Building Inspection


Welcome to the Humboldt County Building Division's webpage! Here you'll find resources designed to assist you in understanding your projects building permit requirements. Additionally you will find instructions on utilizing tools such as the GIS, Accela, and County Code to understand project requirements and obtain building permits.

Our Jurisdiction

The Humboldt County Building Department has jurisdiction over all unincorporated areas of Humboldt County. This EXCLUDES the City of Eureka, the City of Arcata, the City of Trinidad, the City of Rio Dell, the City of Fortuna, the City of Ferndale, and the City of Blue Lake.

Apply Now

Ready to apply for a building permit now? Click the "Apply for a Building Permit" button to get started. You will be taken to a webpage that will instruct you on how to use our Accela permit management software to get and manage your building permits.

Are you new to this? If so we highly recommend visiting our First Time Applying for a Building Permit page to understand the permit process and our Construction Documents page to understand what documents will be required for permit issuance.

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A Brief Introduction

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Also see our Resource Library to get the most up to date forms and handouts.

The 2022 CA Building Codes - As of January 1st, 2023, the Building Division is enforcing the newest iteration of the California Title 24 building codes, titled the 2022 CA Building Codes. See our Building Codes subpage for a list of codes and standards currently enforced.

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) - As of January 1st, 2023, the Building Division is enforcing the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), a statewide water conservation law for new and renovated landscapes. See the MWELO – General Handout and our Resource Library for more information.

WUI Requirements for AOB - As of April 4th, 2023, the Building Division is requiring new construction of Alternative-Owner Builder (AOB) dwellings built in high and very high fire severity zones to comply with the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) requirements described in CRC R337 and CBC 7A. This requirement comes from the Humboldt County General Plan Chapter 14 S-P27. Refer to the WUI Listed Products Handbook for products that will meet these standards.

Digital Permit Application Required  - As of July 5th, 2023, the Building Division requires new permit applications to be submitted digitally. Building related permit application submissions will be accepted via email at Once applications are received, permit status can be accessed via the county’s existing online permit management system known as the Accela Citizen Access. To learn more on how to use Accela and find support resources, please visit the county’s Online Permit Management web page. Community members who are unable to submit a digital application should email or call (707) 445-7245 for assistance.

AOB Owner/Agent Application Required  - As of August 1st, 2023, the Building Division requires the owner of the parcel to apply for Alternative Owner-Builder (AOB) building permits. Additionally, the owner of the parcel will need to act as the general contractor throughout development. As the general contractor you may subcontract, but you must be the primary point of contact. See our AOB webpage for more information.