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Land Use Services Department

The Land Use Services Department is dedicated to ensuring a balance in the areas of housing, business, and recreational needs for the diverse cultures and communities of San Bernardino County. This is accomplished through comprehensive regional planning and enforcement of building standards, land uses, and environmental impacts. 

The Land Use Services Department continues to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to San Bernardino County by providing a framework for orderly growth while maintaining the highest level of public safety.  


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EZ Online Permitting and Electronic Plan Reviews

San Bernardino County Land Use Services offers EZ Online Permitting and Electronic Plans for various permit applications. For more information on EZ Online Permitting please follow the link to the EZOP Portal here. For details on offered records that can be submitted click here.

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Joshua trees are now protected by the State of California as a candidate for listing as an endangered species. At this time, the County cannot issue a permit to take (by removal or transplanting) any Joshua tree.  

Effective immediately due to the public health emergency declared for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in order to protect the public that we serve, the Land Use Services Department has suspended all in-person contact over our public counters. This closure will be re-evaluated on April 6, 2020. For more information, please click here.


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Short-Term Rental Permits available for Desert Regions 12/05/2019

Apply for your permit at:

Click on the Code Enforcement - Short Term Rentals tab or call Code Enforcement at (909) 884-4056 for additional information.

Planning Applications are Launching Online!


Effective January 1, 2018, per AB 1379, a State of California mandate:

The Building and Safety Division will assess an additional $4 per non-residential building permit for funding the State’s Certified Access Specialist program.

The purpose of this funding is to establish and publicize a program for voluntary certification by the state of any person who meets the specified criteria as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp).


Draft Detailed Community Plans Now Available for Review!

In 2016 and 2017, over 1,700 people from over 50 communities embarked on a planning process to develop a new system of community plans. Now we are happy to announce that the draft Detailed Community Plans are now available for public review and comment. To review the draft plans for the communities of Bear Valley, Bloomington (mid-September), Crest Forest, Helendale, Hilltop, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Muscoy, Oak Glen, and Phelan/Pinon Hills, visit the following link:   Draft community plans for Framework and Foundation Communities will be available by October. Sign-up for email or text notifications on the Countywide Plan website to be the first to find out when these are released!

Effective April 4, 2016, Revised thresholds for provisions of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMP) and Post Construction Measure Plans (PCMP)

In July 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board made revisions to the previous permit which mandated additional review and inspection activities for development projects. These changes are now being implemented locally through the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) and will impact development projects in County areas including Phelan, Pinon Hills, Spring Valley Lake, Baldy Mesa and unincorporated areas of Hesperia, Victorville and Apple Valley. (See attached permit boundary map). Information including new Templates and Technical Guidance Documents (TGD) can be found by clicking here.

The Countywide Plan Public Outreach Efforts Begin!

Learn more about our public outreach efforts and how you can play a part in the development of the Countywide Plan and the Community Plans.

Community Plans Workshops

The County of San Bernardino recently began the update of the 14 Community Plans and the preparation of an additional 13 new Community Plans. Most of the existing Community Plans were approved in 2007. The first community plan workshops in 11 communities began in late February with additional workshops in late March and mid-July. Over 200 people participated to provide the County with information regarding their communities. The remaining 15 communities will have workshops in late 2016 or early 2017. You may follow the workshops for your community by visiting the project website and clicking on the name of your community.

For information, please visit the project website at

The Countywide Plan

The County of San Bernardino has launched an exciting new effort to go further than any county or city has ever gone with a general plan before by creating the Web-Based Countywide Plan. San Bernardino County’s General Plan, last updated in 2007, will go well beyond a traditional general plan to become a comprehensive Countywide Plan that complements and informs the Countywide Vision by taking into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, and the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community. It will serve as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications.

For information, please visit the project website at

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The Land Use Service Department is also available on Skype, by appointment only. Please email us with your Skype user name and we'll get back to you. View the Skype instructions for more information.

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