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Inspections

The City of Oceanside annually inspects high priority and medium priority commercial and industrial businesses. Facilities considered high threat to water quality will be inspected on an annual basis, whereas those businesses considered medium and low threat will be inspected as needed. Inspections are conducted without notice, however you may download the business inspection form  (24 KB)  in order to understand the areas the inspector will concentrate on during the visit.

The following types of businesses have been identified by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board as being a high threat to water quality. This classification was based on the type of activities performed and materials used for business operations.

  • Automobile mechanical repair, maintenance, fueling, or cleaning
  • Airplane mechanical repair, maintenance, fueling, or cleaning
  • Boat mechanical repair, maintenance, fueling, or cleaning
  • Equipment repair, maintenance, fueling, or cleaning
  • Automobile and other vehicle body repair or painting
  • Mobile automobile or other vehicle washing
  • Automobile (or other vehicle) parking lots and storage facilities
  • Retail or wholesale fueling
  • Pest control services
  • Eating or drinking establishments
  •  Mobile carpet, drape or furniture cleaning
  • Cement mixing or cutting
  • Masonry
  • Painting and coating
  • Botanical or zoological gardens and exhibits
  • Landscaping
  • Nurseries and greenhouses
  • Golf courses, parks and other recreational areas/facilities
  • Cemeteries
  • Pool and fountain cleaning
  • Marinas
  • Port-a-Potty servicing
  • Other commercial activities contributing significant pollutant loads

Businesses classified as High Priority also include businesses that are near:

  • An impacted 303(d) Impaired Water Body
  • Environmentally sensitive areas

What does being a High Priority Business mean?
Commercial and industrial businesses that have a greater potential to contribute to urban runoff pollution are considered a high priority. This designation comes from the types of materials used, wastes generated and housekeeping practices employed in the day-to-day activities of that business sector. However, if a business originally classified as a Low or Medium Priority has poor housekeeping practices and does not implement Best Management Practices to the satisfaction of City Staff, the business may be reclassified as a High Priority. The Oceanside Clean Water Program will annually inspect 100% of high priority businesses.


Report any water running in the street when it is not raining or someone dumping something in the storm drain or curb and gutter by calling the
Urban Runoff Hotline at 760-435-4500.