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Land Development Engineering

In-Person Services Suspended

The City of Carlsbad has temporarily suspended all in-person services in response to the San Diego County public health order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Submittal Appointments and How to Submit

We are still accepting new permit applications and resubmittals. To support this, there is a drop-off and pickup location set up just outside the Faraday Center at 1635 Faraday Ave.

Drop off/ Pickups
To submit your project or pick up plan check comments, you can drop off completed permit applications and plans in the bin marked “Engineering Submittals” located outside the Faraday Center. Staff will contact you on payment process, review comments or permit decisions. Plan check comments and permit sets are picked up in the bin marked “Engineering Pick ups”.

(Limited) Electronic Submittals
Engineering allows certain paperless submittals via email. These are limited to:
1) right of way (construction) that do not require improvement plans,
2) haul route and
3) water meter permits.
Please email completed application and any supporting documents to landdev@carlsbadca.gov. For questions on applications that cannot be emailed, please email landdev@carlsbadca.gov or call 760-602-2750.

Standard Plan Checks
All other applications requiring plan checks require hard copies of applications/plans/reports per the minimum submittal checklists.

Engineering Private Development
Please call 760-602-2750 or email landdev@carlsbadca.gov for engineering counter inquiries.

Land Development Engineering

Land Development Engineering is responsible for reviewing and approving lot line adjustments, grading plans, improvement plans, subdivision maps, implementing regional storm water regulations, issuing grading, right-of-way, and haul route permits, and administration of the floodplain. This division is also responsible for the review of transportation demand management on development projects to ensure compliance with the city's TDM ordinance.

To request an engineering inspection for permitted projects, please submit your request online.  

We also have information on codes and engineering standards.  Permit applications, handouts, and Q & As are also available.