What is this service?
The process of dividing real property into four or fewer lots for the purposes of sale, lease or financing (including condominiums). State law requires approval and recordation of a map showing the division before sale, lease or financing of a new parcel can legally occur. Parcel maps are acted on by the Subdivision Review Board.
A land division occurs when a parcel of land is divided into two or more parcels, each of which can be sold and owned independently of the others. The Department of Planning & Building processes land division applications for subdivision entitlements according to the provisions of the state Subdivision Map Act and the County Real Property Division Ordinance.
Step 1: Request Parcel Map Number
Step 2: Submit Application Package, Plans, and Supporting Docs
1. Access the Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal.
2. Select "Apply"
3. Select “Planning Applications”
4. Find the "Subdivision Application"
5. Select "Apply"
6. Follow the online instructions.
7. Upload a complete application package, plans, and supporting documents.
*** Please ensure all documents reflect the map number issued in Step 1. ***
Step 3: Pay Fees
Planning staff will email invoice. Please pay online here*.
*Make sure to add INV to the invoice number (e.g. INV2020-01234), when searching for the invoice online.
Step 5: Schedule Hearing
Staff schedules the application for a public hearing - either Planning Department Hearing, Subdivision Review Board, or Planning Commission based on the subdivision entitlement type.
Step 7: Reach Decision
During the public hearing, the hearing body considers the application and reaches a decision to either approve, conditionally approve, or deny the application.
Step 8: Appeal Decision (Optional)
Any aggrieved person can appeal a decision to the Board of Supervisors. Projects located within the Coastal Zone can be appealed to (or by) the California Coastal Commission.
Step 9: Record Subdivision
The applicant must record the approved subdivision within two years of its approval date.
Step 10: Extend Approval (Optional)
The applicant may request a time extension, in writing, to extend the approval date for one year. The maximum number of available time extensions is based on the subdivision entitlement type.
Who can use this service?
The owner of the subject property or anyone who is given consent by the owner of the subject property may use this service.
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.