The Mendocino County Planning and Building Services Department encompasses the Current and Long Range Planning, Building, Code Enforcement, Vehicle Abatement, Cartographic Divisions and the County Water Agency. A satellite office performing coastal planning, building and code enforcement functions is located in Fort Bragg, CA.
To effectively manage existing and future development by facilitating
the availability of adequate services and facilities, advocating the
wise use of our natural resources, promoting an awareness and
consideration of cultural resources, and facilitating the protection
and enhancement of the quality of life in Mendocino County. While
recognizing it is not always possible to reconcile the often-diverse
interests of our clients (private applicants, interested citizens,
general public, decision-makers, other agencies) we will strive to:
- Provide precise, up-to-date and innovative advice and technical expertise.
- Be problem solvers seeking solutions to issues within the framework of the regulations.
- Treat all members of the public, applicants, decision-makers and co-workers in a courteous, respectful and professional manner.
- Improve and maintain effectiveness and efficiency by forging
working relationships within, and external to the County organizations.
- Develop and maintain a work environment that strives for
excellence and exemplary customer service through teamwork, continuous
training, career advancement, innovation, and a culture that encourages
The Planning and Building Services Department's primary responsibilities are to:
- Administer, implement and enforce state and local building
construction regulations in the unincorporated area of the County and
the cities of Fort Bragg and Point Arena;
- Administer, implement and enforce state and local land use planning and zoning laws;
- Prepare, revise, update, implement and administer the County General Plan, Local Coastal Program and Airport Land Use Plans.
- Coordinate the abatement of abandoned vehicles in the
unincorporated area of the County and the Cities of Willits, Fort Bragg
and Point Arena.
- Coordinate preparation and dissemination of mapping and population information.
State and local construction regulations include the Uniform California
Building Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Fire Code, Housing Code,
Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, Swimming Pool Code,
National Electric Code, State Historic Building Code, Regulations for
Limited Density Rural Dwellings, (Class K), the California
Administrative Code Titles 24 and 25, and sections of the California
Health and Safety Code including access requirements for the physically
disabled. Typically, the Department will review or plan check, then
inspect structures during the course of construction. Planning and
Building Services is responsible for the administration of these
construction regulations in the unincorporated area of the County as
well as the Cities of Fort Bragg and Point Arena.
Under State and local planning law, the Department is responsible for
preparing, updating and implementing the County General Plan, Housing Element and Local
Coastal Program, including the Mendocino Town Plan, Gualala Town Plan,
Comprehensive Airport Land Use Plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision
ordinance (consistent with the State Subdivision Map Act) surface
mining ordinance and the California Environmental Quality Act. In
administering these codes and regulations, the Department processes all
required applications (i.e., General Plan amendment, rezoning,
agricultural preserve, subdivision, use permit, coastal development
permit, variance, certificate of compliance, boundary line adjustment,
etc.) and provides staff support to the Board of Supervisors, Planning
Commission, Mendocino Historical Review Board, Board of Building and
Housing Appeals, Archaeological Commission, Airport Land Use Commission
and Subdivision Committee.
The Long Range Planning Division is charged with the update of the General Plan, completion of the Ukiah Valley Area Plan, preparation of the 2009 Housing Element, update of the Mendocino Town Plan, update of the Local Coastal Plan and special projects as assigned.