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  • Informational Meeting and Planning Commission Public Hearing. 

The County Planning Department will hold two informational meetings on proposed new rules for building on coastal bluffs and beaches to address sea level rise. The meetings will take place November 27th and November 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the County Board of Supervisors Chambers. Informational materials for the meetings can be reviewed at this link: Coastal Bluffs and Beaches.  The Planning Commission will hold a continued public hearing on this material as part of proposed Public Safety and Hazard Management General Plan, Local Coastal Program and County Code Amendments on December 12, 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
  • Did You Know? ADU Permit Fees Have Been Reduced!
    Starting January 2, 2019, ADUs 640 square feet or smaller do not pay planning permit fees. Use the fee estimator to calculate your savings!

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