Appeal Procedures and Forms

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The San Luis Obispo City Council values public participation in local government and encourages all forms of citizen involvement. Chapter 1.20 and Chapter 17.66 of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code sets forth procedures for the appeal of decisions made by a public official or advisory body. Title 10 of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code sets forth regulations related to parking restrictions and associated fines.

Administrative Citation Appeal Form

To contest an Administrative Citation (such as noise disturbance, urinating in public, open container, business license fees, etc.) you may file a written appeal with the City Clerk’s Office at: 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. This appeal must be submitted within ten (10) days of the violation date and be in accordance with San Luis Municipal Code Chapter 1.24. If you have any questions regarding this process please call the City Attorney’s Office at (805) 781 – 7140.

Parking Citation Review

To contest a parking citation you must submit your request for review in writing. The request for citation review must be received within 21 calendar days of receiving the citation or within 14 days of receiving the delinquent notice. Visit the Public Works Department for more details. Mail completed citation review forms to: CIty of San Luis Obispo Parking Services, 1260 Chorro Street, Suite B, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

City Planning Appeal Form

In accordance to Chapter 17.66 of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, the City's Planning Appeal Form must be completed and returned to appeal the decision of a Minor or Incidental Architectural Review, Zoning Hearing Officer-Administrative Hearing, or Community Development Director. Appeals shall be filed with the Community Development Director within ten calendar days of the rendering of a decision which is being appealed. If the tenth day is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the appeal period shall extend to the next business day. The required filing fee must be accompany the appeal form. Mail completed appeal forms to: Community Development Department, 919 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

City Council Appeal Form

In accordance with Chapter 1.20 of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, the City Council Appeal Form  must be completed and filed with the City Clerk to appeal the decision of a public official, committee, or commission to the City Council, except where an appeals procedure is otherwise specifically set forth, or such decision is ministerial and thus does not involve the exercise of administrative discretion or personal judgment. Appeals shall be filed with the City Clerk within 10 calendar days of the rendering of a decision which is being appealed. If the tenth day is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the appeal period shall extend to the next business day. The required filing fee must be accompany the appeal form. Mail completed appeal forms to: Office of the CIty Clerk, 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Community Development Department Appeal Forms 

To appeal a Notice to Correct or Notice of Violation from the Community Development Department  submit a Request For Director's Review.  

To appeal an Administrative Citation from the Community Development Department file an appeal in accordance with San Luis Obispo Municipal Code Chapter 1.24".

We look forward to working with you to resolve these violations and would like to thank you for your efforts to maintain your property and to help preserve the safety and beauty of our community. If you have questions regarding the Community Development appeal process be contact the undersigned Officer at (805) 781-7180.