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The Community Development Department (CDD for short!) strives to ensure a quality built environment, healthy neighborhoods and a strong economic base in the City. 

This department has 4 divisions that provide services to the residents and business-owners in San Mateo.

  • Building Division  
    • ensures development projects are designed and constructed according to the most recent adopted code standards;
    • enforces building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical installations and accessibility and energy compliance;
    • maintains accurate property and permit records;
    • performs damage assessments of all structures in the event of an emergency or disaster. 
  • Code Enforcement: Works in partnership with the residents and business owners to promote, preserve, and maintain attractive neighborhoods and commercial areas. 
  • Neighborhood Improvement & Housing  
    • maintains quality neighborhoods and builds new affordable housing through local and federal funds; 
    • enforces codes related to property maintenance, zoning and nuisances;
    • administers many Housing Programs and Community Grant Programs. 
  • Planning Division  
    • provides design review to residents and business owners constructing new buildings or remodeling existing buildings;
    • maintains the City's zoning code;
    • performs long-range planning for the future of San Mateo through the General Plan.

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