To assist customers during the closure of Public Works offices to the public, Grading Permits are available to apply for online at For Soils Report Reviews, Acreage Assessment Fees, Floodplain Clearances, Floodplain Permits, Water Will Serve Letter approval, and WAL review please contact our counter staff, (805) 654-2423 and, (805) 654-3774. The counter staff will assist with creating your record and provide instructions to complete your application.

Land Development Services is within the Public Works Agency’s Engineering Services Division. The permits we issue are for grading and floodplain development. We provide engineering services, including geotechnical report reviews, construction inspections, flood hazards, CEQA determinations, and acreage assessments for new subdivision and single lot improvements within the unincorporated County areas.

We provide engineering services to other County divisions such as Planning and Building and Safety with review of geotechnical, geologic, floodplain, hydrology and hydraulic reports with respect to development projects. We also provide services for capital improvements for other County Divisions including Construction Inspection Services, and project engineering review as necessary.

We are responsible for enforcement of the Grading Code and Floodplain Ordinance.We would be glad to answer your land development questions in person, by phone, or by e-mail regarding grading, local geology and geologic hazards, development within a FEMA designated floodplain, site work improvements, and fees associated with our services.

Our Public Works Counter is located in the Hall of Administration at the top of the escalator. A helpful phone tree for the Division is available at (805) 654-2030.

Office Hours
Monday- Friday
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

To research geologic hazards and other Land Use Information use County View.