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Director

photo of Bob VacchiRobert A. Vacchi, Esq.
Assistant: Michelle Frick
(619) 446-5423
ravacchi@sandiego.gov

Building Construction & Safety

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Afsaneh Ahmadi, P.E.
Chief Building Official
(619) 557-7998
aahmadi@sandiego.gov

The Building Construction and Safety Division includes plan review and inspection for buildings, plan processing, project submittal, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire, grading permits, public Improvements, construction inspections and enforcement of municipal and model codes.

Project Submittal and Management Division

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Elyse Lowe
Deputy Director
(619) 446-5127
elowe@sandiego.gov

The Project Submittal and Management Section is responsible for processing the City’s land development projects, ensuring all submitted project applications are provided with a timely, predictable, efficient and fiscally accountable permit review process. Development Project Managers are assigned as the single point of contact for each discretionary project, and act as liaison between the City’s multi-disciplinary review team, the applicant, community planning groups, and all other stakeholders. The Project Management section also provides administrative support for the City’s Hearing Officer and the Planning Commission. The Project Submittal section handles construction and development permit project processing, including setup, completeness checks, plan processing and pick-up, issuance, closeout, and ministerial project management.

Information Technology & Records Division

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Jim Myers
Deputy Director
(619) 446-5007
jmyers@sandiego.gov

The Information Technology and Records Division includes data processing and budgetary support, Project Tracking System (PTS) development, records, purchasing, facilities management, and financial services.

Land Development Review Division

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Kerry Santoro
Deputy Director
(619) 446-5121
ksantoro@sandiego.gov

The Land Development Review Division includes the land development code update section, discretionary and ministerial permit review, zoning and sign code information, landscape review, and environmental analysis along with mitigation monitoring compliance. The diverse functions of the Division are focused on providing a balanced approach to the comprehensive review of discretionary and ministerial development projects in compliance with Federal, State and City regulations.

Code Enforcement Division

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Michael S. Richmond
Deputy Director
(619) 533-6302
mrichmond@sandiego.gov

The Code Enforcement Division investigates and enforces code violations related to land use, development regulations, building and housing codes, abandoned properties, disabled access, and noise regulations.

Engineering Division

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Gregory P. Hopkins, P.L.S.
Deputy Director
(619) 446-5291
ghopkins@sandiego.gov

The Engineering Division includes the discretionary engineering and transportation sections, along with the drainage and grades, traffic safety, water and sewer, stormwater, geology, mapping, addressing and street naming sections. The primary function of the Division is to review all permits, engineering and mapping related approvals at the discretionary and ministerial level for compliance to Federal, State and local regulations.