Boards and Commissions


Notice of Cancelled Public Hearings​

San Luis Obispo County is currently under a Mandatory Order to Shelter at Home (Shelter in Place) to limit the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus.  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].


Agricultural Preserve Review Committee

Generally Meets Quarterly

The Preserve Review Committee is a technical advisory committee that acts on behalf of the Board of Supervisors and makes recommendations to the Board on agricultural-related planning matters.


Airport Land Use Commission

Generally Meets Third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 PM

The Airport Land Use Commission is an advisory agency whose purpose is to study, discuss, and provide recommendations related to the development and use of land surrounding San Luis Obispo County airports.


Board of Construction Appeals

Meets Upon Request

The Board of Construction Appeals is composed of members who represent the construction industry, the design professions, and the general public. If a person wishes to appeal a code interpretation or decision of the building official, this board would hear such an appeal. Its decisions are final, and cannot be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.


Planning Commission

Generally Meets Second and Fourth Thursday of the month at 9:00 AM

The Planning Commission is a five-member citizen commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors to act on behalf of the Board and make recommendations to the Board on planning matters. 

Planning Commission Purview   
Entitlement Type Role
Appeals of Director Determinations Decision-Making Body
Conditional Use Permits Decision-Making Body
General Plan Amendments Advisory Body
Minor Use Permits (elevated by Director) Decision-Making Body
Third Time Extensions Decision-Making Body
Tract Maps Decision-Making Body
Variances Decision-Making Body

Planning Department Hearing

Generally Meets First and Third Friday of the month at 9:00 AM

Planning Department hearings are overseen by a hearing officer acting on behalf of the Director of Planning & Building.

Planning Department Hearing Purview
Entitlement Type Role
Appeals of Administrative Fines Decision-Making Body
Appeals of Environmental Determinations Decision-Making Body
Lot Line Adjustments (outside of Coastal Zone and exempt from CEQA) Decision-Making Body
Minor Use Permits Decision-Making Body
Road Names Decision-Making Body


Subdivision Review Board

Generally Meets First Monday of the month at 9:00 AM

The Subdivision Review Board is a technical advisory board that acts on behalf of the Board of Supervisors and makes recommendations to the Board on subdivision-related planning matters. It consists of appointed staff members from the Department of Planning & Building, the Department of Public Works, Cal Fire, and the Air Pollution Control District.

Subdivision Review Board Purview
Entitlement Type Role
Conditional Certificates of Compliance Decision-Making Body
Lot Line Adjustments (within Coastal Zone or not exempt from CEQA) Decision-Making Body
Parcel Maps Decision-Making Body


Cannabis Abatement Hearings

The Cannabis Hearing Officer is appointed by the board of Supervisors to conduct streamlined administrative hearings for cannabis-related business matters such as violations.  See Upcoming Events below, click on Agenda for Staff Reports.  Click Here for Rules and Procedures.  


Information for upcoming meetings, including agendas and staff reports, as well as archived meetings, including video and audio files, can be found below:

Related Services

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Interactive Maps (Land Use View)

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

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Online Services (CSS Portal)

The County of San Luis Obispo provides online services through Citizen Self Service (CSS) to request a building inspection, research construction permits and property information, and to pay fees.

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