Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City offices are currently closed to the public. For updates: poway.org/covid19-update.
If you need an emergency building permit due to life or safety concerns, please call our building department at (858) 668-4644 and a representative will call you back as soon as possible. Roof-mount solar permits that require no plan check fee may be submitted via mail or by appointment with a completed application and two sets of plans (permits will be issued via email). Over-the-counter permits for electric upgrades, water heaters and heaters may be submitted via mail or by appointment with a completed application and applicable fee via check payable to City of Poway (permits will be issued via email). The City is not taking in other applications for new building permits at this time. Resubmittals may be submitted via mail or by appointment. For exterior only or essential inspections, please contact (858) 668-4646.
The City is not taking in planning permit applications for new permits at this time. Resubmittals may be submitted via mail or by appointment with a pdf version of the plans emailed to City Planner David De Vries or include a thumb drive with a PDF version of the plans in your resubmittal. Please contact your project planner or the City Planner at (858) 668-4604 for all other inquiries and we will be respond within two normal business days.
Mailed Planning & Building Submittals
Address mailed submittals to: David De Vries, City of Poway, Development Services Department, City Hall, 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
Land Development Division
The City is not taking in new applications for permits or projects at this time. New permits will not be issued at this time with the exception of permits for emergency purposes. Resubmittals for current projects may be submitted via mail or by appointment. Land Development staff are working remotely on a limited basis and will be checking email and voicemail. If you have questions about a current project please contact your assigned engineer and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that response time for reviews may take longer than normal. Inspection services for current construction projects will continue to be provided.
CIP staff are working remotely on a limited basis and will be checking email and voicemail. If you have questions about a current project please contact your project manager and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that response time for reviews may take longer than normal. Inspection services for current construction projects will continue to be provided.
Mailed Engineering Submittals
Address mailed submittals to: Melody Rocco, City of Poway, Development Services Department, City Hall, 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
Department of Development Services
The Department of Development Services is divided into 9 sections:
- The Office of the Director
- Affordable Housing
- Building and Safety Inspection
- Capital Projects Engineering
- Code Compliance
- Engineering Inspection
- Land Development Engineering
- Traffic Engineering
The department administers and implements the City's planning, land use, building, and engineering functions. Other activities include providing customer service for all permit activities at one location, developing land use ordinances and various specific plans, and reviewing development plans. This ensures that a sound and workable development program is designed and maintained for the City.
Capital Improvement, Development & General Plan
Department staff complete inspections of all capital improvement and development projects. Staff also manages land subdivision, traffic safety, and design and transportation activities. In conjunction with the City Council, the department is responsible for the implementation of the City's General Plan. Department staff provides assistance to other departments with regard to planning and designing public facilities and performing environmental review for proposed projects, including Capital Improvement Projects.
The department manages engineering conceptual designs, monitors and reviews environmental documents, administers building safety programs, maintains demographic information, researches and analyzes policy alternatives, and serves as a liaison between members of the public and other departments involved in processing development applications.
Storm Water Management
The department is part of the Storm Water Management Administration and is actively educating the business community on the prevention of discharge of pollutants into the storm drain system. The City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program works with residents and businesses to help them learn the Best Management Practices (BMPs) to follow, so pollution does not go from their business via the storm drains into our creeks, lakes, rivers, and the ocean.