Community Development

OverviewThe Community Development Department coordinates and manages the activities of the Building and Planning Divisions, including issuing building permits and planning permits, and overseeing a variety of development activities within the City. The Department provides support to the public and works directly with the City’s citizens, developers, businesses, other governmental agencies, and City departments.

The Department manages the City’s orderly growth and protects public health and safety by implementing and enforcing the zoning and building codes, General Plan policies, housing policies, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and coordinating economic development and other long-range planning activities.

Shari Meads
Community Development Director

Planning Division
Katey Schmidt
Planner II

Building Division
Gary Goade
Building Official

Jeff Baldwin
Building Inspector

Fax: (707) 725-7610

Community Development Department Counter Hours
Monday – Friday (Excluding Holidays)
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
                                  BEGINNING APRIL 19
New Community Development Department Counter Hours 

Monday – Thursday (Excluding Holidays)
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday by appointment

Located at:
621 11th St.
Fortuna, CA 95540

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 545
Fortuna, CA 95540