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  • Planning Commission Public Hearing.
    The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on October 10, 2018 to consider. Public Safety and Hazard Management General Plan, Local Coastal Program and County Code Amendments. A one-page summary of the project is available by clicking on the link for English or Spanish. The full staff report is posted on the Planning department website via a link on the Planning Commission Agenda for October 10, 2018.
  • Safe Structures Program Has Been Launched.
    This program certifies qualifying unpermitted construction as safe, habitable, and a low priority for code enforcement. Click here for eligibility criteria and an explanation of the program.
  • Short-Term Rental Permits Required.
    Short-term rentals are residential rentals less than 30 days. Homeowners must obtain permits to operate Hosted Rentals (short-term room rentals) or Vacation Rentals (short-term whole house rentals). Want more information? Check out the Hosted Rentals and Vacation Rentals websites.
  • Interactive ADU Website.
    The County has developed tools to help homeowners make decisions about building Accessory Dwelling Units. Check out the "Basics", Design, and "Financing an ADU" guidebooks, GIS tool, fee and cost estimators, financial assistance programs, and more, all on the Accessory Dwelling Units website!
  • ePlan is Here
    Building permit submittals for all commercial projects must be submitted electronically. Residential building permit applications may be submitted in paper form or electronically. See how at ePlan Review.  Questions? Please contact us at

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