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Hearing Officer

 Executive Order: Until further notice, Hearing Officer meetings will be conducted pursuant to the provisions California Government Code section 54953(e), as amended by Assembly Bill 361, which suspends certain requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act during a proclaimed state of emergency when measures to promote social distancing are in effect or the City has determined meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees.


During the current State of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public health and safety, the Hearing Officer will be participating in Hearing Officer meetings by teleconference and/or videoconference. There will be no members of the public in attendance at the Hearing Officer meetings.


In lieu of in-person attendance, members of the public may participate and provide comment via telephone, Zoom, using the Hearing Officer web form, or via U.S. Mail of written materials, as follows:


Public Comment Testimony During Hearing Officer Meetings:

To offer public comment testimony during a Hearing Officer meeting, you need to first join the Zoom Webinar meeting online from your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or Smartphone, or by calling into the meeting from your cellular phone or landline.


Meeting Webinar Link:



To join by using:

  • iPhone one-tap
    US: Dial 1-669-254-5252; or 1-669-216-1590; or 1-646-828-7666. When prompted, input Webinar ID: 160 901 3394
  • Telephone
    Dial 1-669-254-5252 or (Toll Free) 1-833-568-8864. When prompted, input Webinar ID: 160 901 3394.

How to Speak to a Particular Item or During Non-Agenda Public Comment

When the Hearing Officer introduces the item you would like to comment on (or indicates it is time for Non-Agenda Public Comment), raise your hand by either tapping the "Raise your Hand" button on your computer, tablet, or Smartphone, or by dialing *9 on your phone. You will be taken in the order in which you raise your hand.  You may only speak once on a particular item.


When the Hearing Officer indicates it is your turn to speak, click the unmute prompt that will appear on your computer, tablet or Smartphone, or dial *6 on your phone.


Providing Written Comment Through Webform

  1. Comment on Agenda Items, Non-Agenda Public Comment may be submitted using the web form indicating the Comment type and item number (if relevant) for which you wish to submit your comment. Comments need to be received the business day prior for it to be distributed to Hearing Officer. All webform comments are limited to 200 words. Comments received after the start of the meeting but before the item is called will be submitted into the written record for the relevant item. Please go to the Hearing Officer website for further instructions. 
  2. Written Materials
    If you wish to submit written materials for submission into the record, you may submit via U.S. Mail to 1222 First Avenue, MS 501, San Diego, CA 92101. Materials submitted via U.S. mail will need to be received the business day prior for it to be distributed to the Hearing Officer.


For Discretionary Land Use-Related Projects

The City of San Diego's Hearing Officers are designated by the City Manager and continue under the new Strong Mayor form of government. The Hearing Officers preside over public hearings and act on items such as permits, maps, variances and other matters in accordance with the PDF icon San Diego Municipal Code.

Hearing Officers are subject to the California Political Reform Act and the City's Ethics Ordinance and are required to file Statements of Economic Interest. They must disclose any conflicts of interest and recuse themselves 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 Hearing Officers to discuss any item that will come before them in a hearing. If such contact occurs, Hearing Officers may be subject to recusal from that item.

Meeting Information


Hearings are typically conducted twice a month on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.


The public may view the meetings at their scheduled time on YouTube or within 24 to 48 hours of the meeting depending upon technical streaming issues.

Submitting Project Information

All project information and material for Hearing Officer consideration must be submitted to the Recording Secretary seven calendar days prior to a hearing. You can submit information via:

  • Mail or Delivery: Hearing Officer, Development Services Department, 1222 First Ave, MS 501, San Diego, CA 92101. Must include four copies of the material.
  • Hearing Officer Web form.
  • At the Public Hearing: Must include 4 copies of the material.
    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