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Mission Statement

The Community Development Department provides efficient and pro-active customer service to enhance the safety and quality of life for all citizens, and acts as a catalyst for innovative economic development and public policy development.

The San Bruno  Community Development Department is responsible for planning the physical development of the community and ensuring that new development and modifications to existing development are completed in compliance with City and State laws. The Department provides technical information to residents, business owners, developers, and commissions regarding local codes, ordinances, and other related issues.

NOTICE: Building Code Changes Take Effect on January 1, 2017

Beginning on January 1, 2017, the City of San Bruno, Community Development Department is required by State law to enforce the 2016 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations). All projects submitted before or on December 31, 2016 are permitted to comply with the 2013 Edition of the California Building Standards Code.

Affordable Housing Impact Fees

On November 22, 2016, the City Council adopted an ordinance designed to help mitigate the impact of new housing or jobs on the need for affordable housing in San Bruno. The ordinance amended the Municipal Code to establish an Affordable Housing Program including residential impact fees for new residential development and commercial linkage fees for nonresidential development projects in San Bruno.  Click here for more information.  

Community Development Divisions

Building Division and Code Enforcement

Building and Code Enforcement oversees development activities in the City to ensure that construction projects are in compliance with local, state and federal laws.

Planning Division

Reviews development plans, use permits and other planning entitlements and prepares land use plans focusing for the long-term future growth and development of the City.

Successor Agency

The Successor Agency is tasked with winding down the remaining commitments of the former Redevelopment Agency.

Affordable Housing

Following the elimination of the Redevelopment Agency in 2012, the Department has assumed a greater role in planning affordable housing, and providing information to the public about the availability of affordable housing in San Mateo County.