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 "Dedicated to enhancing, and preserving Atascadero's character and safety by helping people plan, and build quality projects."


The Community Development Department administers the City's zoning and building regulations through the implementation of the General Plan, Zoning Code, and the California Building Code. The Community Development Department promotes development consistent with the goals and policies adopted in the General Plan, and supports the economic vitality of the City by coordinating the City's economic development activities. The Department Staff is dedicated to its mission and customer service. Planning and Building staff have prepared this informational handout to help guide prospective new businesses through the planning and permitting process.


About the Divisions

The Planning Division is responsible for implementing the General Plan by ensuring that development projects are consistent with the General Plan and by ensuring that development projects are consistent with current local zoning ordinances and state codes. The Planning Division reviews all Use Permits, Subdivision applications, Planned Developments, and projects requiring environmental review. The Planning Division provides technical analysis of entitlement projects and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on all land use issues that come before them for consideration.

Interactive Zoning Map (updated as of April 2014)

Planning FAQs

Environmental Documents

The Building Division is responsible for ensuring that all construction is consistent with the Building Code. The Building Division is responsible for coordinating the review of building permits with other interested departments, such as the Fire Department, Planning Division, and Public Works Department.

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Major Projects:


Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Senate Bill 9

Colony Square

Del Rio Commercial Area Specific Plan

Downtown Atascadero Infrastucture Enhancement Plan

Emerald Ridge 

Grand Oaks Micro Community

La Plaza


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The City of Atascadero supports environmentally friendly construction projects.


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