Community Development Department
The Community Development Departments consists of the Planning Division and the Building Division.
The Planning Division assists the City Council with the development and implementation of long-term goals and policies of the General Plan that guide the physical, economic, and social development of the City. The Department implements ordinances consistent with those development policies in an effort to facilitate planned orderly and balanced growth, preserve the quality of life, promote a strong economic base, and protect the City’s resources and natural environment.
The Department also assists the public, providing information on land use, zoning and site development standards and processing applications for land use permits and subdivisions. The Department reviews a variety of land use applications for new development, including:
Lot Line Adjustments
Address of Conveniences, Home Occupations and Cottage Industry Permits
The Department serves as staff to the City Council and a variety of committees and commissions, including the Planning Commission, the Nuisance Committee, Traffic Committee and the Wildwood Avenue Sculpture Committee.
Commercial Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (CMCLUO)
The City recently adopted a comprehensive Commercial Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance (CMCLUO). The City Council approved Ordinance No. 348-2017 in October of last year. The Ordinance established Section 17.30.195, Commercial Medical Cannabis Regulations. All cannabis activities are restricted to the Humboldt-Rio Dell Business Park (Sawmill Annexation Area).
Cannabis Activities Forms and Handouts
Planning Documents and Maps
The City of Rio Dell Building Division is responsible to administer and enforce a number of Codes, including:
California Building Code
California Residential Code
California Electrical Code
California Mechanical Code
California Plumbing Code
California Fire Code
Callifornia Energy Code
California Green Standards Code
California Administrative Code
Building Permit applications are available on this web page as well as from the City Clerk. If you have building permit related questions, please contact the City Clerk at 764-3532. Completed building permit applications, accompanied by the appropriate fee, should be submitted to the City Clerk.