What We Do

The Department of Planning & Building is one of the County's land-based departments. The Department's roles and responsibilities are related to the development and use of real property. The Department consists of two primary functional areas: Policies & Programs and Permitting. These functional areas work together to support the Department's mission - promoting the wise use of land and helping to build great communities.


Policies & Programs

Sections in policies and programs focus on long-range planning, energy and housing programs. Additional sections provide departmental support for accounting, human resources, and information technology.



Sections in permitting focus on land use permits, environmental review, construction permits, and code enforcement.


Featured News

Courtland Street Apartments, Arroyo Grande, CA

County Takes Steps to Make Affordable Housing More Available

As a next step in the effort to make affordable housing available to county residents, the Board of Supervisors amended the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance at the March 12, 2019 meeting.

Clipart of community clean up

May 18, 2019 - Shandon Community Clean Up Day

Shandon Community Clean Up Day is Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 8 AM to 12P.M. or until full. Location of the cleanup is the Cal Trans yard at 444 W. Centre St. Local organizations are invited to...


Property Information

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

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Customer Service Survey

Let us know how we're doing! Please provide your opinions and comments by completing our brief Department of Planning & Building customer survey.

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