Construction Permit Support Services

Services supporting building permit applications

Contractor License Verification

This form can be used to add California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) information to an existing Customer Self-Service (CSS) account. You will recieve an email verifying your request has been submitted. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

Online Services Instructions

The PermitSLO (formaly Citizen Self-Service (CSS) portal) allows the public to interact with the EnerGov permit tracking and land management system. Through CSS, users have the ability to look up permit details, pay fees, and schedule building inspections. The systems also allows licensed contractors to apply for specific types of construction permits.


Information on fees.

Frequently Asked Questions for Building (Construction) Permits

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the building permit process.

Geologic Report and Review

Geologic reports are required for most projects requiring a building permit within a designated Geologic Study Area (GSA). GSAs include areas of seismic, landslide, liquefaction, erosion, and stability hazards.

Recycling Receipts

This service provides a step by step process to submit your waste and recycling receipts for approval.

Beginning January 1, 2017, new “Cal Green” Building Codes requires all structures to recycle 65% of the waste generated by construction and demo. In addition, San Luis Obispo Green Building Ordinance requires you to recycle 75% of the waste from all projects. 

Before you receive a County permit you must tell the County how you will handle the project’s waste.

Once the project has reached completion, submit your waste and recycling receipts for approval 7 days before you need the Final Building Inspector sign-off. Submittals are taken in the order received, so try to be sure everything is provided, or delays could result.

Request a Permit Appointment

Use this form to request an appointment to discuss a permit application in person before applying.  

Re-Submittals for Construction Permit Applications Under Review

The Permit Center Lobby is open to facilitate scheduling appointments and for permit correction returns/pick-up. 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.  

In-person appointments may be scheduled for Building Permit Intake, correction return/pick-up and issuance by calling 805-781-5600. Appointments are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12:00-1:30 PM). 

Structural Observation Program

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Planning and Building provides the local building industry with the Structural Observation Program. Use of the program is mandatory when any structural observation is required on a project. The program provides a complete overview of the requirements for owners, design professionals, special inspectors, contractors, the building official, and all staff involved.

Fee Schedule

The Department of Planning and Building updates fees every fiscal year.  Please visit the Fee Schedule folder to look at the current and past fee schedules.


PROCESSING FEE NOTICE: Effective November 9th, 2020, a 2.35% convenience fee ($1.49 minimum) will be added to all credit card transactions and a $1.49 flat rate convenience fee will be added to all e-checks for processing.


Electronic Payment Options

With an invoice number, payments can be made electronically through Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Permit Portal, our online payment system in the following ways. For help with an electronic payment, please refer to the guide

  • Major Credit Card
  • E-Check - Pay by check electronically using your bank's routing number and your account number

Electronic payments will expedite the processing of your permit. 


Payments By Mail

If electronic payment cannot be made, checks can be mailed to the following address. Please include a copy of the invoice or the invoice number on your check. Be aware that processing will not take place on your application until full payment is received and applied to your account. 

Mail a check to the following address: 

Planning & Building Department

1050 Monterey Street, Room 221

San Luis Obispo, CA 93408