Planning & Zoning Division

The Planning public counter is open by appointment only:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays only

  • 8:00 am to 10:00 am and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • 15 minute maximum appointment time

  • Maximum of 2 persons per appointment

To schedule an appointment, send an email to, or call 619.667.1177. Email is preferred.

Division Overview

The Planning and Zoning Division strives to provide effective solutions to assist projects in getting through the development process as smoothly as possible.

The City also ensures that various state regulations which control land use procedures are properly implemented in La Mesa, such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Subdivision Map Act. Advisory committees provide guidance and oversight to staff in the proper administration of these programs, including the:

In addition, the City reviews and approves applications for placement of Wireless Telecommunications Facilities.

Development Services
The focus of Development Services is to provide a full range of services related to land development activities in the City. This includes zoning administration, code compliance, subdivision actions, and review and processing of development permits.

Our goal is to provide effective solutions to assist projects in getting through the development process as smoothly as possible. Division staff ensures that all proposed development meets the City’s standards set out in various documents which include zoning standards, parking standards, signage standards, subdivision standards, and engineering standards.

Planning application submittals are by appointment only.  

Please call 619.667.1177 to schedule your appointment.

Zoning Information

Zoning Ordinance

The City of La Mesa Zoning Ordinance is contained in Title 24 of the Municipal Code. The Zoning Ordinance contains development standards and requirements for building heights, setbacks, lot sizes and dimensions, and parking for residential, commercial and industrial land uses:

Zoning Concerns & Complaints

It is the duty of the Community Development Department to investigate all zoning code violations that are reported to the City in writing. To report a zoning code violation in your neighborhood, please complete and submit a Code Compliance Complaint Form or file a Code Compliance Request online at Report a Concern

Zoning complaints may be submitted in person to:

Code Compliance Officer
City of La Mesa Planning Department
8130 Allison Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942

Code Compliance Questions?
Please call 619. 667.1189