If you are having trouble completing the application, download the fillable forms first, then complete them.
The City of Arcata Land Use Code requires Design Review for certain construction projects to enhance the natural beauty and the historic and rural character of the City. Design Review is a planning permit that authorizes development and, if the project is not exempt, must be completed before applying for a building permit.
Design Review is often part of a larger application process. If a non-Administrative Design Review permit only is needed, the same deposit applies, whether the public hearing is with the Zoning Administrator or the Planning Commission.
Following are the various types of non-Administrative Design Review permits.
We encourage you to speak with a planner if you have any questions.
Permit or Action and Deposit Required
$675.84 Non-Administrative Design Review (or Amendment)
$1,689.60 Mills Act Enrollment (Guidelines)
$6,758.40 Environmental Impact Report
$844.80 General Plan Consistency
$1,689.60 Historic / Landmark Designation
$394.24 Preliminary Review
$ 1,903.62 Appeal of Zoning Administrator Decision to Planning Commission
$ 1,903.62 Appeal of Planning Commission Decision to City Council
(Planning permit deposits and fees increased on 07-01-19.)
Additional Links and Information
Small Design Review may require a Small Landscape Plan
Large Design Review may require a Large Landscape Plan
Design Review - Master Sign Checklist
Design Review - Small Sign Checklist
A Small Site Plan may be required for some applications
A Large Site Plan may be required for some applications
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