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The Community Development Department enhances the quality of life for the Lemon Grove community by guiding the planned physical development of the City. The general purpose of the department is to ensure that all new planning programs and development projects comply with the General Plan and the standards set forth within the Municipal Code. The Community Development Department combines the functions of planning, building, stormwater, and code enforcement. The Department is responsible for managing the orderly growth and development of Lemon Grove.

In addition to planning, the Community Development Department also manages the City's Environmental Programs which include the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program, Climate Action Planning, Solid Waste and Recycling Program as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan Program.The department also provides support to the Economic Development Division of the City Manager’s Office. 

Planning counter hours are Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Planning staff is available to meet with you in the afternoon by appointment only. Please email City Hall to schedule your appointment today.  

Thank you for considering locating your new development and/or business in Lemon Grove.  We want to help you get through the process quickly and easily. Advantages of doing your development or business in Lemon Grove are: 

  • Lower entitlement and development impact fees
  • Simple regulations; our Development Code is easy to read, short, and business friendly  
  • Open communication; we want to meet with you and get you through the process 
  • Reduced public hearings if any are even required  
  • ISO Class 1 Rating
  • Simple Landscape Regulations

Let us prove to you that Lemon Grove is not only home to the best climate on earth, but we also strive to create the best business climate on earth. We look forward to working with you on your proposal. 

Click here to review The Community Development Department's Quarterly Project Status Report

Click here to review press release on the New Lemon Grove Brewery Ordinance

Click here to access information on Marijuana Operations


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All applications are subject to approval by the Development Services Department. A representative from the department will contact you once we receive your application to proceed to the next step. 


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ONline Applications

 Municipal Code                                         Code Enforcement Complaint
 Applications & Forms Permanent Sign Permit
 General Plan Update Planning Permit
 Climate Action Plan Special Event/ Temporary Use Permit 
  Temporary Sign Permit 

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