Community Development

Effective January 3, 2023, public counter hours for the Community Development Department are 8 am - 4 pm Monday through Thursday.

Storm Information - For residents impacted by the recent winter storms, recovery information is available here.

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.

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 (LCP) / Zoning Code Update

The City's General Plan/Local Coastal Plan was adopted by City Council on May 25, 2021 and the LCP was certified by the California Coastal Commission on August 12, 2021. The City's Zoning Code Update was adopted by City Council on November 22, 2022. City Council will review proposed amendments on November 14, 2023 required as part of the pending Coastal Commission certification process. For the latest information, please visit the Plan Morro Bay page.