Certificates of Compliance
What is this service?
A certificate of compliance or conditional certificate of compliance is used to establish a legal record officially recognizing that a parcel was legally created, in compliance with the rules and regulations that were applicable at the time of its creation and current case law. Determinations for certificates of compliance are made by Department of Planning & Building staff.
Who can use this service?
The owner of the subject property or anyone who is given consent by the owner of the subject property may use this service.
Is there a charge for this service?
Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.
What is the process?
Step 1: Submit Application
The applicant submits a completed application package and pays all applicable fees.
Step 2: Determine Lot Legality
Department of Planning & Building staff reviews the application and determines if the parcel in question was legally created. If the parcel was legally created, a certificate of compliance issued. If the parcel was not legally created, a conditional certificate of compliance is issued.
Step 3: Appeal of Determination (Situational)
Any aggrieved person can appeal a certificate or conditional certificate determination to the Board of Supervisors.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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Old County Courthouse Building
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
976 Osos Street Room 200 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Tel: (805) 781-5600
Permits/Inspections: (805) 788-2076
Fax: (805) 781-1242
Frequently Asked Questions
How is parcel legality determined?
The State Subdivision Map Act, current case law, and local ordinances are used to determine parcel legality.
What happens if a parcel was not created legally?
In cases where a parcel was not created legally, the property owner is given the opportunity to apply for a conditional certificate of compliance.
Is a certificate of compliance an entitlement for development?
No, a certificate of compliance neither ensures that a parcel is buildable nor does it entitle the property owner to a construction permit or other development permits or approvals.
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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