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Engineering
Where can I get information on Bidding Public Works Construction projects?  
How can I get information on current and future Capital Improvement projects?
How do I select an engineer
How to find an approved FEMA Letter of Map Change (LOMA/LOMR) Document by Case Number?
How to find an approved FEMA Letter of Map Change (LOMA/LOMR) Document by Firm Panel ID?
 


FloodControl
What type of rainfall data is available?
When are Storm Reports produced?
Who can I call for flood control information?

Is the ALERT data available on the Internet?

Who can I call for flood plain information?
How can I get the latest FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map information?
How can I find out if my property and house are located in a FEMA flood zone?
My house has never flooded since I’ve moved here, why is my lender requesting me to buy flood insurance?
What is an Elevation Certificate? Why does my lender require me to submit an elevation certificate? Who can help me prepare one?
Who can I call for storm drain maintenance issues?
Can you use a detention basin as a dual-purpose flood control facility and a hydromodification facility?

Sewer
What is this "sewer charge" on my property tax bill?
Who do I call if there is an emergency or blockage?
Does everyone pay a sewer charge?
How do I connect to the public sewer system?
How much does it cost to connect a single family dwelling to the sewer system?
How is my sewer charge determined?
 

LandDevelopment 
What is the typical timeframe for the District's review of Improvement Plans and Grading Plans?
What is the typical review timeframe for Subdivision Maps?
What are the Private Development Counter hours of operation?
What are the Survey Records/Cartography Counter hours of operations?
Is there a plan to make services accessible through the Internet?
How can I find out how much my project will cost to process through DPW?

Landfills
How can I find out if there is an inactive County landfill near my house?
What are those white pipes at the landfill sites?
How can I find information on water quality?
Who do I contact regarding health-related questions associated with landfills or burn sites?

Recycling
Where do I find information about recycling?

Special District

What are those charges on my property tax bill listed under Fixed Charge Assessments?
What exactly is a PRD Zone?
How can I get more information regarding special assessment districts?

Transportation
How can I get a street light repaired?
Where do I get information about bus routes and Paratransit?
Can I get people to drive slower on my street? 
How do I get the speed limit reviewed or other regulatory devices, such as stop signs, installed?
How do I adopt a road?
How do I report missing or damaged signs?
How do I request maintenance, such as sweeping or pothole repair, on my road?
How can I get a street light repaired?
How do I make a request for a Community Sign or Banner in the Road Right-of-Way?

Watershed/Stormwater 
Why should I be concerned with stormwater and storm drains?
What is the difference between storm drains and sewers?
What is the purpose of the storm drain system?
Where does the wastewater that goes into gutters and storm drains get treated before it goes into the ocean?
What can I do to help prevent stormwater and ocean pollution?


Where can I get information on Bidding Public Works Construction projects?
A list of upcoming project advertisement dates can be found at the following link: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/engineer/engineerpdf/CIPProjectList.pdf
All County Bid Opportunities and Requests for Statements of Qualifications are posted for advertisement at BuyNet: http://buynet.sdcounty.ca.gov/

How can I get information on current and future Capital Improvement projects?
The information is available at the Capital Projects web site http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/engineer/caprojts.html or by calling Capital Improvement Program office at 858-694-2830.

How do I select an engineer?
As a public agency we cannot make specific recommendations to hire one engineer rather than another. The yellow pages list most Civil and other consulting engineers that practice engineering in San Diego County.

What type of rainfall data is available?
Rainfall data is available as a Word document or spreadsheet. Data resolution ranges from raw data all the way through monthly totals. For copies of County rainfall data, you can contact the Flood Control Hydrology Office at (858) 495-5557.

When are Storm Reports produced?
Storm reports are generally produced whenever a storm causes significant damage or produces documentable weather extremes such as a 50-year storm or moderate to major flooding.

Who can I call for general flood control information?
Contact the Flood Control Counter at (858) 694-2112 M-F, 7am -4pm.

Is the ALERT flood warning data available on the Internet?
Historical rainfall data is currently unavailable on the Internet. The National Weather Service intercepts our automated ALERT Flood Warning data and displays the rain data on their website at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/obs/rainobs.php?wfo=sgx. The site updates in near real-time and only retains the last three days of rain rate summaries.

Who can I call for flood plain information?
The answer always depends on where the property is located. Most properties are not in a defined flood plain. In the cities, please contact the DPW office for that particular city. In the unincorporated area, please the Flood Control Counter at (858) 694-2112 M-F, 7am -4pm.

Can you use a detention basin as a dual-purpose flood control facility and a hydromodification facility?
Yes, as long as you add the required hydromodification detention volume (based on HMP criteria), in addition to the flood control volume (100-year post-development minus pre-development volume).

What is this "sewer service charge" on my property tax bill?
The annual sewer service charge reflects all costs associated with collecting, transporting,and treating sewage that flows from your home or business to a wastewater treatment plant.

Who do I call if there is an emergency or blockage?
During normal business hours you can call the District's administrative offices at (858) 514-4990. Outside business hours you can call County's emergency dispatch at (858) 565-5255. District personnel and equipment are available to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Does everyone pay a sewer charge?
All District property owners/customers that discharges wastewater into the District’s sewerage system pay annual sewer service charges.

How do I connect to the public sewer system?
In order to receive sewer service, you must be located within the District boundary, and a Wastewater Discharge Permit must be issued.  To obtain general information, you can contact the District’s administrative offices at (858) 514-4990. Detailed information regarding residential connections can be obtained at (858) 495-5717; or for commercial connections at (858) 694-2660. You can also visit the County’s permit counter at 5510 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123.

How much does it cost to connect a single family dwelling to the sewer system?
If the parcel is located within the District and there is an existing public sewer main nearby, the estimated costs are as shown below. Connection fees vary depending on the specific sewer service area in which the parcel is located. These fees are separate from, and do not include any costs associated with hiring private contractors to install sewer lateral connections between your structure and the public sewer main. Connection of parcels located outside the District require annexation and the approval of both the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and the District, as well as payment of additional annexation fees.   

         Connection capacity fee (one-time fee) --- $1,000  -$4,000

Saddle installation (if needed)------------------$ 250

Annual sewer service charge-------------------$ 336.

What is the typical timeframe for the District's review of Improvement Plans and Grading Plans?
Plans are initially taken-in and processed by the County’s Department of Planning and Development Services. Once received by the District, review and comments are usually returned within 7 days.

How is my sewer charge determined?
The sewer service charge is based on the District’s cost to provide service, which includes: operation and maintenance costs such as power, chemicals, equipment, and personnel; capital rehabilitation and replacement costs for sewer mains and, pump stations, operational and capital reserve costs, and the largest component which is the cost of transportation to, and treatment at, the City of San Diego’s Point Loma wastewater treatment plant.  An important component of the charge is based on the type of Land Use involved.  Residential, commercial, and industrial customers generate wastewater with different constituent strengths, and biochemical constituents which all impact the ultimate sewer charge determination as specified in the District’s Uniform Sewer Ordinance.

What is the typical review timeframe for Subdivision Maps?
The Department of Public Works has a review goal of ten (10) calendar days for all parcel and final maps.

Where is the Private Development Counter and what are the hours of operation 
Our offices are located at 5510 Overland Ave., Suite 210,  Room 210 in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. We are open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where is the Survey Records/Cartography Counter located and what are the hours of operations?
We are at 5510 Overland Ave. Suite 210, Room 270, in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego and our hours for the public are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding County Holidays.

Is there a plan to make services accessible through the Internet?
DPW has tested receiving and providing review comments via the Internet for Grading Plans. Staff is currently developing the final product and including other types of plans and permits. Cartographic Services completed development of all maps, plans and other miscellaneous documents available in the survey records section in January 2004. This information is available for research and down loading at our Survey Records System (SRS) located at http://www.sdcounty.luegepay.com/SRI_Internet/. Customers can access permit information through KivaNet at http://landinfo.sdcounty.ca.gov/Index.cfm, and check their developer deposit account at http://projectbalance.sdcounty.ca.gov/COSD.aspx

How can I find out how much my project will cost to process through DPW?
The Department of Public Works performs various tasks associated with private land development including review of subdivision maps and improvement plans, review of new projects, and grading plans and permits. DPW also inspects road improvements and infrastructure to assure they are constructed to acceptable standards and in accordance with the approved plans.

Upon project application with DPW, an initial deposit in an amount established by the approved fee/deposit schedule (http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/dpw/land/deposits.html) is required to cover staff work on the project. For example, a grading plan review would likely require a CEQA environmental review, so a separate deposit for each would be required.

These deposits are placed into an individual developer deposit account, and as staff reviews the project, funds are withdrawn from the account to pay for the work. With the results of the first review, DPW staff will generate a cost estimate to determine if additional funds are necessary to cover subsequent work on the project. The cost estimate will be updated as necessary to cover all processing costs with each subsequent submittal.

The approved fee and deposit amounts are established annually and reflect average processing times and costs for each review processes. To calculate and estimate for your project initial submittal, list all the tasks you will be asking DPW to work on and then you can find the deposit requirement for each task to the above referenced schedule. We also post any adjustments in the schedule in advance of their effective date to allow customers to plan for future costs. DPW works from deposit accounts. Any remaining amount will be refunded upon final acceptance of the work or end of the application process should a permit not be pulled for the work.

How can I find out if there is an inactive County landfill near my house?
The information is available by calling Landfill Management at (858) 495-5447 or send an e-mail to Candace Gibson.

What are those white pipes at the landfill sites?
They are a part of the landfill gas control system. A natural gas called methane is produced by the decomposing trash. That gas is vacuumed out of the landfill, carried through the piping, and burned at the flare station, which is located within the walled compound.

How can I find information on water quality?

Landfill Management submits regular reports to the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).  The reports are posted online through the RWQCB’s GeoTracker site:  http://geotracker.waterboards.ca.gov.

Who do I contact regarding health-related questions associated with landfills or burn sites?

The information is available by calling the County’s Department of Environmental Health Local Enforcement Agency at (858) 495-5799 or by emailing KariLyn Merlos at KariLyn.Merlos@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Where do I get information about bus routes and Paratransit?
Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) operate transit services in the unincorporated County.  Please call 511 or visit the website http://transit.511sd.com/ for transit information.

How can I get a street light repaired?
If the streetlight is in the unincorporated area of San Diego County, call the streetlight hotline at:  (858) 694-3850.  If the light is in an incorporated city, call the appropriate city


Community oriented signs and banners in the right-of-way can welcome travelers, help motorists find services, locate local points of interest, provide directional guidance, and enhance community character.  In an applicant driven process, interested parties will work with community groups on the initial concept then apply for a Site Plan Permit and associated Encroachment/Construction permits.  Sign types include Community Identification Signs, Community Information Signs, Directional Way Finding Signs, Neighborhood and Business Watch Signs and Community Event Banners

Community Signs & Banners Website: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/roads/Signs_Banners.html

What are those charges on my property tax bill listed under “Fixed Charge Assessments”?
They are special assessments that are direct charges against property which are included in the total amount of your tax bill but are not based on the Assessor’s valuation of your property. These charges fund services that are not normally paid for by general taxes.  A charge to maintain a road that benefits your property through a Permanent Road Division (PRD) Zone is an example of this type of assessment.  For each assessment, you may get additional information on the service provided by calling the phone number next to the fixed charge on your tax bill.

What exactly is a  PRD Zone?
A Permanent Road Division (PRD) Zone is a special assessment district established at the request of property owners with a common road related need in a specific area. California law allows counties to establish these districts to provide for maintenance of roads that are not in the County maintained system and not funded by general gas tax.  PRD Zone property owners must pay all costs associated with these districts, including formation, maintenance and administrative costs.

How can I get more information regarding special assessment districts?
For more information regarding DPW services funded by special assessments, please visit our website at:  http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/specialdistricts.html.  You may also call us at 858-694-2198.

What are the costs involved and how are they paid?
Construction costs vary since each project is unique. Generally, district formation costs are repaid on the first year’s tax bill and are shared equally by all property owners. For specifics call; (858) 694-2198.

Can I get people to drive slower on my residential street?
Contact  the County’s Residential Traffic Program at (858) 694-3843.

How do I get the speed limit reviewed or other regulatory devices, such as stop signs, installed?
Contact the County’s Traffic Advisory Committee staff at (858) 694-3845.

How do I adopt a road?
Contact the County's Adopt-A-Road program at (858) 694-3850.

How do I request maintenance, such as sweeping or pothole repair, on my road?
If your road is in the County Maintained System, county forces can provide such maintenance. Call the toll-free Pothole Hotline (1-877-684-8000). Staff can determine whether your road is in the maintained system and refer requests to appropriate field staff.

How do I report missing or damaged signs?
County forces maintain traffic signs, like speed limit signs, stop signs, warning signs, etc., and street name signs on County maintained roads. To report a missing or damaged sign, call (858) 694-3850 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.

Where do I find information about recycling?
Our website has lists of recycling centers and contacts throughout San Diego County. http://www.sdcdpw.org/recycling/.  You can also contact the Recycling Hot Line at:
1-877-R1EARTH.

Whyshould I be concerned with stormwater and storm drains?
You should be concerned about stormwater and storm drains because they can be sources of water pollution. Clean water is important for healthy communities.

Whatis the difference between storm drains and sewers?
The sewer system collects wastewater from inside homes and businesses and carries it to a treatment plant where it is cleaned before it is released into the ocean or recycled. The storm drain system collects stormwater runoff and pollutants it picks up from outside our homes and businesses and carries it, untreated, to the nearest water body and eventually to the ocean.

Whatis the purpose of the storm drain system?
The purpose of the storm drain system is to divert stormwater runoff away from urban areas in order to prevent the flooding that caused great hardship and even loss of life in earlier decades.

Wheredoes the wastewater that goes into gutters and storm drains get treated before it goes into the ocean?
Nowhere. Wastewater in the storm drains flows directly to the ocean without any treatment. This is why it so important to keep pollutants out of the storm drain system.

Whatcan I do to help prevent stormwater and ocean pollution?
The key to preventing stormwater pollution is to make the connection that only rain belongs in the storm drain. There are other actions you can take as well. Visit http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/watersheds.html or call the Stormwater Hotline at (888)846-0800 for more information.

 

How to find an approved FEMA Letter of Map Change (LOMA/LOMR) Document by Case Number?

Step 1:  Go to FEMA’s homepage located at, www.fema.gov.  

Step 2:  Type “Map Service Center” in the search window and go to the “FEMA Map Service Center” web page. Click on the Product Catalog tab at the top - left of the page.   

Step 3:  On the Product Catalog page, select Letters of Map Change (LOMC), then select Letters of Map Change (LOMC) Search by Case Id.

Step 4:  Type the FEMA Case Number(s)* in the boxes on the new page, and click on the Search tab. There are a total of eight (8) Case searches allowed at one time. The LOMC Search Results will show any approved LOMA/LOMR under the number(s) specified, with a downloadable .pdf file that can be opened, printed, and/or saved to your computer.

*FEMA Case Number for the Letter of Map Change can be found on the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), or on the dFIRM Google Earth National Flood Hazard Layer, which are available from the FEMA Map Service Center at http://msc.fema.gov under the “Flood Maps” and “DFIRM Databases” tabs. The dFIRM Google Earth National Flood Hazard Layer can be found here:  https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal/NFHLWMSkmzdownload under the “FEMA_NFHL_v2.4.kmz” tab.


How to find an approved FEMA Letter of Map Change (LOMA/LOMR) Document by Firm Panel ID?

Step 1:  Go to FEMA’s homepage located at, www.fema.gov.  

Step 2:  Type “lomc map panel search” in the search window and go to the “FEMA Map Service Center – How to Find a LOMC” web page. Click on Find a LOMC by Map Panel ID option.

Step 3:  Type the 11-character FEMA FIRM Panel ID(s) in the boxes on the left side of the page under “Map Panel Search”, and click on the Search tab. There are a total of eight (8) Panel ID searches allowed at one time. Click on the “+” symbol under the “Show LOMC” column. The LOMC Search Results will show any approved LOMA/LOMR under the number(s) specified, with a downloadable .pdf file that can be opened, printed, and/or saved to your computer.


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