Planning & Building

This facility is not currently in complete compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, also known as ADA. Humboldt County is committed to serving all residents regardless of ability. If you would like assistance to enter or use this facility or require alternative assistance during business hours, please make your request, by calling 707-445-7245, or via email

Note: The Planning and Building Department will be closed Thursday, August 31st until 10:00am for a department staff meeting. We apologize for any convenience this may cause.


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:

Cannabis Permit Application Processing

Please see this April 28, 2017 update letter from Director Ford regarding the cannabis permit application process and concerns. 

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.