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About Building & Safety: Regulating the construction or renovation of buildings is an important aspect of consumer protection that benefits both the residents and visitors of our city.  Before a building is constructed or altered, the property owner is responsible for obtaining a building permit from the Building & Safety Division.  Plans are reviewed to ensure the design will satisfy all city and state construction codes. Once the permit is issued, our staff of certified inspectors will conduct inspections for building code compliance and to make sure that the work is consistent with plans approved by the City.

The Building & Safety Division is responsible for enforcing various land use, property development, building and sign regulations.  Our ordinance enforcement program is handled on a complaint-driven basis. Click on the Code Enforcement link here to find out more.

The City has a Seismic Coordinator to assist in the implementation of the City of San Luis Obispo's Unreinforced Masonry Hazard Mitigation Program.  You may also be interested in checking out the City's interactive URM web map and Seismic Plan Details.

Building & Safety Division Links        

Voluntary Retrofit of Older Woodframe Structures:  One of the program’s in the City’s Housing Element is to assist owners with the seismic upgrade of single family homes. The City of San Luis Obispo Building and Safety Division has developed a Voluntary Seismic Retrofit Program for Older Residential Structures to promote public safety and welfare by reducing the risk of earthquake-induced damage to existing homes. In the aftermath of a major seismic event, those who reside in homes rendered uninhabitable by damage incurred in the initial or subsequent events will find themselves without shelter. 

The program has been designed to make a simple, effective and efficient way for our San Luis Obispo City residents to do the retrofit on their homes that are on “unbraced cripple walls” or that are not bolted to the foundation.  A set of standard retrofit plans are available for free at the permit counter, located at 919 Palm Street. The plan set consists of 1) Sample Foundation Plan, 2) Instructions, 3) Technical Notes, 4) Construction Details, 5) Reinforcement Schedule, and 6) Construction Data. Residents pay a $219 permit fee and plans will be stamped and approved over the counter and a permit can be issued the same day. Please see the links below for additional information.

GIS Maps - Parcel & Zoning Information

Green Building Links

California Building Standards Commission

2013 California Green Building Standards Code

Access to National Codes

California Codes

New State & Federal Regulations on Lead Hazards

Earthquake Preparedness: Taking steps to become prepared in a disaster will save lives and protect property.  Please refer to the information provided in the links below:

Homeowner's Guide to Earthquake Safety & Commercial Property Owner's Guide to Earthquake Safety provided by California Seismic Safety Commission.

SEAOSC, Structural Engineering Association of Southern California.

FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency

USGS, United States Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program.

Other helpful links:

Man reading plans


Contractors State License Board.  The CSLB protects consumers by regulating the construction industry through policies that promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public in matters relating to construction.

The International Code Council, ICC, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings.

California Energy Commission Residential and Non-Residential Compliance Manual for California's 2008 Energy Efficiency Standards

Recall information provided by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) dates back to October 2005.  This list includes a brief description of each recall and the related U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) web link to directly access recall information.

Manufactured Homes, Mobile-homes & Commercial Modulars, Installed on foundation systems, Housing & Community Development - HCD 433A

Asbestos Information




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