Community Development

Community Development Department (CDD) Services

Online Permit Center

  • City of San Mateo’s Community Development Department provides our self-service online permit center. We accept, review, receive payments, and issue planning entitlements and building permits securely online.
  • Online services available on our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal include:
    • building permit application submittals,
    • inspection requests,
    • planning application submittals, 
    • and general inquiries. ­

Walk-in code consultations are available:

  • PlanningMonday - Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Building: Monday - Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm
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Introducing Our New Self-Service Online Permit Center

Person filling out an application on their computerOur Online Permit Center let’s you submit building permit and planning applications securely online through our Citizen Self-Service Portal (CSS).

We now accept, review, receive payments, and issue planning entitlements and building permits through our online permit center.

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.