Community Development

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. General Plan Update
  2. Public Meetings
  3. eNewsletter

San Mateo General Plan 2040

Your participation will ensure that the General Plan represents a true community-based vision for San Mateo. The City wants all residents, business persons, and community members to have a voice in the future of San Mateo.

Visit the project website to see how you can get involved: http://strivesanmateo.org

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