Community Development

March 19, 2020

Please note that public counter hours for the Community Development Department are currently suspended during the County Shelter at Home Order in light of the coronavirus. However, in order to provide the public with continuity of service while protecting both you and our employees, the Department remains open for business and inspections on the following schedule: 

Limited staffing will be available Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 8am -noon to receive new applications and perform inspections.  You can also contact staff by phone, email, and regular mail, though please excuse any delays in response. In addition, more information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 virus can be found on our website at 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this public health crisis.

About the Department:

The Morro Bay Community Development Department is composed of three divisions whose purpose is to ensure development within the city complies with state, federal, and local laws and whose goal is to improve the built environment and quality of life for current and future residents, businesses and visitors. The three divisions of Community Development include Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement.

Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for long and short-range planning and implementation, development review and permitting, environmental review, economic development, processing of annexations, and grant applications and administration. 

Building Division

The Building Division ensures the health and welfare of the residents of Morro Bay through code enforcement and by regulating the construction, use, and occupancy of buildings and other alterations through the application of building codes.

Code Enforcement

The City of Morro Bay's Community Enhancement Program ensures nuisances and other code violations related to public health and safety are remedied efficiently and professionally.

General Plan/Local Coastal Program/Zoning Code Update

The City's General Plan/Local Coastal Program/Zoning Code Update is now underway.  For the latest information, please visit the Plan Morro Bay page.