The Landscape section reviews and processes landscape plans for public and private developments. As part of the plan review process Landscape Section is responsible to meet the City's goals for a landscaping design that are both economical and bring harmony and continuity to the City's natural landscape.

Landscaping in the City of Oceanside must meet the following:

  • Compliance with federal, state and local codes and regulations,
  • Compliance with the current Landscape Development Manual (Landscape Standards),
  • Compliance with the City Landscape Regulations and Ordinances,
  • Establishment of an acceptable level of harmony with the natural landscape,
  • Continuity with the surrounding existing development,
  • Usage of various shapes, textures and colors as well as practical applications in the design specific to the proposed site,
  • Usage of the native and naturalized plant types that encourage wildlife habitat and protection,
  • Protection against erosion for sloped, graded and disturbed lands,
  • Conservation of water through using drought tolerant plants and efficient irrigation design,
  • Reducing the risk of fire hazard through site design, planting and management of flammable vegetation,
  • Providing screening for unsightly areas,
  • Provide for wind break and heat gain control through plant material,
  • Conserve energy by providing shade trees over streets, sidewalk, parking areas and other paved areas,
  • Increase the quality and quantity of landscape area visible from public and private streets and adjacent properties,
  • Landscape aids in the prevention of storm water run-off and filters particulates often found in water prior to entering our storm drains,
  • Trees help sequester carbon emissions thus providing clean air

Contact Us:
Visit our office at 300 N. Coast HWY
(760) 435-5097

Useful Links

Western Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture
CA Department of Forestry & Fire Protection 
Tree pruning, removal and planting safety 
San Diego County Water Authority 
Tree selecting guide 


Plan Review and Process
Plan Submittal Requirements & Forms
Frequently Asked Questions
Landscape Inspection
Landscape Development Manual  (4.14 MB)
Landscape Regulations and Ordinances