City Hall Closure Due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, the City has implemented measures to limit in-person contact, including limiting work hours and closing City Hall to walk-in business.
We still strive to provide the full range of city services by phone, email, and web-based services. Since this is an evolving situation, please visit the City’s COVID-19 webpage for updates.
Visit Staff Directory for Contact Information
While City Hall is temporarily closed, the Community Development staff can still be reached by email or phone. Email addresses and phone numbers are available by visiting our staff directory.
Please understand that responses to email and voicemail messages may take longer than normal.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Supporting a variety of housing opportunities in the City of Arcata is a primary goal of the City Council. The Housing Division uses grant funding and program income to provide affordable housing opportunities, and collaborates with Planning Division staff to assist developers of affordable and market rate housing projects.
The Housing Division also handles:
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance ("TBRA")
- Substandard Housing
- Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance
- Housing Projects
- Multi-Family Housing
- Permanent Supportive Housing
Economic Development is the business of growing and supporting business, and the Economic Development Division oversee programs designed to promote healthy business in the City of Arcata such as:
- Business Assistance Loan Program
- Microenterprise Loan Program
- EPA Brownfields Program
The Foodworks Culinary Center is an incubator for small food manufacturers. Food producers rent the food-grade quality facility on a monthly or per-use basis, and have use of storage and equipment necessary for the high quality foodstuffs manufactured in Arcata.
Cannabis retail sales and service regulations went into effect on July 6, 2018 through Ordinance #1501. The City is accepting applications for cannabis retail sales and services in the zoning areas shown below.