Construction Permit Application

What is the process?

Step 1: Electronic Construction Permit Application

Complete Construction Permit Application.  Permits will not be processed until a completed application has been received. 

Step 2: Email Completed Application

Email completed application to [email protected]  and include the following information in your email: 

  • Project Address 

  • APN 

  • Complete Project Description (Scope of Work) that includes floor areas for all new, remodeled, addition areas, grading quantities, length of retailing walls, etc. (link to our Permit Submittal page) 

  • Contact Name and Phone Number

  • Email Address that must be used consistently throughout the permit process

WAIT : After application is received by County Staff, applicant will receive an email with instructions to upload plans online and a permit number. (This could take 24-48 hours during business hours.) 

Step 3: Upload Plans

Wait until you have received an email from County Staff. Using instructions found in the email, upload the plans into the Citizen Self-Service Permit Portal (CSS) using the proper naming conventions. See the Naming Convention Guide for assistance and see Attaching Documents to a Permit on how to attach the plans via CSS. Email County Staff contact when you have uploaded the plans

Please Note: All applicants need a CSS account. If you do not have an account, you will need to register by selecting “My Account.” Contractors should begin by selecting “Guide for Contractors.” For more information, please use the Quick Reference Guide

You will need to update plans within 5 to 10 days from permit submittal or your permit will be deemed expired.

  • Once all plans and supporting documentation has been uploaded, staff will route application to Planning for a zoning clearance and estimate the fees for the building permit.
  • The applicant will receive a confirmation email with the invoice number. 

Step 4: Pay Invoice

Pay the invoice (1st installment) through our online payment system (CSS). For help, CSS Payment Guide

When payment is made, please send an email to your county staff contact. (Payment must be received within 5 days from staff notifying the applicant or the permit will be deemed expired.  Review will not start until payment is made and confirmed.) 

Step 5: Plan Review

Once the plans have been reviewed, you will receive an email that will include details of corrections, conditions, school fees, and remaining fees as applicable. 

  • Please review this information and resubmit the corrected plans and supporting documentation into the CSS portal under your projects assigned permit number. 

  • Please remember to follow the naming convention that was sent to you at the start of the project as this will help us facilitate moving the project along. 

Step 6: Permit Issuance Report

Once all previous steps are completed, you will receive an email with the Permit Issuance Report.  

  • Please sign the appropriate areas and initial each page on the bottom left corner where indicated.  

  • Scan or take photos of each page and email them to the staff contact in a single file.  

Once all steps are completed, you will receive email notification that the approved plans are ready for download within the CSS portal.

The applicant will need to print the plans and supporting documentation to have available onsite at time of inspections. Also, an inspection card and site ID card will be email to applicant / contractor. 

Who can use this service?

Property owners, their authorized agents, and state licensed contractors acting on behalf of a property owner can apply for a construction permit.




Re-Submittals for Applications Under Review 

All permit applications submitted with hardcopy plans will be processed and issued in that format. We are not able to switch to electronic submittal after processing begins. If you have questions, please contact your designated plans examiner, land use technician, or their supervisor.  

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions

Permit SLO County Portal

Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services

Preview of Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services (CSS Portal)

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