New City Website OpenSD is Live! To Find Building Permits, Zoning Issues & More Share

December 1, 2014

Instead of calling the city to logged a complaint on a barking dog, building permits or zoning code issues, is now just a computer click away!

The city's Development Services Department's OpenDSD website could be the very first in the nation.

OpenDSD website will help potential home buyers know in advance if their targeted neighborhood is going through rapid redevelopment or the if there are zoning issues. The amount of information ranges from the mundane -- a water heater installed -- to a very public improvement. People will be able to research on their own without navigating the city phone system and trying to figure out who is the right person to call.

How to use Open DSD

  • Log on to and navigate to OpenDSD.
  • Choose the ministerial permits, discretionary permits or code enforcement map.
  • The program automatically starts at Balboa Park, unless your computer or smart phone GPS app is activated, in which case the area where you are located pops up first.
  • Use the zoom in-out slider to go to the desired neighborhood and click "refresh results."
  • Click on a house icon (for permits) or exclamation point (for complaints) to see a summary of what's up at each address. The four increasingly darker blue icon colors denote the various phases of a project -- application, issuance, inspection and completion.
  • Within the summary are links to the permit's approval and project number or the complaint's case number with details, including the phone and email for the responsible inspector or officer. Not available are architectural plans or plan checkers' comments. Related staff reports and City Council actions also are not yet linked.

(picture from the UT)

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