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Downtown El Cajon 024 cropAs part of the Project Assistance Center, Planning collaborates with Building and Fire Safety, Housing and Engineering. Planning helps you determine the zone of your property, allowable uses and/or development potential utilizing the Zoning Code, General Plan and any other applicable plans. Planning reviews projects for consistency with all applicable regulations to ensure conformance.

All projects can now be submitted online through the Project Assistance Center Online, or PACO, which can be accessed here.

There are various planning permit processes and reviews levels that require decisions at different levels including: staff, Community Development Director, Planning Commission, and City Council.  Each permit has its associated fees and timelines.

Planning works on designing the city's future by conducting analysis, studies and applying for grants to fund necessary city improvements at a local, state and regional level.

Interactive Zoning Map


Contact Information:

Phone: 619-441-1742 

Walk-in:  City Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, 3rd Floor, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 5:30 p.m. and every other Friday, 8 to 5 p.m.