Building Services

Services

Building Code Education

Department of Planning & Building staff hold quarterly Building User Group (BUG) meetings to help facilitate construction-related activities. The meetings provide a forum that enables two-way dialog between the Department and the customers it serves.

Building Inspections

Building projects are inspected by Department of Planning & Building staff during construction to ensure that the project complies with applicable codes and ordinances. The goal of the Department is to perform these inspections thoroughly while minimizing their impact to the project.

Building Plan Review

Department of Planning & Building staff perform building plan reviews for construction permit and grading permit applications to ensure that building plans comply with applicable codes and ordinances.

Construction Permits

PLEASE NOTE: our application submittal requirements have changed effective February 27, 2018. Construction permit applications submitted on or after Monday, March 19, 2018 that do not meet these new requirements will not be accepted for processing, and will be returned as incomplete until all required materials are included with the submittal.

A construction permit (sometimes called a building permit) is needed for almost any project that involves building or altering a structure or its plumbing, mechanical, or electrical systems. Staff in the Department of Planning & Building review construction permit applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a construction permit. No construction activity can start until a construction permit has been issued.

Grading Permits

A grading permit is typically needed when a project will change the topography of a property through removing and/or depositing more than 50 cubic yards of soil. Grading is regulated because it can cause serious problems when not done properly. Staff in the Department of Planning & Building review applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a grading permit.

Local Agency Management Program

The Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) develops minimum standards for the treatment and disposal of sewage through onsite wastewater treatment systems. The LAMP is the culmination of the actions required by Assembly Bill 885 and the State Water Resources Control Board to develop regulations and standards for onsite wastewater treatment systems. The County of San Luis Obispo LAMP is designed to protect surface water and groundwater from contamination while providing flexibility in design criteria in consideration of local conditions.

Public Records Act Requests

The Department of Planning & Building provides access to the records it maintains in accordance with the California Public Records Act.

Septic System Operation and Maintenance

The Department of Planning & Building encourages property owners to regularly maintain their onsite wastewater treatment systems for optimal functioning. The Department provides forms for reporting the condition of systems and verifying system capacity for building expansions. This page also includes educational information and quick tips on the proper use of onsite wastewater treatment systems.