Neighborhood Improvement & Housing

  1. CDD Permit Center - Limited Advance Appointments During Stay At Home Order
    In-person appointments will be limited for those who are picking up permits with approved hard copy plans. CDD Permit Center advance appointments are available M-F between 8:30-11:30 a.m. and can be requested by directly contacting a Building Division staff member or emailing building.info@cityofsanmateo.org.  Before coming to City Hall, please make sure you review and understand the Social Distancing Protocols for City Hall Visitors.
The Neighborhood Improvement & Housing Division manages a number of programs designed to maintain the quality of neighborhoods and build new affordable housing through local and federal funds.
First-Time Homebuyer Program
Below Market Rental Program
Search Affordable Housing



Information & Activities

  • August 31, 2020- State of California passed the Housing Stabilization  Act. For information on rent relief related to COVID-19, please visit HousingIsKey.com
  • February 3, 2020 - City Council approved new affordable requirements of 15% for the Below Market Rate program. Staff report is here.
  • June 17, 2019 - City Council passed an Ordinance to provide rental assistance to tenants displaced due to unsafe or substandard housing units.

For more information on the City’s requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units, please visit the Planning Division’s resource page.

General Plan workshops and meetings are ongoing. For more information visit Strive San Mateo .