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San Diego is on the very southern end of California just 20 miles from Tijuana in Mexico. It’s the eighth-largest city in the U.S. and second largest in the state. It’s also the seat of San Diego County and a great place to live and work because of the growth found here. If you’re planning a construction job in San Diego, here’s what you need to know to get started.
To get permits in San Diego, you need to submit three sets of official plans. One set you will keep on the job site. The Development Services Department keeps the second set, and the County Assessor’s Office keeps the third set.
With the set of plans ready to go, you need to fill out Form DS-3032, a General Application. You can find the application on the San Diego website. Once you’re ready, schedule an appointment with Permit Issuance by calling 619-446-5300. At your appointment, the committee will review your documents and determine if you have everything that you need and confirm that the documents are complete.
Note that if what you are doing is simple or minor, you can go to the Inspection Services Office to get your permit over the counter.
If your construction project is complex, you may want to have a preliminary review. This review doesn’t replace having design professionals help with your project, but it will help you figure out what regulations you need to follow and answer specific questions.
To schedule an inspection, call the Inspection line at 858-581-7111. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. If you call the day before, you can schedule an inspection for the next business day. You can also use this line to cancel an inspection and hear results of an inspection.
In order to work as a contractor in California, you need to have a license. The Contractors State License Board issues contractor licenses through a predefined process. You will need to take a test that covers information about business and your specific trade before you can get your license. Once you’ve passed the test, you can submit your application.
California does not require businesses to have liability insurance. The Contractors State License Board, however, strongly recommends that all companies have it. This is probably due to liability lawsuit laws in California. Currently, there is no cap to rewards for liability lawsuits, which puts your business assets at risk.
Renting construction equipment is a great way to fill in the gaps when you need more equipment than you have available for a job. You can get just the equipment you need for as long as you need it. For example, maybe you need aerial equipment like boom lifts, forklifts, manlifts, or scissor lifts. Rent them and have them delivered when needed. It’s a great way to have what you need without buying.
By preparing ahead of time, your San Diego job will be a success.