Planning

The Planning Division provides technical assistance and professional guidance to the City Council, Planning Commission, Historic Design Review Commission and the public regarding policies and plans that guide the physical development of the City.

The Division is responsible for updating and maintaining the City’s General Plan, Specific Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map and development related ordinances. It is also responsible for processing various applications through required City review and public hearings, including applications for:

            Administrative Permits                                  Rezones

Annexations                                                 Sign Permits

Design Review Permits                                Subdivisions

Environmental Review                                  Tree Permits

General Plan Amendments                           Use Permits

Historic Design Review                                 Variances

The Planning Division facilitates affordable Housing programs and opportunities for the City of Auburn.

Planning Department Office and Appointment Hours

The City of Auburn Planning Department has implemented COVID-19 prevention protocols, including modifications to our submittal processes to reduce the need to visit our office.

Planning Permits, Building Permits, and Public Works Inspection Services

The following describes the services that remain available along with a description of how to contact The City of Auburn for such services. We encourage the public to contact City staff by email for the quickest response. 

Public Inquiries

For general questions regarding planning permits, building permits, or public works permits please email Amy Franklin or call 530-823-4211 x136.

Planning, Building, and Public Works Department Office Hours

General Planning Inquiries: Planning staff is available every Wednesday (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) No appointment necessary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to email Tonya or call 530-823-4211 x140.   Planning Application Submittals: by appointment only Tuesday (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) and Friday (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). 

Building and Public Works Inspections

Building Inspections are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with no inspections being conducted on Wednesdays. To schedule an inspection please call 530-823-4211 x 389. 

Permit issuance – Monday through Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

To speak with a building inspector, please email Dave Nelson or call 530-823-4211 x133.

Building Official Office Hours- No appointment necessary. Monday through Friday 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm. Applicants are strongly encouraged to email Jon or call 530-823-4211 x123.  The Building Official is also available by appointment only Wednesdays 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Public Works Manager office hours- No appointment necessary. Monday through Friday 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm. Applicants are strongly encouraged to email Mengil or call 530-823-4211 x145.  The Public Works Manager is also available by appointment only Wednesdays 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Submittal of Building Permit Applications

Residential and Commercial basic permits (water heaters, reroofs, electrical, etc.) without (not requiring) plan review – applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Permits will be processed and issued in an expedited time frame if all paperwork has been provided.  

Building Permit applications for other projects (SFD, New Structures, Additions, Remodels, Change in Use, etc.) requiring plan review, applicants are encouraged to apply online or in person.

Questions about the online application process can be answered by Amy Franklin or call 530-823-4211 x136.


Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)


In 2006, the state adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 2140 which added provisions specifying what is to be included in a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) and requiring a linkage between a local jurisdiction’s LHMP and the Safety Element of their General Plan. AB 2140 requires a jurisdiction to adopt the LHMP into the Safety Element of the General Plan in order to be fully eligible for disaster relief funding under the California Disaster Assistance Act. AB 2140 can be met by either including the LHMP language specific to AB 2140 as part of the Safety Element or to incorporate the LHMP by reference into the Safety Element of the General Plan.
The City of Auburn has a current LHMP which includes an assessment of the City of Auburn’s risk and vulnerability related to natural and other identified hazards and a comprehensive mitigation strategy which includes actions and projects designed to mitigate or reduce the impacts of those hazards and to increase community resiliency. This LHMP has been formally adopted and incorporated by reference into the Safety Element of the General Plan via City Council resolution.
To further meet the requirements of AB 2140, the City of Auburn adopted and incorporated by reference the most current LHMP as part of this Safety Element to the General Plan which should be consulted when addressing known hazards to ensure the general health and safety of people within the City of Auburn. The most recent plan can be found here.

Related Documents



City of Auburn General Plan  
                               Auburn Zoning Ordinance
City of Auburn Housing Element                           City of Auburn Zoning Map
City of Auburn Safety Element                        
Baltimore Ravine Specific Plan

Application Information