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California Building Officials (CALBO) made an interpretation on how to apply these legislative requirements (when it comes to home repairs that also require permits by City codes). This legislative analysis is a result of the work of CALBO; furthermore it is how the City of Pismo Beach will apply the legislative requirements. The analysis by CALBO, as followed by the City, will aid the public in retaining the ability to maintain their properties without the requirement of retrofitting their plumbing fixtures; which will curtail permit avoidance and assist property owners in obtaining the proper permits for their repairs.
Noncompliant plumbing fixtures are defined as:1. Any toilet manufactured for use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush2. Any urinal manufactured for use more than 1 gallon of water per flush3. Any showerhead manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute4. Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute
Water-conserving plumbing fixture is defined as;Any fixture that is in compliance with current building standards applicable to a newly constructed real property of the same type.
If you need additional information please call the Building Division at (805) 773-7040.
SB 407 (2009) Analysis
For important information you need to know BEFORE pulling your permit please visit the Owner-Builder web page. Owner-Builder Information
The new codes will be effective January 1, 2014 and will govern all projects that are submitted for plan check on or after the effective date. Permit applications that have been submitted and paid plan check fees prior to January 1, 2014 will be reviewed and permitted under the 2010 California Codes as long as the plan check has not expired. More...
In addition to a regular license to do business within the City there is a Contractor Business License and a Special Events Business License. Business License Application
Fees vary depending on type of business. For many retail and services businesses, the annual fee is based on the amount of Gross Receipts. A Home Occupation Permit is required if the business is conducted from a home in Pismo Beach. The fee for the Home Occupation Permit is $125.00.
Pick up an Application in person at the Community Development Department, Planning Division at City Hall, 760 Mattie Road, download an application from the Document Center at the City Website, request one to be emailed or mailed to you by calling (805) 773-4658. The fee for the Home Occupation Permit is $125.00.
In addition to a regular license to do business within the City there is a Special Events Business License. This application is for use by vendors with no permanent place of business in the City of Pismo Beach, and includes vendors who may do business only on selected days. Fees vary depending on one-time use, 6- or 12-month application.
The City Attorney is selected by, and answerable to the City Council.
To obtain a claim form, you may contact the City Clerk by mail or by calling (805) 773-7003. Neither the City Attorney nor any other City employee can render you legal advice on your claim. You may wish to consult with your own attorney to determine your legal rights.
You can also pick up a copy of the Council agenda at the City Clerk’s Office located at 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach. Agenda & Minutes
Yes, with certain restrictions:
1. A permit is required.
2. There is a $62 wedding permit application fee for getting married on the beach. In addition, applicants must obtain special event insurance for the day of their ceremony.
3. The beach is public property, therefore no area can be reserved, roped or sectioned off.
4. Weddings are limited to just the ceremony. Receptions can take place at a hotel, restaurant, or hall.
5. Set up of chairs are allowed.
6. No amplified music.
No, as of January 1, 2016, the City Clerk's Office does not issue passports. For more information on where and how to obtain a new passport, please visit the Department of State website at this URL: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html
Once the application is received, the City Clerk will contact you with the appeal hearing date. Appeal Application
These qualified veteran license plates include:*Pearl Harbor Survivors *Legion of Valor Recipients *Prisoner of War Veterans *Congressional Medal of Honor Awardees *Purple Heart Medal Recipients
This law was enacted by the State as a way of demonstrating continuing appreciation for the sacrifices and contributions made by these special veterans and extended to the surviving spouses of these veterans who continue to display these identified special plates.
NOTE: This bill does NOT include the special issue “Veterans Organizations” issued plates, which any veteran can apply for and receive.
Qualified veterans could park in any parking spot within the City of Pismo Beach Paid Parking area for the complete day without having to pay for parking. Please keep in mind this law is for “metered parking” only, and has no effect on free; but timed locations. Paid Parking Area Map
In commercial areas the City maintains the sidewalks therefore please call (805)773-7053 for assistance.
Yes. See City of Pismo Beach Master Fee Schedule
Contact the Pismo Beach State Vehicular Recreation Office Area liaison, at Ph: 805-773-7182:
PBSVR Permit Application.
A film permit is required to film on public property. If filming on private property, we ask that you provide the City with a copy of your agreement with the private property owner.
Generally, filming is allowed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Night filming between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. must be approved in writing in advance by the Film Development Office.
It depends on your flight path. Applications are reviewed and considered on an individual basis.
Traveling from 101 South, take the Shell Beach exit, turn right onto Mattie Road.Traveling from 101 North, take the Shell Beach exit, turn left onto Mattie Road.
Street Sweeping Route 1A: Swept every WednesdayStreets west of Hwy 101: Dolliver (South of Pismo Creek), Frady, Main, Price Canyon, Stimson, Oceanview, Addie, Hollister, Pismo (between Dolliver and Price), Cypress, Wadsworth and San Luis (south of Doliver, north of Main) (excluding stub streets running into highway)
Street Sweeping Route 1B: Swept once per Month the Day after Trash DayStreets west of Hwy 101: Porter, Harloe, Bay, and San Luis (between Price and Dolliver), Park (east of Dolliver) (excluding stub streets running into highway)
Street Sweeping Route 2: Swept the First Tuesday of each MonthShell Beach Road/Price Street (Dolliver to El Portal): Includes Harbor View, Wilmar, Franklin, Mattie, Corralitos, Spyglass, Solano, Ebb Tide, Silver Shoals, South Beachcomber, North Beachcomber, Searidge, Florin, Hermosa, Indio, Topaz, El Portal
Street Sweeping Route 3: Swept the Second Friday of each MonthFive Cities Drive, James Way (to Oak Park), Oak Park (west between James and Five Cities), Crest, Summit, Skyline, Margo, Elaine, Christina, Norma, Dugan, Effie, Houston, Ridge, Panorama, Shamrock, White Oak, Oakwood, Limerick, Frances, Vista Pacifica, Irish, La Colima, La Floricita, La Gaviota, El Viento, La Puesta Del Sol, Ventana, La Garza, Whitecap, Valley View, Capanna, Villa, Highland, Wave, Surf, Coral, Reef, Rancho Pismo, Miguelito, Vincente, Clydell, Santos, Princesa, Cima de Colina
Street Sweeping Route 4: Swept the Third Tuesday of each MonthShell Beach Road (between Seacliff and Cliff), Cliff, Seaview, Palisades, Pier, Leeward, Pearl, Water, Ocean, Winward, Boeker, Placentia, Castaic, Santa Fe, Esparto, Wawona, Capistrano, Palomar, Montecito, Morro, Cuyama, Vista del Mar, Terrace, Shoreline, Naomi, Baker, Paddock, Coburn, Ruby, Seacliff
Street Sweeping Route 5: Swept the Fourth Tuesday of each MonthPismo Heights east of Hwy 101: Oceanview, Bettiga, Solar, Dell, Stimson, Bello, Pomeroy, Pismo, Hollister, Wadsworth, San Luis, Harloe, Bay, Shaffer, Baxter, Hanford, Porterville, Selma, Lemoore, Long View, Stratford, Fresno, Bakersfield, Taft, Visalia, Tulare, Delano, Merced
Street Sweeping Event Route: Swept per event contract Streets west of Hwy 101 between Pismo Creek and Bay: Price, Dolliver, Cypress, Porter, Bay, Harloe, San Luis, Wadsworth, Hollister, Pismo, Main, Pomeroy, Hinds, Stimson, Oceanview, Park, Addie (excluding stub streets running into highway) Street Sweeping Schedule
Another way to volunteer for the City is by serving on a board or commission. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at (805) 773-7003 to learn about current vacancies.
Burial at Sea is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Any calls regarding this issue would be best handled by the EPA. EPA Website
A General Plan is a broad planning document to a city's or county's future development goals and provides policy statements to achieve those development goals
The General Plan is the foundation for establishing goals, purposes, zoning and activities allowed on each land parcel to provide compatibility and continuity to the entire region as well as each individual neighborhood.
Local jurisdictions have freedom as to what their general plans include however each general plan must include the vision, goals, and objectives of the city or county in terms of planning and development.
The 1992 LCP Land Use Plan no longer reflects the physical and policy environment of 2018 Pismo Beach.
The new LCP will contain one comprehensive zoning ordinance that will be consistent with the General Plan, be more user friendly, and in some cases will transfer the permitting authority from the Coastal Commission to the City.
Incorporate recently adopted elements (Circulation Element) and elements currently in process (Housing Element). Will also include latest studies such as Sea Level Rise and Lower Cost Visitor Serving Accommodations and Policies regarding Environmental Justice.
Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) are basic planning tools used by local governments to guide development in the coastal zone. LCPs contain the rules for future development and protection of coastal resources.
The LCPs specify appropriate location, type, and scale of new or changed uses of land and water.
Each LCP includes a land use plan and measures to implement the plan (such as zoning ordinances)
After an LCP has been finally approved, the Commission’s coastal permitting authority over most new development is transferred to the local government, which applies the requirements of the LCP in reviewing proposed new developments.
Public Hearings / Workshops for public input (December 2018)
Develop and distribute Request for Proposal (January 2019)
Consultant Interviews and Selection (February 2019)
GPAC Meetings / Community Input - Each month for next 18 months (as needed)
Land Use Plan / Zoning Ordinance / General Plan / Local Coastal Plan draft – (February 2020 – approximately 1 year)
Environmental Impact Report (March 2020 - March 2021)
Public Hearings – Planning Commission, City Council, Coastal Commission (Mid 2021 to mid 2022)
The California Coastal Act requires coastal communities to prepare a Local Coastal Program (LCP), which must address potential hazards associated with coastal areas and establish policies and implementation measures to avoid and/or reduce coastal hazards. Sea level rise is scientifically linked to climate change. Because the State of California has made it a priority to prepare for climate change, the Pismo Beach LCP must include a section on coastal hazards related to sea level rise along with policies and implementation measures to avoid and/or reduce risks. Sea level rise and climate change present challenges of a new magnitude. Sea level rise has the potential to significantly threaten many coastal resources, including shoreline development, coastal beach access and recreation, natural habitats, cultural and scenic resources, all of which are subject to specific protections and regulations in the California Coastal Act. Sea level rise in Pismo Beach also has the potential to threaten critical infrastructure, transportation systems, and public facilities, which could affect safety, health, economic, and environmental sustainability.
Coastal California is already experiencing the early impacts of rising sea levels, including more extensive coastal flooding during storms, periodic tidal flooding and increased coastal erosion. Sea level rise science is constantly being improved upon to become more fine-tuned and to accommodate new information and technological innovation. While specific impacts and timelines are always becoming more refined, we will use the best available science to plan for and adapt to sea level rise, consistent with state guidance.
While mid and long term increases in sea-level rise will undoubtedly cause significant flooding and tidal inundation, it is the short-term increases in sea-level rise that are expected to become the driver of the strongest impacts to infrastructure and coastal development in California. Short-term processes, including Pacific Basin climate fluctuations (Pacific Decadal Oscillation, El Niño Southern Oscillation, and North Pacific Gyre Oscillation), King tides (perigean high tides), seasonal cycles, and winter storms, will produce significantly higher ocean water levels along the California coast.
These short term processes, combined with sea-level rise and storm events could present significant risks. Anticipating and planning for sea level rise related coastal hazards now can help avoid or reduce the extent and severity of any sea level rise related damages or impacts Pismo may experience in the future.
Additionally, the City of Pismo Beach has many unique features, such as the campgrounds and beach areas near the downtown which are vulnerable to sea level rise already and are being specifically analyzed in the context of a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment. The Vulnerability Assessment will detail Pismo’s unique sensitivities to Sea Level Rise and provide a basis for the development of policies intended to help the City adapt to Sea Level rise related coastal hazards.
An important component of sea level rise adaptation planning is preparation of a vulnerability assessment. The main steps in a vulnerability assessment include the following:
1) Determine the range of projections relevant to the LCP planning area2) Identify potential physical sea level rise impacts in the LCP planning area3) Assess potential impacts from sea level rise to coastal resources and development
While CCC contributes to the Planning aspects of Sea Level Rise, the cost and who pays for adaptation projects is another discussion that will need to occur over the course of developing the LCP. These discussions must consider how to incorporate extensive feedback in order to develop the right equitable approach. Some measures will need to be implemented by private property owners through the land use development process. Other adaptation measures that have community-wide benefits might be funded by the local government. The extent and estimated costs of the adaptation measures will be better understood after a draft report is produced, estimated for early 2020.
As an example of how a California community is financing sea level rise adaptation, 2016, San Francisco Bay voters passed Measure AA with 69% of the vote, to pay for sea level rise adaptation measures through a $12 per year parcel tax over 20 years. In Pismo Beach, we will need to develop our own local financing for adaptation projects.
Community input is critical to ensure that all members of the public have the opportunity to review and comment on each component of the LCP, including sea level rise planning. After each major component (Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Plan, General Plan/LCP, and Zoning Ordinance) of the LCP is drafted, a public workshop will be held. Additionally, there will be numerous ‘Study Sessions’ and public hearings, all of which will be noticed and will encourage public participation. Study Sessions and public hearings are estimated for late 2020.
San Luis Obispo Environmental Health Services takes ocean water samples at three separate locations near the City pier. Samples are analyzed for three types of indicator bacteria, which at sufficient concentrations indicate the potential presence of bacteria that may cause human illness. The results are compared to standards established by the State. If any of the State standards are not met, a Health Advisory is issued. A Health Advisory warns bathers to avoid water contact activities due to the presence of elevated levels of bacteria. An advisory spans fifty yards north and south of the area where the sample is collected. Beaches are posted with advisory signs and remain posted until sample results indicate that bacteria levels meet State standards. The website CLICK HERE is updated when weekly sample results become available. This information is also available on our hotline (805) 788-3411.
The City of Pismo Beach does offer a Junior Lifeguard program. For more information please email Michelle Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (805) 773-7031.
Yes. All beach weddings, regardless of size, need to complete a Wedding Permit Application.
Please check your phone book for a list of surveyors.
Once you obtain the zoning and General Plan designation for your property from the Planning Division, you can view our Zoning Codes to determine the permitted uses within your zoning district.
See Current Projects of Interest or contact the Planning Division at (805) 773-4658 to obtain information on new development within the City.
Appeals must be filed in the Office of the City Clerk within 10 working days of the Planning Commission decision. Following receipt of a timely, complete appeal application, the City Clerk will contact you with the appeal hearing date.
For more information, please visit the City Clerk's
Coming Southbound on Hwy 101Exit Pismo Beach/Hwy 1, turn Left on Price St., turn Left on Wadsworth, turn Right on Bello St.
Clearance letters cover only the Pismo Beach jurisdiction. The fee is $47 per letter and may be paid by cash, check, or money order (made payable to the City of Pismo Beach). Call (805) 773-7024 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for more information. Allow five days for completion of the letter.
Live Scan fingerprinting fees are $20 for the rolling fee plus the DOJ/FBI fee which is typically between $32 and $93. Call (805) 773-7024 to schedule an appointment. We accept cash or checks only at time of service.
If you were issued a ticket by one of our officers, you can have the citation signed off at no charge. If your ticket was issued by another agency, there is a $20 sign-off fee. Bring the citation and the vehicle to the Police Department. After the officer has signed off the citation, contact the court noted on your citation for fine information.
Tours can be arranged with the Anita at (805) 773-7018 or email@example.com. Tours can be tailored to the group’s interests.
The vehicle impound release fee is $265 (CASH ONLY) as of July 1, 2022. Contact the towing company for the towing and storage fee. Vehicle and property releases can be made only to the registered owner. Registered owners unable to appear in person must provide a notarized letter giving permission for you to retrieve the vehicle on their behalf. Call (805) 773-7024 for more information. If the vehicle is placed on a hold, you may schedule an in-person early release hearing with the on duty Watch Commander. This is not a guarantee that the vehicle will be released early. All vehicles must have a current registration at time of release.
Volunteer services are a vital part of the Pismo Beach Police Dept. Volunteers serve in various capacities throughout the department. Graduates of our Citizen Academy are eligible to become members of the Citizen Volunteer Patrol (CVP). CVPs perform tasks such as traffic control, vacation house checks, transportation of court documents, and much more. Currently the Pismo Beach Police Department has 13 volunteers. If you would like more information about the volunteer opportunities that exist within the department, please contact Sergeant Adrian Souza at (805) 773-2208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South County Sanitary is the service provider for the City of Pismo Beach and handles garbage, green waste and recycling services. They can be reached at (805) 489-4246 or visit their website for more information: http://www.southcountysanitary.com/
The Integrated Waste Management Authority has published a helpful guide to what you can put in your garbage, green waste and recycle bins. Click here to view the guide or visit. https://www.iwma.com/.
The City of Pismo Beach provides a limited number of sandbags for our citizen’s flood control needs. They are available at the City's Corporation Yard, 550 Frady Lane. The sandbag station is located on your right directly across from the entrance to the Corporation Yard. Sandbags are also available at most hardware and farm supply stores. Bring a shovel and be prepared to fill your own bags.
You will need to have the street address closest to the pole in addition to the pole number, which is located 7' above the bottom of the pole. Report Streetlight Problem to PG&E
State Water: The City is entitled to receive 1100 acre feet per year, approximately 358 million gallons.
Groundwater: Arroyo Grande Aquifer – The City is entitled to extract 700 acre feet per year, approximately 228 million gallons of water.
Note: If you own fish you need to remove ammonia & chlorine from the water in the aquarium before fish are put in it, it is recommended that you talk to your pet supply for the correct treatment of the water for your fish.
A Short-Term Rental (STR) is the rental of a detached single-family residence or accessory dwelling unit for less than 30 consecutive days where the primary residence is not being concurrently occupied by the owner (PBMC 17.113.020, 17.09.020). Existing duplexes or triplexes are not eligible to be used as Short-Term Rentals.
A Homestay Rental is an owner occupied, detached single-family residence where bedrooms are rented for compensation for less than thirty consecutive days (PBMC 17.113.020, 17.09.020).
No. The application is the same. You will be required to select homestay or STR on the application to distinguish which you are applying for (PBMC 17.113.040, 17.09.040, 5.22.120).
The City requires that all occupants of STRs adhere to the Good Neighbor Policy. The policy is intended to minimize the impacts on STRs on neighborhoods. An outline if the Good Neighbor Policy can be found in Section D. of the STR Application and Sections 17.113.070 and 17.09.070 of the PBMC.
Days are counted in 24-hour periods. If advertising a long-term rental (<30 days), it must be advertised on a listing website (i.e. Airbnb, VRBO) for a minimum of 30 nights.
No. However, legally permitted ADUs occupied by the property owner may be deemed to be the property owner's primary residence; where the primary residence is used as the STR. If the ADU is attached to the primary unit, you must live in the ADU and a homestay license is required (PBMC 17.117.080, 17.38.155).
Yes. The residence must be proven to be the property owner's primary residence. Documentation / evidence is required to demonstrate this is listed on the STR License Application (PBMC 17.113.060, 17.09.060, 5.22.100).
Probably not. If the condominiums share a wall or are a part of a common lot, this is not considered 'detached' and only detached residences may be license as STR or Homestay.
You must own the residence for at least 6 months before you are eligible to apply for an STR license. You will be required to demonstrate the property is your primary residence. A list of documentation/evidence is listed on the STR License Application.
No, but you may be eligible for a homestay license. Please be advised, you must live in the ADU full-time in order to use the main residence as a homestay.
The City is responsible for enforcement of the Short-Term Rental Ordinance (PBMC Chapter 17.113, Chapter 17.09, Chapter 5.22). A 3rd party contractor is used to help identify unlicensed STRs in operation in the City.
To report an STR concern or violation, call the City's STR hotline (800) 866-4301. Please make sure you include the full address of the location you are calling about.
No, the City does not regulate long-term lease of property.
Violations of the STR Ordinance may be punished as administrative violations where initial fines shall be, at a minimum, $750 and $1,000 for each subsequent violation. Each separate day or rental night in which a violation exists may be considered a separate violation. Soliciting the residence on a listing website (Airbnb, VRBO) is a considered a violation and any attempt to rent an unlicensed residence as a STR or homestay by advertising said property for short-term rental purposed is subject to the same administrative fines.
Yes. Please visit www.pismobeach.org/finance to complete a Business License application following submittal and approval of a STR Application through the Planning Division.
The City will conduct the inspection to confirm the bedroom count, on-site parking, and applicable safety standards. If complaints are received about an STR or homestay, the City shall have the right to re-inspect the property (PBMC 17.113.070, 17.09.070).
A Vacation Rental is a rental permitted within C-1, RR,R-4,CD,CD-C, CD-M, and CD-V zones that does not require the owner to live in the rental at any point of the year, whereas Short-Term Rentals are rentals for less than 30 consecutive days permitted within R-1, R-2, R-3, RSL, RSM, PR, OS-1 and OS zones.
Apply in person: Apply at the Finance Office, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach.
Mail: Mail the application for service along with the appropriate fees to: Finance Office, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449. Drop Box: The City's night drop box is located in the parking lot at City Hall.
The City requires 24-hours advance notice to establish service. The City does not conduct business on Saturdays, Sundays, or major holidays. All requests for service must be received by close of business on Thursday for service to be available for the weekend. [Additional Information]
NIGHT DROP BOX: Deposit payment in the Night Drop Box located in the City Hall parking lot.
PAY IN PERSON - Cash, check or payments made by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover are accepted in the Finance Office at no additional charge.
AUTOMATIC PAYMENT SERVICE- Utility bill is paid automatically from your credit card or checking account on the due date stated on the bill. Please sign up and register your account on
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PAY BY PHONE - Call us at (805) 773-4655.
Or by calling us at (805) 773-4655.
Credit Cards Accepted:Discover®, Master Card®, and Visa® credit and debit cards are accepted.
Meter sizes have been determined by either a contractor or the Building Department and cannot be reduced to a smaller size.
The Water Service Charge and Sewer Service Charge based on meter size is charged upon all City water users to help pay for the cost of maintenance of the water mains, pump stations, equipment and water reservoir systems. Water & Sewer Fee Schedule*
A Delinquent Notice is issued if payment has not been received by the due date originally shown on the routine bill. The Delinquent Notice includes penalty and interest charges and will show a new due date – approximately 10-14 days from the original billing due date. If the bill remains unpaid the Administrative Services Department will call to remind you of the amount still due the Friday before the new listed due date. If contact cannot be made, a 48 hour notice will be placed on the front door of the property and a $36.00 fee will be applied to your account. Should the bill still remain unpaid, an $86.00 Shut Off Fee will be added to your account prior to services being locked out at the meter due to non payment.
In order to have services restored on a non business day, an after-hours turn on fee of $199.00 will be added to your utility account. Otherwise, you must wait until the next business day then pay your past due balance plus the $86.00 shut off fee, plus the $36.00 48 hour notice fee – services will then be restored within one to two hours of payment being received.
Applicants must check with the Building Division for authorization to receive a hydrant meter. Please call (805) 773-7040. A Hydrant Meter Application along with the $1,197.00 refundable deposit, and the $216.00 one-time non refundable rental fee must be received in the Administrative Services Department at least 24 hours prior to hydrant meter being set. The refundable deposit will be put towards any closing charges on your utility account. A refund check, or utility bill showing the remaining balance due will be sent to you within 30 days of the hydrant meter being pulled.
“A. Solid waste disposal service, subject to the limitations noted in this chapter will be provided by the city through its contract agent and it shall be mandatory for all places and premises in the city through its contract agent and it shall be mandatory for all places and premises in the city in or on which garbage or other solid waste is created, accumulated or produced to use the city’s collection service; provided, however, that there may be joint or multiple used of solid waste containers, subject to conditions established by the city.”