What We Do

The Department of Planning & Building is one of the County's land-based departments. The Department's roles and responsibilities are related to the development and use of real property. The Department consists of two primary functional areas: Policies & Programs and Permitting. These functional areas work together to support the Department's mission - promoting the wise use of land and helping to build great communities.

Policies & Programs

Sections in policies and programs focus on long-range planning, energy and housing programs. Additional sections provide departmental support for accounting, human resources, and information technology.


Sections in permitting focus on land use permits, environmental review, construction permits, and code enforcement.

Featured News

Clouds over Edna Valley Vineyard. Photo by Amy Joseph.

Adelaida Vacation Rental Ordinance Adopted

The Board of Supervisors adopted a Residential Vacation Rental Ordinance on November 15, 2016.

Blue skies along Shell Creek Road. Photo by Laura Beth Amy.

Oak Woodland Ordinance Adopted

The Board of Supervisors adopted a permanent Oak Woodland Ordinance on April 11, 2017.