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The Department of Planning and Building Permit Center is open by appointment only for limited building permit intake, correction returns/pick-up and to schedule virtual meetings. To submit electronic Building Permit or Land Use Permit Applications please visit  our website.

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Interactive Maps (Land Use View)

Our interactive Land Use View mapping application can be used to look up property information by assessor parcel number (APN), plan or permit number, or address.

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Online Services (CSS)

The County of San Luis Obispo provides online services through our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Permit Portal to submit building permit and planning applications, request a building inspection, research permits and property information, and to pay fees.

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Building

Staff in the Department of Planning & Building's Building Division review and issue construction and grading permits and inspect work at construction sites.

We've updated our Permit Submittal Process. Please visit our Permitting page for more information. 

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: As of July 1, 2019, the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Planning and Building will only process complete construction permit application packages. Please refer to the Construction Permit Submittal Requirements for more information. 

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.

E-Permits for Small Repairs or Installs

E-Permits are available to be submitted online by a California Licensed Contractor. E-Permits include projects that are normally quicker to repair or install. For example: water heater replacement, air conditioning or heating unit replacement, drain repair, lighting, electrical panel replacement, etc.  

New Electronic Construction Application

A construction permit is required if you plan to construct, enlarge, alter, move, replace, repair, improve, convert, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure. A permit is also needed if you plan to move more than 50 cubic yards of dirt or build a retaining wall taller than 4 feet from the bottom of the footing.  

Please following the steps below to submit a construction permit application electronically.

If your septic system needs to be repaired, you will need to submit for a permit electronically by following the instructions for Digital Submittal for Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Requiring Corrective Action.

Renewable Energy Permits

A construction permit is required for the installation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems and Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations for all residential and commercial buildings. According to County of San Luis Obispo Building and Construction Ordinance Title 19 (Section 19.09.016), these permits will go through an expedited process.  

Solar Photovoltaic System Permit 

Review the Solar Photaovoltaic checklist and submittal requirements  

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Permit 

Review the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Permit checklist and submittal requirements

Permit applications that meet checklist requirements will be administratively approved through the Building Division. The EVCS project review is limited to health and safety requirements found under local, state and federal law.  

For expedited plan review and inspection process please verify your project complies with all applicable code provisions with the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Inspection Checklist

 

Septic Repair Permit

If your septic system needs to be repaired, you will need to submit for a permit to correct the onsite wastewater system.

 

Public Records Requests

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

 

 

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interactive Maps (Land Use View)

Our interactive Land Use View mapping application can be used to look up property information by assessor parcel number (APN), plan or permit number, or address.

Launch Land Use View Application


Online Services (CSS)

The County of San Luis Obispo provides online services through our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Permit Portal to submit building permit and planning applications, request a building inspection, research permits and property information, and to pay fees.

Launch CSS