Long Range Planning

Staff in the Department of Planning & Building's Long Range Planning Division study the growth of communities in the unincorporated areas of the county and, with input and participation from residents, interest groups, and other agencies, prepare plans that strive to balance the need for growth, economic vitality, and the protection of natural resources, agricultural lands, and rural character.


Airport Land Use Commission

The San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is an independent body of seven members which has been created in response to the mandates of The State Aeronautics Act, first enacted in 1967. Although the Airport Land Use Commission, by law, receives technical support from the County of San Luis Obispo, it is an autonomous body and is not part of any local governmental structure.

Community and Area Plan Administration

The Planning & Building Department, with direction from the Board of Supervisors, periodically develops and updates community and area plans that are used to guide growth in the unincorporated areas of the county.

General Plan Administration

The Department of Planning & Building administers the County's General Plan through evaluating all land use applications for consistency with the General Plan, producing annual progress reports, and processing amendments to the General Plan.

General Plan Annual Reports

The General Plan Annual Progress Report reviews the activities that took place to implement the County General Plan for each fiscal year. The General Plan is the blueprint for the future physical, economic, and social development of the unincorporated areas of the county (outside incorporated cities).  It implements California laws that regulate land use planning and development. 

General Plan Conformity Reports

When the acquisition or disposal of real property or the construction of structures is proposed by a public agency within the unincorporated area, the proposal must be evaluated for consistency with the County General Plan before the action is authorized. Pursuant to Government Code section 65100, Planning and Building is authorized to prepare and issue conformity reports that are required by Government Code section 65402.

Oak Woodland Ordinance

On April 11, 2017, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance to amend Title 22 of the Land Use Ordinance, establishing Chapter 22.58 (Oak Woodland Ordinance) and amending § 22.06.020 and Table 2-2 to regulate the clear-cutting of oak woodlands. The ordinance took effect May 11, 2017.

Ordinance Administration

Land use ordinances are established and adopted by the Board of Supervisors (and the California Coastal Commission, if the ordinance affects the Coastal Zone) to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare. They are used to implement the General Plan and guide future growth in the county by providing standards that accommodate the appropriate creation, location, use, or design of sites, buildings, land uses, parking areas, or other forms of land development.

Resource Management System Administration

The Resource Management System (RMS) provides information to guide decisions about balancing land development with the resources necessary to sustain such development. To accomplish this goal, the RMS focuses on collecting data, identifying problems, and helping decision-makers develop solutions.  

Interactive Maps (Land Use View)

Our interactive Land Use View mapping application can be used to look up property information by assessor parcel number (APN), plan or permit number, or address.

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Online Services (CSS Portal)

The County of San Luis Obispo provides online services through Citizen Self Service (CSS) to request a building inspection, research construction permits and property information, and to pay fees.

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