Map Tax Clearance

The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector issues Map Tax Clearance Certificates, which are documents certifying that:

  1. There are no liens for unpaid taxes or special assessments for the lien date year; and

  2. Any taxes and special assessments that are liens, and not yet payable, have been estimated and stated as the amount required for a bond. 

Requesting a Map Tax Clearance Certificate

Please submit the request six weeks in advance of when the Tax Clearance Certificate is needed. To obtain a Map Tax Clearance Certificate, submit:

  1. $279 processing fee

  2. Completed Property Questionnaire

  3. Copy of the map (minimum size 26” by 18”) or project plan document

Additional documentation may be required if there has been permit activity or a change to how title to the property is held within the past 12 months. Return the required items to County Administration Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, San Diego, CA 92101.

A new Map Tax Clearance Certificate is required when there is any change made to:

  • the name of the map
  • the legal description stated on the map
  • the ownership or title to the property
  • or when the Tax Clearance Certificate becomes void and expires

If you have more questions, please email us at or call our map tax clearance division at (619) 685-2622. 

Map Tax Clearance FAQs

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What is a map tax clearance certificate?

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How long does it take to get a map tax clearance certificate?

How will I know when the map tax clearance certificate is ready for pick up?

What do I do with the map tax clearance certificate after I receive it?

Will I be required to pay taxes prior to the installment due date for the property tax bill?

When is a bond required?

What events create a lien or liability for taxes?

How is the amount of the the liability determined?

How is the amount of the bond determined?

Why is 1.25% used as the estimated tax rate?

Where do I go to deposit the bond?