Agricultural Exempt Building or Grading

Your proposed agricultural building or grading could be exempt from a permit. Read more here to determine if your project can be exempt.

Agricultural Exempt Building

Regulations contained in Title 19 of the San Luis Obispo County Code exempt certain agricultural accessory buildings from the necessity of having a building permit. In order to qualify for the exemption, a proposed agricultural accessory building must meet the definition of such buildings contained in Section 202 of the 2016 California Building Code, as well as the specific criteria in Section 19.02.020(f)1.19:a-q of the County’s Building and Construction Ordinance. Approval of an exempt agricultural building only entitles the use itself; separate permits may also be required for any construction or grading activities.  Please following the steps to apply for an agricultural exempt building.

Agricultural Grading

In order for agricultural grading to be exempt from a grading permit, please read the following steps to determine if the proposed grading qualifies, and how to apply.

An Agriculture Grading Form and Site Plan must be approved by the County prior to commencement of any grading activities, for verification that exemption criteria are met. 

Alternative Review Program

An applicant may elect to use the Alternative Review Program for certain agricultural grading. This process allows an applicant to obtain technical assistance, inspection, and sign-off by either the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or the Resource Conservation District (RCD).  Please read on to learn more.