Agriculture, Water, and Energy

Zero Net Energy Neighborhood

The Energy Section has recently completed a Zero Net Energy Neighborhood project funded by a California Energy Commission grant.

Building Performance Training

Building Performance Training equips current and prospective building professionals to thrive in an evolving industry by providing free technical trainings, soft skills development, and certifications related to building science principles and systems for high performance buildings.

Post-Construction Stormwater Management

The Department of Planning & Building is required to track the long-term operation and maintenance of post-construction stormwater control measures installed within the County’s Stormwater Management Area. The Central Coast Post-Construction Requirements order the County to establish operation and maintenance plans with private stormwater system owners. The Department records plans that comply with the Requirements, which document the existence of all structures and require maintenance and operation in perpetuity by any future owners.

Codes and Standards

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Stormwater Management During Construction

The Department of Planning & Building administers state and federal pollution prevention policies for stormwater runoff, verifying that appropriate stormwater permits and plans are in place prior to the commencement of construction. Department staff is available to support applicants with determining which permits and plans are required and will oversee implementation of appropriate pollution control practices during construction.

Countywide Water Conservation Program

On October 27, 2015, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2015-288, which established the Countywide Water Conservation Program (CWWCP) in response to the declining water levels in the Nipomo Mesa (part of Santa Maria Groundwater Basin), Los Osos Groundwater Basin, and the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin (PRGWB). A key strategy of the CWWCP is to ensure that all new construction and new or expanded agriculture will offset its predicted water use by reducing existing water use on other properties within the same water basin.

Surface Mining Inspections

The State Office of Mine and Reclamation (OMR) requires the County to conduct annual mine inspections for all active mines within the unincorporated areas of the county. These inspections include on-site visits to ensure that the mines are operating within their approved boundaries and following the requirements of their approved reclamation plans.

Energy & Climate Reports

Climate Change Adaptation Planning Report

2016 PACE Activity Report San Luis Obispo County

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

County of SLO ZNEN Feasibility Design and Implementation Study Final Report

Energy Wise Plan

Energy Wise Plan Executive Summary

Energy Wise Plan 2016 Update

Final Appendices A-L Central Coast CCA

Final Report Central Coast CCA Feasibility Study

Local Government Solar Energy Guide

The Duck Curve


Williamson Act Administration

The Department of Planning & Building administers land conservation contracts under the Williamson Act, which provides a reduction of property taxes to owners of farmland and open-space land in exchange for a ten or 20-year agreement that the land will not be developed or otherwise converted to another use.

Energy Code Connect

Energy Code Connect simplifies the energy code for public and private sector building professionals by offering a free Energy Code Coach service, targeted trainings, and regional forums.

Home Energy Savings

Home Energy Savings helps eligible homeowners and renters save money by offering free and discounted energy efficiency upgrades including LED lighting, smart thermostats, heat pump water heaters, and much more.

Industrial Hemp

Local Agency Management Program (LAMP)

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.

Mining Designations

Mining Designation Amendments FAQ

Mining Designation Maps

Residential Direct Install

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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.

Tri-County Regional Energy Network

The Department of Planning & Building's Energy Section administers the Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN). To learn more about 3C-REN and its portfolio of regional energy efficiency programs, please click here

Workforce Education and Training

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