New Public Counter Hours for Building Division Staff
Effective April 13, 2015, the Public Counter will be closed from 3:00pm - 5:00pm Monday through Tuesday June 30, 2015. This closure will facilitate the training of staff and conversion to a new permitting system. Thank you for your patience.
The mission of the Building and Safety Program is to ensure public safety,
health and welfare through the effective administration and enforcement of local
ordinances and California Building Codes; to provide professional services to
our customers that will encourage the selection of San Mateo as the preferred
location to live, work, and invest, while striving to sustain and promote the
quality of life in our community.
We are responsible for ensuring that development projects are designed and
constructed to a high level of quality and in compliance with adopted code
standards. We enforce building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical installations
and accessibility and energy compliance. In the event of an emergency or
disaster, it is our responsibility to perform damage assessments of all
structures. We also work hard to maintain accurate property and permit records.
This division is divided into 3 main work units:
These three areas collaborate with customers to deliver public information,
project review and approval, permit issuance, and inspection services.
In addition, we focus on 3 major principles: