What steps are involved in the Design Review Board process?

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 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed between noon and 1 p.m. daily) and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed alternate Fridays).
Solana Beach Building Permit Counter: 858-720-4450 635 S. Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075

Title 23.08 - Del Mar Municipal Code

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1. What is the Design Review Board?
2. Is there a preferred architectural style in Del Mar?
3. When does the DRB meet?
4. What steps are involved in the Design Review Board process?
5. The DRO standards seem to be so subjective. How can you ensure that they are carried out fairly?
6. How do I object to a project at the DRB?
7. Are there other City permits required for building?
8. Can I appeal the decision of the DRB or PC?