Permits

  1. Alarm Permit

    Alarm permits are required for all alarm systems within the City of Arcata, except those affixed to vehicles.

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  2. Alcohol Permit

    A separate permit is required if alcohol is to be served at a dance or event open to the public. The actual permit is issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in Eureka.

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  3. Building Permit

    Building permits for interior remodeling, additions and new construction.

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  4. Dance Permit

    To avoid last minute problems, we ask event organizers give a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice before submitting a dance permit request.

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  5. Encroachment Permit

    Before digging in, building on or maintaining any structure that encroaches in or over any City property, tidelands, street or easement, get an encroachment permit from the Building and Engineering Department.

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  6. Film Permit

    A Photography/Motion Picture Permit is required for use of City parks, buildings or grounds for the staging or shooting of commercial motion or television pictures or photography.

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  7. Parking Permit

    There are 3 preferential zones within the City of Arcata (Zone A, Zone B, Zone C). Preferential Parking Permits are renewable online.

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  8. Planning Permit

    Starting a new building project? Talk to a planner about getting a planning permit.

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  9. Plaza Vending Permit

    Anyone wishing to sell food or goods on the Arcata Plaza must have a current business license, insurance and a valid Plaza Vending Permit.

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  10. Solar Permits

    Check out the new, expedited permitting process for solar energy installations that's going into effect across California.

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  11. Special Events Permit

    Apply for a special event permit for major, minor, or expressive activity events.

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