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The Department of Planning and Building Permit Center is closed to the public until further notice. Many services are available virtually. Please refer to our website for more information.  

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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)

The County of San Luis Obispo provides online services through our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Permit Portal to submit building permit and planning applications, request a building inspection, research permits and property information, and to pay fees.

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Permitting

The Department of Planning and Building manages and processes land use planning and building permits for the County of San Luis Obispo. The land development and construction that takes place in the unincorporated area of San Luis Obispo County (areas outside the city jurisdictions) is reviewed, permitted and inspected by the Department of Planning and Building. 

You can now submit Building Permits, Planning Applications and Payments electronically.

 

Please use the links below for more information and to get started. 

 

Select Building Permits to Apply For:

  • New Construction Permits: A construction permit is required if you plan to construct, enlarge, alter, move, replace, repair, improve, convert, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure. A permit is also needed if you plan to move more than 50 cubic yards of dirt or build a retaining wall taller than 4 feet from the bottom of the footing.  
  • E-Permits - Building Permits: Available to be submitted online by a California Licensed Contractor. E-Permits include projects that are normally quicker to repair or install.
    • Examples include: water heater replacement, air conditioning or heating unit replacement, drain repair, lighting, electrical panel replacement, etc.  
  • Renewable Energy Permits: Available to be submitted online by a California Licensed Contractor.
    • Examples include: Solar Systems, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Wind Energy Systems, etc. 

 

Select Planning Applications to Apply For:

  • Land Use Permit: A land use entitlement is a discretionary permit, acted on by the Planning Director or Planning Commission, that allows one or more specific land uses on a property.
    • Examples include: minor use permits, conditional use permits, modifications to a previously approved use permit, site plans, and variances.
  • Subdivision Permit: A land division or subdivision occurs when a parcel is divided into two or more parcels, each of which can be sold and owned independently of the others, when boundaries between existing parcels are adjusted, or when two or more existing lots are merged into fewer lots.
    • Examples include: lot line adjustments, parcel maps, tract maps, voluntary mergers, and certificates of compliance.
  • Pre-Application Meeting: A meeting is held with representatives from various County departments and other regulatory agencies to discuss proposed land use or subdivision applications, identify any potential issues or special requirements, and clarify the application submittal process.
  • Time Extension: Time extensions may be requested for approved land use entitlements and subdivisions, extending the expiration date by one year. The overall number of time extensions that can be granted, as well as the process in which they can be granted, vary by approval type.

 

Select Payments for Information on Submitting Payments

 

 

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.

Launch Land Use View Application


Online Services (CSS)

The County of San Luis Obispo provides online services through our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Permit Portal to submit building permit and planning applications, request a building inspection, research permits and property information, and to pay fees.

Launch CSS