Planning Division

The City of Arcata’s Planning Division helps to navigate the physical growth of Arcata with an emphasis on optimizing the land use and development of the city for the public welfare of its citizens.

Guided by the City’s General Plan and Land Use Code, the Planning Division supports long- and short-term plans for the best utilization of land throughout Arcata, and advises the Planning Commission and City Council on proposed projects that will help to revitalize and prepare Arcata for future growth. The Planning Division also works with the Historic Landmarks Committee to ensure the continuity of the look and feel of the historic properties located throughout Arcata.

  1.  GIS Parcel Finder & Property Report
  2. Zoning & Land Use Code
  3. Planning Permit Application & Deposit
  4. Planning Permit Checklists
  5. Design Review

GIS Parcel Finder & Property Report

GIS Parcel Finder

The City’s GIS Parcel Finder allows you to lookup general property information such as zoning and parcel size as well as other details such as whether a parcel is located in a coastal zone boundary or requires hillside development.

Property Report

Find an Assessor Parcel Number (APN) or Zoning for a Property

To confirm that a parcel is within the Arcata city limits and to lookup details for a property:

  1. Go to the City’s GIS Parcel Finder and search for the property by Address or Assessor Parcel Number (APN).
  2. Click on the map to ensure the parcel is outlined in blue.
  3. In the "City of Arcata Parcel" box, click on the City of Arcata Property Report link.
  4. The Property Report will appear with a map of the property, Humboldt County Assessor Details, and City of Arcata Property Details including Zoning, General Plan Land Use, and Special Resource, Hazards, and Constraints Areas.

Contact a City Planner

Same-Day Service

Our Planners are available for same-day service at City Hall Monday - Friday from 11:00am-1:00pm.  

You can also send your inquiry for our Planners to