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.
Major Subdivision/Mass Grading
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 quality 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.
Accela Citizen Access Will assist you in performing a number of functions online.
Trust Account Customer Service Unit Provides customers online access to their financial accounts associated with land development projects.
Expiration date for projects with Prior Lawful Approval Exception
The use of the Prior Lawful Approval Exception (also known as grandfathering) of stormwater development planning requirements under the 2007 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit will be ending on February 16, 2021. Previously excepted PDP Projects may include multi-phased project with future grading permits or those that constructed on-lot Structural BMPs that will come back for a building permit. Under these scenarios, no additional permits (Grading, Building, etc.) will be issued under the 2007 MS4 Permit after February 16, 2021 and those projects will be required to comply with the BMP Design Manual. A sample letter describing more specifics can be found here.
Please contact your PDS Project Manager for more information and assistance in complying with these updated requirements.
Inspection Requirements Additional Information
Supervised Grading Report Form -- MS Word Document
Supervised Grading Report Form -- Acrobat Version
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
County Office Location
Private Development Construction Inspection (PDCI)
5510 Overland Ave, Suite 210, MS O-350
San Diego, CA 92123
The PDCI counter is now open by appointment from Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm. To reserve an appointment, please contact the office at (858) 694-3165.
PDCI Lead Staff
PDCI Program Manager
Senior Civil Engineer
North Team & Right-of-Way Enforcement
Senior Civil Engineer
South Team and Watercourse Enforcement
Comments Contact PDCI or submit your Supervised Grading Reports via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org