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Hearing Officer

For Discretionary Land Use Related Projects

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 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 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.

Hearing Information


Hearings are typically conducted the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.


Unless noted in the agenda, meetings are held at:

City Administration Building
City Council Chambers, 12th floor
202 C Street, in downtown San Diego

Submitting Project Information

All project information and material for Hearing Officer consideration must to be submitted to the Recording Secretary 10 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 five copies of the material;
  • Email: [email protected]. Material limited to five pages in length;
  • Fax: 619-321-3200. Material limited to five pages in length; or
  • At the Public Hearing: Must include five 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.

Public Comment

Persons may address the Hearing Officer during the public comment section of the agenda on topics not listed on the agenda or may address the Hearing Officer during public testimony on each agenda action item. Speakers will usually have three minutes. Times may be altered by the Hearing Officer.

Appeals and Notices

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