Community Development

THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FRONT COUNTER WILL BE CLOSED ON Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

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.  

Community Development includes: 

  • Building Division:  Ensures public safety, health and welfare through the effective administration and enforcement of local ordinances and California Building Codes.
  • Code Enforcement:  Enhances City of San Mateo's quality of life by ensuring and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all residents and visitors.
  • Neighborhood Improvement and Housing:  Manages multiple programs designed to maintain the quality of neighborhoods and build new affordable housing through local and federal funds.
  • Planning Division:  Plans for the physical, social, and economic development of the City and ensures compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for both public and private projects.
You can access some of our more sought after services and information by clicking the picture tab below.
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CDD - What's Happening in Development
CDD - Affordable Housing
CDD - Code Enforcement
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  1. NEW Citizen Self-Service (CSS)
  2. General Plan Update
  3. Public Meetings
  4. eNewsletter

Plans, Permits and Inspections Go Online with the Launch of Our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal!

Customer Self-Service (CSS) PortalSkip the line…now you can track permits, planning applications, code enforcement cases, business tax records, and request inspections online from anywhere, at any time using a computer, tablet, or smartphone!

The Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal let’s you search records by address, date range, permit number, or parcel number – you can also use the interactive map search feature. You no longer need to call or come into City Hall during business hours to request inspections or look up current and past records – everything’s online and available to you 24/7 from any electronic device. 

Visit the Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal today!