Government

Doing Business Building Information

View information about building permits, standard construction details, green building and more. Building Division

What We Do
We provide consultation, plan checking, and permit issuance in conformance with the Municipal Code and the State of California Model Codes as they relate to residential, commercial, and industrial projects.Mission Statement: The mission of the Building Division is to oversee construction projects for the purpose of protecting the safety of Morro Bay's citizens and facilitating sustainable development objectives.
NEW Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
A new amended water efficient landscape ordinance that is mandated by the State Department of Water Resources will go into effect 01/01/2010.


Building Information

Business Licenses
View information about how to apply for a business license, requirements and the application process. Business License Requirements
The City of Morro Bay requires all organizations operating within the City limits to have a current business license. This applies to businesses operating as a general or sub-contractor (with offices located both inside and outside of the City), as a home occupation, from a commercial or office space, or as businesses conducting temporary activities within the City limits.

Application Process
We can generally process your application within 10 days. Out of town contractors do not have to go through an approval process. Once approved, you will be notified by our Building Permit Technician and your fees can be paid and a license will be issued. The fees are calculated on a fiscal-year basis and are prorated based on the time of year you are approved.

To apply for a business license you must do the following:
  • Submit a completed business license application to Public Services.
  • Once submitted, the business license application is forwarded to our Planning Division and Fire Department for their approval.
  • It will also be forwarded to our Harbor Department should the business be located on the waterfront. In rare cases the Police Department may need to provide their approval. Business Licenses

    Master Fee Schedule
    View the Master Fee Schedule for the City of Morro Bay.
    Master Fee Schedule

    Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
    View the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center website.
    Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

    Planning Information
    View information about planning permits, the general and local coastal plans, zoning, land use and the planning commission.
  • Goals
    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.
    Objective
    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.
    Planning Information

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