Notice of Cancelled Public Hearings

San Luis Obispo County is currently under a mandatory order to Shelter at Home to limit the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19. At this time, the County Department of Planning and Building will only be providing essential public services that are necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community. In accordance with this order, non-essential staff will be working remotely and the Permit Center is closed to the public.   

Essential services for the health and safety of our community include: Building Inspections as outlined below, Code Enforcement issues that endanger health and safety of residents and Emergency Permits.  


Building Inspections, Septic and Stormwater 

Normal Building Inspections, Septic Inspections and Stormwater will continue to be performed daily.  The ability to provide inspection services will be analyzed throughout the duration of the Shelter at Home Order. 

Building Inspection Contact: Michelle Freeman [email protected] 805-461-6199 

Stormwater Contact: Anthony Schuetze [email protected] 805-781-5602 

Septic system Contact: Michael Byrd [email protected] 805-781-1537 


Permit Issuance 

Only Emergency Permits will be issued.  Plan review on previously submitted projects will continue so that when the Shelter at Home Order is lifted projects will be ready for processing. 

Contact: Don Moore [email protected] 805-781-5629 

Mike Stoker [email protected] 805-781-1543 


Emergency Permits 

Emergency Permits are permits that are required to mitigate an immediate threat to health and safety.  Examples of these types of permits – Electrical, plumbing or mechanical, structural damage, landslide, failed septic or sanitary sewer, or other catastrophic event.  

Contact: Cheryl Journey: [email protected] 805-781-1314  

Don Moore: [email protected] 805-781-5629 


Code Enforcement 

Investigations needed to maintain the health and safety of our residents and community will continue 

Contact: Matt Janssen: [email protected]  805-781-5104 


Update on Hearings 

Effective immediately, all Department of Planning and Building hearings that are deemed non-essential, meaning anything that is not necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community, will be postponed until further notice. This includes items scheduled for Planning Department Hearings, Planning Commission, Subdivision Review Board, Cannabis Hearing Officer, Agricultural Preserve Review Committee, and Airport Land Use Commission. This also includes all Department of Planning and Building items scheduled for the Board of Supervisors.  

Planning and Building staff will make every effort to reschedule these items as soon as it is safe to do so.  Our staff will be working remotely to comply with the order and will continue to process projects and prepare for upcoming hearings. Please note all responses to non-emergency inquiries may be slightly delayed.  

For further information on a specific project, please call (805) 781-5600, our general inquiry phone number, or email [email protected]


Non-Emergency Inquiries 

For non-emergency inquiries, please leave a message at 805-781-5600 or fill out the  Non-Emergency Inquiry form. We are reviewing inquiries on a case-by-case basis and responses to non-emergency inquiries could be delayed. 

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