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PREFACE
ARTICLE I GENERAL PROVISIONS*
ARTICLE II DEFINITIONS*
ARTICLE III GENERAL RULES*
ARTICLE IIIa ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR AGING AND INDEPENDENCE SERVICES*
ARTICLE IIIb COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PUBLIC AUTHORITY*
ARTICLE IIIc PAST GRAND JURORS ASSOCIATION IMPLEMENTATION REVIEW COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE IIIj AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM*
ARTICLE IIIk AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR VENDORS*
ARTICLE III l AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE IIIm AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM -- EMPLOYMENT*
ARTICLE IIIn SAN DIEGO COUNTY COMMITTEE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES*
ARTICLE IIIo COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COORDINATING COUNCIL*
ARTICLE IIIp FIRST 5 COMMISSION OF SAN DIEGO*
ARTICLE IIIq SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS PRACTICES REVIEW COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE IIIr REGIONAL SECURITY COMMISSION*
ARTICLE IIIs NORTH COUNTY GANG COMMISSION*
ARTICLE IIIt POLINSKY CHILDREN’S CENTER ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE IIIu SAN DIEGO SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT COUNCIL*
ARTICLE IIIv CHILD AND FAMILY STRENGTHENING ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE IV SAN DIEGO COUNTY COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS*
ARTICLE IV-A ASSESSOR / RECORDER / COUNTY CLERK*
ARTICLE IV-B ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD*
ARTICLE IV-C ASSESSMENT HEARING OFFICER*
ARTICLE V AUDITOR AND CONTROLLER*
ARTICLE V-A PROCESSING AND CERTIFICATION OF ROUTINE CLAIMS*
ARTICLE VI BOUNDARY CHANGES*
ARTICLE VII BUDGET AND FINANCIAL PROCEDURES AND APPROPRIATION, REVENUE AND STAFFING LIMITATIONS*
ARTICLE VIIa TEMPORARY TRANSFERS OF FUNDS TO SPECIFIED AGENCIES WITHIN THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO*
ARTICLE VIII CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER*
ARTICLE IX OFFICE OF COUNTY COUNSEL*
ARTICLE X CLAIMS AGAINST THE COUNTY*
ARTICLE X-A CLERK OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS*
ARTICLE XI DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER*
ARTICLE XII COUNTY CLERK*
ARTICLE XII-A COUNTY LIBRARIAN*
ARTICLE XII-B DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - WEIGHTS AND MEASURES*
ARTICLE XII-C CITY/COUNTY TASK FORCE ON AGRICULTURAL/URBAN ISSUES AND PESTICIDES*
ARTICLE XII-D DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES*
ARTICLE XII-E PESTICIDE TASK FORCE*
ARTICLE XII-F COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE**
ARTICLE XIII-A DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND RECOVERY*
ARTICLE XIII-B DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SERVICES*
ARTICLE XIV JUVENILE DELINQUENCY PREVENTION COMMISSION*
ARTICLE XV HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY*
ARTICLE XV-AA SAN DIEGO COUNTY EYE GNAT ABATEMENT APPEALS BOARD*
ARTICLE XV-A SAN DIEGO COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND QUALITY ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE XV-B HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CHARGES AND FEES*
ARTICLE XV-C GENERAL RELIEF PROGRAM*
ARTICLE XVI CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING COUNCIL*
ARTICLE XVI-A ADVISORY BOARDS*
ARTICLE XVI-B SAN DIEGO COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ADVISORY COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XVI-C SAN DIEGO COUNTY FISH AND WILDLIFE ADVISORY COMMISSION*
ARTICLE XVI-D SAN DIEGO COUNTY PARKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XVI-E LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE DISTRICT ZONE NO. 2 - JULIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XVII SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOSTER CARE SERVICES COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XVII-A SAN DIEGO COUNTY CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS QUINCENTENARY COMMISSION*
ARTICLE XVII-B SAN DIEGO COUNTY HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION*
ARTICLE XVII-C EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT OFFICE*
ARTICLE XVII-D WHISTLE BLOWER PROTECTION PROCEDURE; ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY WHISTLE BLOWER COMMISSION*
ARTICLE XVII-E SAN DIEGO COUNTY TECHNOLOGY OFFICE*
ARTICLE XVII-F
ARTICLE XVIII CITIZENS LAW ENFORCEMENT REVIEW BOARD*
ARTICLE XVIIIa GRAZING ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE XIX ADULT INSTITUTIONS*
ARTICLE XIXa YOUTH CORRECTION CENTER*
ARTICLE XX FEES AND CHARGES*
ARTICLE XXA JUVENILE FACILITIES*
ARTICLE XXI INTERGOVERNMENTAL REPRESENTATION*
ARTICLE XXIa RULES OF CONDUCT AND PROCEDURE FOR PLANNING AND ZONING PROCESS*
ARTICLE XXIb PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW BOARD*
ARTICLE XXII DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES*
ARTICLE XXIIa OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR AND PUBLIC GUARDIAN*
ARTICLE XXIIb DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES*
ARTICLE XXIIc DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION SERVICES*
ARTICLE XXIII DEPARTMENT OF PURCHASING AND CONTRACTING*
ARTICLE XXIIIa RECORDER/COUNTY CLERK*
ARTICLE XXIV PARK AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT*
ARTICLE XXIV-A REGISTRAR OF VOTERS*
ARTICLE XXV SHERIFF*
ARTICLE XXVI DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS*
ARTICLE XXVIa OUT-OF-COUNTY/IN-COUNTY BUSINESS*
ARTICLE XXVId LIMITATIONS ON MAKING GIFTS AND PROVIDING MEALS OR BEVERAGES*
ARTICLE XXVIe REIMBURSEMENTS AND ALLOWANCES*
ARTICLE XXVII BOARD OF SUPERVISORS*
ARTICLE XXVIII COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE*
ARTICLE XXVIIIa CODE OF ETHICS*
ARTICLE XXVIIId CONFLICT OF INTEREST INVOLVING FUNDING OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS*
ARTICLE XXIX [ORDINANCES REPEALED]*
ARTICLE XXX DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES*
ARTICLE XXXI PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT AND ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS*
ARTICLE XXXII CABLE TELEVISION REVIEW COMMISSION*
ARTICLE XXXIII COUNTY HEARING OFFICER*
ARTICLE XXXIV COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY*
ARTICLE XXXV NOISE CONTROL HEARING BOARD*
ARTICLE XXXVI LITIGATION*
ARTICLE XXXVII DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC DEFENDER*
ARTICLE XXXVIII DEPARTMENT OF ALTERNATE DEFENSE COUNSEL*
ARTICLE XXXVIII-A DEPARTMENT OF ALTERNATE PUBLIC DEFENDER*
ARTICLE XXXIX DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT*
ARTICLE XXXIX-A SAN DIEGO COUNTY HOUSING, INDUSTRIAL AND FINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XXXIX-B MOBILE HOME ISSUES COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XL SAN DIEGO COUNTY PALOMAR AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XLI REMOVAL OF STRIKING EMPLOYEES*
ARTICLE XLI-A COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY*
ARTICLE XLII SAN DIEGO COUNTY INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION*
ARTICLE XLIII SAN DIEGO COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER (CAC) PARKING LOT AD HOC COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE XLIV SAN DIEGO COUNTY REGIONAL GROWTH AND PLANNING REVIEW TASK FORCE*
ARTICLE XLV TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT*
ARTICLE XLVI SAN DIEGO COUNTY REGIONAL ADVISORY BOARD ON AIDS/HIV*
ARTICLE XLVII SAN DIEGO COUNTY TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON WATER SUPPLY AND CONSERVATION*
ARTICLE XLVIII SAN DIEGO COUNTY MILITARY AND VETERANS ADVISORY COUNCIL*
ARTICLE XLIX SANTA FE VALLEY WORKING GROUP*
ARTICLE L THE TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR ELIGIBILITY AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS*
ARTICLE LI SAN DIEGO COUNTYWIDE MOBILEHOME TASK FORCE*
ARTICLE LIII SAN DIEGO COUNTY EMEK HEFER SISTER COUNTY COMMISSION*
ARTICLE LIV SAN DIEGO COUNTY SOLID WASTE HEARING PANEL*
ARTICLE LV SAN DIEGO COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE LVI SAN DIEGO COUNTY ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE LVII DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND QUALITY*
ARTICLE LIX SAN DIEGO COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE LX SAN DIEGO COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS ADVISORY BOARD*
ARTICLE LXI SAN DIEGO COUNTY FALLBROOK AIRPARK ADVISORY COMMITTEE*
ARTICLE LXII OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES*
ARTICLE LXIII PUBLIC SAFETY REALIGNMENT OF 2011*
CODE COMPARATIVE TABLE
STATE LAW REFERENCE TABLE
San Diego County Code of Regulatory Ordinances
San Diego County Comprehensive Ordinances
San Diego County Board of Supervisors Policy Manual
SEC. 81.102. DEFINITIONS.
Publisher's Note: This Section has been AMENDED by new legislation (Ord. 10783, adopted 4-27-2022). The text of the amendment will be incorporated below when the ordinance is codified.
   Terms used in this division that are defined in the SMA but not defined in this division shall have the same meaning as in the SMA. The following definitions shall apply to this division:
   (a)   "Access restriction easement" means a permanent easement a property owner dedicates to the County that prohibits any person from obtaining access to a road or right-of-way adjacent to the property.
   (b)   "Adjustment plat" means a drawing filed with the Director as part of the application process for a lot line adjustment adjusting the boundaries between two to four adjoining parcels, where land taken from one parcel is added to an adjoining parcel, but does not create any additional parcels.
   (c)   "Average daily trips, ADT" means the average total number of motor vehicle trips per day to and from a location.
   (d)   "Basis of bearings" means the source of uniform orientation of all measured bearings shown on a map using the California Coordinate System of 1983, Zone 6, established by Public Resources Code sections 8801 et seq.
   (e)   "Bicycle route" means a facility where the main form of travel is by bicycle.
   (f)   "Cable lines" means electronic cable, conduit and their appurtenances which distribute television signals or telephone or internet connections.
   (g)   "CEQA" means the California Environmental Quality Act, Public Resources Code sections 21000 et seq.
   (h)   "Certificate of compliance" means a document the County issues pursuant to Government Code section 66499.35 identifying real property and signifying that the division of the real property complies with applicable provisions of the SMA and this division.
   (i)   "Conservation subdivision" means a residential subdivision design that improves preservation of environmental resources in a balance with planned densities and community character subject to applicable Community Plans, the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Resource Protection Ordinance and Groundwater Ordinance.
   (j)   "County fire official" means a person designated by the Director of Public Safety to implement and enforce the County Fire Code.
   (k)   [Reserved.]
   (l)   "Designated remainder parcel" means a unit of land a subdivider designates pursuant to Government Code section 66424.6 which is not divided for the purpose of sale, lease or financing and is designated on a tentative map or tentative parcel map at the time the subdivider files the map.
   (m)   "Director" means the Director of Planning & Development Services or a person the Director designates to implement or enforce this division.
   (n)   "Director DEHQ" means the Director of the Department of Environmental Health and Quality or a person the Director DEHQ designates to implement or enforce this division.
   (o)   "Director DPW" means the Director of Public Works or a person the Director designates to implement or enforce this division.
   (p)   "Director DPR" means the Director of Parks and Recreation or a person the Director DPR designates to implement or enforce this division.
   (q)   "PDS" means the Department of Planning and Development Services.
   (r)   "DPR" means the Department of Parks and Recreation.
   (s)   "DPW" means the Department of Public Works.
   (t)   "Environmental resource" means natural habitats, sensitive species, sensitive habitat lands, wetlands, floodplains, significant prehistoric/historic sites, and/or agricultural lands.
   (u)   "Feasible" has the same meaning as the term "feasible" in Government Code section 66473.1(e).
   (v)   "Lease" means an agreement for the use of real property that creates a landlord-tenant relationship between the parties to the lease and includes a written or oral agreement. In addition to an agreement that creates a tenancy for a specific term, a lease also includes an agreement that creates a tenancy at will or a month-to-month tenancy.
   (w)   "Lot" means a unit of land and may also be referred to in this division as a "parcel."
   (x)   "Lot area" means the same as the term "Lot Area, Net" as defined in the County Zoning Ordinance.
   (y)   "Major subdivision" means a subdivision creating five or more lots or units not counting a "designated remainder parcel," as defined in this chapter, as one of the five or more lots.
   (z)   "Major transmission facilities, mains and lines" means electrical transmission lines with 64,000 volts capacity or more, gasoline or oil transmission lines six inches or more in diameter, natural gas mains six inches or larger in diameter, sewer outfall or transmission mains thirteen inches or larger in diameter, water transmission mains fourteen inches or larger or telephone long distance and trunk communication facilities.
   (aa)   "Minor subdivision" means a subdivision creating four or fewer lots or units not counting a "designated remainder parcel," as defined in this chapter as one of the four or fewer lots.
   (bb)   "Parcel map" means a map required by Government Code sections 66426(f) or 66428 prepared in compliance with Government Code sections 66444 et seq.
   (cc)   "Road" has the same meaning as the term "street" as defined in this chapter.
   (dd)   "San Diego County Standards" refers to those standards and specifications on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (Clerk) as Attachment C with Resolution No. 99-186 (6-30-99 (8)) (San Diego County Standards for Private Roads) and Document Number 0775217 (5-1-12 (13, CR29)) (Public Roads Standards); provided, however, that with respect to development within the "Country Town" area of the Borrego Springs Planning Area, the standards and specifications contained in the "Community Right-of-Way Development Standards - Country Town Area of the Borrego Springs Planning Area" on file with the Office of the Clerk as Document Number 740149 (4-10-91 (6)), and with respect to development within the San Dieguito Planning Area, the standards and specifications contained in the "Community Right-of-Way Development Standards - Country Town Sphere of the San Dieguito Planning Area" on file with the Office of the Clerk as Document Number 750029(a) (6-6-92 (9)), and with respect to development within the Fallbrook Community Development Area, the standards and specifications contained within the "Fallbrook Community Right-of-Way Development Standards for Public Roads" on file with the Office of the Clerk as Document Number 761748 (12-14-94 (1)), and with respect to development within the Julian Community Planning Area, the standards and specifications contained in the "Community Right-of-Way Development Standards: Julian Historic District and Julian Community Planning Area" on file with the Office of the Clerk as Document Number 0768777 (3-6-02 (17)), and with respect to development within the Valley Center Community Planning Area, the standards and specifications contained within the "Valley Center Community Right-of-Way Development Standards" on file with the Office of the Clerk as Document Number _N/A______________ shall also apply and shall supersede the aforementioned documents to the extent of any conflict between them.
   (ee)   "SMA" means the Subdivision Map Act of the State of California contained in Government Code sections 66410 et seq.
   (ff)   "Street" means a County highway, State highway, other public road or alley, or a private thoroughfare at least ten feet wide that connects with a County highway, State highway, other public road, private road or an alley which affords primary access to an abutting lot.
   (gg)   "Subdivision" means the division by any subdivider of any unit or units of improved or unimproved land, or any portion thereof, shown on the latest equalized County assessment roll as a unit or as contiguous units, for the purpose of sale, lease or financing or any purpose, whether immediate or future, except for leases of agricultural land for agricultural purposes. Property shall be considered as contiguous units, even if it is separated by roads, streets, utility easement or railroad rights-of-way, but a freeway, as defined in Streets and Highways Code section 23.5 shall not be considered a road or street for the purpose of interpreting this section. "Subdivision" includes a condominium project, as defined in Civil Code section 1351(f), a community apartment project, as defined in Civil Code section 1351(d) or the conversion of five or more existing dwelling units to a stock cooperative, as defined in Civil Code section 1351(m).
   (hh)   "Tentative map" means a map prepared for the purpose of showing the design and improvement of a proposed major subdivision and the existing conditions in and around it.
   (ii)   "Tentative parcel map" means a map prepared for the purpose of showing the design and improvement of a proposed minor subdivision and the existing conditions in and around it.
   (jj)   "Through lot" means a lot having frontage on two parallel streets or a lot that is not a corner lot that has frontage on two streets, each of which may provide access to the lot.
(Added by Ord. No. 10037 (N.S.), effective 3-26-10; amended by Ord. No. 10040 (N.S.), effective 4-2-10; amended by Ord. No. 10167 (N.S.), effective 10-14-11; amended by Ord. No. 10171 (N.S.), effective 10-28-11; amended by Ord. No. 10224 (N.S.), effective 10-25-12; amended by Ord. No. 10529 (N.S.), effective 5-18-18; amended by Ord. No. 10709 (N.S.), effective 1-15-21)