Land development services, including planning and engineering permitting services, are provided by the Land Development and Development Services Sections of the Development Services Department. Land development staff review 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.

Programs and Services

An overview of planning and engineering programs and services provided.

Applications, Forms and Information

Links to planning, building and engineering applications and related information.

Current Project Applications

Visit e-Project Source to view a continuously updated inventory of planning applications under review, along with active proposals for certain changes to the City's policies and regulations processed by the Development Services Department.

Completed Project Applications

Access the City of Encinitas Planning Permit Viewer to find basic information on planning applications that have been completed.

Plans, Codes and Guidelines


Bikeway Master Plan
Cardiff-by-the-Sea Specific Plan
General Plan
General Plan Land Use Policy Map
Downtown Encinitas Specific Plan
Encinitas Ranch Specific Plan
Home Depot Specific Plan
North 101 Corridor Specific Plan
Post-Local Coastal Program Certification Permit and Appeal Jurisdiction Map
Recreational Trails Master Plan

Municipal Code

Chapter 9.70: Wireless Communication Facilities
Chapter 23.06: Citizen Participation Plans
Chapter 23.08: Design Review
Chapter 23.26: Water Efficient Landscape Regulations
Title 24: Subdivisions
Title 30: Zoning Code


Design Review Guidelines
Engineering Design Manual
Offstreet Parking Design Manual
Urban Forest Management Procedures Manual


Planning Commission Resolutions
Planning and Building Director Notices of Decision