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San Luis Obispo County, California


Planning & Building

James A. Bergman

Bill Robeson
Deputy Director, Permitting

Trevor Keith
Deputy Director, Policies and Programs

San Joaquin Kit Fox

San Joaquin Kit FoxThe San Joaquin kit fox is listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act and as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. In San Luis Obispo County, kit foxes range from the grasslands and oak woodlands of the Salinas Valley in the north-central part of the county to the arid scrub habitat of the San Joaquin Valley and Carrizo Plains in the southeastern part of the county.  Read more about it here:

Kit Fox Regulation Brochure

The California Environmental Quality Act requires the County to evaluate potential impacts to kit foxes and other listed species from project activities and requires the County to ensure that impacts to kit foxes from project activities are mitigated to an insignificant level before permits can be issued. If kit fox are present on a property and the project may result in "take" of kit fox, additional measures may be required.

You can view a map of the Standard San Joaquin Kit Fox Mitigation Ratio Areas here:

San Joaquin Kit Fox Mitigation Ratio Area

The following information is provided for projects located within the kit fox habitat area:

If your project occurs within the kit fox habitat area and requires kit fox mitigation, use this guide to kit fox mitigation measures to assist you through the mitigation process.

Kit Fox Mitigation Measures Guide

If your project occurs within the kit fox habitat area, and the parcel is 40 acres or more in size, a Kit Fox Habitat Evaluation must be conducted by a qualified kit fox biologist. The biologist will use these guidelines for completing the habitat evaluation.

Kit Fox Habitat Evaluation

Kit Fox Habitat Evaluation Guidelines

If your project occurs within the kit fox habitat area and the parcel is less than 40 acres in size, you may elect to accept the standard mitigation ratio for the area, which is based on the results of previous kit fox habitat evaluations and recent kit fox sightings. If you elect to accept the standard mitigation ratio, you may submit this acceptance form to the County with your project application.

Acceptance Form for Standard Mitigation Ratio 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Department of Fish and Game may request additional information that will assist them in determining whether or not a project will have an adverse effect on kit fox. They may request that an "early evaluation" be conducted, or that spotlight, scent station, or camera station surveys be conducted by a qualified kit fox biologist. These surveys must be conducted according to the kit fox survey protocol for the northern range.

Kit Fox Survey Protocol for the Northern Range

Projects requiring kit fox mitigation must have these conditions printed on the grading or building plans.

Kit Fox Conditions for Grading and Building Plans