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Planning

Limited in-person services available now with modifications

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In-person services by appointment

The Planning Department at the Faraday Center is offering in-person appointments for limited inquiries only. Planning staff will be available by appointment to answer questions related to setbacks, zoning, density, land use changes and more. Appointments will be available:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • To schedule an appointment, call 760-602-2723 or email devappt@carlsbadca.gov

When making an appointment please note that staff will ask screening questions to help determine the appointment length and the appropriate department to assist you. If your inquiry requires support from several departments, longer or multiple appointments may be needed.

 All members of the public who schedule in-person appointments must follow state and county health orders, which require face coverings when entering or inside of any indoor public space and while outdoors in public spaces where they cannot maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household.

To submit plans, see the information below.

Submittal appointments and how to submit

New permit applications and resubmittals are being accepted by drop-off only. An appointment is required. There is a drop-off and pickup location set up just outside the Faraday Center at 1635 Faraday Ave.

Drop-off/pickups
Upon scheduling an appointment to submit your project you can drop-off completed permit applications and plans in the bin marked “Planning Submittals” located outside the Faraday Center. Staff will contact you on payment process, review comments or permit decisions.  Plan check comments are picked up in the bin marked “Planning Pickups”.

Limited electronic submittals
The Planning Department allows certain paperless submittals via email. At this time, this is limited to sign permits. Please email completed application and any supporting documents to planning@carlsbadca.gov. For questions on applications that cannot be emailed, please send an email or call 760-602-4610.

Standard submittals
All other applications require hard copies of applications/plans/reports per the minimum submittal checklists.

Private development planning
Please call 760-602-4610 or email planning@carlsbadca.gov for development or planning-related inquiries.

Please note: Any communication with the City of Carlsbad may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act., including attachments, names, phone numbers and email, residence, business and postal addresses.

Planning Division

The Planning Division is the first division to contact if you are thinking of starting a new business, adding on to your home, or if you have any questions regarding the use or zoning of your property. The Planning Division also guides the physical development of the city in a manner that preserves the quality of life for its residents, by ensuring that all new planning programs and development projects comply with the General Plan, Local Coastal Program, Zoning, and the performance standards of the Growth Management Plan.

Advice and technical support is provided to the City Council and Planning Commission regarding the compliance of all development proposals with the city's zoning, subdivision and environmental ordinances.

In addition, the Planning Division does analysis and prepares reports dealing with long-range planning matters, such as demographic projections, open space protection and General Plan updates.