New area code planned for SLO County

A new area code may be coming to San Luis Obispo County.

The California Public Utilities Commission is beginning the process to establish a second area code because available prefixes for the 805 area code are expected to be used up by December 2018. The new area code would be given to customers asking for new phone numbers beginning June 2018.

The 805 area code serves most of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, as well as small portions of Monterey and Kern counties. The CPUC will hold three public hearings on the proposed area code change. They are scheduled for Aug. 22 in Oxnard and Santa Barbara, and 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at the San Luis Obispo City Council Chambers, 990 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo.

For more information, visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/805areacode.