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.
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.
- Application Form - Universal
- Planning Fee Schedule
- Administrative Permit Checklist
- Design Review Permit Checklist
- Environmental Review Form
- Historic Design Review Permit Checklist
- Political Sign Application
- Tentative Map Checklist
- Tree Permit Checklist
- Use Permit Checklist
- Variance Checklist
- Sign Permit Checklist