So You Need a Coastal Permit: The Scoop on San Diego Coastal Architecture

Few things strike greater fear into the heart of a homeowner than the knowledge that a new room addition or home renovation will require a coastal permit. We all feel the same about this: in most cases, the design idea is simple, the neighbors love the concept and we just barely have enough time and money to get the project off the ground — and then what feels like a brick wall comes between us and our proposed design plans. Fortunately, all it takes is a little familiarity with the Coastal Commission’s objectives and help from an experienced architect to successfully navigate the permit process. Understanding coastal permits In order to better understand the coastal permit process, it can be helpful to know a little local history. Back …