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The Legislature has the authority to exempt property (1) used exclusively for religious, hospital, or charitable purposes, and (2) owned or held in trust by nonprofit organizations operating for those purposes. This exemption is popularly known as the welfare exemption and was first adopted by voters as a constitutional amendment on November 7, 1944. When the Legislature enacted section 214 of the Revenue and Taxation Code to implement the Constitutional provision in 1945, a fourth purpose scientific, was added to the three mentioned in the Constitution. In general, the welfare exemption from local property tax is available to property of organizations formed and operated exclusively for qualifying purposes (religious, scientific, hospital or charitable), which use their property exclusively for those purposes. Both the organizational and property use requirements must be met for the exemption to be granted. The Welfare and Veterans' Organization Exemptions are jointly administered by the Board of Equalization (BOE) and the county assessor. The BOE determines whether the organization is eligible to receive the welfare or veterans' organization exemption and the county assessor determines whether the use of the property is eligible for the exemption. If the BOE determines that an organization is eligible, the BOE issues an Organizational Clearance Certificate for the claimant to provide with exemption claim forms filed in any of the 58 counties. The county assessor reviews claims for the welfare exemption, and the assessor's determination of whether an organization's property use satisfies the requirements of section 214 will be made by the county assessor without review by the BOE staff. However, the assessor may not grant a claim unless the organization holds a valid Organizational Clearance Certificate issued by the BOE. The assessor may deny an exemption claim, based on non-qualifying use of the property, notwithstanding the claimant's organizational clearance certificate granted by the BOE.
A county assessor may not grant a claim for the welfare exemption unless the organization holds a valid Organizational Clearance Certificate issued by the BOE. Claim form BOE-277, Claim for Organizational Clearance Certificate-Welfare Exemption, and claim form BOE-279, Claim for Organizational Clearance Certificate-Veterans' Organization Exemption, are available on the BOE's website. You may also request a copy of a claim form by contacting the BOE's Property Tax Exemption Section at 1-916-274-3430.
Claims to obtain an Organizational Clearance Certificate may be filed with the BOE at any time throughout the year. Claims for the welfare exemption must be filed annually with the county assessor, generally by February 15. If a claim is filed after February 15, a partial exemption may still be granted. The assessor may not grant a claim unless the organization holds a valid Organizational Clearance Certificate issued by the BOE. The law recognizes mid-year acquisitions of real property by qualified organizations. The property will be eligible for exemption from the supplemental assessment if the organization claiming the exemption is a qualified organization and meets the qualifications for the exemption no later than 180 days after the date of the change in ownership or the completion of new construction. A claim for exemption from supplemental assessment must be made on or before the 30th day following the notice of supplemental assessment sent by the county assessor. If a claim is filed after the 30-day period, a partial exemption is available.
Claims are filed on the following forms: BOE-267: Claim for Welfare Exemption (First Filing), (claim form for initial request of welfare exemption for a specific property when the claimant is a new filing in the county or requesting exemption for a new location in the county) BOE-267-A: Claim for Welfare Exemption (Annual Filing), (claim form filed on an annual basis after initial "been met" finding. May be filed on properties that were granted exemption in the prior year) BOE-269-AH: Claim for Veterans' Organization Exemption, (claim form filed for request for Veterans' Organization Exemption) Supplemental affidavits are also required for certain property types: BOE-267-H: Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit, Housing-Elderly or Handicapped Families, (claim form filed for properties used for housing for elderly or handicapped families) BOE-267-L: Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit, Housing-Lower-Income Households, (claim form filed for properties used for low income households) BOE-267-L1: Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit, Low-Income Housing Property of (Limited Partnership), (claim form filed for properties used for low income households owned by limited partnerships) BOE-267-R: Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit, Rehabilitation-Living Quarters, (claim form filed for properties used for rehabilitation and associated living quarters)
Organizations that intend to claim the welfare or veterans' organization exemption and are not currently eligible for these exemptions in any county in the state (i.e., new to state) must file a claim form requesting the certificate (BOE-277, Claim for Organizational Clearance Certificate-Welfare Exemption, or BOE-279, Claim for Organizational Clearance Certificate-Veterans' Organization Exemption). Additional information that should be included with the claim (as indicated on the claim form) include the following organizational documents: Articles of incorporation and amendments (or equivalent formative document) Tax exemption letter Financial statements of organization Documentation supporting/describing the activities of the organization Other information (as requested from Board staff)
No. The income tax exemption does not automatically confer property tax exemption to a nonprofit organization. Both ownership and use of the property drive the Welfare Exemption. Mere ownership of property by a nonprofit corporation does not satisfy the requirements for property tax exemption. The property must also be used exclusively for an exempt (religious, scientific, hospital, or charitable) purpose and activity. Certain uses of property will not qualify for exemption even though conducted by the nonprofit owner: Fundraising Unrelated business Allowing other unqualified individuals or organizations to use the property for private benefit
If you disagree with the assessor's determination of ineligibility for the welfare or veterans' organization exemption, you may seek a refund of property taxes paid by filing a claim for refund with the county board of supervisors. If the refund claim is denied, you may file a refund action in superior court.
The Church Exemption may be claimed on property that is owned, leased, or rented by a religious organization and used exclusively for religious worship services. (See Revenue and Taxation Code section 206.) The Church Exemption is the most restrictive of the three exemptions available to a church since the organization's property must be used solely for religious worship and other activities reasonably necessary for the accomplishment of the church's religious purposes. To apply for the Church Exemption, a claim form must be filed each year with the assessor of the county where the property is located. If a church owns and uses property and also allows another church to use that property, both churches must file Church Exemption claim forms. In the case of leased property, The church or religious organization leasing the property (lessee) may file a Church Exemption claim form, or The owner/lessor may file a Lessor's Exemption Claim form and have the user/lessee church complete the affidavit stating that the user/lessee church uses the property only for religious worship. The appropriate forms are available from the county assessor. They are BOE-262-AH, Church Exemption, and BOE-263, Lessor's Exemption Claim (if the property is leased). To receive the full 100 percent exemption for property owned or leased on the January 1 lien date, the claim must be filed by February 15. For example, to receive the exemption for fiscal year 2007-08, which runs from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008, the claim must be filed by February 15, 2007. The following links provide additional information on the Church Exemption.
The Religious Exemption may be claimed on property owned by a religious organization and used exclusively for religious purposes. (See Revenue and Taxation Code section 207.) This includes religious worship and school purposes, including preschools, nursery schools, kindergartens, schools of less than collegiate grade, or schools of collegiate grade and less than collegiate grade. The exemption is also available if another church uses the property part time for religious worship and operates a school, provided that the owner church continues to conduct worship services on the property. To apply for the Religious Exemption, the church must file claim form BOE-267-S, Religious Exemption, with the county assessor where the property is located. The form is available from the county assessor. To receive the full 100 percent exemption for property owned or leased on the January 1 lien date, the claim must be filed by February 15. For example, to receive the exemption for fiscal year 2007-08, which runs from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008, the claim must be filed by February 15, 2007. You only need to apply one time for the Religious Exemption. Once it is granted, the exemption remains in effect until it is terminated or the property is no longer eligible.
The Disabled Veterans' Exemption is available for qualified veterans to reduce their property tax liability. Along with the disability requirements, a qualified veteran is one that has been honorably discharged from one of the military services and served during one of the time periods listed in California Constitution Article XIII, section 3(o). See Veterans’ Exemption for a complete description of a qualified veteran. In order for property to qualify for the Disabled Veterans' Exemption, it must be used as the principal place of residence of the veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of a qualified disabled veteran. One exception to this requirement occurs when the claimant is confined to a hospital or other care facility and the property would be that claimant's principal place of residence were it not for such confinement, provided that the residence is not rented or leased. The property may be owned by the veteran, the veteran's spouse, or the veteran and spouse jointly.
No. You may only receive either the Homeowners Exemption or Disabled Veterans. However, if two or more qualified veterans own a property in which they reside, each is entitled to the Disabled Veterans' Exemption to the extent of his or her interest.
For a property to be considered a principal place of residence for purposes of the Disabled Veterans' Exemption there is no statutory requirement that a veteran must reside in their primary residence for a particular amount of time to qualify for the exemption. In order to qualify for the Disabled Veterans' Exemption, the dwelling must be established as the owner's principal place of residence as of 12:01 a.m. on the lien date (January 1). If new to the property and not yet living at the property through a lien date, the exemption may be claimed by a qualified individual upon a change of ownership or completion of new construction on or after January 1.
Property Tax Exemption Actually Exempts All Or Part Of The Property Tax Owed. An Exclusion Prevents A Reappraisal Of The Property, But Does Not Exempt the Property From Any Property Taxes.
If your property has been damaged by a calamity, you need to file a disaster relief claim with the county assessor. This will allow your current property taxes to be reduced for that portion of the property damaged or destroyed. This reduction will be from the first of the month in which the damage occurred, and will remain in effect until the property is rebuilt or repaired. Some county assessors have the authority to reduce a property’s value for damage without a disaster relief claim. Please check with your county assessor’s office to verify whether a claim is required.
In addition, if your property has been substantially damaged or destroyed in a Governor-proclaimed disaster and you have either filed a disaster relief claim with the county assessor to reduce your taxes or have been granted disaster relief by the assessor, you may file a claim to postpone the next installment of property taxes that occurs immediately after the disaster. If you file a "property tax deferral claim" with the county assessor before the next property tax installment payment date, that payment will be postponed without penalty or interest until the county assessor has reassessed the property and you receive a corrected tax bill.
To qualify for deferral, for property receiving a homeowners’ exemption, "substantial disaster damage" means damage amounting to at least 10 percent of its fair market value or $10,000 whichever is less. For all other property, the damage must be at least 20 percent of value. However, tax deferral is not available where property taxes are paid through impound accounts.
If your property has been substantially damaged or destroyed in a Governor-proclaimed disaster, you may be eligible for a reinstatement of your home’s previous base year value. To be eligible, you must file a disaster relief claim with the county assessor to reduce your taxes and rebuild the property in a like or similar manner. Alternatively, you may choose to buy another comparable property and transfer your base year value to the new property. You will not be able to do both.
Can I buy another house in the same county and transfer the base year value of my damaged house to my new house?
Yes, section 69 provides for this relief to you under certain circumstances:
The damaged property must amount to more than 50 percent of its full cash value immediately prior to the disaster. This applies to any type of real property, not just residences.
The property must be transferred to a comparable replacement property, acquired or newly constructed, within the same county and within five years after the disaster.
Comparability is crucial – the replacement property must be similar in size, utility, and function to the property which it replaces.
The replacement property must not exceed 120 percent of the full cash value of the property damaged or destroyed. Any amount of the full cash value of the replacement property that exceeds 120 percent of the full cash value of the damaged property (immediately prior to the damage) shall be added to the adjusted base year value of the damaged property. The sum of these amounts shall become the replacement property’s replacement base year value.
Please contact your county assessor’s office for an application.
Can I buy another house in a different county and transfer the base year value of my damaged house to my new house?
Under section 69.3, a principal residence that was damaged in an area that was a Governor-proclaimed disaster that occurred on or after October 20, 1991 may have its base year value transferred to a replacement residence in a different county only if the county has adopted an ordinance that allows such taxable value transfers. As of June 7, 2018, there are 11 counties that have such an ordinance: Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Modoc, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, and Ventura. The replacement residence must meet the following criteria:
No. Property owners will retain their previous factored base year value if the house is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, regardless of the actual cost of construction. However, any new square footage or extras, such as additional baths, will be added to the base year value at its full market value.
Yes. Temporary absence from a dwelling for repairs made necessary by a natural disaster will not result in the loss of your homeowner’s exemption as long as you have not established permanent housing elsewhere.
As of January 16, 2020, the following 13 counties have enacted ordinances that allow a base year value transfer for a principal residence that was substantially damaged or destroyed by a Governor-declared disaster:
No. Property owners will retain their previous factored base year value if the house is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, regardless of the actual cost of construction. However, any new square footage or extras, such as additional baths, will be added to the Prop. 13 factored base year value at its full market value.
Property owners will retain their factored base year value as long as the structure is rebuilt in a like or similar manner to bring it up to current building codes, regardless of the actual cost of construction. However, any new square footage or extras such as additional baths, accessory dwelling units, etc., will be added to the Proposition 13 factored base year value at its full market value. The original property will not be reassessed unless there is a new construction event or a change of ownership on the property.
We cannot give you a value estimate prior to completion of construction. You will keep your Proposition 13 basis on structures of record prior to the addition. The costs and market approaches will be evaluated for the added square footage portion, and then reconciled by our appraiser for a reasonable fair market value conclusion. A specific notice will be sent out prior to any tax bill.
We record Monday through Friday 8:30am -4:30pm, except legal holidays. We do not close for lunch hour.
Our address is 825 Fifth Street, Eureka, CA 95501. We are located on the 5th Floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse.
Checks or Cash only.
In the case of a business owned by an individual, a "fictitious business name" is any name that does not include the last name (surname) of the owner, or which implies additional owners (such as "Company," "and Company," "and Sons," "Associates," etc.)
In the case of a corporation, limited liability company or limited partnership, a fictitious business name is any name other than the exact name that is on record with the Secretary of the State’s Office.
California law requires that FBN’s are filed at the County level; there is no State-wide registry or national registry.
A post office box does not satisfy the requirement of "street address" or "residence address." However, a P.O. Box may be used in addition to the required address under “mailing address”.
An FBN statement can be filed in person or by mail by completing an application. An application can be obtained in our office lobby or from our website. https://humboldtgov.org/1991/Fictitious-Business-Name-Statement
Yes, as long as you bring in a complete application signed (original signature) by the owner(s).
Your filing will expire 30 from the date you filed and you will need to file again and pay the fees.
Yes, changes can be made to the filing such as business address, owner’s address or to add an additional owner(s) name(s). However, these changes are considered a new filing and the same Fees and requirements for publishing apply.
No, business license/permit is obtained through the City Hall where the business is located or the Tax Collector for county license/permit.
No. The County Clerk is mandated to accept and file any fictitious business name statement completed correctly and submitted with the appropriate fee. The County Clerk does not verify or check the availability of fictitious business name prior to filing. It is the responsibility of the registrant(s) filing the statement to conduct his/her/their due diligence through all sources to ensure he/she/they is(are) not infringing on another’s rights. When a dispute arises out of the use of a fictitious business name, it is a legal matter that may be resolved through the judicial system and not handled by our office.
Any document affecting title to real property that is authorized or required by law to be recorded. Including such documents as Grant Deeds, Deed of Trusts, Mechanic’s Liens, Tax Liens and Reconveyances. The recording requirements are established by California Statutes.
Legal Advice Limitation:
The Clerk/Recorder’s Office is prohibited from giving legal advice, cannot advise which forms are needed, nor advise how to fill them out. It may be advisable to consult an Attorney, CPA or Title Agent because of the legal aspects involved in holding title to property or transferring title.
How to Transfer Title:
The Recorder’s Office is prohibited by law from providing you with legal advice. We can only provide you with the recording requirements for a particular document when presented for recording. We recommend that you contact a legal advisor for assistance in preparing your document.
California Revenue and Taxation Code 11911(a) allows each county to impose a documentary transfer tax on realty transferred when the consideration or value of the property is greater than $100.00. Transfer Tas is calculated at the rate of $0.55 per $500.00 of property value. It is due at the time of recording unless a valid exemption under the Revenue and Taxation Code is provided (R & T 11911 – 11930) Transfer Tax Table
The Recorder-County Clerk does not have the authority to release a lien without a properly signed Release of Lien form. A Release of Lien form can be obtained by contacting the party/entity who issued the lien.
Statute requires that the document be photographically reproducible. This includes all portions of the documents including areas completed by pen, signatures, seals and all Exhibits including maps and charts.
Type must be complete. No chipped type will be accepted.
Maps, diagrams and pictures are strongly discouraged. Scanning is done in black and white therefore colored images/documents often lose their detail when imaged, and would therefore not be accepted.
A conformed copy is an exact photocopy of the completed document, made by the customer and presented to the examiner at the time of the recording.
For a fee, the examiner will affix the recording information, which includes the document number and date of recording on the copy to be conformed. If the document is being submitted via mail, a self-addressed stamped envelope is required.
Currently, the Humboldt County Recorder’s Office does not offer our Index available online. Searches of our Index must be done in person in our lobby located at 825 Fifth Street, Fifth Floor, Eureka, California. Any member of the public may search on our public computers and purchase documents. If you are unable to come into our office, you may hire a local abstractor to search for you.
The Recorder’s Office is required to make a permanent record of all documents. All documents are scanned into the computer system for immediate viewing the day after recording. Copies are also stored on microfilm for archival purposes.
Once the images on the computer & microfilm have been checked for accuracy, the originals are returned to the requester in approximately two to three weeks.
YES, "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” on the Death Certificate is recordable. Documents stamped “For Veterans Use ONLY” are NOT Recordable.
The new law describes an authorized person as 1 of the following:
The registrant themselves or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order (court order must be provided), or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record to comply with the requirements of Sections 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code.
A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate.
Effective July 1, 2003, the California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 will permit only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of birth records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive a full certified copy may request a certified copy marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."
Yes. Both parties to the marriage must appear in person with current, valid i.d.
No. Marriage ceremonies must be scheduled twenty-four hours in advance. Services are performed Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
No. An amendment to the new name fields may only be issued to correct clerical errors, and that amendment must be signed by one of the parties to the marriage and the county clerk or his or her deputy. Any other changes require that a new marriage license be purchased.
No. You must request either from the state or county of birth.
No. Birth certificates are only issued on official security paper. Photocopies or e-versions of birth certificates are not certified copies.
A certified copy can be used to establish the identity of the person named on the certificate, whereas a certified informational copy cannot be used to establish identity. Persons who are not eligible to receive a certified copy can receive a certified informational copy. Both types of documents are certified copies of the original document on file with Humboldt County Recorder.
If you are requesting a certified copy of a record via mail, you will need to provide a sworn statement, and have it notarized. If you are only requesting a certified informational copy, then you will not need to provide a sworn statement. If you choose to go to the Humboldt County Recorder to apply in person, you will also not need to supply a notarized sworn statement.
You may seek notarization from one of the following options:
An Ambassador, Minister, Consul, Vice Consul or Consular Agent of the United States, or from a Judge of a Court of record having a seal in a foreign country; or
A foreign notary, with an apostille attached for the foreign notarization.
If the Humboldt County Recorder’s Office cannot locate the record based on the information you provide, California Health and Safety Code requires that we retain the search fee and issue a Certificate of No Public Record (CNPR). A CNPR is a certified document that is issued by the Humboldt County Recorder, stating that no record could be located with the information provided on an application.
No, you will need to contact that third party directly.
You will need to contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs for more information. They can be found on-line at Travel.State.Gov
Yes. As of July 1, 2015, California law allows qualified homeless individuals to receive a copy of their birth record without a fee. Applicants must meet the requirements and complete an affidavit to receive a free copy of a birth record.
For more information about this law, see Assembly Bill (AB) 1733.
California State Law empowers the Coroner to investigate the circumstances, manner, and cause of all sudden, violent or unexpected deaths. We also investigate when a decedent has not been seen by a physician within 20 days prior to death, or when a death occurs within 24 hours of the decedent entering the hospital.
Usually, he or she will be taken to the Coroner's Office located in the Clark Complex, 3012 I Street, Eureka, California.
The Investigation may require a physical examination of the decedent's body (autopsy).
An autopsy is an examination of a body after death using surgical techniques. An autopsy may be only an external examination, or it may be comprehensive. Sometimes, an autopsy is limited to one organ system and sometimes all organ systems are examined.
The Coroner or his representative will decide if an autopsy is necessary to establish the manner and cause of death. It may be possible to determine the cause of death without an autopsy. Sometimes an autopsy is required by law. Often an autopsy is necessary because the decedent's physician has questions about the decedent's medical problems and how those problems caused death.
It is performed by a medical doctor, usually a Pathologist, who is specifically trained in this type of procedure.
No. An autopsy should not in any way affect the final arrangements you choose. An autopsy does not change whether the decedent will be viewable for visitation. Your funeral director will guide you.
An autopsy may find inheritable medical problems and help other family members through early diagnosis and treatment. It may help with regard to family planning. An autopsy may discover an infectious disease, such as tuberculosis, which requires early treatment for the decedent's family and close contacts. It may also provide the evidence necessary for the settling of insurance claims or death benefits. Information learned through an autopsy of one decedent may help save the lives of others with similar conditions.
Generally, it should not take more than two to three days. Your funeral director will coordinate this on your behalf. We will do our best to accommodate any special need to release the decedent sooner.
Religious decisions are always very personal. You may wish to discuss the issues with relatives and your religious or spiritual advisor. Cultures are very diverse in their practices and beliefs. Please inform the Coroner's Office immediately of any special needs or concerns.
With the consent of next of kin, certain types of tissues may be donated, thereby helping others. The Coroner's Investigator who has contacted you can provide additional information about this progress. Donation of tissues must be arranged as soon as possible after death.
The Coroner is authorized to charge certain fees. These fees help defer the cost by providing services. The fees are minimal in nature and have been fixed by the County Board of Supervisors.
No. In almost all cases visual identification is not required. Should it become necessary for you to come in or for you to provide records, such as dental x-rays, you will be contacted.
No. The Coroner's Office is not designated to accommodate viewing. Arrangements can be made at the mortuary for viewing or visitation.
A death certificate is issued after the investigation is completed. Occasionally, extensive testing is required. An interim death certificate may be issued which allows interment. A final death certificate will be issued following completion of any special training.
Death Certificates are filed with the Health Department by the Funeral Director. Should you require certified copies, they can be ordered through the mortuary or directly from the Humboldt County Health Department, Department of Vital Statistics, 529 I Street, Eureka, CA 95501. Telephone number (707) 268-2185.
Yes. You may obtain a copy by calling our office at telephone (707) 445-7242, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There may be a fee. Homicide reports are not released.
Personal possessions in the custody of the Coroner may be claimed by the legal next of kin. To avoid any inconvenience to you, call the Coroner's Office before coming in. You will be informed of any documents needed and of any other requirements. Property is available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Contraband, such as illegal drugs or weapons will not be released. Contaminated clothing or other articles which may present a health hazard shall be destroyed for the safety of all persons involved. Some items may be retained as evidence of a crime.
If there is a seal on the residence, either verbal or physical, you need permission to break that seal. It is a misdemeanor to break a "Coroner's Seal" without permission of the Coroner. A Coroner's seal is placed to protect the decedent's property. It is not intended to deprive the legal heir of their rights.
Notify other kin and friends of the deceased. If the deceased has a Will, refer to it for potential instructions. Wills are often kept in safe-deposit boxes, at home in a safe place, or at the office of the attorney who prepared the will.
Select a funeral home. Call and make an appointment to speak with a funeral director. Inform the funeral director that the death is being handled by the Coroner's Office.
A spouse is the closest next of kin. Second in line are the children of the deceased, who are equally related. Third in line are the parents of the deceased, equally. Siblings of the deceased are fourth in the order of kinship, all equally, without regard to the order of their birth. The next of kin are legally and financially responsible for the interment of the deceased. By law, the costs of interment take priority over all of the decedent's pending bills.
Persons who have served in the Armed Forces, were honorably discharged, and are in receipt of monthly payments, are entitled to a Veteran's benefit. For information, contact the Humboldt County Veteran's Service Office, Humboldt County Courthouse, Room 310, 825 Fifth Street, Eureka, CA 95501. Phone number (707) 445-7341. For information on Military, Veterans, or Social Security Benefits, contact your funeral director.
If neither the decedent nor the next of kin have sufficient funds for interment, an application may be made for indigent disposition. In these circumstances, proof of indigence is required. Next of kin should first discuss this with the funeral director at the mortuary they have chosen. The mortuary will provide information regarding application for Indigent Disposition.
It can, at your request, relieve the heirs of the stress and turmoil of administering the estate. It assures that the wishes of the decedent are carried out in a legal and expeditious manner. It protects the rights of the heirs and often removes much of the emotional involvement by providing a neutral party.
The use of the Public Administrator often saves time and money. The Public Administrator is bonded. This is a public office, and as such, is not in the business to make money, but rather provide a service for those who need it.
There are fees charged by the Public Administrator which are set by law. They vary depending on the value of the estate. Ordinarily, the minimum fee is $1,000, and the maximum fee is equal to 4% of the value of the estate. In addition, a 1/4% bond fee is charged.
These fees and all other costs or bills against the estate are paid by the Public Administrator from estate assets. Neither you nor the family should have out of pocket expenses.
The County Administrative Office administers and carries out the rules and regulations implemented by the Board of Supervisors. The office is organized around a team concept, and each has a different function.
All requests for records in the possession of Humboldt County's administrative offices and departments should be directed to the County Administrative Office or the individual department that holds the requested records. It is preferred but not required that such requests be submitted via the County's website, or in writing and forwarded by regular mail, email, fax, or hand-delivery and state that the request is being made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (CPRA). Telephonic and in-person verbal requests will be accepted only during regular county office business hours Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and should be directed to the County Administrative Office or the head of an individual department.
Requests for records should be as specific as possible so as to clearly define or identify the exact records to which access is sought. In most cases, the county will provide electronic copies or photocopies of the requested records to the requesting party. In some cases depending on the volume or nature of the records, arrangements will be made for supervised access to the requested records.
No. The County Counsel, by statute, is the lawyer for the Board of Supervisors, elected and appointed department officials, and County employees in their official capacity of County government. The County Counsel may not give legal advice to members of the public.
The process of collecting damages from the County is started by filing a claim with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, located at
825 Fifth St.Room 111Eureka, California 95501.
The law governing claims against the public entities is complex and has short deadlines. You may need to seek the services of an attorney for your own protection. In any event, you should present your claim without delay. For additional information, please refer to Government Code Section 910.
No. Service of process on the County may only be accomplished by serving the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, whose office is located at Humboldt County Courthouse
825 Fifth St.
Eureka, California 95501
County records are maintained by individual departments. Additional information can be found on the Public Records page.
No. Jefferson Billingsley is the County Counsel and his name appears on all documents filed by anyone within the office. The person most familiar with your case is usually the person who signed the document. That person’s name appears beneath Mr. Billingsley’s name at the top of the document, and beneath the signature itself. If you believe you must speak with someone regarding your matter, that is the person to whom you should speak with first.
No. The County Code is available on the County’s website at: https://humboldt.county.codes/
Copies of ordinances are available for a fee at the Humboldt County Clerk of the Board, 825 Fifth Street, Room 111, Eureka, CA.
You can call us at 866-901-3212 or email us. We are located at the following address: 2420 6th St. Eureka, CA 95501
There are many ways to make Child Support Payments. Online, by phone, by mail, in the office, or through PayNearMe or MoneyGram. For instructions on each of these or to make a payment online see
To see your account balance or payments sent to you, access your online account through
Anyone who is the legal parent or guardian of a child where one or both of the parents does not live in the home with the child can request services to establish and enforce Paternity, Child Support and Medical Support for the child.
Come into the office or call (866) 901-3212 and request an opening packet. If that doesn't fit into your schedule, you can submit an application online through
In order to apply, all we need is an application with your name, address and a valid signature. Anything else needed to determine eligibility will be reviewed and requested at your interview.
You may receive CalFresh benefits within three days of your application date if you qualify for what is called “expedited service.” A household qualifies for expedited service if it has less than $150 in monthly income and less than $100 in liquid resources (cash, savings or checking) OR has housing costs that are more than its monthly income and liquid resources OR is a migrant or seasonal farm worker who is destitute. Every case is reviewed for expedited services, and it is always OK to ask to have your case reviewed for expedited service processing with an Eligibility Specialist.
DEH appeared before the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 7, 2014 and on Dec. 8, 2015 with information on this project and will appear before the Board again in mid April 2016. DEH held two informational meetings in spring of 2015 at which contact information was obtained for people who were interested to be kept abreast of the project. DEH has communicated with these people throughout the project.
A summary of the project has been on the Land Use webpage since August 2015 with information on how to submit questions and comments.
DEH will be taking public comment through March 5, 2016.
A further opportunity for public comment will be available when the NCRWQCB reveals its determination of Humboldt County’s LAMP to the State Water Resources Control Board.
Recalling an elected official is an exacting process with critical requirements and deadlines, but it is not impossible. In the not too distant past, a special district official and school district officials were recalled in Humboldt County. There are several sources of information including a guide prepared by local elections officials, another prepared by the Secretary of State, and finally the ultimate source - state laws.
View a recall guide (PDF) and its table of contents. The guide has more links to other sites with additional information.
Meetings are held at 825 Fifth Street, Room 1A, 1st Floor, Eureka, CA 95501.
Meeting time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
NOTE: Agendas are posted on the bulletin board on the 5th Street side of the County Court House 72 hours prior to the meeting.
To become a Human Rights Commissioner complete an application and mail to the address below (a link to an application can be found under the "Members" section).
Library cards are free of charge. You must provide a picture ID. (Many types are acceptable.) ’Permanent’ Library Cards are free of charge to Humboldt County residents with a permanent local mailing address. ’Express’ Library Cards are also free, and available without providing a local address. When replacing a lost card, there is a $4.00 fee. More information about library cards is here...
Or, if you just want to use online resources remotely, you can get an eAccount. No ID is needed for this account.
To renew online, access your library account. It’s linked just below the ’Search the Library’ search bar at the top of the library home page, or you can find it on the library catalog at the bottom of the right menu. You’ll need your library card. Sign in to see a list of all the library books you have checked out now, and how to renew them.
You can also renew a book over the phone or (when libraries are open) in person at any Library branch. Again, you’ll need your library card. Books may be renewed twice and audio-visual materials may be renewed once. However, if someone else is waiting for the book or video, and has placed a hold on it, that item will not be renewed. You may renew your items by calling the library’s circulation desk at 707-269-1915.
Library Home Page
On the Humboldt County Library home page, use the menu to find our eBooks page. From that page you can get to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and more to use online or download. (Our many eBooks aren’t listed in the library catalog, so you can’t find them with the regular book search.)
You’ll need a Humboldt County Library Card or an eAccount to use and download most of these online resources.
There are at least two ways to do this
(1) You can use control-plus. This is really easy, and works on most web pages! Hold down the control button (or, on a Mac, the command button or apple button) and press the + key. Each time you press the plus key you zoom in and make the text and pictures on the page bigger. Using control-minus (hold control, then press the dash key, it’s right next to the plus key) will make the text smaller again.
(2) You may prefer to use your computer’s Accessibility tools to see all or part of the page in a larger size. Since computers differ in how to get to these tools, use Google to get instructions if they aren’t easy to find on your computer.
(3) If you see a symbol on the page with the letter A starting small and getting bigger, click that to make a modest change in size.
If the book is less than a year old, make a New Book Suggestion. (You can suggest films or audio also. We can’t promise to buy everything, but we wish we could!) Do you want to get an email if your suggestion is purchased? Then create a Preferred Search for your title and make sure the library has your correct email address.
Check with a librarian to make sure the library doesn’t have the book somewhere. If not, and the book is at least 18 months old, visit a library to ask us to get it by Interlibrary Loan. The library can borrow it from another library for you to use. Bring your library card (you need a ’permanent’ card for this service.)
If the book is at least a year old, costs under $35 and is available via Amazon Prime, come in to the library and ask about getting a Zip Book. Bring your library card (you need a ’permanent’ card for this service.) Zip Books are real, paper books that the library orders shipped directly to your home. They arrive quickly, Zip! When you return the book to the library it can become part of the library’s collection.
Here are the basics: during quarantine closure, you can use wi-fi from any library parking lot.
When Libraries Reopen
When libraries are open, you can use wi-fi inside or get a free turn on a library computer. To save work done on a library computer, or print files from your own computer, bring a portable drive (flash drive, thumb drive, memory stick) or save to your email or online account.
Prints can be made via library computers, and cost 10 cents a page. 50 cents for color prints.
Internet sessions on public computers at the Main Library are 45 minutes, and the computer will offer you more time, up to another 15 minutes, if not many computers are in use. Most Branch Libraries have at least one computer on which you can get an hour-long turn.
At the Main Library in Eureka, use your Humboldt County Library Card to get a turn on a public computer. If you are a visitor, ask for a Guest Pass at the Computer Access Desk. If you are filling out a government form or an application form for school or employment, ask if a special computer is available for you.
There is no wi-fi password needed at the Main Library in Eureka, but some branch libraries may require you to ask staff for the password. All use of the Library’s internet must be appropriate for a public place, and is subject to the Humboldt County Library Internet Policy. On the left menu of the library home page, under Library Resources, look for Public Computers & Internet -- there you’ll find more details.
It works best to ask your questions by telephone, at 707-269-1915.
If it’s not easy to use the phone due to a difficulty in hearing or another disability, use the California Relay Service. Dial 711 to access this service.
To ask a question online, use the ’Connect with a Librarian’ button on the Library home page.
If you are out of the area and wish to ask a genealogical or local history question, please use our Obituary Search Service or Local History Search Service. These long distance research services are available for a ten dollar fee. (Of course, research assistance is free when you are able to visit the library.)
If you have a question that needs an answer, please call the Main Library Reference Desk at 707-269-1905. Librarians can answer questions about the website and any kind of information questions over the telephone.
use our Library Website Comment Form. The link is below. Use it for specific comments and suggestions about the website or to report website problems you have spotted such as broken links, errors or pages that need more information. The library website is intended to serve you. The webmaster appreciates your comments and will read them with care in hopes of improving the site for everyone.
A calendar showing Special Events at All Libraries is found on the Humboldt County Library home page. Visit the web page for any branch library to see just the events happening at that branch.
Subscribe to one or more library calendars. At the calendar page you have the option to sign up to use iCalendar to feed library events into your own online calendar, or choose to get automatic email or text notices about events happening at one library, several, or all.
Visit the Ongoing Events Page. The many story times and events that happen regularly every week are not featured on our calendar. Instead they are on the Ongoing Events page and on individual branch pages.
As always, you may telephone any library location during open hours to ask about events. You can find your branch phone number on the individual branch homepage.
Most events at Eureka Main Library and some branch libraries are also available each month on paper calendars. Check for one to take home at your friendly library service desk.
This is fast and easy If you know the title of the movie.
Use this search to find a full list of movies featuring a particular actor, or director (be sure to put the last name first, as in "Garbo, Greta").
Use the most unusual words in the title and add the keyword DVD to your search.
If you want to find all of the films we have on a subject (fairies, for instance, or knitting) you can use the Advanced Search. Choose Subject for the top search bar and type ’Fairies’. Then pick ’DVD’ from the Material Type box, and search.
Choose the Call Number search from the list in the right-hand menu when you are in the catalog. For the call number, type ’DVD’. The list you get by searching that way shows you up to ten thousand dvds - starting with any that have a zero in the call number or in the title. But you can get a shorter list by trying a search like these -
Search ’DVD M’ to get tv and drama movies like MASH, Ma & Pa Kettle, Macbeth, and all the library’s films that have titles that start with M.
Search ’DVD 9’ to get titles that start with 9, plus documentaries about history, biography, or travel (topics from the Dewey Decimal 900s).
If you know the call number for your subject, you can get more exact and search ’DVD 914’ to get travel films about Europe and European countries.
The library staff work from Tuesday to Saturday, so that people who work a normal week can use the library on Saturday.
First, make sure that your correct email address is entered in your library account.
Then create one or more Preferred Searches for your favorite authors, subjects, or a title when there's that one special book just about to arrive! You will get email when new library materials arrive that match your preferred searches. Read on to find out how to create a Preferred Search!
These alerts are available by email only. That's because they come automatically from the My Millennium function of the library catalog, the moment an item is added.
For example, if you search on the subject ’organic gardening’ while in your own account, and click the ’Save as Preferred Search’ button, you will be notified when new books with that subject are added. If you search by an author’s name, and click the button, you will be notified when any new books by that author are added.
Follow the same basic instructions, just find a safe place near the parking lot to wait for your delivery. Wait there in that safe spot. There will be a sign near the front of the library to tell you of a good place to wait.
In most library branches, it is now possible to safely quarantine books and keep the book drop open for your convenience. Books are not checked in immediately after you return them, instead they go into quarantine. ’Book Safety Quarantine’ (6 days or more) is a key factor in our ability to provide virus-free paper books, magazines, CDs and DVDs to you.
Because your returned items are placed in quarantine, it will be at least a week before they are checked in. Items may show as overdue on your account. Please don’t worry. Any fines on books that become overdue while in safety quarantine are waived. You will not be charged.
In the past,these items could only be returned in person to a staff member. For now, please package them securely in a padded mailer before you put them in the book drop. (When you are returning a Zip Book, a ziplock bag is also fine.) If you have an urgent need to return a book but don’t have the right packaging, please call the library for instructions.
Sometimes a book drop gets full. This means that you may find a book drop isn’t available when we thought it would be. Please keep your items if that happens, and contact the library.
Please call the library where you expect to pick up your delivery and together we can figure out how to safely get it to you.
We are not accepting any materials donations at this time due to our health and safety plan during the pandemic. Normally, donations are accepted by volunteers from the Friends of the Library, who sort the items into usable and unusable groups, Donations not chosen for the library collection are sold to raise money for library projects. Volunteers are not at the library now, and none of this can happen.
Thank you for thinking of us when your books need a new home. Please keep them somewhere safe and dry if you would like them to be in good condition for donation in the future!
We are working to restore all library services and access soon as possible in a safe, coordinated and phased effort. We will continue to follow state and public health guidelines for operations.
Check the upper right corner of the screen. If you see the words Log Out, click to exit your private account. You do not need to exit the catalog or turn off the computer.
You can view and change outstanding hold requests by selecting the item and clicking the modify link. If the item is ready to pick up, please call the library instead.
To create a list, first log in to your Library Account. Using the search bar at the top of the Library Account page, use the library catalog to find a title you wish to add to your list. Once you have found your item, look at the top of the page again to see the ’Add to My Lists’ link. (If there is more than one item on the page, you will need to check the box at the left of the title to select the specific item you wish to place on your list.) Click the ’Add to My Lists’ link to see the option to create a new list. Once you have created a list, you can use the ’My Lists’ button in your library account to see your list any time.
When you search the library catalog and see an item you want to put on your list, you can add it in one of two ways.
If your search found multiple items, you will see something like this near the top of the page:
Click the box next to the title you want and then select ’Save to my Lists’.
If your search found only one item, you will see something like this near the top of the page. Click ’Add to My Lists’.
Either way, if you have more than one list, you can choose the list you want. Your item will be added to the list.
You do not have to be logged into your account to create a list and send it to the book cart. Save titles to the Book Cart by marking the check boxes next to your selections, and then clicking the ’Save Marked’ button at the top or bottom of the screen.
The titles are saved to the Book Cart. When you are ready to view the full list, click the ’View Saved’ button with the cart icon.
On the Book Cart screen, you can see and edit your list. Now you have choices. You can export your list to a notepad file, open it in plain text on the screen, or click the "Save to my Lists" link to save the item to a Reading List in your library account (you’ll be asked to log in with your library card if saving to your Reading List). If you are using a computer connected to the Internet, you can choose to email the list.
When you are using the library catalog, find 'My Library' on the menu at right. Choose 'My Account'. Enter your name and the last 9 digits of your library card number to visit your account.
There's also a short-cut to your account from the library website home page at humlib.org. Look for the link 'Your Library Account' just below the search box.
After using your account on a public computer, be sure to log out of it to protect your personal information. Click the words 'Log Out" in the upper right corner of the screen. (You'll notice you can also log in from that corner whenever you are using the catalog.)
To update the email address and phone number you would like the library to use, click the 'Modify Personal Information' button in your account and enter the new information.
To make other changes, please talk to Circulation Desk staff at any library branch.
State law defines low income as “persons and families whose income does not exceed the qualifying limits for lower income families as established and amended from time to time pursuant to Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.” The 2020 income limits are:
The qualifying income limits for very low income and extremely low income are less than the above amounts. HUD updates the income limits typically every year.
No; passage of Measure I by the voters will not increase property taxes. Passage of Measure I will not increase sales taxes either.
If Measure I passes, it will only apply in the unincorporated areas of Humboldt County. It will not apply inside the city limits of any of the seven incorporated cities in Humboldt County.
Article 34 housing projects must meet all General Plan, zoning and building requirements just as other projects. Also, Article 34 housing projects must meet safety standards for fire, road, water, sewer, etc. just as other projects. Passage of Measure I does not waive or modify these standards.
Under State law, Article 34 applies to rental housing of five or more rental housing units on a single lot or adjoining lots of land that use certain types of public financial assistance. Article 34 also applies to rental housing developments developed or owned by a city or county. This means Article 34 housing would need to be built on properties planned and zoned to allow multifamily development. Properties with the appropriate land use and zoning are generally located in the more urbanized areas of Humboldt County.
If Measure I passes, it is expected that housing constructed using the Article 34 authorization will oftentimes be multifamily apartments.
City of Arcata examples:
1) Bayview Courtyards: Assessor’s Parcel Number 503-460-0132) Plaza Point: Assessor’s Parcel Number: 021-291-001
City of Eureka Examples:
1) Eureka Family Housing: Assessor’s Parcel Number: 009-014-021
2) The Lodge: Assessor’s Parcel Number: 004-212-001.
As of January 1, 2019, Humboldt County had 34,861 housing units.* This means that up to 872 Article 34 housing units can be built if Measure I passes. [*Source: State Department of Finance, Table E-5 City/County Population and Housing Estimates.]
If passed by the voters, Measure I expires when 872 Article 34 housing units are built. There is no deadline for when these housing units need to built. Passage of Measure I does not mandate that the units be built.
No, they are not. Measure I does not mandate developers and builders build Article 34 housing. Development of Article 34 housing is voluntary.
Humboldt County’s 2019 Housing Element identified Article 34 of the California Constitution as a significant and unnecessary regulatory barrier to development of affordable housing. The County’s final adopted 2019 Housing Element (PDF) includes Implementation Measure H-IM26. This Implementation Measure directs the County to seek local Article 34 authorization as part of the November 3, 2020, General Election.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Please contact the Office of Elections for more information about registering to vote, the November 3, 2020 election or your ballot.
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place Measure O – the Humboldt County Public Safety and Essential Services Renewal Measure – on the November 6, 2018 ballot to maintain locally-controlled funding for essential County services, without raising tax rates.
Over the past 25 years, $368 million in State takeaways continues to affect the County’s budget. Measure O would continue existing, voter-approved locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento. Measure O will maintain current essential services, including:
Despite limited funding, volunteer fire departments and firefighters play critical roles in protecting life and property here in Humboldt County. Measure O will continue to support these volunteers and maintain resources and training that better – and more safely – protect County residents.
Protective and counseling services for the victims and witnesses of child abuse have been severely reduced in recent years. Measure O will restore these services and protect children that have been victims of horrible crimes.
Measure O would continue the existing, voter-approved one-half cent sales tax, with no increase in tax rate. Measure O is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries, and visitors to our region also pay the cost.
Yes. Measure O continues to require community and fiscal accountability, including financial audits and an Independent Citizens’ Advisory Committee will continue to review Measure O funds to ensure they are spent efficiently on public priorities. By, law all Measure O funding must be spent locally, and none can be taken by the state.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018. To register to vote, visit http://registertovote.ca.gov//
The county will continue to keep the community informed about Measure O. For more information, please visit the County website humboldtgov.org/MeasureO.
Illegal marijuana farms are destroying our environment and risking our health. They divert and dry up sensitive creeks and streams and use toxic pesticides that harm wildlife and risks public health. If enacted, Measure S will ensure marijuana growers pay their fair share to help protect our public safety, health and environment, while enforcing laws that require growers protect our county’s natural areas and water quality. Providing these services requires locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by the state.
Also, volunteer fire departments and firefighters play critical roles in protecting life and property here in Humboldt County. Additional resources will help maintain rural fire and ambulance protection services, allowing our first responders to better – and more safely – protect County residents.
Illegal, large-scale, marijuana farms are diverting and drying up sensitive creeks and streams and using toxic pesticides that destroy Humboldt County’s natural environment. The additional funds generated by Measure Z can protect our natural resources from these illegal industrial operations.
Zoning classifications are described in the Coastal Zoning Regulations and Inland Zoning Regulations. These documents are available from the Plans and Ordinances page.
Setbacks are required distances between the vertical walls of buildings and property boundaries. Generally, they are described as front, rear and side yard setbacks. Setbacks vary from zero to fifty feet depending on the zoning classification for the property. Typically, the front yard faces the road. However, irregularly shaped parcels or parcels that abut more than one road can have unique setback requirements.
The county’s web Geographic Information System (GIS) displays parcel and zoning boundaries. This system can be used to determine the zoning for a property.
Setbacks and zoning classifications are described in the Coastal Zoning Regulations and Inland Zoning Regulations. These documents are available from the Plans and Ordinances page.
Typically, there are more permit requirements in the coastal zone. The additional requirements protect coastal resources such as beaches, public access, dunes and recreational opportunities.
Accessory dwelling units (ADU), formerly known as secondary dwelling units, are permitted in many residential zoning districts. All new accessory dwelling units require a building permit from the Building Inspection Division and may require other permits from the Current Planning Division, Environmental Health division, or Public Works. In general, accessory dwelling units are encouraged in the R-1 and RS-5 Residential Single Family zoning districts.
Tree removal involves numerous considerations including fire safety, neighborhood character, and protection of sensitive resources such as habitat. Removal of trees greater than 12 inches in diameter may require a permit from the Current Planning Division. In general, it is easier to remove trees from a property in the inland areas than in the coastal zone. For example, in residential zones, trees may be removed within 30 feet of a building pad as long as the removal does not impact a sensitive resource. However, if the residence is in the coastal zone, permits are required from the Current Planning Division. Tree removal three acres or larger in size, or in Timber Production Zones, require timber harvest plans and are regulated by the state agency Cal Fire.
Tree removal requirements depend on many factors. Contacting the Planning and Building Department prior to tree removal is recommended.
The best available mapped flood information is provided by Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) which are maintained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The county’s web Geographic Information System (GIS) shows parcels and the flood hazard information from these maps. You may also review these maps at the Planning and Building Department.
FIRM maps have four flood hazard zones. In FIRM Flood Zone A, the property is within the mapped 100-year flood plain. This means the property is expected to flood once every 100 years on average. In FIRM Flood Zone B, the property is within the mapped 500-year flood plain. This means the property is expected to flood once every 500 years on average. In FIRM Flood Zone C, the property is within the mapped area of minimal flooding. If the parcel is located in FIRM Flood Zone D, the property is within an area of undetermined, but possible, flood hazards.
For small scale projects such as new roofs or new electrical service, building permits can be issued the same day. These are commonly known as over the counter permits and are issued within thirty minutes or less. For other larger scale projects, building permits usually take two to three months for a typical project, and follow seven basic steps.
1) Application Submittal - At a minimum, a property owner submits a project description and plot plan to the Building Inspection Division for review. Complete construction plans are often submitted but not required at this step.
2) Preliminary Investigation - Building Division staff review the submittal for site suitability and other permit requirements. Application fees are collected at this time.
3) Pre-site Inspection - In coordination with the applicant, a Building Inspector visits the project site to confirm the features shown on the plot plan. The applicant is provided a copy of the pre-site inspection report from the Building Inspector.
4) Referrals - Once the plot plan is complete and construction plan have been received, the application is sent to other reviewing agencies such as the Environmental Health Division and Public Works Department.
5) Construction Plan Review - A Plan Checker reviews the construction plans for conformance with state building codes. This step often involves revisions to the construction plans.
6) Permit Issuance - After the referrals are returned by the reviewing agencies and construction plans have been approved, the permit may be issued to the applicant. Any final plan check and permit issuance fees are collected at this time.
7) Inspections - During construction, Building Inspectors regularly visit the project site to assure conformance with the approved construction plans.
While the county’s web Geographic Information System (GIS) is not a substitute for a complete records check, it does display a significant amount of information on specific parcels. For example, this system can be used to research if a property is in the coastal zone and show which zone classification and land use designation apply.
There are many important considerations for buying a property. The legal status of the parcel, unpermitted structures, environmental and geological development constraints, and the existence of easements or life estates are a few examples of issues that can make property transactions complex. Rigorous due diligence is advised before purchasing any property.
Prospective purchases can use the Information Request service to learn what records the Current Planning Division has for a property. Please see our Brochures and Forms page for more information about the Information Request service.
Typically, if a use is principally permitted in the zoning code, the use does not require a permit from the Current Planning Division. Construction of structures still require a building permit. However, if the project is located in the coastal zone, a discretionary permit from the Current Planning Division is generally required, even if a use is principally permitted.
Uses that are conditionally permitted in the zoning code always require a discretionary permit from the Current Planning Division. Examples of discretionary permits include Coastal Development Permits, Conditional Use Permits and Special Permits.
Yes, the total award is $144,668. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors designated $144,668 of Permanent Local Housing Allocation 2019 funding be used for assisting persons who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness with the adoption of Resolution 20-61. Please see the second paragraph of Section 2.2 Program Objectives and Local Funding Priorities of the RFP for further details.
This is a new State program so the County does not have year-over-year data at this time. Based on similar funding programs, however, the County anticipates three or so proposals will be filed.
Case management activities associated with permanent supportive housing would be eligible in accordance with Section 301(6) of the Permanent Local Housing Guidelines. In accordance with the cited section, eligible assistance for persons who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, includes, but is not limited to, case management services that allow people to obtain and retain housing.
The release of probation records is covered under the confidentiality provisions of Penal Code Section 1203.05 and Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827 (California Law ).
Adult matters: Generally, reports in adult matters may be inspected or copied by any person for a period of 60 days from the date judgment is pronounced or probation is granted, or from the date of any subsequent accusatory pleading being filed. The court may also order or authorize persons who have petitioned the court for copies after this 60 day period. For persons not on probation, copies may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court located at the county courthouse. Probationers may request to review reports concerning themselves at any time and may obtain copies from their probation officer upon request.
Juvenile matters: Juvenile reports may be inspected by the minor who is the subject of the proceeding and the minor's parents/guardian, as well as agencies stipulated by law or other persons specifically authorized by the juvenile court judge. Copies of reports may be requested from the juvenile's attorney. Otherwise, these reports are not open or available to the general public without the filing of a petition and approval of the juvenile court.
Contact the Public Defenders office for this information at 707-445-7634
Felonies are the most serious criminal cases. A case is a felony if the punishment can include state prison. This differs from a misdemeanor (or less serious) case, in which the punishment is, at most, a year in county jail. Felony charges range from drug, burglary and car theft cases up to rape, arson and murder. Although some felonies are punishable by life in prison, most cases have fixed sentences. Just because someone is charged with a felony does not necessarily mean he or she will be sent to state prison. The possible penalties depend on the charges and facts of your case, and should be discussed with your lawyer. The law of sentencing in felony cases is very complex and has been growing more difficult each year.
Not all properties have necessarily been surveyed. Modern laws and codes generally require a survey for the creation of new properties, but not in all cases. Older properties could be created via deed without benefit of a survey. Research of county records is required in order to determine if an existing map or survey of your property exists. Sometimes a map can be found with minimal research; sometimes it can be more difficult and time consuming. Humboldt County does not yet have a state of the art computerized research system for land records like some metropolitan or urban counties do. The County Surveyor can offer some minimal assistance in getting started locating a survey in the county records, but ultimately a private surveyor may need to be hired. This is a task that a private surveyor is accomplished at and has resources and experience in doing.
The new fee is an additional charge passed by the legislature and signed by the governor to fund Building Homes and Jobs Act. The fee is assessed at the time documents are recorded into the public record with the County Recorder’s Office.
No, the new Recording Fee is charged in addition to previous recording charges collected by county recorders.
Effective January 1, 2018, the recording fee becomes due at the time an instrument, paper or notice is recorded with the county recorder’s office that is not otherwise exempt.
No, the Building Homes and Jobs Act Recording Fee is charged on real estate instruments, papers or notices permitted by law to be recorded unless otherwise exempt.
The new legislation defines this as a document relating to real property and includes, but is not limited to the following: deed, grant deed, trustee’s deed, deed of trust, reconveyance, quit claim deed, fictitious deed of trust, assignment of deed of trust, request for notice of default, abstract of judgment, subordination agreement, declaration of homestead, abandonment of homestead, notice of default, release or discharge, easement, notice of trustee sale, notice of completion, UCC financing statement, mechanic’s lien, maps, and covenants conditions and restrictions.
The additional fee is $75.00 per instrument, paper or notice per each single transaction per parcel of real property.
The Recorder’s Association has defined transaction as “instruments, papers, or notices presented together and related to the same parties and property transfer (DRIM).
Yes. The maximum aggregate housing fee charge for real estate instrument, paper or notice recorded in a single transaction is $225.00.
Yes. The following real estate instruments, papers or notices are exempt from the additional Recording Fee:
Those transfers subject to and paying documentary transfer tax (DTT) at the time of recording;
Those recorded concurrently in connection with a transfer subject to DTT;
Those recorded concurrently in connection with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier;
Those which are not related to real property;
Documents recorded concurrently in connection with a transfer for which the maximum $225 fee has been collected;
Those which are expressly exempt pursuant to Government Code section 27383.
After the maximum Building Homes and Jobs Act Recording Fee of $225 has been met, the document submitter must expressly note that the document is exempt because imposition of the fee would exceed the $225 cap.
The instrument with documentary transfer tax stamped and paid on it is self-evident, and requires no additional stamp.
The Recorder interprets “in connection with” to mean documents involving the same parties and/or same property that are recorded concurrently. Documents recorded concurrently will have to include an exemption indicating they are part of an exempt transaction.
All instruments necessary to transfer ownership, relinquish debt, and secure new debt recorded in a single transaction will be considered to be in connection with an exempt transfer, if an exemption is declared and presented with the document.
For a real estate instrument paper or notice to be considered recorded “in connection with” a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier, will be interpreted to mean documents involving the same parties and/or same property that are recorded concurrently.
Documents with multiple titles will be charged per title. For example:
(1) Substitution of Trustee and Full Reconveyance (2 titles): The fee is $75 x 2 titles = $150.
(2) Assignment, Substitution of Trustee, Reconveyance Agreement (4 titles): The fee is $225.
One $75 fee would be charged for a single transaction regardless of the number of parcels.
An additional $75 Building Homes and Jobs Act Recording Fee would be due to record the CCRs.
Yes, previously recorded documents being re-recorded to correct a previous omission or error are subject to an Building Homes and Jobs Act Recording Fee charge. Minor corrections pursuant to Government Code section 27201 (c)(1)(B) and (c)(1) (C) are exempt.
Yes, documents recorded after January 1st, 2018 related to transactions closed prior to that date will be charged the $75 Building Homes and Jobs Act Recording Fee, regardless if the overall transaction was otherwise exempt. The fee applies to all documents submitted on or after January 1, 2018.
Once an applicant takes his/her P.O.S.T. Pellet B Exam, they will be given their results.
There is no dress code for the written examinations, although professional, comfortable clothing is recommended.
As a Sheriff Recruit your tuition through the Police Academy will be covered by the Sheriff’s Office and you will receive regular pay as a full time employee during this time.
The Sheriff’s Office does continues recruitment for several positions. To check our current openings, please visit the county employment portal.
You can apply for any job opening via the county’s employment portal.
The Sheriff’s Office has numerous positions besides the sworn position of Deputy Sheriff, Correctional Deputy, and Dispatcher. Other positions include Animal Control Officer, Animal Shelter Kennel Attendants, Coroner’s Office positions, Administrative positions, and civilian positions within the Correctional Facility.
All sworn Sheriff’s Office positions will require the successful completion of the application process, testing, and an oral interview prior to starting the background process.
Written test scores are typically valid for one year.
Yes, however, per P.O.S.T. regulations, the PELLETB test can only be taken once in a 30 day period.
If you have taken the P.O.S.T. PELLETB exam while applying with another agency, we may accept the scores if the test was taken within 12 months of your application date.
While it is difficult to give an exact time frame for the completion of the background process, as each is unique, we recommend you allot at least six months for this process to be completed in full. Currently, our staff is able to complete an average background evaluation in about 3 to 4 months
Position recruitments vary based on departmental needs. We recommend you check the county employment portal regularly as new positions are frequently listed.
Please sign in to the county employment portal to update your information.
Yes, you may apply for multiple positions.
If you fail the P.O.S.T. Structured Interview, you may reapply. There is no time restraint for additional applications.
For more information or specific questions not answered in this FAQ, please contact our recruitment line at 707-441-5100.
A passing T- score of 42 on the Peace Officer Standards and Training Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery exam (PELLETB) is required for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
California Senate Bill 1421 (SB-1421), which became law on January 1, 2019, amends California Penal Code sections 832.7 and 832.8 relating to peace officer records. SB-1421 requires certain peace officer personnel records and records relating to specified incidents, complaints, and investigations involving peace officers to be made available for public inspection pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is fully committed to complying with the new law. Because the law is complex, we want you to know a few important points. If you want to read the law in its entirety, click here.
California Penal Code section 832.7(b) applies to records relating to:
"Sustained" means a final determination by the agency, following an investigation and opportunity for an administrative appeal, that the actions of the peace officer were found to violate department policy.
California Penal Code section 832.7(b) mandates the redaction of the following information:
(A) To remove personal data or information, such as a home address, telephone number, or identities of family members, other than the names and work-related information of peace and custodial officers.
(B) To preserve the anonymity of complainants and witnesses.
(C) To protect confidential medical, financial, or other information of which disclosure is specifically prohibited by federal law or would cause an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy that clearly outweighs the strong public interest in records about misconduct and serious use of force by peace officers and custodial officers.
(D) Where there is a specific, articulable, and particularized reason to believe that disclosure of the record would pose a significant danger to the physical safety of the peace officer, custodial officer, or another person.
Additionally, if an investigation or incident involves multiple officers, information about allegations of misconduct by, or the analysis or disposition of an investigation of, an officer must be redacted unless it relates to a sustained finding against that officer.The record(s) you receive from the Sheriff’s Office will be redacted, pursuant to the Penal Code. It is important to note that all parts of the record must be reviewed and redacted prior to disclosure including paper documents, photographs, and audio and video files. The Sheriff’s Office does not presently maintain these records with the redactions mandated by the new law.
Yes. An agency may redact a record to remove personal identifying information, where, on the facts of the particular case, the public interest served by not disclosing the information clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure of the information.
Yes. An agency may withhold the record of an incident involving the discharge of a firearm at a person by a peace officer or an incident in which the use of force by a peace officer against a person resulted in death, or in great bodily injury that is the subject of an active criminal or administrative investigation. Cal. Pen. Code section 832.7(b)(7).
In order to calculate the total number of hours estimated to complete your request, the Sheriff’s Office must first identify all incidents responsive to your request and review the amount of material related to each incident. The Office is actively looking for additional advanced technology to expedite the redaction process and is open to suggestions from the media and the public regarding such a solution.The Sheriff’s Office receives many public records requests every day. Employees tasked with responding to these CPRA requests must do so while still completing their day to day responsibilities.
Once the redaction work is completed, the redacted record/s will be posted on-line and released to the requester via the County’s NextRequest Public Records Portal.
Text to 9-1-1 is the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 from your mobile phone or handheld device.
Standard text messaging rates apply.
Currently, Text to 9-1-1 is only available in English.
Our Live Scan hours are 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Live Scans are conducted on a walk-in basis and it is not necessary to make an appointment. We charge $35.00 for this service, payable with cash, business checks or accounts payable. We do not accept debit cards, credit cards or checks
We charge $35.00 for this service, payable with cash, business checks or accounts payable. We do not accept debit cards, credit cards or checks
The interview will be fairly relaxed and will last 30 to 40 minutes in most cases. Your application will be reviewed, in your presence, and clarifying questions will be asked. You will sign your application. You will be asked questions about yourself and your life experiences. Your guns will be inspected to verify the serial numbers, and those numbers will be checked for registration and status. The general restrictions on the CCW license will be discussed and your photo will be taken.
The firearms you list on your application (three (3) maximum).
Your permit allows you to carry concealed in all unrestricted areas. Restricted areas include, but are not limited to:
You can apply for a duplicate for a fee of $10.00.
The permit, in most instances is good for two (2) years.
Approximately 2 months prior to expiration, submit an online renewal application and fees. The application and permit will be processed and you will be notified when it is ready to pick up.
Should you be arrested or some other significant issue pertaining to you arise, your permit can be revoked.
If you are a security guard, you can obtain an open carry permit through the State of California. Otherwise, open carry permits are not issued by this agency.
Should you have further questions feel free to contact the CCW Coordinator at (707) 445-7251.
Mobile home title issuance is administered by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). That department cannot transfer title of a used mobile home subject to local property taxes or direct charges by fire districts or other fees without a tax clearance from the county tax collector of the county in which the mobile home is situated. If there are any taxes or other fees owing, they must be paid before a Tax Clearance Certificate (PDF) can be issued.
Note: Remember that this type of title transfer applies only to mobile homes not on permanent foundations. If your mobile home is attached to a permanent foundation, title transfers are handled by the County Recorder in the same manner as for conventional homes.
Yes, if we are aware of such properties. When we become aware of properties on our tax sale list that are known or suspected to be contaminated, we will identify these properties along with supplying the lead agency’s name and address where all available information may be reviewed.
Do not bid on these properties unless you understand the issues related to contaminated properties. Prior to bidding, you should contact your attorney regarding the possible purchase of contaminated properties.
All parcels will be sold by Auction ID. Minimum bids will be as stated per parcel and each raise will be in increments of at least $100 until the close of the auction on the stated date and time on the Bid4Assets website.
An auto bid (or proxy) saves you time and money. An auto bid authorizes Bid4Assets to bid $100 above any competing bid, up to, but not exceeding the maximum dollar amount that you are willing to pay. In other words, your bid will automatically increase only as other bidders participate, up to your specified maximum amount. This enables you to continually bid without having to constantly monitor the auction.