Planning Division

The Planning Division's primary purpose is to ensure that all development within the City of Arcata complies with local (i.e., Arcata Municipal Code), state, and federal laws. 

The Planning Division is responsible for ensuring that private and public development and design projects meet Arcata's Land Use Code. This includes annexations, historic properties, and environmental reviews.

Staff also works with land use code violations, grant applications related to land use, and many other issues related to land use. 

Most people become familiar with the Planning Division when they apply for planning permits. Planners work with the Community Development Director, Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission, and the City Council to recommend planning permits for approval. 

Planners work with State and other local agencies to develop the City's General Plan and other plans such as the Local Coastal Plan. Planners also liaise with Commissions and Committees to ensure that Land Use Code reflects current land uses.

Use links to the left to find more information about:
Planning Permits (including checklists and applications)
Major Development Projects in the City.
Commissions, Committees and Boards 
Historic Preservation 
Vision Statement.

For suspected zoning / land use code violations, please use the this linked form to make a complaint.  It can be delivered to the Planning Division at City Hall.