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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.

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