Planning Division

Public counter hours for the Community Development Department are currently 8am - noon Mondays through Thursdays.

New!  The City of Morro Bay has developed an Electronic Plan Review (EPR) program designed to streamline the plan submittal process, reduce paper waste, reduce expense, and reduce the inconvenience of printing and shipping multiple copies of construction plans.

Electronic Plan Review will allow concurrent review by Morro Bay staff which will reduce plan review times and will create a consolidated corrections list that the client can use to track and respond to comments.

To submit your application via the Permit Portal, click here.

New Applications and Resubmittals:

  • New applications and resubmittals can be received anytime during open counter hours Monday through Thursday, 8am - 12pm.  

Zoning Inquiries:

  • Counter questions for zoning inquiries or general planning questions are welcome anytime during counter hours Monday through Thursdays from 8am - noon.  For inquiries outside of these hours, staff is available via phone or email. Ph: (805) 772-6261


Our goal is to provide the community with direction and guidance to achieve the goals and objectives set forth in the General Plan and Local Coastal Plan.


Our objective is to create and facilitate an effective partnership with the residents and businesses in the community by providing an open and transparent planning process with an emphasis on citizen involvement and participation that results in a fair, objective, predictable, and accountable planning process.

Guiding Principle

A guiding principle is that all new and remodeled development fit in to the small town scale of the community while preserving and strengthening the unique small coastal town image and character of Morro Bay. A continuing emphasis will be to promote and encourage sustainable development practices involving all aspects of green building techniques and materials, low impact development, and energy efficient development.

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