Welcome to the

Community Development Department! 

Dedicated to Working Every Day for a Better El Cajon


Essential services remain operational. Thank you for your patience as you may experience a delay in your project processing. The best form of contact is e-mail.







The Community Development Department provides for orderly growth, development and redevelopment of the City through the application and implementation of the General Plan, Zoning, and building codes.

Community Development's Project Assistance Center aids residents, property owners, businesses, and developers with their projects. Our development teams include fully-integrated Planning, Engineering, Building and Housing Services, enabling the City of El Cajon to guarantee the fastest and most effective permit processing times of projects anywhere in San Diego County.

City of El Cajon's Map of Development Projects:
Click on the map below to see project locations within the City and a brief narrative of each one.



City of El Cajon's Project Assistance Center is made up of the following:

Construction of new building 

Building and Fire Safety implements codes and standards as they are related to construction, fire and life safety and property maintenance.

Patrons enjoy outside dining 

Planning works on the city's future and assists with zoning, allowable uses and development potential in the community.

El Cajon Archway at Dusk 

Engineering plans, builds, maintains and improves neighborhoods through the use of math and science and insures the safety of all forms of transportation to best serve the El Cajon community.

Solterra Senior Citizen Residences 

Housing enhances the community by improving the supply of affordable housing, and providing opportunities and services for low income persons.