What is this service?
Initial approval of Land Use Permits and Subdivisions is valid for 24 months (two years). Time Extensions of ONE (1) year may be requested based on the type of project (for example: Minor Use or Conditional Use Permits, and Parcel or Tract Maps).
Click here for a comprehensive table outlining the eligibility and applicable hearing body or approval processes for various types of Land Use Permits and Subdivisions.
What is the process?
Step 1: Apply for Time Extension
Review the information and steps outlined here on this page, and consult the Eligibility & Approval Bodies Table to verify your eligibility.
Users can now apply online for Time Extensions (and other Planning Applications) through our CSS Permit Portal.
Step 2: Staff Review
Planning staff will review your application and determine the specific time extension type required for your project based on the information provided
Step 3: Payment
Once your Time Extension type and appropriate fees have been verified by Planning Staff, you will receive an invoice for the application fees.
Payments can be made with any major credit card or also by eCheck.
Step 4: Approval and/or Schedule for Hearing
Depending on the type of Land Use Permit or Land Division (and on the number of Time Extensions that have previously been processed), your Time Extension Request will either be approved directly by Staff or scheduled for the corresponding hearing body.
You will receive either a letter of approval or a notification of the scheduled hearing date from Staff.
For additional reference, please see the Time Extension Eligibility & Approval Bodies Table and the List of All Department Hearing Bodies (Boards & Commissions)
Who can use this service?
Applicants and/or authorized agents with an approved Land Use Permit or Subdivision that has not yet expired.
Is there a charge for this service?
Fees vary by type and number of Time Extension(s), and may be adjusted each fiscal year.
Specific fees are outlined in our Planning & Building Fee Schedule.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available:
Requests can be submitted at any time for staff to review.
At our planning counter in downtown San Luis Obispo (Old County Courthouse); click here for address and business hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Expiration dates are tied to the date of County Action (i.e. Hearing Body and/or Review Board Approval Date) and can be found on the 'Notice of Final Action / Final Findings and Conditions' that was mailed to you.
The department only requires that the Time Extension Request be submitted before your expiration date. As long as payment is made within 5 business days of receiving your invoice, your request is eligible for processing, and your permit will remain valid until the appropriate hearing date and/or staff approval of the Time Extension.
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.
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