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Our Mission . . .

“To support healthy, diverse, sustainable island communities, and a high quality of life through effective planning, administration, and enforcement of building and land use codes that balance and accommodate appropriate development of the community while protecting the natural environment.”


Permitting Goals

  • To provide information to customers in a proactive manner, helping them to arrive at decisions consistent with the San Juan County Mission Statement (Page 9).
  • To provide permit applicants with sufficient information to make practical permit decisions.
  • To provide decision making bodies with sufficient information to make accurate permit decisions without continuances or delays.
  • To provide timely and accurate information to permit applicants and interested parties regarding actions taken and appeal rights.
  • To utilize new technologies to reduce the time and costs associated with providing the services of the Department.

Building Information

Land Use Information

Long Range Planning

Long-Range Planning approaches land-use planning by studying environmental conditions and the cultural landscape, then creating or changing County policy statements and development regulations that carry those policies out.

Community Development Block Grants

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously running programs at HUD

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Pollution Prevention Programs for Businesses

The Pollution prevention program provides free technical assistance and information to help businesses navigate the complex network of state and local environmental rules, regulations, and responsibilities; and improves their effectiveness at protecting the health of people and the environment. It provides a local resource for businesses that have questions about waste disposal and activities that generate potential pollutants.

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San Juan Economic Development

 Proactive economic development seeks out business development opportunities based on an area’s competitive advantages, market characteristics and community values – because those are the foundations of long range success.

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