The Planning Division performs a number of core functions:

Advanced Planning

Facilitates long-range planning for the City, monitors the City's General Plan, proposes and implements ordinances, and addresses regional planning issues affecting Encinitas.

Building Permits

Provides plan check, permitting and building inspection services for the City. Building permit and inspection services are provided under contract with the EsGil Corporation.

Code Enforcement

Ensures and enforces compliance with the City’s various land use codes and municipal code regulations.

Housing Resources

Housing administers and monitors a variety of housing and community development programs and activities, including - Section 8 rental assistance program, homeless assistance, and other affordable housing opportunities.

Land Development

Reviews planning and engineering land development applications, ensuring compliance with all City zoning and engineering standards, plans, policies, guidelines and regulations, including environmental review and other applicable local and state regulations, as well as public counter services for public inquiries regarding land use, zoning and engineering issues.

Regulatory Permits

Processes regulatory permits, such as short-term rental permits, solicitor permits, and recreational vehicle parking permits, administers the City’s Business Registration program and provides reception services in the main lobby and development services lobby.