Planning Regulations & Codes
The purpose of the planning related regulations and codes is to provide standards and guidelines for the continuing orderly growth and development of the City, while protecting the character and community identity of Arcata.

Building Codes
The purpose of the building related codes is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life and limb, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings and structures with the City.

The building codes used by the City of Arcata are mandated by the State of California and were adopted by Ordinance 1337, November 2002.