The City of Escondido’s is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19. While City Hall may have re-opened, the Planning Division continues to encourage the public to conduct business remotely. As such, we have established an email address for general planning-related questions: planning@escondido.org. Once you send an email, our team will direct your inquiry to the appropriate staff member, and you should expect a response within two business days. Think of it as a virtual public counter.

City Hall, First Floor
201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760-839-4671
Fax: 760-839-4313
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Planning Division assists in maintaining and improving the quality of life and the environment through the General Plan Implementation Program and the development review process.

Cityworks - Your One Stop Shop For Online Services:

We are pleased to announce that electronic application submittal and electronic plan review are available for development services starting on July 1, 2020. Many things you can do in-person at development services can now be done online through your own personal Cityworks dashboard (https://cwols.escondido.org/portal). Examples include submitting applications for permits and/or business licenses, making online payments, submitting files and information, checking the status of a permit application, downloading plan review comments and approved plans, and scheduling inspections. Moving forward in the Planning Division, temporary banner permits, sign permits, and temporary use permits must be made via the Cityworks online portal. Other planning, building, and engineering permit applications must still be submitted in-person at the appropriate development services counter.

Community Facilities District (CFD): 

Starting on May 13, 2020, the City will require new development to annex into a maintenance and services CFD to ensure that adequate levels of services and maintenance of infrastructure are paid for by the new development. This will impact new zoning and entitlement projects, as well as existing projects that are in process and not yet approved for entitlement. The boundaries of the district are citywide. Only new residential projects constructed within the city are subject to this CFD. Taxable parcels are created as new residential projects, requesting entitlements or construction permits from the city. Projects that received entitlement prior to May 13, 2020 are exempt. Please contact City staff for more information about the CFD, how it works, and how much the annual base tax rate will be to ensure that adequate levels of services and maintenance are paid for by new development.

Zoning and Property Information:

The following zoning and property information is provided as a public service for your convenience. Every effort has been made to achieve accuracy, but the Planning Division should be contacted to help verify and provide up-to-date information. The City of Escondido shall not incur any liability for errors or omissions with respect to the information provided in this service.

Public Notices:

Current Projects and Development Activity Information:

  • Pipeline Project Map and Project List (dated March 2019).  Additional active projects information can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Application Materials

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Development Project Information

Master Plans and Area Plans

Miscellaneous Resources

Environmental Resources and Info

Boards and Commissions

Executive Staff

Director of Community Development
Mike Strong

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