San Diego

Hearing Officer

(For Discretionary Land Use Related Projects.)

About the Hearing Officer

The City of San Diego's Hearing Officer was appointed by the City Manager and continues under the new Strong Mayor form of government. The Hearing Officer presides at public hearings and acts on items such as permits, maps, variances and other matters in accordance with the Land Development Code (Process 3).

Hearing Officers are subject to the California Political Reform Act and the City of San Diego's Ethics Ordinance and are required to file Statements of Economic Interest.  A Hearing Officer shall disclose any conflicts of interest and recuse himself or herself from the Hearing if necessary.

Hearing Officers are also subject to due process requirements and must conduct hearings in an impartial manner. Therefore, it is inappropriate to contact a Hearing Officer to discuss any item that will come before them in a hearing. If such contact occurs, the Hearing Officer may be subject to recusal from that item.

The Hearing Officer hearings are typically conducted once a week on Wednesdays. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, in downtown San Diego.


Effective September 20, 2017, Hearing Officer hearings will typically be conducted TWICE A MONTH on THE FIRST AND THIRD Wednesdays of each month and the new start time will be 9:00 a.m. Hearing Officer meetings will continue to be held in the City Council Chambers on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, in downtown San Diego. Note: Holidays and other events may affect the public hearing schedule, meeting time and location. Please be sure to consult the Hearing Officer Docket and City Bulletin of Public Notices - Public Hearings for the most up to date information.

Submitting Project Information

All project information for the Hearing Officer needs to be submitted to the recording secretary in one of the following ways:

  1. Mail: Hearing Officer, Development Services Department, 1222 First Ave, MS 501, San Diego, CA 92101
  2. Email: [email protected]
  3. Fax: (619) 321-3200
  4. You may also contact the recording secretary at (619) 321-3208.

All material should be received 9 days prior to a hearing. If your project information is received at the hearing, the Hearing Officer may not be able to review and consider your information thoroughly .

Appeals and Notices


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