Voluntary Mergers

What is the process?

Step 1: Confirm Parcel Eligibility

Confirm that both parcels to be merged are contiguous (i.e. share a common property line), that each parcel is under the same ownership, and that each parcel has identical vesting (i.e. how the owners hold their interest in the parcel(s)).

Step 2: Obtain a County Map Number

  • Visit the Map Number Request page.
  • Complete the Map Number Request form.
  • Access the Citizen Self-Service Portal.
  • Select "Voluntary Merger Number."
  • Click "Apply."
  • Upload the completed request form.
  • Wait 60 seconds, and refresh your browser.  Your map number should be formatted as follows: "M [last two digits of the year] - XXX" (e.g. M 21-0010).

Step 3: Complete the Voluntary Merger Application form

Complete the Voluntary Merger Application form.

Step 4: Complete the General Land Use Permit Application form

Step 5: Assemble the other required documents

  • Title report of Lot Book Guarantee dated within the last six months for each parcel
  • Consent of Property Owner form (if the applicant does not own the property)

Step 6: Apply for a Subdivision Application online

  • Access the Citizen Self-Service Portal.
  • Select "Subdivision Application."
  • Click "Apply."
  • Write "Voluntary Merger" and the County Map Number in the "Description" field.
  • Upload the application forms, and required documents.

Step 7: Pay the invoice for processing

  • Planning staff will email the applicant an invoice, which the applicant can pay online here.

Step 8: Staff Review and Processing

Planning Staff will review the required documents, prepare the draft Notice of Voluntary Merger, and mail it to the applicant along with an invoice for recording fees.

Step 9: Applicant Follow-Up

Sign and notarize the draft Notice of Voluntary Merger, and mail it back to the Department of Planning & Building:

     976 Osos Street

     Room 300

     San Luis Obispo, CA

     93408

Pay the invoice for the recording fees online here.

Step 10: Recording the Voluntary Merger

Staff will sign and notarize the draft Notice of Voluntary Merger, and record it.

Step 11: Staff Mails Notice of Voluntary Merger to Applicant

Staff will mail the official copy of the recorded Notice of Voluntary Merger to the applicant.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to anyone wishing to merge two contiguous parcels into a single parcel.

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

Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal

Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services

The County’s online permit portal, CSS, will be down and unavailable for public access from Thursday, September 30 at 5:00 PM until Monday, October 4 at 8:00 AM for a system upgrade.

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

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