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Program Description

The Development Review program (recently moved to the City's Community Development Department) oversees design and construction of various public works projects built by private developers for City ownership. These projects typically include additions to the City’s water, wastewater, street, flood control, and park systems. The program goal is safe, effective, and efficient public works which meet established engineering standards and specifications. This program has two major activities:

  • Development review. Reviewing parcel maps, subdivision maps, and subdivision construction plans as required by the Subdivision Map Act; reviewing private building and development project plans; inspecting public works construction within private developments; issuing permits to ensure safe construction and encroachment in the public right of way; enforcing Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) standards which prevent or reduce damage caused by flooding.
  • Record keeping. Preparing and filing as-built drawings of private public works construction; preparing legal descriptions for property transactions.

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Development Review Program

Code Enforcement & Plan Checking

Flood Plain Management

Community Rating System.

The City of San Luis Obispo takes an active role in protecting the community against flood damage. The extra effort and commitment taken by City staff as an active member and participant in the National Flood Insurance Program has resulted in flood insurance premiums being lowered by up to 15 percent for citizens of our community.

Public Works Issued Permits

   Encroachment Permits

  • Required to do work or place something in the public right-of-way (street, sidewalk, parkway, public easement, etc.).
  • Proof of insurance is required before a permit can be issued.
  • General permit provisions.
  • Permit fees.

   Transportation Permits

  • Required whenever the size or weight of a vehicle and/or load exceed the maximums allowed by the California Vehicle Code.
  • Permit fees.

   Tree Permits

  • Allows individuals to remove or replace trees within the public right-of-way and certain trees located on private property.

Public Assistance & Information

  • Interpretation of Public Works Department Regulations & Policies.
  • Code Enforcement in the public right-of-way.

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