Municipal Code Online

 With the help of Code Publishing Inc. out of Seattle Washington, the City of Trinidad has recently completed a recodification of its Municipal Code.  The last time this occured was 1990, when online, searchable codes were rare.  The city now has a comprehensive, well organized, user friendly and searchable database of all its ordinances - including the zoning and land use code.  Check it out:


Permit Issued to Move Memorial Lighthouse

The City of Trinidad issued a press release on Friday, December 08, 2017 announcing that an emergency permit has been issued to the Trinidad Civic Club to move the Memorial Lighthouse approximately 20 feet Northeast of its current location.   The emergency permit authorizes the minimum work needed to address the current threat, and requires the Civic Club to go through the regular Coastal Development Permit process for the project over the next few months.  The Memorial Lighthouse was built in its current location in 1949 where it has sat comfortably until the 2016 winter storms triggered landslides adjacent to the iconic landmark.  The Civic Club expects the move to take place before the end of the year.

Short-Term Rental Licenses & Contact List

On November 01, 2017, the City issued renewal licenses to properties inside the city limits that comply with the standards and application requirements defined in the amended STR Ordinance 2016-03, certified by the Coastal Commission on June 06, 2017. The Ordinance requires neighbors within 300 feet of a licensed STR to be notified by the City of the operating STR, the Local Contact Person (LCP), and 24-hour contact number.  The letter was sent to every in-town address since most properties inside city-limits are within 300 feet of a licensed rental.  The letter provides guidance regarding to the process for addressing issues with STR's, as well as provides a Contact List for each address.  The Ordinance requires this list to be kept online for quick reference. There is also a map showing the location of each rental by number as listed on the contact sheet.  It will be kept current at all times in the Vacation Rental section of the Planning Documents folder of the Document Library.  Contact the City Clerk's office if you'd like a list of rentals within 300 feet of your property


2016 Consumer Confidence Report -Water Department

The 2016 Consumer Confidence Report for the City of Trinidad's Public Water System is now available.


Welcome to Trinidad, California

Trinidad is a seaside town in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8 miles north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15 miles north of the college town of Arcata. Situated directly above its own natural harbor, Trinidad is one of California's smallest incorporated cities, (with a 2010 population of 367) and is noted for its spectacular coastline with ten public beaches and offshore rocks. These rocks are part of the California Coastal National Monument of which Trinidad is a Gateway City. This natural landmark is joined by three additional marine landmarks - the historic Trinidad Head Light, the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, and Humboldt State University's Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory. Fishing operations related to Trinidad Harbor are vital to both local tourism and commercial fishery interests in the region. In addition to its coastal assets, the city honors and works to protect its Native American cultural and historic heritage.


Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

The mandatory commercial recycling regulation was adopted at CalRecycle’s January 17, 2012 Monthly Public Meeting. This regulation reflects the statutory provisions of AB 341 (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]) and provides additional procedural clarifications. The regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on May 7, 2012 and became effective immediately. On June 27, 2012 the Governor signed Senate Bill 1018 which included an amendment that requires a business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week to arrange for recycling services.

The city of Trinidad is required by law to implement a commercial solid waste recycling program that consists of education, outreach and monitoring of businesses, that is appropriate for that jurisdiction and is designed to divert commercial solid waste from businesses, whether or not the jurisdiction has met the requirements of PRC Section 41780. More information on this law, and how it may (or may not) affect your commercial business in Trinidad can be found online.


Upcoming Meetings - City Council

The Trinidad City Council meets regularly on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm.  The meeting agenda and the meeting packet will be available online for review or in the Clerk's Office in Town Hall by the end of the day Friday, prior to the meeting. 


Sales Tax Address List Now Online

A List of Street Addresses subject to the City Sales Tax of 8.75% (As of April 01, 2015) are now available on this website at Documents Library/Finance/Sales Tax Address List.  Addresses not included are OUTSIDE City limits and are NOT subject to this increased tax.  Please direct inquiries and requests for personalized letters of residence to the City Clerk's office at 707-677-0223.

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