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Update on County Offices and Facilities

As of 10/23/2020:

Early Voting for the November 2020 General Election Is Now Available in San Luis Obispo (1055 Monterey Street, Govt Center Lobby, open M-F from 8am - 5pm) and Atascadero (6565 Capistrano, upstairs Conference Room, open M-F from 8am - 5pm).

Every Registered Voter will receive a ballot in the mail. Vote by Mail Ballots can be returned via United States Postal Service, delivered to a secure VBM Ballot Drop Boxes or delivered to a Voter Service Center during the 4 days of voting October 31st to November 3rd.

Most County offices are open for business; but a few are providing limited public services or services by appointment only. In addition, many public counters are open including our Libraries for Grab & Go Services.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we continue to ask that you complete transactions over the phone and online whenever possible. If these approaches will not work for specific problems you are encountering, please call the department providing the service and make an appointment before coming to County facilities. This will help alleviate your frustration. Please note that anyone who arrives at County facilities exhibiting clear signs of illness may be asked to leave the premises. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding at this time.

The County is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as it reopens its offices. For more information, look at our Reopening Toolkit.

For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the County’s response, visit

Latest COVID-19 Briefing: 10/21

About the County

The County of San Luis Obispo government (the County) was established in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties in California. The region's approximate 3,300 square miles and 100 miles of coastline are divided into five supervisory districts that are each represented by an elected official who serves on the Board of Supervisors. The Board sets governing policies for and serves as the legislative arm for the unincorporated areas of the County

The County government provides more than 700 public services, including law enforcement, animal control, flu shots, transportation planning, foster care, and more. While some County services – such as law enforcement, road maintenance and repair, and land-use planning – are only provided to the unincorporated areas, many are an extension of the State and are also provided to people in the incorporated cities. 

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