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County Administrative Office
168 West Alisal St., 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: (831) 755-5115

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Building Records Report – Not Required
Contact: Records Management Team (831) 755-5027

– If research takes longer than 1/2 hour per address.
– Additional charges will be assessed based on the actual time.
– Building Record Request Form
– Fee:$260.00

Business License Information:
NOT Required in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County 

Real Estate Sign Policy

Contact: Planning & Building Inspection (831) 755-5192

Not to exceed 7 Sq Ft and 6 Ft in height.
Signs must be removed no later than 10 days after close of escrow.

Not to exceed 7 Sq Ft and 6 Ft in height.
Signs must be removed no later than 10 days after close of escrow.

Not to exceed 7 Sq Ft and 4 ft in height.
Signs allowed fom 10 AM to dusk.
Signs not allowed in any road right-of-way.

Other Policies

Solicitation Permitted
Contact: Monterey County Sheriff’s Office (831) 755-3751

– Veterans may waive license fees
– Iterant Vendor License from Sheriff’s Office

Short Term Rental Policy
Contact: planning and Building Inspection Department (831) 883-7500

– Non-Coastal: Administrative permit required for rentals less than 30 days in R-1 zoning district. Minimum rental period 7 days.
– Coastal: Administrative Permit Required.

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Septic System)

For more information and questions about onsite wastewater treatment systems (i.e. septic tanks) in unincorporated Monterey County (including Carmel Valley and Carmel Highlands), please see the website linked below and read the FAQ.

OWTS Website

County staff have clarified that, while septic tank pumping and inspection is recommended, it is not a requirement to do so prior to the close of a transaction.

Septic Tank Pumping and Inspection Report Form

Staff may be contacted for questions using the information below.

Monterey County Environmental Health
c/o Septic Tank Pumping Reports
1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 796-8680