Building & Planning

The Arcata Community Development Department is composed of three branches whose primary purpose is to ensure development within the City complies with state, federal, and local laws. The three divisions of Community Development are: 1) Building, 2), Planning, and 3) Redevelopment Agency.

The Building Division ensures the health and welfare of the residents of Arcata by regulating the construction, use, and occupancy of buildings and other alterations through the application of standardized model building codes. The Arcata Building Division ensures that the standards set by these codes for construction are met through plan review, permit issuance and on-site inspections.

The Planning Division is responsible for long- and short-range planning and implementation, development review and permitting, environmental review, economic development, processing of annexations, housing, and grant applications and administration.