Land Development


Updated Operating Procedures

(updated 4/13/2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City offices are currently closed to the public, however submittals can be made through the following procedures. To limit risk of potential COVID-19 contaminants on submitted documents, all submittals will be quarantined for two to three days after receipt. Please keep in mind that response time for reviews are expected to take longer than normal. Additional copies of documents may be requested to facilitate reviews by staff working remotely. 

Learn more about City of Poway COVID-19 Updates.

Resubmittals for current projects may be submitted via mail along with a PDF version of the submittal package (or link to a FTP site for downloading the package). Please contact your project engineer for all other inquiries and staff will respond within two normal business days. Inspection services for current construction projects will continue to be provided. For new submittals send a copy of the completed application, cost estimate (for grading or improvements) and a PDF of the plans (or link to a FTP site) to Andrea Palacios by email. The applicable plan review fee/deposit will be emailed back to the applicant. Then the completed application along with the standard submittal package and applicable fee, via check payable to City of Poway, shall be mailed to the City at the following address:

Engineering Division
Development Services
13325 Civic Center Drive
Poway, CA 92064

For all other land development inquiries, please contact our Engineering Division at (858) 668-4655 or by Email and a representative will respond to your inquiry.

Planning for the Future

The Land Development Engineering Division reviews and places conditions on private development plans for proposed projects. This division ensures that all development plans meet the standards set forth in the Poway Municipal Code. It is always a goal of staff to work with applicants to minimize construction- related disruptions to neighborhoods and businesses as much as possible. Additionally, this division processes Floodplain Development Permits, maintains securities on projects, and ensures engineering conditions are met on all approved private development projects.

Inspection & Construction

The Engineering Inspection Division is responsible for the inspection of all construction projects, erosion control on-site, and managing Right-of-Way Permits.

When anything is being built in the city, an Engineering Inspector will be assigned to the project. For example, if you are having a pool built, it will be an Engineering Inspector who will visit the site to ensure the dirt and erosion control are handled correctly before a building inspection can be requested.

To contact us, please call 858-668-4668. Please include your name, address and daytime phone number, and provide us with as much information as possible relating to your question or request.