Steps in the Permit Planning 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 County’s Significant Tree Ordinance and/or Heritage Tree regulations and whether any additional information is required.
- Solicits comments and recommendations from any required review agencies (relative to their regulations) and applicable homeowners associations or community groups.
2. Public Notification
A public notice is mailed to owners of property within a 100-ft. radius of the subject property.
3. Permit Decision
A staff-level decision is required.
4. Appeal Period
Once a decision is made, both you and the public can appeal most permit decisions to a higher authority within 10 business days of the decision date. Staff-level decisions can be appealed to the Planning Commission. Planning Commission decisions can be appealed to the County Board of Supervisors. A decision by the Board of Supervisors is not appealable.