Updated Operating Procedures

(updated 4/13/2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City offices are currently closed to the public, however submittals can be made through the following procedures. To limit risk of potential COVID-19 contaminants on submitted documents, all submittals will be quarantined for two to three days after receipt. Please keep in mind that response time for reviews are expected to take longer than normal. Additional copies of documents may be requested to facilitate reviews by staff working remotely. 

Learn more about City of Poway COVID-19 Updates.

Resubmittals may be submitted via mail along with a PDF version of the plans (or link to a FTP site for downloading plans) emailed to the assigned project planner. Please contact your project planner for all other inquiries and staff will respond within two normal business days. For new submittals send a copy of the completed application and a PDF of the plans (or link to a FTP site for downloading plans) to The applicable plan review fee will be emailed back to the applicant. Then the completed application along with the standard submittal package and applicable fee, via check payable to City of Poway, shall be mailed to the City at the following address:

Planning Division, [Specify Permit #]
Development Services
13325 Civic Center Drive
Poway, CA 92064

For all other planning inquiries, please contact our Planning Division at (858) 668-4659 or at and a representative will respond to your inquiry.

Poway Planning and Zoning

The Planning Division administers and implements the City's land use and zoning functions, processes discretionary land use applications, and assures compliance with conditions of approval through various reviews and inspections. This division also ensures compliance with the Poway Municipal Code, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other state and federal regulations.

Sign Regulations Amendment

Poway's Comprehensive Sign Regulations, Chapter 17.40 of the Poway Municipal Code (PMC), were amended by the City Council in 2012 and 2014 (Ordinance 739) (PDF). The amendments were based on input from the business community and the general public. The amendments include substantive changes to regulations pertaining to a variety of existing sign types, and provisions for additional signage options. The amended sign regulations are intended to serve the needs of the business community while maintaining a high quality visual appearance in the City's commercial areas.

The Summary of Sign Regulation Changes (PDF) provides a quick look to understand what was recently amended in the Ordinance. The City's Sign Permit Application (PDF) includes frequently asked questions (FAQ) pertaining to general sign regulations. Also, the city's Temporary Sign Permit Application (PDF) includes various FAQs for customers.