Development Services

Please refer to our Planning and Zoning page for information on how to submit planning and building permit applications by appointment.

The Development Services Department oversees planning and development of the community in accordance with the City's General Plan, Land Use Code, Architectural Design Guidelines and the California Building Code (CBC). 

The department provides the following functions:

  • Current and long-range land use planning
  • Building safety permitting and inspections
  • Code enforcement
  • Housing services
  • Historic preservation 

Joel Rojas, Director of Development Services

J. Rojas

Joel Rojas has over 35 years of municipal government experience including 18 years serving as the Community Development Director for the coastal City of Rancho Palos Verdes. Joel has a Master's Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Joel has spoken as a panelist on a variety of topics at numerous professional conferences and is a member of American Planning Association (APA). Joel is active in the League of California Cities (Cal Cities) as a member and former Past President of Cal Cities' Planning and Community Development Department.

Development Services Director Joel Rojas can be reached at (949) 234-4410 or at


The Planning & Building Counters at San Juan Capistrano City Hall are open by appointment to accept all applications from 7:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday.

Please schedule an appointment online.