Planning Permits

Planning permits are required for activities from removing one tree to building a new commercial building or developing a subdivision. 

Planning permit processes and fees vary depending on the approval authority for the project.  A nonrefundable minimum deposit is collected at the time of application, and staff time and costs are charged against the deposit.  When the deposit is exhausted, customers are billed.

There are six general categories of permits:

Pre-Application Meetings:  This is a collaborative meeting with various City Departments, and sometimes outside agencies, that will have a part of the approval process.  The purpose is to help applicants know what standards and requirements they will need to meet.  

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division

    Contact the Division

    Arcata City Hall
    736 F Street

    Arcata, CA 95521

    Phone: 707-822-5955


    (Excluding Holidays)
    Monday - Friday
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Staff Directory