Private Development Construction Inspection

PDCI provides inspection of County permitted private development in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County, as well as permitted utility improvements within the County Maintained Rights-of-Way. PDCI ensures projects and work are completed in accordance with approved plans and State and County requirements to assure safe, environmentally sound, and livable communities and roads are provided for the public. 

BMP protected slope

Major Subdivision/Mass Grading 


Encroachment Violation


Excavation Permit 

Inspection of permitted private development projects include:

  • Major and Minor Subdivisions
  • Curb Grades
  • Excavation Permits
  • Encroachment Permits
  • Construction Permits
  • Grading Permits
  • Sewer Construction Permits 
  • Utility Installation Permits

Right-of-Way Enforcement PDCI enforces right-of-way encroachments. If there is a report of an illegal encroachment in the County right-of-way, we will investigate and obtain compliance.

Watercourse Enforcement PDCI provides flood protection for the community by taking enforcement actions to ensure the quaility and nature of the watercourse is intact.

PDCI also inspects permitted projects to assure they meet minimum stormwater requirements. The following links provide guidance on the County’s stormwater requirements and other standards for construction.

2018-2019 Stormwater Permit Compliance

County Code of Regulations

Grading Ordinance

Watershed Protection Ordinance (WPO)

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance 

Grandfathering Status of Projects Under the 2013 Regional Stormwater Permit Letter

Development and Construction Resource

Caltrans Standard Plans

County Design Standards

Trust Account Customer Service Unit Provides customers online access to their financial accounts associated with land development projects.

Accela Citizen Access Will assist you in performing a number of functions online.


Inspection Requirements Additional Information

Supervised Grading Report Deadline

Supervised Grading Report Form -- MS Word Document

Supervised Grading Report Form -- Acrobat Version

Rough Grade Process and Information


Do you need a construction plan change or can you record plan it? Grading Tolerances are currently being updated. Please contact your assigned inspector.


Preliminary and Final Punchlist

PDCI Plist Template As a development achieves 80% completion, the developer may request the DPW Inspector to prepare a Preliminary Punchlist to initiate necessary repairs or corrections. Upon submittal of Record Plans, the DPW Inspector will review field conditions and prepare a Final Punchlist for the permit. Punchlists will include remaining field work and paperwork required to close the subject permits. For public improvements and stormwater compliance features, additional DPW sections may participate in the Punchlist generation process.


Right of Way Field Hours Tracking

Field and Travel Hours Charged by County of San Diego spreadsheet The purpose of this process is to better serve permittees who request a per visit written understanding of field and travel time hours spent by the DPW inspector for right of way work. This process will be discussed at the pre-construction meeting to determine if this is something the permittee wishes to request for the individual permit. The process will include accounting for DPW inspector's actual time spent during the inspection effort including travel time. This will be discussed and documented by both parties during each visit where the permittee or delegated superintendent is onsite. In addition to monthly financial statements provided by DPW, this information will allow the permittee to help track their expected expenses by County inspectors. "Total Hours as of the Report" may not be able to be tracked unless both the permittee and DPW Inspector are onsite and agree to the actual time each visit. In addition, the DPW inspector will make an improved effort to make contact with the onsite permittee or delegated superintendent when visiting the project to foster improved communications and address and resolve outstanding issues as they are identified.


County Office Location

Private Development Construction Inspection (PDCI)
5510 Overland Ave, Suite 210, MS O-350
San Diego, CA 92123


PDCI Lead Staff

Michael Long
LUEG Program Manager

John Thomas
Senior Civil Engineer 
Responsible for the North and Central sections of the County 

Glen Gundert 
Senior Civil Engineer 
Responsible for the South and East sections of the County

Raymond Barrion 
Senior Civil Engineer 
Responsible for the North Coastal sections of the County 

PDCI Inspector Contact List

Comments Contact PDCI or submit your Supervised Grading Reports via e-mail at

Map of 5510 Overland Avenue, Second Floor


Land Development Division