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All structures constructed within the City limits over 120 square feet in size and more than 1 story (or approximately 8 feet) in height require a building permit per the Uniform Building Code. Access the Building Permit Application (PDF).
For more information on obtaining buildings permits, please contact the Building Division.
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Property owners (or their agents) are required to obtain permits whenever specified in the City’s Municipal or Zoning Codes or other applicable codes. When in doubt, please contact the City to confirm whether or not a permit is required. Some of the more frequent questions regarding permits:
All signs in the City of Paso Robles must receive approval from the Development Review Committee (exception: signs in windows). Design requirements can be researched in the Municipal Code library "Title 19: Signs", and application information may be found via the Planning Division.
If you have additional questions, need help filling out the application form or determining exactly what information needs to be submitted, please call the Planning Division at 805-237-3970.
The City’s Zoning Code regulates the height, size, location, and use of accessory buildings and main buildings. These requirements vary between different zoning districts. Any structure that requires a building permit must meet the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. These requirements include setbacks, required building separation and design guidelines.
To determine the requirements for a specific property, please call the Planning Division at 805-237-3970. A simple plot plan or site plan may also be faxed or delivered to the Planning Division with a letter explaining the property location and the proposed project. Our fax number is 805-237-3904 and our address is:
1000 Spring Street2nd FloorPaso Robles, CA 93446
A detached accessory building (DAB), such as a detached garage, workshop, etc., in the R-1 residential zoning district can be no more than 50% of the gross floor area of the main building (including any attached garage) unless a conditional use permit is approved. Download the Building Permit Application (PDF), and email the Building Division or call 805-237-3850 if you have questions about your project.
The number of required off-street parking spaces is dependent on the type of use being proposed. Specific information regarding parking requirements can be viewed in Chapter 21.22 Off Street Parking and Loading Regulations of the Municipal Code, or you may contact the Planning Division at 805-237-3970.
Please contact the Engineering Division at 805-237-3860 for further information.
PD means Planned Development. The Zoning Ordinance requires a Planned Development application be processed when a particular property is in a PD overlay zone*, when a project proposes more than 10,000 square feet of building area, when a project proposes five or more units on a multi-family zoned lot or when circumstances warrant a Planning Commission hearing. A general description of the type of planning application needed for various projects can be found in Section 21.23B.030 of the Zoning Ordinance which can be viewed in the online Municipal Code library. Applications and related checklists can be obtained from the Planning Division, or at City Hall located at 1000 Spring Street, 2nd Floor. Additional questions about the development review process should be directed to the Planning Division at 805-237-3970.
The PD overlay zone is defined in Chapter 21.16A of the City’s Municipal Code. That chapter says, "The purpose and intent of the planned development (PD) district overlay is to provide for innovation and flexibility in the design of residential, commercial, and industrial developments. Approval of a planned development can allow modification of certain development standards…when it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Planning Commission and the City Council that it would result in better design or greater public benefit."
Water and Sewer Atlas Maps can be viewed at City Hall, or contact the Engineering Division at 805-237-3860 for further information.
If you are interested in finding out the allowed uses for an area in the City of Paso Robles you should:
To verify zoning information or obtain more specific zoning information, please contact the Planning Division at 805-237-3970.
You may look up the zoning yourself by using the zoning maps and matrix.
If you need more information or cannot locate your parcel on the map, please call Planning Division staff at 805-237-3970 for assistance.
Code information for fencing may also be viewed in Section 21.20.140 Fences and Hedges of the Municipal Code. For any other questions regarding fencing, contact the Planning Division at 805-237-3970.
The City of Paso Robles has maps of subdivisions done within the City limits, which will show the location of any property corners that were set at the time of the subdivision. Assessor parcel maps provide general information regarding property lines. Assessor Parcel Maps can be viewed online on the SLO County Assessor's Office website, or at City Hall at 1000 Spring Street. Property corners are often lost or buried and can be difficult to locate. When an accurate location of a property line is necessary, the City recommends that the property owner hire a professional licensed to perform land survey work.
Setbacks are determined by the underlying zoning of a particular parcel. If you know your zoning, you can look up your setbacks on our website by going to Title 21 Zoning and clicking on the appropriate zoning chapter (single-family, multiple-family, etc.). If you do not know your zoning, you can look it up on the City’s Zoning Maps on the website. Prior to any site design or building permit application, setbacks should be confirmed with Planning Division staff at 805-237-3970.
Specific information regarding offsite improvement requirements can be viewed in Chapter 11.12 Required-Curb, gutter, sidewalk, driveway aprons, street and alley paving located in the Municipal code library, or you may contact the Engineering Division at 805-237-3860.
Patio covers are considered structures and do require a building permit. In a single-family zone, if the patio is open on at least two sides the cover may encroach into the required setbacks as specified by Chapter 21.16I.220 of the Zoning Ordinance. An existing patio that is enclosed with any type of screen, shadecloth, lattice, or any other material is considered a part of the building and is subject to the same setback restrictions as the main building. Contact the Planning Division at 805-237-3970 for more information.
A swimming pool in a single-family residential zone must be located ten feet from any main building and three feet from any side or rear property line, as measured from the edge of the water. Please note that the pool equipment must be located at least twenty feet from the nearest neighboring residence, and it must be screened by a fence.
It is necessary to apply for a building permit prior to installing a swimming pool. Download the Building Permit Application (PDF).
A motor home or boat or other recreational vehicle must be parked on private property, and both parking and access must be paved. If your driveway is deep enough for the vehicle to fit without hanging over into the sidewalk, you may park it in the driveway. If you have adequate access on either side of your lot, you may pave a parking space on the side or rear of the residence and driveway access to it, with certain limitations as to the amount of front yard that may be paved.
Contact Planning Division staff at 805-237-3970 or check Section 21.16E.320 of the Municipal Code for more information.
You can contact Planning Division staff at 805-237-3970 or search the Development Activity Reports.
If a nonconforming use is damaged to an extent of more than fifty % of the fair market value, it shall not be reestablished. The only exception to this regulation is in the event that the nonconforming use is a residential dwelling in a commercial or industrial district. If this is the case, the property owner may apply for a conditional use permit to reestablish the dwelling unit. Additional information can be found in Section 21.20.340 of the Zoning Ordinance.
A business license, issued by the City of Paso Robles is needed for all individuals/companies doing business within the City limits, regardless of where the individual/company office is located. You may learn how to obtain a business license from Administrative Services.
A Home Occupation Permit is needed when an individual uses his/her home as an office.