Steps in the Planning Permit Process
If a planning or zoning permit is required, it generally needs to be processed prior to application of a building or construction permit. The Planning Section of the Planning and Building Department processes these permits. When multiple permits are required (e.g., Coastal Development Permit and Design Review Permit), the longer permit processing time and higher level decision-making body would apply to the concurrent processing of associated permits. In reviewing and processing your permit application, the assigned planner will generally complete the following steps:
1. Initial Application Review
The planner reviews your project to determine whether your application is complete. During this stage, the planner determines whether your project conforms with the Subdivision Regulations and applicable County criteria for confirmation of parcel legality.
The County has 30 days after receiving your application to notify you if you must provide any additional materials or information before your application can be processed.
2. Permit Decision
A staff-level decision is required.
3. Appeal Period
These decisions are ministerial and are not appealable.