Community Development

City Hall Reopened with Limited Hours

Due to COVID-19, the City implemented measures to limit in-person contact by closing City Hall. On Monday, June 15, 2020, City Hall was reopened to walk-in business. City Hall hours for the initial period are Monday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We continue to encourage online and phone contact as much as possible.

Online/Phone Contact Encouraged

Most of the services offered by Community Development are available remotely. We encourage you to take advantage of these at your convenience.

Contact a Planner by Zoom Video

Our City Planners are now available by Zoom! 

  • Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

If you have a land use or planning question, click on the following link to speak with a Planner using the Zoom Video Communications platform:

If your device does not have audio connection, use the following phone number to connect by audio: #669-900-6833.

Services Offered by the Community Development Department

The City of Arcata’s Community Development department manages the following areas that focus on sustainable growth and enhancing the City’s character, availability of all types of housing, and support and growth of the City’s economy.

  1. Planning
  2. Housing
  3. Economic Development
  4. Foodworks Culinary Center
  5. Commercial Cannabis Activity Permit

The Planning Division manages several vital City functions.  Long range planning, which includes areas such as Land Use Code, Zoning, and elements of the City’s General Plan, reflect the City Council’s vision and provide the foundation for growth and character of the City. Shorter range plans include study and preparation for issues such as Sea Level Rise. Planning is also responsible for the implementation of the Land Use Code in permitting, design review, historic properties, and annexations.

Planner Counter Hours: Suspended Until Further Notice

While City Hall is closed to the public, the City’s Planners are still available for assistance by email or phone. Please email or leave a message at #707-822-5955, and a Planner will get in touch with you.

Please visit our Planning Division page for information on Planning Permits, Historic Preservation, Regulations, and Major Development Projects that are managed by the Planning Division and are currently in various permitting, planning, or environmental review phases.