Frequently Asked Questions

How may I obtain the zoning designation of a specific property?

Zoning and General Plan land use maps are now available in a PDF format on the Community Development Department's web page. Please contact the Planning Division at 760.639.6100 if you need assistance using these maps.

What are some tips for starting a business in Vista?

After selecting a site, determine zoning requirements prior to signing a lease or contract by contacting the City of Vista’s Planning Division at 760.639.6100. The Planning Division can assist you in receiving information of the status of your location if you have the proposed business address and a description of the business. The Planning Division will also assist in determining which special permits are required for specific business types.

Anyone doing business in the City of Vista must have a business license. You will need your business address, type of business, and zoning clearance from the Planning Division. An application can be obtained by visiting the City of Vista’s Finance Department.

When does the Planning Commission meet?

The Planning Commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.. in the City Council Chambers. Please see Planning Commission Agenda to determine if a Planning Commission meeting is scheduled and what items will be on the proposed agenda.