Planning & Building


The Humboldt County Planning and Building Department is responsible for protecting public health, safety, and welfare. The department achieves this through building permit review and inspections consistent with California model codes as well as planning and development review and approval consistent with the county's General Plan.  The department also provides administrative and development assistance services.


The Planning and Building Department consists of the following divisions:

NOTICE: Reduced Services on March 30, 2017

Due to network maintenance, the Planning and Building Department will be unable to accept applications, process payments, or issue permits between 12 Noon and 5:00 PM on Thursday March 30, 2017.  We will be closed for the Cesar Chavez Day holiday on March 31 and re-open with all services at 8:30 AM on Monday April 6.

Cannabis Permit Application Processing

Over 2,300 applications were received by the deadline.  Please see this letter from Director Ford regarding the cannabis permit application process. 

UPDATE January 26, 2017: We have had a very positive response to the three group assistance meetings we have already held for Cannabis applicants.  We know many of you still have questions, and will need assistance completing your application. To that end, we will continue to have cannabis planners available at the counter on Monday, Thursday and Friday, and we are also extending our group assistance meetings to every Thursday in February.  These will be held at the Planning Department, 3015 H St in Eureka in Meeting Room B from 3:00 -4:30 PM each Thursday in February.  These meetings are open on a walk in basis, and the questions and answers will be noted and posted on the website as Frequently Asked Questions soon.

Important Inspection Notice:

Due to limited staff availability, inspection days in outlying areas of Humboldt County have been reduced.  In the interim, please refer to this schedule to determine the weekdays your inspections can be scheduled. Please contact the Building Inspection Division at 707-445-7245 for more information.