Administrative Office Services


2020 Census Outreach Project

A complete and accurate count of San Luis Obispo County, California's population is essential. The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to distribute billions of federal dollars to state and local governments, including our county. We have committed to assisting California in its statewide effort to ensure an accurate and complete count of SLO County's population in the 2020 Census. 

Budget Development and Management

The Administrative Office develops and publishes the County's budget document every year. This document serves as a spending plan that demonstrates, in measurable terms, how County government runs efficiently, provides high-quality services, complies with all legal requirements, and produces results that are responsive to community priorities and desires. The budget reflects the County’s disciplined approach to fiscal management and is consistent with our goal to provide a safe, healthy, livable, prosperous and well-governed community.

Cannabis in SLO County

For jurisdictions across California, crafting legislation on a topic as dynamic as cannabis is a significant challenge. This is no different for the County of San Luis Obispo. This page has all the information you will need to understand cannabis in SLO County, from rules related to personal use and cultivation to information about business readiness and legislation. 

Citizen Complaint Investigations

The Administrative Office investigates complaints asserting that a County department or employee is acting in a manner that is unfair, arbitrary, inconsistent, or contrary to law. Administrative Office staff will review your complaint to determine what actions, if any, can be taken to resolve the issue.

Citizens Opinion Surveys

The Administrative Office surveys the community for feedback to improve performance and help the County better understand the needs of the community we serve.

Communications and Public Outreach

Connect with your County government in a variety of ways. Through the County's communications and outreach services, it seeks to improve performance, educate and inform the public, respond to public requests for information, resolve citizen complaints, and promote technology to make County government more accessible. 

Community Based Organization and Preventative Health Grants

The County awards grant funding to local programs that support and complement, but do not duplicate, the efforts of the County’s health and human services departments. The applicants must promote the optimal health, stability, independence and well-being of county residents. Both public and private nonprofit organizations may apply, but programs and projects must be carried out in San Luis Obispo County. Nonprofits that promote the personal health, stability, independence and well-being of people in San Luis Obispo County can apply for substantial public grant funding once a year. 

County Identity Standards

The County has official identity standards that were unanimously adopted by the Board of Supervisors in December 2016. Because the County is such a large organization, these standards help create a consistent image that will ultimately help eliminate confusion about what the County does and make it easier for the public to identify County services, programs, employees, projects, etc. 

Diablo Canyon Power Plant Closure Planning

The County is working with community stakeholders, local cities, school districts, Chambers of Commerce, and PG&E to look at options that would reduce the economic impacts our community will face due to the closure of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Together, the stakeholders will guide a project that will develop an economic strategy intended to help reduce the impact of the closure throughout our region. They will hire a consultant for an economic analysis and the development of long-term economic strategies. 

District Community Project Grants

The County provides grant funding to one-time public projects deemed by the Board of Supervisors to benefit the community. The project could be part of a larger project or program. For example, community project funds may pay for 300 meals for seniors, with additional meals being provided through a different funding source. The County's project would be the 300 meals and one "service unit" would be each meal or each senior that is served.

Infrastructure/Beautification Grants

The County provides public grant funding to public infrastructure and/or beautification projects that benefit the unincorporated areas of the County. A public infrastructure and/or beautification project is defined as a one-time project that enhances a community’s cultural, environmental, recreational or historical assets. 

Official County Annual Reports

The County's Annual Reports are general reports on the status of the County. They are produced and published every year by the Administrative Office in collaboration with all County departments each year and presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Public. The reports are published solely online to save costs. 

Public Defender Reimbursement (for attorneys)

Attorneys appointed by the Court to serve as a Public Defender may request reimbursement from the County for certain types of expenses.

Public Defender Services (for individuals)

Public defenders are attorneys provided by County government to represent people who are charged with a crime but can't afford legal representation. Juveniles and individuals with conservatorship cases may also receive these services. The County contracts with private attorneys to provide Public Defender services.

The County’s primary Public Defender firm is San Luis Obispo Defenders.