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



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 

PDCI also 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.

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:

2016-2017 Stormwater Permit Compliance

County Code of Regulations

Grading Ordinance

Watershed Protection Ordinance (WPO)

Grandfathering Status of Projects Under the 2013 Regional Stormwater Permit Letter

Greenbook Standards

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 Info:

Supervised Grading Report Deadline

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.)

Rough Grade Process and Information    FAQs

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

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.

Field and Travel Hours Charged by County of San Diego spreadsheet


PDCI Lead Staff

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 Noth Coastal
Sections of the County


Private Development Construction Inspection 

5510 Overland Av, Suite 210, MS 0336
San Diego, CA 92123

PDCI Inspector Contact List

Comments To contact PDCI or to submit your Supervised Grading Reports via e-mail.

Map of 5510 Overland Avenue, Second Floor

Land Development