon Municipal Code. The Planning Division serves as the clearinghouse for all City projects subject to CEQA.

Through its code compliance staff, the Planning Division is responsible for proactive enforcement of the City’s Zoning Code (Title 17), applicable housing codes (Title 15), and the tobacco ordinance (Title 8). Code compliance complaints are filed through the City Manager’s Office.

Adopted Planning and Code Information

Current Development and Land Use Applications

Applicant Guidance and Forms

Zoning Code Omnibus Update and General Plan Amendment

Secondhand Merchandise

E-cigarette/Vaping Products and Lounges

Adopted Alcohol Sales Ordinance

Effective Date: November 1, 2013

Contact Information

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