Community Engagement

Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance (Secondary Dwellings)

On May 25, 2017, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved Phase I of the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance.  The Phase I amendment, which brought the County’s Land Use Ordinance into compliance with California State Code Section 65852.2 regarding Accessory Dwelling Units, eliminated County requirements for road surfacing and owner-occupancy for secondary dwellings.

For information regarding ADUs in the Unincorporated County, please see our informational FAQ document

Airport Land Use Commission

The San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is an independent body of seven members which has been created in response to the mandates of The State Aeronautics Act, first enacted in 1967. Although the Airport Land Use Commission, by law, receives technical support from the County of San Luis Obispo, it is an autonomous body and is not part of any local governmental structure.

Public Records Requests

The Department of Planning & Building provides access to the records it maintains in accordance with the California Public Records Act (CPRA).

Airport Land Use Plan Update

The San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is in the process of a comprehensive update to the airport land use plan for the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The existing plan was prepared in 2004 and is not consistent with the guidelines contained in the latest California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook, updated in 2011.

The Final Public Hearing Draft of the ALUP Update is now available.  The County has also completed a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project.  The Airport Land Use Commission will hold a special meeting on May 26, 2021 for potential action on the Final Public Hearing Draft.

Avila Beach

Active Planning Projects

Avila Community Plan - Envision Avila

Avila Beach Specific Plan

Avila Beach Specific Plan for land use permit information and design standards.

Arroyo Grande Oilfield

A hearing is pending for the Board of Supervisors to consider an appeal (APPL2020-00001) by Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) of the Planning Commission’s approval of a request by Sentinel Peak Resources California LLC (formerly Freeport-McMoRan Oil and Gas) for a Conditional Use Permit (DRC2015-00002) to amend a previously approved Conditional Use Permit (D010386D) granting additional time to install the final 31 oil wells of 95 approved wells at the Arroyo Grande Oilfield. The property is located at 1821 Price Canyon Road on both the east and west sides of Price Canyon Road, approximately 2.7 miles north of the City of Pismo Beach. 

 

Environmental Documents

The previously certified Final Environmental Impact Report and related environmental documents are available for review in the Forms and Documents area located on the left side of this page.

Board of Supervisors

Avila Community Plan - Envision Avila

Envision Avila is the work program and community workshop series created to inform and develop a new comprehensive Community Plan in Avila. Community Plans are an integral part of the San Luis Obispo County’s General Plan. Community Plans manage land uses and guide land use decisions until 2050. The Avila Community Plan will specifically focus on the region within the Avila Urban Reserve Line (URL). 

California Valley

Water is the primary issue in this area. Both quantity and quality are questionable in the area. The minimum well flow is 2.5 gallons per minute of potable water. Water is a minimum requirement to build a house. An all weather access road that meets the requirements of the fire safety plan could also be a significant expense. If the property is located in the Soda Lake SRA, new houses may require a variance.

Continuum of Care Program Competition

Continuum of Care Program is administered by the Department of Social Services.  Please visit their site for more information.

 

Cambria

Informational Documents

Foot Print, Gross Structural Area, and Deck Square Footage Maximums Based on Property Location and Property Size

Cambria Building Size Calculator

Cambria Residential Building Size Supplement

North Coast Area Community Plan

North Coast Area Community Plan for land use permit information and design standards in the urban area of Cambria.

Vacant Parcels in the Urban Area of Cambria

For the latest news on the water waitlist please visit the Cambria Community Service District (CCSD) website.

County CEQA Guidelines Update

Updated January 30th, 2019:

On December 4, 2018, the Board incorporated the County CEQA Guidelines Update into the Housing Initiatives Package as recommended by the Housing Coalition and directed staff to bring forward these revisions along with the proposed changes to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Affordable Housing Fund. The Department recommends the following changes to the County’s CEQA Guidelines:

  • Request for Proposal Process – allow the applicant to provide input on proposals during the consultant selection process.
  • Billing Transparency – ensure billing details are discussed with the applicant.
  • Project Description Confirmation– ensure the applicant has formally agreed to the final project description to ensure accuracy in the EIR.
  • Applicant Coordination – ensure staff and the applicant discuss any issues as early in the process as possible.
  • Mitigation Measure Coordination – ensure staff and the applicant discuss proposed mitigation measures.   
  • Contract Quality Control – ensure the project scope, timeline and budget are discussed with the applicant.
  • Project Alternatives Confirmation – ensure staff and the applicant discuss project alternatives.

Link to Dec 4th, 2018 Board of Supervisors Staff Report (Click on Item 35 "Discussion on the County's Housing Initiative Package, Title 29 In Lieu Fee Ordinance, funding alternatives for affordable housing, California Environmental Quality Act Guideline Update, and the Regional Infrastructure and Housing Plan. All Districts.")

 

Cayucos

Cayucos Urban Area

Please review the Estero Area Plan for information on land use permit requirements, design standards, heigh limits, and setbacks within the Cayucos Urban Reserve Line (URL).

Cayucos Hillside Development

Please read frequently asked questions (FAQs) about development of Cayucos hillside parcels located outside of the Cayucos Urban Reserve Line (URL).

Dana Reserve Specific Plan

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Department has received an application for the Dana Reserve Specific Plan, located west of Highway 101 and south of Willow Road in the Nipomo area.  The applicant is requesting approval of a Specific Plan that includes open space, trails, parks, residential neighborhoods, commercial and light industrial space, a daycare center and a satellite community college. 

The Draft Dana Reserve Specific Plan can be found at the following link:

Draft-Dana-Reserve-Specific-Plan.pdf (ca.gov)

Community Advisory Council Support

The Board of Supervisors has authorized eleven Community Advisory Councils (CAC) comprised of residents who volunteer their time to represent their community's interests within the County planning process. The Department of Planning & Building assigns a staff liaison to each community advisory council, who serves as a contact between the community and the Department.

The CAC Handbook defines the roles of CACs in the planning process and provides guidelines for parliamentary procedure.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

In 2016, PG&E decided not to renew the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. As a result, the power plant will cease operating upon the expiration of the Unit 1 and Unit 2 operating licenses, in November 2024 and August 2025, respectively. PG&E then intends to begin decommissioning the power plant. PG&E submitted a land use permit application to the County in March 2021 for the decommissioning effort.

Environmental Investigations Program

The primary focus of the Environmental Investigations Program is to prevent the loss of natural resources due to illegal activities. Unauthorized grading is one such prominent illegal activity, which often leads to increased runoff, stream bed siltation, habitat loss, and loss of vegetation and wildlife. Code enforcement staff work alongside other regulatory agencies as part of the San Luis Obispo Environmental Enforcement Group and as part of the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Federal Environmental Task Force to investigate these illegal activities and prosecute all responsible parties.

Elements & Mitigation Plan Update

These project updates will utilize the latest updated hazard mapping resources, consistent with state law and federal requirements, and will lead to the implementation of effective mitigation projects and climate adaptation strategies. The County and its jurisdictions will utilize this new Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) and Safety Element Update to address hazards in a coordinated effort using a whole community approach that will be built on the public’s participation in the planning process.

As part of the planning process, other local agencies, neighboring jurisdictions, and stakeholders are involved to raise awareness of this effort and provide an opportunity for input. In addition, an objective of this outreach is to coordinate with those who may bring additional information to the planning process regarding hazard issues or hazard mitigation efforts within the County.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information to many of the frequently asked questions.

Los Osos Community Plan Update

The Department of Planning & Building was authorized to update the Los Osos Community Plan of the County’s General Plan and Local Coastal Plan on December 11, 2012.

The Community Plan is the official plan for land use and transportation in Los Osos which determines how the community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. The update will focus on protecting resources and providing adequate infrastructure.

 

The Board of Supervisors Adopted Plan is now available for public review: 

 

Los Osos

Informational Documents

Vacant Lots in Los Osos

Los Osos Building Moratorium

Estero Area Plan

Estero Area Plan for land use permit information and design standards.

Active Planning Projects

Los Osos Community Plan Update

Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

The County is seeking a programmatic incidental take permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The County, as the applicant, is requesting a permit term of 25 years to authorize take of covered species associated with covered activities in the Habitat Conservation Plan area, which is approximately 3,560 acres bounded by the Los Osos Urban Reserve Line. As the permittee, the County will have the ability to issue certificates of inclusion to confer incidental take coverage to landowners and other entities as long as their activities are included on the incidental take permit(s).

Further updates will be posted and/or linked on this page as available. 

This (and additional) information is available online via the US Fish and Wildlife Services (Ventura Office) by clicking here

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems Program

Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES), code enforcement staff enforce grading and illicit stormwater discharge requirements.

Los Osos Water Offset Study

Request for Proposals by September 10, 2021 

Informal-RFP-Los-Osos-Water-Offset-Study-08-17-21.pdf

The County of San Luis Obispo (County) is requesting proposals from qualified firms to establish a 3-month contract (September 20 – December 17, 2021) for consulting services to update the County of San Luis Obispo’s water offset requirements for the Community of Los Osos. The County Department of Planning & Building (“County Planning”) administers the water offset program to mitigate water supply impacts to allow new development using water from the Los Osos Groundwater Basin. The program’s water savings estimates need to be updated to incorporate significant changes in water consumption patterns since the water offset program was adopted in 2008. The water savings measures need to be updated to incorporate new trends in the water conservation sector to expand the capacity of the program to offset new development. See Appendix A – Scope of Work for a detailed explanation of the project deliverables. County Planning is in the process of responding to California Coastal Commission comments about the updated Los Osos Community Plan and would like this study to be completed before scheduling a Coastal Commission hearing.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Its primary role is to consider how land use decisions affect the County. In this role, the Commission has review and approval authority for tract maps, conditional use permits, and variances and is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding plan and ordinance updates.

To send an email to the Planning Commission please email Ramona Hedges and she will forward your message to the proper recipient. 

Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry

A request by Las Pilitas, LLC for a Conditional Use Permit and Reclamation Plan to allow for a new aggregate quarry and asphalt and concrete recycling facility. Mining operations would occur over a 30-year timeframe and conclude with reclamation of the site. The maximum annual extraction would be 500,000 tons. The project would result in disturbance of roughly 60 acres on two parcels totaling 203 acres in size. The project site is located east of the community of Santa Margarita at 6660 Calf Canyon Highway (Highway 58, north side), east of the Salinas River Bridge and approximately 0.25 miles west of Parkhill Road.

Planning Department Hearing

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

To send an email to the Planning Commission please email Daniela Chavez and she will forward your message to the proper recipient. 

Paso Basin Land Use Planting Ordinance

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has directed staff to develop a land use ordinance and amend General Plan policies to require ministerial land use approval (“a planting permit”) until 2045 for new or expanded planting of irrigated crops irrigated with water from groundwater wells located within the Paso Basin Land Use Management Area (PBLUMA), with a two-tier framework: 1) plantings using up to 25 acre-feet per year (AFY) of total groundwater per site, and 2) plantings maintaining neutral groundwater use on site with a 6-year rolling lookback period. Plantings using groundwater outside of these two tiers would not be allowed. General Plan elements to be revised include the Agricultural Element and Conservation and Open Space Element. 

Please click here to view a map of the PBLUMA area.

Please click here to view the PBLUMA area in our interactive web map.

Report a Suspected Code Violation

Please use the form below to report a suspected code enforcement violation.  A case will be opened and investigated within ten (10) working days.  Our staff will not contact you unless additional information is required.  Your personal information will be kept confidential, but you may be called into court if the case is prosecuted and your witness statement is required.  Please note that you may also submit an anonymous complaint.  If this is an urgent matter related to health and safety, please call 805-788-2350.

If you wish to report a suspected cannabis violation please click here.  If you wish to report an unlicensed short term vacation rental please use the Short Term Vacation Rental Hotline.

 

Phillips 66 Santa Margarita Remediation EIR

The Department of Planning & Building is currently working on the Phillips 66 Santa Margarita Remediation Environmental Impact Report.

The Final Enviromental Impact Report (FEIR) and Notice are now available for public review: 

 

San Miguel

San Miguel Community Plan

San Miguel Community Plan for land use permit information and design standards.

Sign Ordinance Update

The Sign Ordinance Update is a targeted effort to revise the County’s sign regulations to comply with federal law and protect the constitutional right of free speech. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court Case Reed v. Town of Gilbert required local jurisdictions to be content-neutral when regulating signs (for example, not regulating a sign based on whether it carries a commercial, political, or ideological message). The Sign Ordinance Update will ensure the County’s regulations uphold constitutional speech, while also protecting the visual character of the community.

The Sign Ordinance Update was approved by the Board on August 18th, 2020. Amendments to Title 22 are effective September 18th, 2020. Amendments to Title 23 are awaiting a Coastal Commission hearing for a final decision.

Santa Margarita

Sant Margarita Plans

Santa Margarita Design Plan for design standards.

Santa Margarita Community Plan

Active Planning Projects

Phillips 66 Santa Margarita Remediation DEIR

Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry

Woodlands Specific Plan Amendment

The Woodlands Specific Plan establishes the roadmap for the development of the Woodlands Village (commonly known as “Trilogy at Monarch Dunes”), which is a 957-acre development located on the Nipomo Mesa, approximately two miles west of the community of Nipomo. 

The applicant’s request is to modify the allowable land uses (as designated in the Woodlands Specific Plan) for four sites within the Woodlands Village through amending the Woodlands Specific Plan:

  • Site #1 (Village Center) is proposed to be redesignated from Commercial Retail land use to Recreation-Resort land use, to support up to 97 hotel rooms (a reduction and reallocation from the allowable 400-room hotel planned for Site #3).
  • Site #2 (Village Center) is proposed to retain the Commercial Retail land use designation, but would be modified to support up to 40 condominium residential dwelling units on the second floor (above commercial retail spaces) and a decrease to the maximum allowable floor area for commercial retail uses.
  • Site #3 (Resort Area) is proposed to be redesignated from Recreation-Resort land use to Residential Single-Family land use, to support up to 76 residential dwelling units in the form of 38 common wall developments.
  • Site #4 (Future Public Park) is proposed to be redesignated from Public Park land use to Residential Single-Family land use, to support 46 residential dwelling units in the form of 23 common wall developments.

The proposed project would result in the net increase of residential dwelling units and net decrease of commercial retail uses, hotel rooms, and park area planned for the Woodlands Specific Plan area. The following table provides a summary of the net changes:

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Short Term Vacation Rental Hotline

The County of San Luis Obispo has established a hotline for reporting an unlicensed vacation rental or for making a complaint about a vacation rental. Reports can be made online or by calling the hotline at (805) 723-2500.  The on-call hours will be:

Friday                  5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Saturday              8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Sunday                8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Holidays               8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Subdivision Review Board

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.

Tenant Services Program

Through the Tenant Services Program, code enforcement staff will inspect rented homes at no charge if the tenant believes that the home is substandard. The only requirements are that the tenant has notified their landlord, in writing, of the problem and given their landlord a reasonable amount of time to address the problem and that the tenant is current on their rent (or the rent is being held in an escrow, savings, or trust account if it is being withheld).

Woodlands Village (commonly known as “Trilogy at Monarch Dunes”)

Active Planning Projects

Woodlands Specific Plan Amendment

  • Active Planning Projects

    Projects currently in process.

    Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance (Secondary Dwellings)

    On May 25, 2017, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved Phase I of the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance.  The Phase I amendment, which brought the County’s Land Use Ordinance into compliance with California State Code Section 65852.2 regarding Accessory Dwelling Units, eliminated County requirements for road surfacing and owner-occupancy for secondary dwellings.

    For information regarding ADUs in the Unincorporated County, please see our informational FAQ document

    Airport Land Use Plan Update

    The San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is in the process of a comprehensive update to the airport land use plan for the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The existing plan was prepared in 2004 and is not consistent with the guidelines contained in the latest California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook, updated in 2011.

    The Final Public Hearing Draft of the ALUP Update is now available.  The County has also completed a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project.  The Airport Land Use Commission will hold a special meeting on May 26, 2021 for potential action on the Final Public Hearing Draft.

    Arroyo Grande Oilfield

    A hearing is pending for the Board of Supervisors to consider an appeal (APPL2020-00001) by Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) of the Planning Commission’s approval of a request by Sentinel Peak Resources California LLC (formerly Freeport-McMoRan Oil and Gas) for a Conditional Use Permit (DRC2015-00002) to amend a previously approved Conditional Use Permit (D010386D) granting additional time to install the final 31 oil wells of 95 approved wells at the Arroyo Grande Oilfield. The property is located at 1821 Price Canyon Road on both the east and west sides of Price Canyon Road, approximately 2.7 miles north of the City of Pismo Beach. 

     

    Environmental Documents

    The previously certified Final Environmental Impact Report and related environmental documents are available for review in the Forms and Documents area located on the left side of this page.

    Avila Community Plan - Envision Avila

    Envision Avila is the work program and community workshop series created to inform and develop a new comprehensive Community Plan in Avila. Community Plans are an integral part of the San Luis Obispo County’s General Plan. Community Plans manage land uses and guide land use decisions until 2050. The Avila Community Plan will specifically focus on the region within the Avila Urban Reserve Line (URL). 

    Continuum of Care Program Competition

    Continuum of Care Program is administered by the Department of Social Services.  Please visit their site for more information.

     

    County CEQA Guidelines Update

    Updated January 30th, 2019:

    On December 4, 2018, the Board incorporated the County CEQA Guidelines Update into the Housing Initiatives Package as recommended by the Housing Coalition and directed staff to bring forward these revisions along with the proposed changes to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Affordable Housing Fund. The Department recommends the following changes to the County’s CEQA Guidelines:

    • Request for Proposal Process – allow the applicant to provide input on proposals during the consultant selection process.
    • Billing Transparency – ensure billing details are discussed with the applicant.
    • Project Description Confirmation– ensure the applicant has formally agreed to the final project description to ensure accuracy in the EIR.
    • Applicant Coordination – ensure staff and the applicant discuss any issues as early in the process as possible.
    • Mitigation Measure Coordination – ensure staff and the applicant discuss proposed mitigation measures.   
    • Contract Quality Control – ensure the project scope, timeline and budget are discussed with the applicant.
    • Project Alternatives Confirmation – ensure staff and the applicant discuss project alternatives.

    Link to Dec 4th, 2018 Board of Supervisors Staff Report (Click on Item 35 "Discussion on the County's Housing Initiative Package, Title 29 In Lieu Fee Ordinance, funding alternatives for affordable housing, California Environmental Quality Act Guideline Update, and the Regional Infrastructure and Housing Plan. All Districts.")

     

    Dana Reserve Specific Plan

    The San Luis Obispo County Planning Department has received an application for the Dana Reserve Specific Plan, located west of Highway 101 and south of Willow Road in the Nipomo area.  The applicant is requesting approval of a Specific Plan that includes open space, trails, parks, residential neighborhoods, commercial and light industrial space, a daycare center and a satellite community college. 

    The Draft Dana Reserve Specific Plan can be found at the following link:

    Draft-Dana-Reserve-Specific-Plan.pdf (ca.gov)

    Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

    In 2016, PG&E decided not to renew the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. As a result, the power plant will cease operating upon the expiration of the Unit 1 and Unit 2 operating licenses, in November 2024 and August 2025, respectively. PG&E then intends to begin decommissioning the power plant. PG&E submitted a land use permit application to the County in March 2021 for the decommissioning effort.

    Elements & Mitigation Plan Update

    These project updates will utilize the latest updated hazard mapping resources, consistent with state law and federal requirements, and will lead to the implementation of effective mitigation projects and climate adaptation strategies. The County and its jurisdictions will utilize this new Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) and Safety Element Update to address hazards in a coordinated effort using a whole community approach that will be built on the public’s participation in the planning process.

    As part of the planning process, other local agencies, neighboring jurisdictions, and stakeholders are involved to raise awareness of this effort and provide an opportunity for input. In addition, an objective of this outreach is to coordinate with those who may bring additional information to the planning process regarding hazard issues or hazard mitigation efforts within the County.

    Los Osos Community Plan Update

    The Department of Planning & Building was authorized to update the Los Osos Community Plan of the County’s General Plan and Local Coastal Plan on December 11, 2012.

    The Community Plan is the official plan for land use and transportation in Los Osos which determines how the community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. The update will focus on protecting resources and providing adequate infrastructure.

     

    The Board of Supervisors Adopted Plan is now available for public review: 

     

    Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

    The County is seeking a programmatic incidental take permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  The County, as the applicant, is requesting a permit term of 25 years to authorize take of covered species associated with covered activities in the Habitat Conservation Plan area, which is approximately 3,560 acres bounded by the Los Osos Urban Reserve Line. As the permittee, the County will have the ability to issue certificates of inclusion to confer incidental take coverage to landowners and other entities as long as their activities are included on the incidental take permit(s).

    Further updates will be posted and/or linked on this page as available. 

    This (and additional) information is available online via the US Fish and Wildlife Services (Ventura Office) by clicking here

    Los Osos Water Offset Study

    Request for Proposals by September 10, 2021 

    Informal-RFP-Los-Osos-Water-Offset-Study-08-17-21.pdf

    The County of San Luis Obispo (County) is requesting proposals from qualified firms to establish a 3-month contract (September 20 – December 17, 2021) for consulting services to update the County of San Luis Obispo’s water offset requirements for the Community of Los Osos. The County Department of Planning & Building (“County Planning”) administers the water offset program to mitigate water supply impacts to allow new development using water from the Los Osos Groundwater Basin. The program’s water savings estimates need to be updated to incorporate significant changes in water consumption patterns since the water offset program was adopted in 2008. The water savings measures need to be updated to incorporate new trends in the water conservation sector to expand the capacity of the program to offset new development. See Appendix A – Scope of Work for a detailed explanation of the project deliverables. County Planning is in the process of responding to California Coastal Commission comments about the updated Los Osos Community Plan and would like this study to be completed before scheduling a Coastal Commission hearing.

    Oster/Las Pilitas Quarry

    A request by Las Pilitas, LLC for a Conditional Use Permit and Reclamation Plan to allow for a new aggregate quarry and asphalt and concrete recycling facility. Mining operations would occur over a 30-year timeframe and conclude with reclamation of the site. The maximum annual extraction would be 500,000 tons. The project would result in disturbance of roughly 60 acres on two parcels totaling 203 acres in size. The project site is located east of the community of Santa Margarita at 6660 Calf Canyon Highway (Highway 58, north side), east of the Salinas River Bridge and approximately 0.25 miles west of Parkhill Road.

    Paso Basin Land Use Planting Ordinance

    The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has directed staff to develop a land use ordinance and amend General Plan policies to require ministerial land use approval (“a planting permit”) until 2045 for new or expanded planting of irrigated crops irrigated with water from groundwater wells located within the Paso Basin Land Use Management Area (PBLUMA), with a two-tier framework: 1) plantings using up to 25 acre-feet per year (AFY) of total groundwater per site, and 2) plantings maintaining neutral groundwater use on site with a 6-year rolling lookback period. Plantings using groundwater outside of these two tiers would not be allowed. General Plan elements to be revised include the Agricultural Element and Conservation and Open Space Element. 

    Please click here to view a map of the PBLUMA area.

    Please click here to view the PBLUMA area in our interactive web map.

    Phillips 66 Santa Margarita Remediation EIR

    The Department of Planning & Building is currently working on the Phillips 66 Santa Margarita Remediation Environmental Impact Report.

    The Final Enviromental Impact Report (FEIR) and Notice are now available for public review: 

     

    Sign Ordinance Update

    The Sign Ordinance Update is a targeted effort to revise the County’s sign regulations to comply with federal law and protect the constitutional right of free speech. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court Case Reed v. Town of Gilbert required local jurisdictions to be content-neutral when regulating signs (for example, not regulating a sign based on whether it carries a commercial, political, or ideological message). The Sign Ordinance Update will ensure the County’s regulations uphold constitutional speech, while also protecting the visual character of the community.

    The Sign Ordinance Update was approved by the Board on August 18th, 2020. Amendments to Title 22 are effective September 18th, 2020. Amendments to Title 23 are awaiting a Coastal Commission hearing for a final decision.

    Woodlands Specific Plan Amendment

    The Woodlands Specific Plan establishes the roadmap for the development of the Woodlands Village (commonly known as “Trilogy at Monarch Dunes”), which is a 957-acre development located on the Nipomo Mesa, approximately two miles west of the community of Nipomo. 

    The applicant’s request is to modify the allowable land uses (as designated in the Woodlands Specific Plan) for four sites within the Woodlands Village through amending the Woodlands Specific Plan:

    • Site #1 (Village Center) is proposed to be redesignated from Commercial Retail land use to Recreation-Resort land use, to support up to 97 hotel rooms (a reduction and reallocation from the allowable 400-room hotel planned for Site #3).
    • Site #2 (Village Center) is proposed to retain the Commercial Retail land use designation, but would be modified to support up to 40 condominium residential dwelling units on the second floor (above commercial retail spaces) and a decrease to the maximum allowable floor area for commercial retail uses.
    • Site #3 (Resort Area) is proposed to be redesignated from Recreation-Resort land use to Residential Single-Family land use, to support up to 76 residential dwelling units in the form of 38 common wall developments.
    • Site #4 (Future Public Park) is proposed to be redesignated from Public Park land use to Residential Single-Family land use, to support 46 residential dwelling units in the form of 23 common wall developments.

    The proposed project would result in the net increase of residential dwelling units and net decrease of commercial retail uses, hotel rooms, and park area planned for the Woodlands Specific Plan area. The following table provides a summary of the net changes:

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  • Code Enforcement

    The Department of Planning & Building's Code Enforcement Section is responsible for enforcing local land use and environmental laws, sometimes called zoning laws, in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The Section has developed several programs to address common enforcement issues ranging from rental home inspections to stormwater discharge system monitoring in a more proactive manner.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Information to many of the frequently asked questions.

    Report a Suspected Code Violation

    Please use the form below to report a suspected code enforcement violation.  A case will be opened and investigated within ten (10) working days.  Our staff will not contact you unless additional information is required.  Your personal information will be kept confidential, but you may be called into court if the case is prosecuted and your witness statement is required.  Please note that you may also submit an anonymous complaint.  If this is an urgent matter related to health and safety, please call 805-788-2350.

    If you wish to report a suspected cannabis violation please click here.  If you wish to report an unlicensed short term vacation rental please use the Short Term Vacation Rental Hotline.

     

    Short Term Vacation Rental Hotline

    The County of San Luis Obispo has established a hotline for reporting an unlicensed vacation rental or for making a complaint about a vacation rental. Reports can be made online or by calling the hotline at (805) 723-2500.  The on-call hours will be:

    Friday                  5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

    Saturday              8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

    Sunday                8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

    Holidays               8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

    Environmental Investigations Program

    The primary focus of the Environmental Investigations Program is to prevent the loss of natural resources due to illegal activities. Unauthorized grading is one such prominent illegal activity, which often leads to increased runoff, stream bed siltation, habitat loss, and loss of vegetation and wildlife. Code enforcement staff work alongside other regulatory agencies as part of the San Luis Obispo Environmental Enforcement Group and as part of the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Federal Environmental Task Force to investigate these illegal activities and prosecute all responsible parties.

    National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems Program

    Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES), code enforcement staff enforce grading and illicit stormwater discharge requirements.

    Tenant Services Program

    Through the Tenant Services Program, code enforcement staff will inspect rented homes at no charge if the tenant believes that the home is substandard. The only requirements are that the tenant has notified their landlord, in writing, of the problem and given their landlord a reasonable amount of time to address the problem and that the tenant is current on their rent (or the rent is being held in an escrow, savings, or trust account if it is being withheld).

  • Communities & Villages

    Information on specific communities and villages throughout the unincorporated County.

    Avila Beach

    Active Planning Projects

    Avila Community Plan - Envision Avila

    Avila Beach Specific Plan

    Avila Beach Specific Plan for land use permit information and design standards.

    California Valley

    Water is the primary issue in this area. Both quantity and quality are questionable in the area. The minimum well flow is 2.5 gallons per minute of potable water. Water is a minimum requirement to build a house. An all weather access road that meets the requirements of the fire safety plan could also be a significant expense. If the property is located in the Soda Lake SRA, new houses may require a variance.

    Cambria

    Informational Documents

    Foot Print, Gross Structural Area, and Deck Square Footage Maximums Based on Property Location and Property Size

    Cambria Building Size Calculator

    Cambria Residential Building Size Supplement

    North Coast Area Community Plan

    North Coast Area Community Plan for land use permit information and design standards in the urban area of Cambria.

    Vacant Parcels in the Urban Area of Cambria

    For the latest news on the water waitlist please visit the Cambria Community Service District (CCSD) website.

    Cayucos

    Cayucos Urban Area

    Please review the Estero Area Plan for information on land use permit requirements, design standards, heigh limits, and setbacks within the Cayucos Urban Reserve Line (URL).

    Cayucos Hillside Development

    Please read frequently asked questions (FAQs) about development of Cayucos hillside parcels located outside of the Cayucos Urban Reserve Line (URL).

    Los Osos

    Informational Documents

    Vacant Lots in Los Osos

    Los Osos Building Moratorium

    Estero Area Plan

    Estero Area Plan for land use permit information and design standards.

    Active Planning Projects

    Los Osos Community Plan Update

    Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

    San Miguel

    San Miguel Community Plan

    San Miguel Community Plan for land use permit information and design standards.

  • Community Advisory Councils

    Community Advisory Councils are authorized to represent their communities. Continue reading if you would like to learn more about how Community Advisory Councils work.

    Community Advisory Council Support

    The Board of Supervisors has authorized eleven Community Advisory Councils (CAC) comprised of residents who volunteer their time to represent their community's interests within the County planning process. The Department of Planning & Building assigns a staff liaison to each community advisory council, who serves as a contact between the community and the Department.

    The CAC Handbook defines the roles of CACs in the planning process and provides guidelines for parliamentary procedure.