Code Enforcement Officers and are staff members in the Community Development Department focusing on promoting health and safety in neighborhoods and increasing awareness and information about City policies and Municipal Codes. Code Enforcement staff investigate potential code violations in response to citizen complaints and actively patrol for violations of property maintenance standards. Code Enforcement Technicians
If you have concerns about code violations or visual blight in your neighborhood, please use the links below to help you navigate to the proper department:
Submit a Field Investigation Request or contact the Code Enforcement Hotline (805) 594-8188 to report any Code or Neighborhood Services Violations.
Please provide as much information as possible. Any information you provide will remain confidential to the extent permitted by law. We can also answer questions or provide policy interpretations on the hotline.
If you would like to
appeal an administrative citation, please submit an by mail or in person to: City Clerk's Office, 990 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 within 10 days of date of citation. Administrative Citation Appeal Form
The goal of neighborhood service enforcement is to identify code violations and work with residents to correct front yard blight to ensure that neighborhoods remain safe, healthy, and desirable environments.
Experiencing a conflict with your neighbor, landlord, tenant or roommate? SLO Solutions may be a good option for you. Conflict Resolution Specialists are available to speak with you Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (805) 549-0442
California Tenants: A guide to residential tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities.
Will the no smoking ordinance apply to cannabis?
Can I deliver cannabis in the City?
No. At this time the City does not license delivery services within the City.
Can I grow cannabis within the City?
Cannabis cultivation is not allowed within the City, with the exception of personal cultivation.
Per the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act,
qualified patients may cultivate up to 100 sq. ft. of aggregate vegetative area on single premises for personal medical use only. Primary caregivers may cultivate up to 500 sq. ft. of aggregate vegetative area on single premises for up to five qualified patients.
Per Adult Use of Marijuana Act, persons 21 years and older may cultivate up to six cannabis plants and possess the cannabis produced by the plants. No more than six plants are allowed per private residence
. regardless of number of adults
Growing of cannabis must comply with the City’s Offensive Odor Ordinance (
Municipal Code Chapter 8.22).
Can I sell cannabis or cannabis products within the City?
Currently the City does not allow the sale or manufacturing of medical or recreational uses of cannabis within the City.
How can I dispose of household hazardous materials such as paint, motor oil, etc?
Cold Canyon Landfill accepts household hazardous materials free of charge. The household hazardous waste facility is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a 15 gallon volume limit per trip. For more information, visit their website.
How can I dispose of bulk items such as couches, mattresses, televisions, etc?
SLO Garbage Company will pick up bulk items for a small fee. Call them at (805) 543-0875 to arrange for pick up. You can also donate items! View the
SLO County IWMA page for local outlets (some provide free pickup).
What happens if my property is in violation?
Once City staff has observed a violation on your property you will be given a Notice to Correct. This gives a specific time frame, depending on the violation, in which you are required to bring your property into compliance. If the violation is not corrected within the time frame given, you will be subject to fees and/or citations until compliance is achieved. You can view a Code Enforcement Process flow chart on our website for more details.
I received a Notice to Correct for violations in my front yard , what does that mean?
City staff is currently working in neighborhoods to inform residents if they have any property maintenance code violations on their property. You will notice that staff has checked one or more boxes on the Notice to Correct indicating any issues observed on your property. This is NOT a citation, it is a formal warning. In May 2012, staff started proactively patrolling neighborhoods and issuing warnings and citations for violations. You can use the contact information on the Notice to Correct form to address any questions you may have about specific violations on your property.
How does City staff become aware of potential code violations?
City residents can report suspected code violations via our website at
REQUEST A FIELD INVESTIGATION, or by calling the Code Enforcement Hotline at (805) 781-7180. Beginning in May 2012, staff will be proactively patrolling to identify violations of property maintenance standards in public view (i.e.: front yard blight).
What are some examples of City codes the City staff enforce?
City staff from the Community Development Department focus on enforcing violations of local and state building codes, the City's Zoning Regulations, and City property maintenance standards. Common code violations in San Luis Obispo are:
illegally converted garages
substandard housing (i.e. no heat, plumbing leaks, etc.)
land use or use permit violations
improper storage of debris or materials in yards.
Why does the City enforce violations of Building and Zoning Regulations?
The goal of enforcement is to ensure city-wide conformity to Building and Zoning Regulations to maintain safety and enhance quality of life for all residents. The quality of life in San Luis Obispo is tied to the character and conditions of its neighborhoods. Enforcing violations stops unsafe issue from continuing and prevents future violations from occurring. Specifically, enforcing property maintenance standards protects the appearance, integrity and character of the community, as well as helps maintain property values for owners.
What is Code Enforcement?
City of San Luis Obispo Code Enforcement staff members are part of the Community Development Department. Code Enforcement Officers and Neighborhood Services Specialists are responsible for enforcing Building Codes and Zoning Regulations to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of all City residents. These codes are different than laws enforced by the Police and Fire Departments, because they mostly relate to property issues rather than issues directly related to a person. However, an individual can be held responsible if their property, whether it is owned or leased, is in violation.