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Most businesses rely on advertising along our City’s streets and highways to help identify where they are located to attract customers. This advertising is done through signage on storefronts or additional signage. 

We've made it simple to get on board and Improve Atascadero Signage! Follow the links below for a building permit application and submittal checklist. Got a question? Feel free to call us at (805) 461-5035 or stop by the permit center at 6500 Palma Avenue on the 1st Floor of the Historic Rotunda Building. Better Business! Great Character! One Community!

Sign Permit Application

Sign Submittal Checklist

Sign Handbook

Category: Doing Business

Signage Campaign Details

If you are in compliance with the City's signage ordinance and would like to be on our partner list, please send an email to with your business name and logo.

View the new Business Permitting Roadmap.  There are links to many online resources and guides to get you on your way to success.

Category: Doing Business


Atascadero's demographics have recently been analyzed as a part of our Housing Needs Assessment for our General Plan's Housing Element update. 

To learn more about Atascadero's demographics, please visit the Draft Housing Element HERE.


Economic Profile

Atascadero is proud to partner strategically with other communities throughout the region to build a vibrant future for our region! REACH has developed a 10-year action plan with a strategy to create a sustainable economy that works better for the Central Coast.

For more information on the City's economic forecast, pleae visit REACH 2030.


Category: Doing Business

Development Process:

The City has adopted a code that regulates the use of land and design of commercial and housing projects. Our Municipal Code requires that applications requiring project approval be submited to the Community Development Department. The Planning Department reviews applications and proposals for consistency with the General Plan and Zoning Code.

A planning application is required for projects that require additional review from staff or  additional hearing bodies. Approval for different projects may be given by Planning staff, the Administrative Hearing Officer or commissions such as the Planning Commission (PC) and Design Review Committee (DRC). More complex projects may require approval from the City Council.

Planning staff also prepares and oversees environemtal reports required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that study the effects of development projects and identify ways of avoiding environmental damage. 

To find out if your project reuires a planning application, review our Zoning Handbook or contact a planner at (805) 461-5035.

A building permit is required for all construction projects being proposed in the City. Plans are reviewed by our different departments to ensure that the design will satisfy all city and state construction codes.


Building permit fees will vary based on the project and type of construction proposed. To request an estimate of building permit fees for your project, please fill out and and return a fee estimate form with as much detail as possible. 

Residential Intake Request Form / Fee Estimate

Commerical Intake Request Form / Fee Estimate

For more information about fees for building and planning permits, please check our current Fee Schedule. (updated July 2019)




Category: Doing Business
Part of Atascadero’s charm is created by the active and diverse business community. Because of its location at the center of the Central Coast and because of an active Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Association and support and service from the City staff, Atascadero is an exciting place to do business. Commercial and retail opportunity abounds, providing residents with a great place to live and work. Residents take advantage of living amongst several top-quality stores, and also remain loyal to Atascadero’s unique mom-and-pop type shops. As Atascadero’s population becomes more diverse, opportunities for new business continue to flourish.
Category: Doing Business

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