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Codes, Standards & Policies

Below are links to Planning codes and policies that may have a significant design impact on a project. The intent of the codes and policies is to assist developers with a clear direction for design and review of projects within the city.


Codes are adopted by ordinance and are the law. All development proposals are subject to the Carlsbad Municipal Code Title 21 (Zoning Ordinance). Some, but not all, development proposals will be subject to a variety of other codes adopted by the City of Carlsbad or other agency.


Policies are adopted by resolution and include development guidelines. These policies are not "law," but are often an interpretation of the law that provide clarity regarding the city's desired direction. Policies are applied citywide. The policies most commonly applied to development are listed below.