The Mono County Community Development Department (CDD), consisting of the Planning, Building and Code Compliance divisions, provides a variety of development services for the unincorporated areas of the county. In addition, the CDD provides staff services for the Planning Commission, Local Transportation Commission (LTC), Land Development Technical Advisory Committee (LDTAC), Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC), Regional Planning Advisory Committees (RPACs), Mono County Collaborative Planning Team (CPT), Long Valley Hydrologic Advisory Committee (LVHAC), and Tri-Valley Groundwater Management District.
The mission of the CDD is to provide efficient, responsive and innovative public service through teamwork.
In 1999, the CDD was established through a reorganization of the Planning, Building and Code Enforcement departments. The intent was not only to streamline permit processing and enhance customer service, but also to improve cooperation among development permit functions and utilize our personnel more efficiently. The CDD evolved to provide staff resources for transportation planning as well.
As the vision below illustrates, Mono County emphasizes a strong community-based collaborative planning process:
"The environmental and economic integrity of Mono County shall be maintained and enhanced through orderly growth, minimizing land use conflicts, supporting local tourist and agricultural based economies, and protecting the scenic, recreational, cultural and natural resources of the area. The small-town atmosphere, rural residential character and associated quality of life will be sustained consistent with community plans. Mono County will collaborate with applicable federal, state, and local entities in pursuing this vision through citizen-based planning and efficient coordinated permit processing.
In implementing this vision, the CDD processes building and planning permits, including subdivision maps, use permits, variances and general plan amendments. In order to streamline and simplify permit processing, Mono County has incorporated its general plan into zoning regulations.
The CDD administers the County's land conservation program (Williamson Act), its Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) program, and the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The CDD also issues construction permits for individual developments that comply with all regulations and permit conditions associated with the property, and maintains an enforcement program to ensure compliance with land use and construction regulations.
Welcome to the Building Division home page.
Permits are required when there is new construction to a building as well as some repair work or alterations to an existing structure. In addition, when a building is to be remodeled, renovated or enlarged, a permit will be required. New work consists of any new construction, commercial or residential, from vacant ground to a completed new structure. Projects that are considered cosmetic, such as painting, carpeting, adding new wallpaper, cabinets, and trim work, do not require a permit. If you have any questions concerning your specific project, please feel free to contact us.
The Planning Division provides information and collaborates with agencies, organizations and departments involved in planning, environmental review, and development policies. We seek input on planning matters of interest to local residents and property owners through Regional Planning Advisory Committees (RPACs), task groups, surveys, local media, and public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Division processes permit applications as quickly as possible without compromising the quality of planning services. We maintain continuity between the planning offices in Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport, and ensure consistent information is provided to the public. The Planning Division coordinates with other departments, community groups, organizations and agencies, and forms partnerships to resolve planning issues.
The Community Development Department offers a wide array of options on our Online Services page.
Our mission is to provide efficient, responsive, and innovative public service through teamwork.
This webpage has information on Mono County's policies, regulations, and permits for transient rentals in single-family residential areas. The Planning Commission conducted a series of public hearings and workshops on this issue. Sequential meeting dates have links to agenda packets on specific proposals and meeting minutes that show action taken. The Planning Commission discusses a proposal and then makes a recommendation to the Mono County Board of Supervisors, which makes the final decision on approval or denial. On March 8, 2016, however, Ordinance ORD 16-02 initiated a moratorium on new transient rental proposals. The extended moratorium is set to expire March 2, 2017.
The mission of the Compliance Officer is to preserve, protect and enhance the unique scenic, historic, geologic and recreational aspects of our county to create a safe and desirable environment to live, work and play through compliance with the Mono County Code of Ordinances.
This includes responding to complaints, helping to design conditions and provisions of permits, reclamation plans and environmental documents, and monitoring and enforcing those same codes, conditions and provisions.