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Welcome to the Community Development Department (CDD for short!) where we strive 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 is responsible for: 
    • ensuring that development projects are designed and constructed according to the most recent adopted code standards;
    • enforcing building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical installations and accessibility and energy compliance;
    • maintaining accurate property and permit records;
    • and performing 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 is responsible for: 
    • maintaining quality neighborhoods and build new affordable housing through local and federal funds; 
    • enforcing codes related to property maintenance, zoning and nuisances;
    • and administers many Housing Programs and Community Grant Programs. 
  • Planning Division is responsible for: 
    • providing design review to residents and business owners constructing new buildings or remodeling existing buildings;
    • maintaining the City's zoning code;
    • and performing long-range planning for the future of San Mateo through the General Plan.
News Flash
What's Happening in Development? There is a lot of construction going on in different areas of the city. Find out more about applications currently going through the review process, applications that have been approved but no building permit has been issued yet and more. Additional Info...

Bay Meadows A lot of construction going on at the site of the old racetrack. Additional Info...


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