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.


EnerGov is almost here! Read more about this exciting transition, and get details of related system outages and permit center schedule changes. 

Access our Land Use Viewer (called LUView here


Featured News

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Planning & Building Hosts 2017 Workshop to Assess Coastal Hazard Vulnerability

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