What is this service?
Land use ordinances are established and adopted by the Board of Supervisors (and the California Coastal Commission, if the ordinance affects the Coastal Zone) to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare. They are used to implement the General Plan and guide future growth in the county by providing standards that accommodate the appropriate creation, location, use, or design of sites, buildings, land uses, parking areas, or other forms of land development.
Who can use this service?
Anyone can use this service.
Is there a charge for this service?
Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.
Step 1: File Application
The applicant submits a completed application and pays all applicable fees.
Step 2: Conduct Initial Review
Planning Staff will do an initial review of the applicant and may ask for additional information.
Step 3: Authorize Application
Planning Staff schedules the application for authorization to process the GPA at the Board of Supervisors. The Board at their discretion may authorize the processing of the application or not. If they decide to not authorize the application for processing, then the process is terminated. If they authorize processing, then staff can proceed to the next steps.
Step 4: Distribute Project Referrals
Project referrals, which include application packet and any corresponding maps, are distributed to government agencies and community advisory councils.
Step 5: Provide Additional Information
If additional information and or environmental studies are required, the project will remain on information hold until that information is provided, the applicant withdraws the application, or County staff deems the application withdrawn.
Step 6: Conduct Environmental Review
Planning Staff will conduct environmental review, which could result in the preparation of an Environment Impact Report.
Step 7: Attend Planning Commission Hearing
Planning Staff will present the amendment, provide recommendations, and the Commission will provide a decision.
Step 8: Attend Board of Supervisors Hearing
Planning Staff will present the amendment, provide recommendations, and the Board of Supervisors will provide a decision.
Step 9: Attend Coastal Commission Hearings
If in the amendment is within the Coastal Zone, Coastal Commission hearings are required.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.