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North Beach (29th Street to Solana Beach border)
Off-leash dogs allowed
Main Beach (North boundary of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street)
Leashed dogs allowed
Off-leash dogs allowed between 25th and 29th streets from dawn to 8 a.m. (NEW)
South Beach (Powerhouse Park to Torrey Pines State Beach boundary, at 6th Street)
Dogs must be leashed
Off-leash dogs permitted from dawn to 8 a.m. (NEW)
Dogs must be leashed, 8 a.m. to dawn
Main Beach (North boundary of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street)
No dogs allowed
Penalties for leash law violations begin at $285.
In all areas, dogs must wear a license on their collars. Leashes may be no longer than six feet. In off-leash areas, dogs must be under voice control.
Owners must clean up after their pets.
Yes, the Community Services Department offers several two-week and four-week programs during the summer months. Kids ranging in age from 9 to 17 can participate. View our Junior Lifeguard Program video.
. For additional information, please contact the Community Services Department at 858-755-1556, For more information, please view the Turtleguard, Inc. website or email.
Each department submits its budget request to the Finance Department, which then goes through the review process with the City Manager, Director of Finance, and each Department Head. In May, the City Manager submits the proposed budget to the City Council for review.
Budget workshops are held every other year, over a two-day period, which allows Del Mar residents to provide input and be involved in the budget process.
To apply for a City of Del Mar business license, you must fill out a business license application and pay a business license tax to the Finance Department. You may obtain an application via mail, fax, website, or in person.
The City of Del Mar mails business license renewals each year on/or about December 1. Business license renewals are due on December 31 of each calendar year. If we do not receive payment for the business license renewal by January 31, a 20% penalty charge will be applied to your delinquent tax each month of delinquency until payment has been received. For example, for one month delinquency, the penalty is 20%, for two months delinquency, the penalty is 40%.
In addition to obtaining a Del Mar business license, applicants must submit a letter of intent to the Community Services Department that describes the filming activities. A per day filming fee will be assessed. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
The blower is also very hazardous to the operator. It blows animal droppings, pollens, gasoline remnants and other toxic materials into the air. There are no restrictions on other gas or electric powered tools.
Yes, any person or business who transacts or carries on any commercial activity within the City of Del Mar needs to first obtain a City of Del Mar Business License. This includes anyone who conducts business within the City regardless of the physical address of the business. Moreover, any mobile business is required to carry a copy of this license at all times and furnish it upon request.
Any person or business operating in the City of Del Mar without first acquiring a City of Del Mar Business License is subject to administrative fines of up to $1,000 per day of non-compliance. This not only includes conducting business without a license but also includes mobile businesses not carrying a copy of their current City of Del Mar Business License. For additional information regarding applying for and obtaining a City of Del Mar Business License, please refer to the links below or contact the City of Del Mar Finance Department at (858) 755-9354.
Elsewhere, in the City of Del Mar, if you are to walk or otherwise bring a dog to a public or private property (where dogs are permitted), you must restrain the dog by a hand held leash (not longer than 6 feet in length).
You may also fill out a Citizens' Complaint Form and have the matter referred to Code Enforcement. The complaint form must be signed and it will be kept confidential.
In October 2009, the Del Mar City Council voted to amend its Smoking and Tobacco Regulations (DMMC Chapter 11.08). The revised ordinance bans smoking in many public and private properties. The following is a brief overview of the City’s smoking and tobacco regulations and lists the locations where smoking is prohibited in Del Mar.
Air quality issues are handled by San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. When an air quality problem is observed at a stationary source (business, government or military), please call (858) 586-2650 or use the San Diego County online complaint form.
Enclosed public places - such as stores, restaurants, churches and offices open to the publicPlaces of employmentParks, beaches and seawalls and their street sidewalks, stairs and cul-de-sacsTaxi Cabs operating in Del MarChild Care facilitiesAll sidewalks and those segments of any street lined with a sidewalkAll portions of outdoor seating areas of any bar or restaurant and within reasonable distance of those seating areas, including: adjacent sidewalks and/or streets and roadsAll public plazas and public and semi-public spaces identified in an approved Specific PlanAll outdoor arenas, stadiums, and amphitheaters; including their bleachers and grandstandsAll public transportation station facilities; such as train stations and bus sheltersAny property zoned as Public Facility (PF)
(*To get help to determine the approximate location of the public right-of-way [Public/Private edge], contact the Planning Department at (858) 755-9313.)
If the trunk of the subject tree is: 1) within 12 feet from the exterior wall of a residence; 2) within 12 feet of another protected tree; 3) less than 20 inches in circumference when measured at 24 inches above the ground; or 4) an immediate threat to public health and safety, then it may be exempt from the permit requirement. If one of these four circumstances applies, then the property owner would complete a Notice of Intent form, attach a simple plot plan and indicate which exemption applies. The exemption would then be verified by Staff via a visit to the site and signed-off as exempt.
he Trees, Scenic Views and Sunlight Ordinance (DMMC 23.51) provides a process by which residents may seek to restore scenic views and/or sunlight that they feel have been unreasonably obstructed by the growth and/or installation of trees and vegetation since the time the property owner purchased or occupied the property, or in the last 10 years, whichever is shorter. The Ordinance requires that attempts are first made to work out an amicable solution with the vegetation owner, including formal mediation. If these resolution efforts are not successful, then a resident may apply to have the issue reviewed by the Planning Commission at a public hearing. The Commission would then make a determination if the blockage that has occurred is, pursuant to the Ordinance's standards of review, "unreasonable" and if so, what type of view/sunlight restoration measures are appropriate. To find out more about the process and other application requirements, you may view the Ordinance in its entirety on this website or by calling the Planning Department at (858) 755-9313.
The City Council generally meets on the first and third Mondays of each month in the Council Chambers at 1050 Camino Del Mar. Meetings begin at 4:30 p.m for the 2018 calendar year. Periodically, a meeting is either cancelled or postponed due to scheduling and/or holidays. Please call City Hall to verify the schedule at (858) 755-9313, or check the City Council Meeting Calendar on this website.
You can attend the meeting in person, watch the meeting live on Mondays, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Time Warner TV Ch. 24 (or via channel 98.503 for those without cable), view the meeting live on the Del Mar website, or watch the recorded meeting beginning either at 9 a.m. on the day following the meeting (typically Tuesdays) or beginning at 6 p.m. two days following the meeting (usually Wednesdays), on Time Warner TV Ch. 24. You can also watch the meeting on the Del Mar website’s video-on-demand archive.
Good Housekeeping• Use mops, brooms or wire brushes to clean dumpsters, sidewalks, buildings, equipment, pavement and other impervious surfaces.• Sweep up trash and debris.Materials Storage and Handling• Store materials indoors or under covered/contained areas not exposed to rain or wind.• If materials cannot be stored under cover, place materials on pallets and cover with a secured tarp to avoid contact with storm water run-on and runoff.• Dispose of unused materials properly.Waste Disposal Management• Keep dumpsters closed when not in use.• Sweep around dumpsters and other areas to prevent trash from accumulating.• Immediately clean up spills and leaks.Spill Response• Keep rags, mops and absorbents readily accessible.• Dispose of waste properly.• If necessary, develop a spill response plan and update as needed.Employee Training• Train employees on pollution prevention and spill response.• Post information in employee areas.For questions or additional information, please contact the Clean Water Program at 858-704-3652 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clean Water Program investigates urban runoff reports received; in addition, bi-monthly patrols are performed to identify potential sources of pollution. During these investigations and patrols, the Clean Water Program looks for evidence of potential pollution and urban runoff and determines a source. If there is an active discharge occurring, the Clean Water Program Investigator will try to establish contact with the business owner to cease activities. In addition, the Clean Water Program will generate a Clean Water Education Letter to provide education on urban runoff and pollution prevention practices and describe the issue that was observed with photos that were taken during the investigation or patrol. If you received a Clean Water Education Letter, please implement the requests noted by the Clean Water Program. Should you have questions or need assistance, please call the Clean Water Program (858-704-3652) to discuss the Clean Water Education Letter further.
A Notice of Violation (NOV) is issued by City staff when there is a discharge of pollutants directly or indirectly into the storm drain system or when best management practices (BMPs) are not properly implemented, as it pertains to Chapter 11.30 of the Del Mar Municipal Code (Stormwater Management and Discharge Control). In addition, NOVs are issued when repeat offenses are observed, after education has already been provided. Some examples of discharges or improperly implemented BMPs can include (but are not limited to) runoff from power washing, excessive trash surrounding dumpster areas, uncovered trash cans/dumpsters, or irrigation runoff. The Notice of Violation contains information on the violation of the Municipal Code, the discharge observed, and a request to rectify the issue. It is expected the issue is addressed in a timely manner. If you have any questions about a Notice of Violation your business has received and what to do to address the issue(s), please contact the Clean Water Program at 858-704-3652 or email@example.com. If observed issue(s) are not addressed, further actions may be taken.
Dumpsters/Port-a-Potty• Always cover dumpsters with a rollback tarp or lid.• Areas around dumpsters should be swept daily.• Perimeter controls should also surround dumpsters and all Port-a-Potties.• If dumpsters or Port-a-Potties are kept in street, encroachment permits are required.Perimeter Controls• Gravel bags, silt fences, and straw wattles are acceptable perimeter controls, and must be used to surround the entire site to control run-on and run-off.• Avoid running over perimeter controls with vehicles or heavy equipment, as they can damage the materials.• Keep extra absorbent materials and/or a wet/dry vacuum on site to quickly pick up unintended spills.• Sites must also be checked and maintained daily.Materials Storage• All building materials and fuel stored on the site must be contained and covered.• It is illegal for contractors to wash out paint brushes in the street or dump any residues in the storm drain.• Paint brushes and spray guns must be contained and disposed of properly.Building Materials/Staging Areas• Construction materials must be stored on site at all times unless an encroachment permit has been obtained.• Building materials should always be covered when not in use to prevent run-off cause by wind or rain.Basement/Sump De-watering• Water collected in basements or detention basins due to natural groundwater seepage or rain events must be allowed to evaporate or be pumped to trucks with holding tanks for offsite disposal.• Pumping this water onto the street or an adjacent property is an illegal discharge prohibited by law.
Tracking Controls• All entrances and exits on the site must have coarse gravel or steel shaker plates to limit offsite sediment tracking.• Public roads must be swept to remove any dirt or sediment tracked offsite.
Concrete Tucks/Pumpers• Pumpers must be surrounded by perimeter controls, such as gravel bags.• Plastic sheets also must be placed beneath concrete pumpers, at all times, and residual materials must be cleaned up.• Washout areas must be used whenever cleaning trucks.
Washout Areas• The disposal of “wet” construction materials (i.e. paint, stucco, and concrete) should be handled in the washout area.• Use a berm and/or plastic sheet to collect and contain liquids and prevent run-off in nearby areas.• The washout area must be checked and maintained daily to ensure compliance.• Washout liquids must be disposed of properly.• Washout areas should be adequately covered and protected during rain events.
Dirt and Grading• Mounds of dirt or gravel should be stored on site.• These materials must also be covered each day with a tarp, visqueen, or other form of protection.• Visqueen and/or tarps must be available and on site to cover 125% of exposed areas during the rainy season (October 1st – April 30th).
Earthmoving Equipment• All earthmoving equipment should be stored on site.• Maintenance should also be conducted on the site, and tracks and trails left by equipment leading to and from the site should be cleaned up immediately.
Storm Drains• Storm drains must be protected at all times with perimeter controls, such as gravel bags or straw wattles.• Sediment accumulation should be removed frequently.For questions or additional information, please contact the Clean Water Program at 858-704-3652 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clean Water Program performs construction site inspections in addition to investigating urban runoff reports received. During these inspections and investigations, the Clean Water Program looks for proper BMP implementation, evidence of urban runoff, and performs a source determination. If there is an active discharge occurring, the Clean Water Program Investigator will try to establish contact with the contractor or homeowner to cease activities. In addition, the Clean Water Program will generate a Clean Water Education Letter to provide education on urban runoff and prevention practices and describe the issue that was observed with photos that were taken during the investigation. If you received a Clean Water Education Letter, please implement the requests noted by the Clean Water Program. Should you have questions or need assistance, please call the Clean Water Program (858-704-3652) to discuss the urban runoff report further.
A Notice of Violation (NOV) is issued by City staff when there is a discharge of pollutants directly or indirectly into the storm drain system or when best management practices (BMPs) are not properly implemented, as it pertains to Chapter 11.30 of the Del Mar Municipal Code (Stormwater Management and Discharge Control); an NOV can also be issued for BMPs that are not installed correctly or for repeat issues that are observed over time. Examples of discharges or improperly implemented BMPs may include (but are not limited to) material migration off project site (concrete, sediment, etc.), sediment-laden runoff, or tracking issues. The Notice of Violation contains information on the violation of the Municipal Code, the discharge observed, and a request to rectify the issue. It is expected the issue is addressed in a timely manner. If you have any questions about a Notice of Violation your business has received and what to do to address the issue(s), please contact the Clean Water Program at 858-704-3652 or email@example.com. If observed issue(s) are not addressed, further actions may be taken.
Trash• Throw litter in designated trash bins only.• Make sure trash containers are properly covered.• Ensure trash stored in truck beds is secure and cannot blow away.• If you see litter, pick it up and dispose of properly.Lawn and Garden Care• Reduce the use of lawn and garden care products such as pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, herbicides and other chemicals.• As an alternative, use environmentally friendly replacements that are known as Integrated Pest Management.• Avoid over-watering and irrigation runoff, which washes these chemicals from lawns and gardens into the storm drain system.• To save water, consider planting native and drought tolerant plants.• Do not apply pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals within 48 hours of an anticipated rainstorm.• Only use chemicals as much as is directed on the label, till it to the soil, and keep it off driveways and sidewalks.• Sweep up yard waste and debris and dump it into a trash can.• Do not use a hose to wash off sidewalks, parking areas, and garages.
Vehicle Care and Maintenance• Consider washing your car at a commercial car wash, where wash water is recycled and then directed to the sanitary sewer for treatment. • When washing a car at home, limit the amount of soap/detergent used and, if possible, conduct the washing on a pervious surface where the water can soak in.• Use a hose with a shut off nozzle to limit the amount of water used.• Use rags, drip pans, or cardboard when repairing vehicles or under leaking vehicles.• Fix any leaks from your vehicle and keep up the maintenance on your car.• Use absorbent material such as cat litter on oil spills, then sweep it up and dispose of it in the trash.• Recycle used motor oil at a local Household Hazardous Waste Collection CenterPets• Take a bag with you when walking pets and clean up after them.• Flush pet waste down the toilet or dispose of it in a sealed plastic bag and throw it in the trash.• Keep a pet on a leash for their safety.
Good Housekeeping• Use non-toxic products for household cleaning.• Use a broom, wire brush, or other dry methods to clean outdoor surface areas.• Never hose or wash anything to the street or storm drain.• Dump wash water to a vegetated/landscaped area or to an indoor drain.
Pools, Spas and Fountain Maintenance• Only water that has had residual chlorine, algaecide, filter backwash, or other pollutants removed can be drained to the street and storm drain system.• The discharge of saline swimming pools/spas must be directed to the sanitary sewer, landscaped areas, or other pervious surfaces that can accommodate the volume of water.• Prior to any discharge, the path to the storm drain system should be cleared and flow rates should be non-erosive.• Contact the Public Works Department (858-755-3294) prior to discharging pool or spa water to review the most appropriate method based on the location and conditions.
Door hangers are left by City staff when active urban runoff is identified and contact with the resident cannot be made. The purpose of the door hanger is to notify the resident that urban runoff was observed at, or near, their property and provide education and information on urban runoff and prevention practices. If you received a door hanger at your property, please review the recommendations provided in the pamphlet. Should you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Clean Water Program (858-704-3652) to discuss the runoff activity and potential resolutions in more detail.
The Clean Water Program investigates urban runoff reports received; in addition, patrols are performed to identify potential sources of pollution. During these investigations and patrols, the Clean Water Program looks for evidence of potential pollution and urban runoff and determines a source. If there is an active discharge occurring, the Clean Water Program Investigator will try to establish contact with the resident to cease activities. In addition, the Clean Water Program will generate a Clean Water Education Letter to provide education on urban runoff and pollution prevention practices and describe the issue that was observed with photos that were taken during the investigation or patrol. If you received a Clean Water Education Letter, please implement the requests noted by the Clean Water Program. Should you have questions or need assistance, please call the Clean Water Program (858-704-3652) to discuss the urban runoff report further.
A Notice of Violation (NOV) is issued by City staff when there is a discharge of pollutants directly or indirectly into the storm drain system or when best management practices (BMPs) are not properly implemented, as it pertains to Chapter 11.30 of the Del Mar Municipal Code (Stormwater Management and Discharge Control). In addition, NOVs are issued when repeat offenses are observed, after education has already been provided. Examples of discharges can include (but are not limited to) irrigation runoff, broken sprinkler systems leading to runoff, or improper pool discharges. The Notice of Violation contains information on the violation of the Municipal code, the discharge observed, and a request to rectify the issue. It is expected the issue is addressed in a timely manner. If you have any questions about a Notice of Violation you received and what to do to address the issue(s), please contact the Clean Water Program at 858-704-3652 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If observed issue(s) are not addressed, further actions may be taken.
It is ultimately the responsibility of the resident to ensure that hired contractors are performing work activities in compliance with the Del Mar Municipal Code, including the implementation of best management practices to prevent pollutants from being introduced into the environment, as listed in the Residential Storm Water Protection section above.
A watershed is the area of land where all water drains to a specific waterbody. The City of Del Mar is located within two watersheds: the San Dieguito Watershed to the north and the Los Peñasquitos Watershed to the south.
San Dieguito and Los Peñasquitos Watersheds
Storm water is a specific term referring to water generated from rain. Urban runoff is a more general term referring to storm water runoff generated from rain that flows over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. Urban runoff also refers to all other water that originates from urbanized areas such as industrial discharges, irrigation water, leaks and spills, and wash water. These are commonly known as “non-storm water discharges.” This runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our lagoons and the Pacific Ocean.
Besides wasting money, irrigation water that runs off your lawn can cause erosion and carry soil, trash, pet waste and excess fertilizers and pesticides from your lawn into the storm drains and ocean. In addition, it can pick up other pollutants it may encounter on its path to the storm drain system (i.e. trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment). Trash and decaying plant material can result in harmful bacteria at our beaches. Pesticides can damage important ecosystems and cause health threats. Fertilizers can contribute to excessive plant and algae growth, and dead and/or dying plant material in the water can take the oxygen out of the water and suffocate all other life in the water.
Beach closure signs are required when beach water quality testing or known sewage spills indicate that a health threat exists to swimmers due to high bacteria levels. Bacteria can increase in rivers and beaches from storm water and urban runoff entering the storm drains that have come into contact with fecal matter (animal waste, including pet waste), excessive green or garden waste, fertilizers and other materials. When water quality test results do not meet State health standards, or there is a suspected sewage or chemical impact to recreational waters, the Beach and Bay Water Quality Program (San Diego County) issues advisories and closures to inform the public. These postings are required by the County Health Department and are generally posted by a Beach and Bay Water Quality Staff Member. Once an advisory or closure has been issued, the Beach and Bay Water Quality Program will revisit the area to collect a resample. Sample results are received between 24-48 hours. Once samples indicate water quality is within State health standards, the postings are lifted by either program staff or lifeguards. The City’s lifeguards are notified by the County Health Department regarding posting requirements and can provide additional information.
Additional beach water quality information may be obtained through the following resources:
It is illegal to power wash or hose down your sidewalks and driveways if the water enters the street, a storm drain, storm water conveyance system, or receiving waterbody (the lagoons or ocean). Hosing and power washing flush all of the pollutants that are on the streets, sidewalks and driveways into the nearest storm drain and out to the ocean. These pollutants typically include the following:
There are methods that can be implemented to contain and properly dispose of wash water, preventing it from entering the storm drain. For example, commercial power washers are required to contain the wash water with berms or other methods, vacuum it up, and then dispose of it in an approved location, usually the sanitary sewer. If residents do not have the resources to prevent the wash water from entering the streets and storm drain, an easy alternative is to sweep up (instead of hosing down) the areas and dispose of the debris in the trash.
It is still permitted to wash your personal vehicle at home. However, the best alternative is to take your vehicle to a commercial car wash, where wash water is recycled and then directed to the sanitary sewer for treatment. If you must wash your vehicle at home, please try to limit the amount of soap and water used and, if possible, conduct the washing on a pervious surface where the water can soak in, such as on your lawn or gravel. It should be noted that charity car washes are prohibited in the City, unless the wash water is prevented from entering the storm drain system and receiving water bodies. The City can provide guidance as to how charities can conduct water friendly car washes. Mobile detailers may be used by residents providing they have a City of Del Mar business license and contain the wash water with berms or other methods, vacuum it up, and then dispose of it in an approved location, like the sanitary sewer.
You are allowed to discharge swimming pools/spas once residual chlorine, algaecide, filter backwash, or other pollutants are removed. To dechlorinate the pool water, you can let it sit (without adding any more chemicals) and test for chlorine or use a commercial dechlorinating chemical (available at pool supply stores) and carefully follow instructions. The discharge of saline swimming pools/spas must be directed to the sanitary sewer, landscaped areas, or other pervious surfaces that can accommodate the volume of water. Prior to discharge of any pool/spa water, the path to the storm drain system should be cleared and flow rates should be non-erosive. It is advised that all residents and pool maintenance companies contact the Public Works Department (858-755-3294) prior to discharging pool or spa water to review the most appropriate method based on the location and conditions.
It is illegal to dump oil or other automobile fluids into the gutters or storm drains. All automobile fluids must be stored under a cover or in watertight containers. Outdoor auto repairs are illegal during a rainstorm, and all hazardous waste must be disposed of at a hazardous waste collection site. Residents can dispose of household hazardous materials at the Poway Facility (858-668-4710) or the Vista Facility (800-714-1195). Spilled or leaking fluids should be cleaned up with an absorbent product (such as oil dry or kitty litter), swept up, and properly discarded.
It is illegal to allow any construction materials (such as paint, wood stain, or grout), or wash water from the cleaning of construction materials, to enter a storm drain. It is also illegal to discharge sediment in the streets or storm drains. If you have a small stockpile of sediment or other materials, you must make sure it is covered when not in use (you can secure a tarp over the pile). Keeping the material covered will protect it from rain and wind. You must also vegetate or secure, with appropriate erosion control materials, all bare areas so that they will be protected from erosion.Too much sediment or dirt in our water bodies chokes aquatic life by creating murky conditions, filling natural drainage areas, and altering the topography of the land. If you see construction materials or sediment coming off the property of any construction sites, immediately notify the City at 858-704-3652 or use the Report Urban Runoff Online Form found on the City's website and an inspector will arrive on site as soon as possible.To report other environmental concerns and report pollution incidents outside of the City of Del Mar, please contact the regional public hotline at 888-846-0800 (24 hours a day) or visit Project Clean Water for a listing of San Diego County jurisdiction hotline phone numbers. The City of Del Mar Public Works Department may also be contacted during normal business hours at 858-755-3294.
Water conservation and water quality protection go hand-in-hand. When planning new landscaped areas around your home, consider using drought tolerant plants or native plants, such as succulents and cacti. These use less water, and as a result less run-off from the garden enters into our storm drains. The use of drip-irrigation systems, soil moisture sensors to shut off sprinklers when not needed, and ensuring that sprinklers are turned off during rainstorms, all help!In addition, consider the use of alternatives to chemicals for management of garden pests. Too much pesticide used outdoors ends up in our lakes, beaches, and bays when it rains or when we over-water. The same with excess fertilizer - it can be too much of a good thing. Accidental contact with pesticides can also harm our pets and children. Information on Integrated Pest Management is available from the County of San Diego and from major lawn and garden centers throughout San Diego County.Lastly, if you see any potential contaminants entering the storm drains, immediately notify the City of Del Mar Clean Water Program at 858-704-3652 or use the Report Urban Runoff Online Form found on the City's website and an inspector will arrive on site as soon as possible. Of special concern are any of the following, or similar, potential sources of contaminants:
To report other environmental concerns and report pollution incidents outside of the City of Del Mar, please contact the regional public hotline at 888-846-0800 (24 hours a day) or visit Project Clean Water for a listing of San Diego County jurisdiction hotline phone numbers. The City of Del Mar Public Works Department may also be contacted during normal business hours at 858-755-3294.
For more information, please visit the Clean Water Information resource.
With these factors in mind, the easiest route to gain DRB approval generally involves meetings with staff for guidance on design and zoning issues, along with visits with surrounding residents to determine the character of a neighborhood and assesses potential impacts.
Briefly, the steps involve submittal of a completed application form, a fee and accompanying documents and plans. Staff reviews the submitted material for two purposes. The first is to ensure that the project meets the applicable zoning requirements (Title 30 - Del Mar Municipal Code). The second is to verify that the submittal has all the information required to adequately assess the project and complete a staff report for DRB review (Title 23.08 - Del Mar Municipal Code). The DRB reviews the project at a noticed public hearing at which time the applicant and other interested parties may address the DRB. The DRB then determines whether the project meets the Design Review Ordinance (DRO) standards and whether to approve the project, usually with conditions; deny the project; or continue the application to a subsequent hearing to gain additional information or to allow the applicant to respond to concerns that may have been raised by Board members or the public. Once the City’s Design Review Board approves a project, the applicant (usually the architect) prepares a more detailed set of “working” drawings for submittal to the Building Department for plan check review and ultimately receipt of building permits. The review and issuance of building permits is actually done by EsGil Corporation, which, as stated above, serves under contract as the City’s Building Department and operates out of offices at Solana Beach City Hall. City staff will also review the detailed “working” drawings, and issue an Authorization Form stating that the plans can be submitted for building permits. City of Solana Beach Building Services Monday-Thursday 1:30 to 5:30pm and Friday 1:30 to 5pm (closed alternate Fridays) Solana Beach Building Permit Counter: 858-720-4450 635 S. Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075
While the language of the standards is broad, when the Design Review members use the Ordinance, they make specific, detailed findings to tie the standards to the particular project proposed.
The use of the DRO has played a large role in protecting the community character of Del Mar.
While you are not precluded from waiting until the DRB meeting to express your concerns, we have found the process to be more effective when staff and the project architect are aware of potential objections ahead of the public hearing. This also allows the DRB members an opportunity to review your objection at the project site before the meeting.
If your objection involves the potential for view blockage, additional information is available in a handout found at the Planning Department counter at City Hall. The handout will help you more clearly identify and document your objections for the DRB.
The steps involved in submittal of plans for Planning Commission review and the review process itself are roughly the same as that described above for the Design Review Board.
Yes, decisions of both the DRB and PC may be appealed to the City Council. Appeals must be filed with the City Clerk within 10 working days of a DRB/PC decision and must be accompanied by the required fee. Del Mar Municipal Code (DMMC) Chapter 1.12 governs the appeal process. The DMMC is published on our website.
Fires, however, are only some of the emergencies to which the Del Mar Fire Department responds. Seventy percent of the Fire Department’s emergency responses are, in fact, calls for medical aid, including illness/accidents at home and work, injuries resulting from vehicle accidents and other medical trauma in Del Mar. Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, response to fire alarms and other calls for public assistance.
Firefighters also spend quite a bit of time maintaining equipment, doing routine public safety inspections for businesses, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.
Are remodeled in excess of 50% of the building’s valuationHave limited Fire Department accessBy square footage exceed the available fire flow required.
Call (858) 755-9354 or come by the Finance Department at 1050 Camino del Mar for an Application Packet or download from the City website. See the Del Mar Municipal Code 6.60.
Call (858) 755-9354 or come by the Finance Department at 1050 Camino del Mar. See the Del Mar Municipal Code 6.61. The exempt form is available on the City website as well.
You can mail a check in the envelope provided along with the citation or you can pay your parking ticket online. If you prefer to pay in person, you may do so at the following locations:
In most cases, however, the design review occurs at a public hearing before the City’s Design Review Board (DRB). After going through the design review approval process, construction drawings can be submitted to the Building Department and the project will undergo a plan check prior to the issuance of building permits. EsGil Corporation, which is under contract with the City to provide traditional building department services, requires an authorization form from the Planning Department requesting that the Building Department perform a plan check. The form is then taken to the Building Counter at the City of Solana Beach, EsGil accepts and processes permits from this location for the City of Del Mar.
City of Solana Beach Building ServicesMonday-Thursday 1:30 to 5:30pm and *Friday 1:30 to 5pm *Closed alternating Fridays (e.g., In 2014, closed January 10, January 24, and so on) Solana Beach Building Permit Counter: 858-720-4450635 S. Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075
2. Tenant improvements/Over the counter plan check: It is common for property owners or their representatives to propose improvements that require building permits, but that do not require DRB review. Such improvements would not modify the existing size of the structure and would typically not modify the exterior of the building. These projects usually involve only interior changes. Even though no design review is required, interior modifications may require a building permit.
The first step to determine whether your project fits into this category is to determine what zoning regulations apply to your property. This is important because some zones, such as the Central Commercial Zone and Bluff, Slope, and Canyon Overlay Zone require design review for even minor exterior changes such as a change in color or materials.
The City will review the plans to determine whether the existing structure is non-conforming and/or whether the proposed improvements require design review. If structural nonconformities exist, you must submit a Building Valuation Form to ensure that the extent of work being done will be below the 50 percent threshold at which time abatement (removal) of the non-conformities would be required. If design review is not required, four sets of plans should be provided. Staff then prepares an Authorization Form that authorizes EsGil to issue building permits. Staff will stamp and sign all sets. The City will return one set to you with the Authorization Form, and file the 2nd set in the Planning Dept. “street file” along with a copy of the Authorization Form and the Building Valuation (if necessary).
3. Roof Permits: A roof repair or roof replacement requires a Building Permit. If the work complies with DMMC Section 23.12.060, the Planning Department will provided you with a Letter of Authorization. You can then take the plans and authorization letter directly to the Building Department counter located at Solana Beach City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, and pull the required permits. All roof coverings must be Class A compliant, fire retardant, non-wood material. If new roof elements, such as a modified roofline, are proposed, they most likely require design review.
4. Minor Building Permits: EsGil issues authorizations such as permits for miscellaneous electric, relocation/change of service, water heater/softener, sprinklers, plumbing, re-roofing, or interior remodeling. These permits are issued at the Building Dept. by the EsGil Corporation (see #3 above) with a Letter of Authorization, provided that there is no change in use, expansion of structure, or change in appearance. A Building Permit is also required to repave/restripe a non-residential parking area.
How long does the permit process take?The processing of a development permit in the City of Del Mar can be broken down into two distinct phases: 1) City discretionary approval(s), which include Design Review, Planning Commission and/or City Council review; and, 2) post approval reviews and plan check/permitting.
City Discretionary Approvals: The processing time from application submittal to final approval for a discretionary permit is a minimum of about two months, but it can be longer, depending on the type of application submitted. A project that requires multiple discretionary actions will take longer.
Once the Planning Commission or DRB approves the project there is a 10 working-day right to appeal the action to the City Council. Once the appeal period is over, the remainder of the processing time depends on the applicant.
Post Approval Reviews and Plan Check/Permitting: The processing time of this phase depends on the complexity of the project and the types of conditions that were placed on the approval of the project. These conditions may take some time to complete. The Plan Check approval can be time consuming, but careful planning and organization of these tasks by the applicant can significantly minimize the processing time.
Four plan sets are required for Administrative Design Review.Three plan sets with initial application and seven plan sets prior to Planning Commission meeting.Three plan sets with initial application and eight plan sets prior to Design Review Board meeting.Three plan sets with initial application and seven plan sets prior to City Council meeting. Digital Submittal Requirements
Remember that current zoning requirements of the City may apply to your project or property but not to others. For instance, your neighbors’ homes may have been built many years ago under different zoning requirements. Their “non-conforming” improvements may be allowed to stay if they were constructed when different development standards were in place. In the event your neighbors undergo a significant redevelopment of their properties. They will also have to comply with current zoning standards.
The City can research its GIS system and files for information that may have been submitted as part of a past development application, such as an old survey or site plan. We can also check to see if there have been any public improvement plans developed for the right-of-way in the immediate vicinity of your property. With this type of information, we can possibly help you locate the approximate location of your property line, but again, only a surveyor can tell you for sure where it is.
The City will prioritize the individual projects using a methodology approved by the City Council. The City will post the schedule information on the City website as it becomes available.
Measure Q money will pay for the undergrounding of overhead utilities within the City’s right-of-way. The homeowners will pay for the cost of converting and connecting the overhead utilities from the property line to the service connection at the house i.e., laterals.
The cost varies depending on the site condition e.g., on how far the lines need to run and any obstacles or surface improvements. For planning and budgeting purposes individual homeowners’ cost should range from $2,500 to $5,000. There are also City of Del Mar permit fees yet to be determined.
The City will work with the homeowners to provide resources for securing financing. Guidelines for qualification will be established.
Staff will prioritize the projects using the prioritization process recommended by the Utility Undergrounding Advisory Committee and approved by the City Council.
Yes. However, since undergrounding work is under the purview of the City, it cannot be delegated. Timing is also subject to SDG&E’s capacity. Municipal services for which the City is responsible will not be delegated to others without due process. Therefore, any independent work may not be compensated with public funds such as Measure Q money.
The City will not reimburse those properties that have previously undergrounded at their own expense. The City will not reimburse those homeowners who have expended funds currently and are in the process to underground. The City will only take over the financial responsibility for work within the City’s right-of-way going forward as scheduled by the City. Privately-initiated and led efforts within the City’s right-of -way do not qualify for compensation as the work falls within the City’s purview and may not be delegated. Following are some of the reasons for this:
An overall master plan timeline is expected to be ready by January 1, 2019. The implementation will be in approximately 15 projects.
The design phase for each project by SDG&E, in conjunction with other utilities, requires 6-12 months. Following design another 12-18 months will be required to advertise, complete construction, and switch over. While the project is being designed, the neighborhood will meet, select a team captain, and review the details of the project with the City staff.
The City is evaluating all of its projects in an effort to coordinate with the undergrounding projects to potentially consolidate the work and save money and minimize neighborhood disruption in the process. However, these other City projects will not slow any approved undergrounding project except in an emergency case where public safety and well-being always takes precedence.
The City has established an email address to receive, distribute, and respond to inquiries. The address is UP@delmar.ca.us. Also, when specific neighborhoods have been identified for undergrounding, a ‘team captain’ from the neighborhood will be identified to act as a point of contact and to distribute information.
We offer two automatic payment plan options, Automatic Debit and Automatic Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). With Automatic Bill Payment, your recurring utility bills will be paid automatically. This is a free service that eliminates the need for you to write out a check each time a bill is due and saves the cost of postage for mailing your check to the city. Your payment is always made on time, so there are no worries about late payments or late fees, even when you are on vacation.In order to participate in this program, please register for an online account and schedule your payments. Please have your 8 digit account number handy. Please refer to Auto Pay guide for step by step instructions.
The City of Del Mar accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover payments online, in person, or by phone. Visit the Utility Billing page for more information.
The City encourages residents to install a separate valve on your side of the meter to turn water off without having to risk damage to a City meter. If interested, please contact a local plumber for an installation estimate.
Residential rebate incentivesResidential rebate incentives have been effective in achieving water conservation savings. A limited number of rebates will be available through the Metropolitan Water District’s SoCal Water$mart program for Southern California residential water customers. Funding is limited. Rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.
Please visit the San Diego County Water Authority's rebate program website at http://www.watersmartsd.org/ for residential rebate incentives.