Contact the Engineering Department, (619) 258-4100 ext. 152, or visit the Development Services Public Counter (Building 4) to obtain the following resources regarding parcels within the City's boundaries:
Assessor Parcel Maps (for reference use only)
Subdivision Final & Parcel Maps are available to indicate the dimensions of your property.
Note: For exact property line location, you will be required to hire a Licensed Surveyor. The City does not provide these services. The Board For Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists can provide assistance, helpful information is available in the Consumer Guide.
Who can I contact regarding private property disputes?
To obtain assistance with disputes (including private property or drainage concerns) please contact The National Conflict Resolution Center at (619) 238-2400 or The San Diego Bar Association at (619) 231-8585.
When will I need and how can I obtain an Encroachment Permit?
Any work taking place within the City's Right-of-Way (typically 10 feet behind the curb or 5 feet behind the sidewalk) requires an Encroachment Permit. This includes replacement of a driveway, a drainline within the curb (curb core) or retaining walls in the Right-of-Way. Please see the 'How to Guide on Encroachment Permits'. Additional information is available in the City of Santee Municipal Code, or by contacting the Engineering Division, (619) 258-4100 ext. 152.
When will I need and how can I obtain a Grading Permit (including retaining walls)?
A Grading Permit from the Engineering Division is required under the following circumstances:
If the wall is located within five feet of the property line or the city's right-of-way line. (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall is to be constructed in any officially mapped zone of high geologic risk (Zone 'C' and 'D') as defined by the geotechnical/seismic study for the General Plan. (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall height is four feet or greater. (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall is retaining a slope that is steeper than two horizontal to one vertical (2:1). (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall will impact any waterway or wetland, stream, river, channel, pond, lake, marsh, bog, lagoon, vernal pool or riparian habitat. (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall is to be constructed in any floodway or floodplain (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall impacts any open space or environmentally sensitive areas designated in the General Plan (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall is to be constructed in the hillside overlay district. (applies to any HL, R-1 & R-1A zoning designation) (Grading Ordinance)
If the wall is constructed in any other sensitive area such as archaeological sites, historical sites or burial grounds. (Grading Ordinance)
If no Grading Permit is required, a Building Permit from the Building Division will be required under the following circumstances:
If the wall is supporting a surcharge of any kind. A three foot wall installed within three foot of a structure such as a house will have a surcharge from that structure. A three foot wall within three feet of a driveway will have a surcharge from the vehicles that park on the driveway. (Uniform Building Code)
If the wall is used to impound flammable liquids. (Uniform Building Code)
Please see the attached Residential Quick Guide . If a Grading Permit is required, please use the 'How to Guide on Grading Permits' that provides helpful information on what is needed to obtain the permit. The City of Santee Grading Ordinance of the Municipal Code governs the requirements for a Grading Permit.
How do I find out my flood zone and FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publishes maps, called Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), which show flood zones. FIRMs are the result of engineering studies that are performed by engineering companies, other federal agencies, or the community and are reviewed and approved by FEMA.
You can determine your flood zone at the FIRM Property Locator. You can obtain digital copies of FIRMS by visiting FEMA Map Center .
For new development, the City has a study that shows flood hazards called The San Diego River Flood Study. The Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance governs requirements for property located within the floodplain.
How do I find out my soil conditions and Seismic Hazard Maps?
To determine general soils information for your property in Santee refer to: Geotechnical/Seismic Hazard Map and additional info is available within The Citywide Seismic Hazard Study.
How can I find out about existing utilities and as-built research?
For information regarding sewer and water utilities please contact Padre Dam Municipal Water District at (619) 258-4600. Contact San Diego Gas & Electric on gas and electric facilities at 1-800-411-7343. Contact AT&T at 1-800-331-0500 or Cox Communication at (619) 266-5474 for information on communication facilities. Information regarding sub-grade structures (including storm drains and street as-builts research) can be accessed during our normal business hours at the Development Services Public Counter or if you would like to set up an appointment, contact (619) 258-4100 ext. 152.
How do I obtain City's Title Blocks and Standard notes?
The City's title blocks and standard drawings are listed below:
Grading Title Sheets 1 & 2
Improvement Title Sheets 1& 2
Plot Plan Standards & Check List
City Modified G-24 & G-34 Trench Restoration
City Modified G-17 Alley Apron
Procedures for Boundary Adjustment
San Diego Regional Standard Drawings Conc. Structures
City Adopted Keystone Design Standards
City Fee Schedule
City Amended Driveway Standards
The San Diego River Flood Study
For design purposes, how do I obtain Citywide drainage studies?'
The City's storm drain and floodplain studies are listed below: