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Private Development Construction Inspection

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This section of Public Works provides inspection of County permitted private development in the unincorporated areas of the 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.

Inspection of permitted private development projects include:

  • Major and minor subdivisions
  • Curb grades
  • Excavation permits
  • Encroachment permits
  • Construction permits
  • Grading Permits
  • Sewer construction permits 

Another function PDCI is to enforce Right-Of-Way Encroachments and the Watercourse Ordinance.  If there is a report of an illegal encroachment in the County ROW or a watercourse violation, we will investigate and obtain compliance.

Additionally, PDCI 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:

Director's Letter of Instruction for Stormwater Management on Land Development Projects (DLI-LD-I)  

Grading Ordinance

Watershed Protection Ordinance (WPO)

Greenbook Standards

Caltrans Standard Plans

County Design Standards

CASQA Stormwater Manuals

The County has provided land development customers with online access to their financial accounts associated with land development projects. You can access this information at the Trust Account Customer Service Unit.

The following link is provided that will assist you in performing a number of functions on the new Accela Citizen Access portal:

Inspection Requirements:  The following is additional information about the inspection process

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?

Rough Grade Process and Information    FAQs


Preliminary and Final Punchlists

As a development achieves 80% completion, the developer may request the DPW Inspector to prepare a Preliminary Punchlists to initiate repairs or corrections that may be necessary. Upon submittal of Record Plans, the DPW Inspector will review field conditions and prepare a Final Punchlists 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 Punchlists generation process. Please refer to PDCI Plist Template.

Record plans may be approved prior to completion of all items on the Final Punchlists, provided “line and grade” thresholds are met per Line and Grade Thresholds

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 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


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Major Subdivision
Excavation photo
Excavation Permit
Encroachment photo
Encroachment Violation
Watercourse photo
Watercourse Violation

PDCI Lead Staff

Rick Lantis 
DPW Public Works 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 

Private Development Construction Inspection 
5510 Overland, Suite 210, MS 0336
San Diego, CA 92123

PDCI Inspector Contact List


To contact PDCI or to  submit your Supervised Grading Reports via e-mail, use the following link:

Land Development | Private Development