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Community Development

Community Development

Mission Statement

The Community Development Department ensures growth is safe and orderly and supports high-quality development that reflects community values and a sustainable vision by providing technical expertise and assistance to make San Leandro a vibrant and livable community.

Cynthia Battenberg Director (510) 577-3352 cbattenberg@sanleandro.org
Jerome Smith Jr. Building & Safety Services  (510) 577-3422 jsmithjr@sanleandro.org
Katie Bowman Economic Development (510) 577-3327 kbowman@sanleandro.org
Vacant Housing Services (510) 577-6003
Andrew Mogensen Planning Services (510) 577-3458 amogensen@sanleandro.org


The Community Development Department is located on the first floor of San Leandro City Hall, which is located at 835 E. 14th Street, three blocks north of Davis Street, in downtown San Leandro.

The department houses the City's One-Stop Permit Center, where professional staff are available to answer questions and assist with planning and permit needs. The Permit Center is open for services starting at 8:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Friday by appointment.

The Community Development Department has multi-lingual staff and translation services available. Para asistencia en Español  510-577-3423 /  如需中文協助  510-577-3479.

Community Development Department Hours & Information

The hours of the One-Stop Permit Center has changed as of July 1, 2015 to better serve the public.

Building and Safety Services
(510) 577-3405
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 Friday by appointment
Building and Safety Services oversees the department's One-Stop Permit Center. Residents and businesses come to the One-Stop Permit Center to process building permit applications, schedule inspections for industrial, commercial and residential buildings, answer service requests and questions regarding current building and safety codes (such as fences, signs, sheds, sewer laterals, construction hours, address changes, contractor business licenses, permit fees, etc.). Building and Safety Services also oversees the Federal Flood Plain Program and the Earthquake Retrofit Program.

Schedule an inspection via the Online Permit System by Accela. For assistance setting up an Accela account or troubleshooting issues, call 577-3405. 

Economic Development
(510) 577-3311

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Economic Development provides business assistance services that promote quality business practices and encourage new businesses and industries. Visit "San Leandro Next" to learn more information about news and updates on economic development and innovation in the city.

Housing Services
(510) 577-6004

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Housing Services administers the City's share of federal CDBG funds for use in community development projects and supporting public services programs, as well as local funds and federal HOME funds that are allocated for housing programs and projects. The division also provides staff support on the administration of the Rent Review Program.

Planning Services
(510) 577-3325
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday by appointment
Planning Services assists residents and businesses process and review development proposals at the One-Stop Permit Center. The division also coordinates current and advance planning activities, providing staff support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments, Zoning Enforcement Official and Site Development Sub-Commission on land use matters.

Quick Reference: Additional Departments' Hours & Contact Info

Engineering Department Monday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 to noon 
Friday by appointment
(510) 577-3428
Environmental Services

Hazardous Materials

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday by appointment

(510) 577-3401

(510) 577-6026
Business License/Cashier Window
Effective 7/1/2016
Monday , Tuesday, & Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Closed Fridays
(510) 577-3468
Fire Department
Monday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to Noon.  Afternoons by appointment.
Friday by appointment.
Inspections by appointment only
(510) 577-3317