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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        

   ·Organization Chart                          Construction Regulations
   ·User's Guide to the Permit Process     Permit Process Flowchart
   ·Forms & applications                       Information Bulletins
   ·Reference Handouts                        Building and Impact Fees

GIS Maps - Parcel & Zoning Information

Green Building Links

California Building Standards Commission

2010 California Green Building Standards Code

Cal Green Guide to 2010 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.

CALBO interactive Build it Right. The "Build it Right" program was created by the California Building Officials to increase public awareness of the value in securing building permits. 

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




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