The Planning Division is responsible for long- and short-range City planning and implementation, including annexations. Staff reviews private and public development and design projects to ensure they meet Arcata regulations (the Land Use Code). Staff is also involved with historic properties in Arcata, environmental review, code violations, grant applications related to land use, and many other issues related to land use.
Planning permits are required for many activities in the City of Arcata, from tree removal and replacing windows to building a new commercial building or developing a subdivision. Planning permit fees vary depending on the type of project.
The permit process can be simple, complex, and anywhere between. It can involve just the Planning Division, or require information or approvals from other City departments or outside agencies. To make the process as easy as possible, we provide information about the various types of applications, and checklists for the type of information that needs to be part of a complete application. We always recommend speaking with a Planner, as they can provide valuable advice about what is specifically needed for a project.Permit fees are cumulative, meaning that if the overall project requires more than one type of permit, all applicable permit fees are charged. A nonrefundable deposit (based on time studies of the cost) is taken with the permit application, and actual costs are charged against the deposit. The deposit must be paid before an application can be processed, and any accrued fees in excess of the deposit must be paid before the project can be signed off as complete.