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:


Short-Term Rental License Renewals

If you own or operate a permitted Short-Term Rental (STR) home in the City of Trinidad, you must renew your license by October 01.  The amended  STR Ordinance introduced a series of policy changes to the previous version that are reflected in the 2017 renewal application.  There is also a helpful checklist that should be used to ensure you don't miss any important information in your application packet.  All documents related to the STR's are located in the Document Library of this website, in the License & Permit Apps folder. Also introduced this year is the Good Neighbor Contract, which you should carefully review and make sure it is included in your guest agreement.  This, along with all the signage and supplemental brochures that the City refers to in the ordinance are located in this one location to make for easy reference.  If you would like copies of your applications from previous years to assist you in preparing this renewal application, you're welcome to review and copy the records in the City Clerk's office between the hours of 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday.  Renewal applications will not be accepted if they are incomplete.

Short Term Rental Ordinance Status

On Thursday, June 08, 2017 the Coastal Commission approved the city of Trinidad's LCP amendment - revised Short Term Rental Ordinance. The VDU/STR (Short Term Rental) Ordinance - version 11-09-16 became effective on that day.  The City is in the process of transitioning all 2017-2018 permits to become compliant with the new ordinance, and targeted September 01 as the deadline for specific requirements in the ordinance that may have been difficult to implement with short notice.


Create an Ocean Friendly Garden

The City of Trinidad, Humboldt Surfrider and the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council are teaming up to assist community members with creating their own Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Contact the City to request an application from the City to create your own Ocean Friendly Garden and receive a rebate on materials.  Please see the OFG brochure here.  Additional information about Ocean Frienly Gardens can be found at the  Trinidad Bay Watershed Council website.



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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