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About Us

The Development Services Department (DSD) is comprised of nine divisions that provide review, permit, inspection and code enforcement services for private and public development projects throughout the City of San Diego. Whether it's construction, renovation or changing the use of a building in part or in its entirety, DSD assists customers with development projects promptly to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, ensuring all City neighborhoods continue to be healthy, safe and livable for all residents, visitors and businesses.

Elyse Lowe
Elyse Lowe
Director
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Elyse Lowe

Elyse Lowe

Director

Elyse Lowe is the Development Services Department (DSD) Department Director. She directs, manages and oversees all department activities, operations and services. This includes all review, permit, inspection and code enforcement services for private and public development projects throughout the City of San Diego, enhancing the quality of life while ensuring vibrant, healthy, safe and livable neighborhoods.

 

Gary Geiler
Gary Geiler
Assistant Director
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Gary Geiler

Gary Geiler

Assistant Director

Gary Geiler is responsible for the overall permit process and land use policies. In addition, Geiler's responsibilities include ministerial and discretionary review, permit streamlining strategies, and serving as a liaison to the Office of the Mayor and the City Council.

Keely Halsey
Keely Halsey
Assistant Director
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Keely Halsey

Keely Halsey

Assistant Director

Keely Halsey is responsible for new housing strategies. Keely's responsibilities include research and development of housing policy solutions, stakeholder engagement, housing data management, legislative services and interdepartmental and agency coordination.

J.C. Thomas
J.C. Thomas
Assistant Director
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J.C. Thomas

J.C. Thomas

Assistant Director

J.C. Thomas is responsible for the digital transformation, innovation initiatives and operations support. In addition, he is responsible for online permitting, customer service, project submittal and issuance, business operations support and building records.

 

Department Divisions

Building Construction and Safety Division

Kelly Charles
Kelly Charles, P.E.
Chief Building Official, Deputy Director
619-557-7998
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This division is comprised of building project plan review, ministerial project management and inspection sections.

  • The plan review section reviews proposed construction projects for compliance with the adopted City and State codes and standards, including accessibility, electrical, fire protection systems, hazardous materials, life safety, mechanical, noise, plumbing, smoke control,  structural and sustainability.
  • The inspection section inspects construction projects on private property for compliance with the adopted City and State codes and standards, including accessibility, electrical, fire protection systems, hazardous materials, life safety, mechanical, plumbing, smoke control, structural, sustainability and construction stormwater best management practices. It also provides inspection of the Utilities Undergrounding Program and issues permits and inspects mobile home parks.
  • The ministerial project management section manages complex and phased developments and assists both staff and customers in conflict resolution.

Business Operations Support Services Division

Rimah Khouri
Rimah Khouri-Velez
Deputy Director
619-446-5007
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This division provides overall administrative support to the department, the public as well as other City departments. Its core responsibilities include fiscal and procurement support, grant management, human resources, payroll, accounting and cashier services. The division is also responsible for maintaining records of construction plans and permits on City property dating back to 1955.

Cannabis Division

P.J. FitzGerald
P.J. FitzGerald
Deputy Director
619-557-7998
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This division is responsible for administration, permitting and code enforcement activities related to authorized cannabis businesses within the City limits, including Cannabis Production Facilities, Cannabis Outlets and Cannabis Testing Facilities. The division coordinates with other City departments, county and state agencies regarding licensing, regulatory framework and business support.

Code Enforcement Division

Leslie Sennett
Leslie Sennett
Deputy Director
619-533-5278
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This division investigates and enforces code violations related to land use, development regulations, building and housing codes, abandoned properties, disabled access and noise regulations. It works in partnership with the people of San Diego to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment; improve the quality of San Diego's neighborhoods through education, enforcement and abatement; respond to community concerns and attain code compliance while maintaining high professional standards and continually seeking improvements and innovations.

Engineering Division

George Ghossain
George Ghossain
Deputy Director
619-446-5291
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The division is comprised of ten sections that review discretionary and ministerial review projects. These sections are engineering review, transportation review, drainage and grades, traffic safety, water and sewer, stormwater, geology, mapping (including addressing and street naming), permitting and project management. The division's primary function is to perform reviews on permitting, engineering and mapping-related approvals at both the discretionary and ministerial level for compliance with federal, state and local regulations. The division also provides utility permitting and stormwater compliance oversight.

The division works within the public right-of-way to ensure conformance with City, state and federal regulations regarding traffic flow, pedestrian access, street lights, and traffic signals. It also administers and issues PDF icon traffic control plans/permits. The division also reviews mapping projects, building, grading, and public improvement plans, Over-The-Counter permits, traffic control plans, reports and other approval types for compliance with the:

Innovation and Technology Division

Alfred Bajet
Alfred Bajet
Assistant Deputy Director
619-533-3796
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This division is responsible for leading process improvement initiatives that help optimize service delivery, as well as modernizing and managing the information and data services for DSD. The division serves as the technology liaison between DSD, the Department of Information Technology, other City departments and City information technology vendors. Working with these sources, it implements, monitors and manages automation solutions for the department's daily business needs.

Land Development Review Division

Raynard Abalos
Raynard Abalos
Deputy Director
619-446-5366
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The Land Development Review Division includes the planning, zoning, landscaping, environmental, mitigation monitoring and historic disciplines. It reviews ministerial and discretionary projects for compliance with the Land Development Code, community plans, the General Plan, as well as compliance with other City, state and federal regulations.

Project Submittal and Management Division

Angela Colton
Angela Colton
Deputy Director
619-446-5431
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This division is responsible for processing the City's land development projects. Its Project Management section manages both private and public discretionary projects for Council action. It provides noticing and legislative support for the City's Hearing Officer, Planning Commission, and Historical Resources Board. Also, its submitted project processing section handles construction, development permit project submittal and permit issuance functions.

Urban Division

Brian Schoenfisch
Brian Schoenfisch
Deputy Director
619-533-6457
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This division conducts long-range planning and development review functions, working to implement the vision of the PDF icon Downtown Community Plan. This plan aims to create and develop a dynamic Downtown that accommodates growth as a regional employment center and residential neighborhood. The division is responsible for Downtown Development, including:

  • Planning review of private development proposals;
  • Development project management;
  • Updates to the PDF icon Downtown Community Plan and planned district ordinances;
  • Public park planning;
  • Enhanced public infrastructure planning; and
  • Special studies.