Planning & Building Services

Local Coastal Program Update

The City of Trinidad is in the process of completing a comprehensive update of its entire Local Coastal Program (LCP). This consists of portions of the General Plan and Zoning, Grading, Building and Subdivision Ordinances. The LCP must be certified by the Coastal Commission as consistent with and adequate to carry out policies and regulations of the Coastal Act. The update will include a variety of opportunities for public and stakeholder input. Upcoming meetings and links to current drafts will be provided here. Check back often for updates. You can also request to be on the City's Email Newsletter List by sending an email to

Planning & Building Services

The City of Trinidad contracts for its Planning and Building functions.

SHN, a professional planning consulting firm based in nearby Arcata, has been the City of Trinidad's professional planners for a number of years.

Planning Commissioners

Tom Hopkins (Term Expires December 2020)
Richard Johnson (Term Expires December 2022)
Diane Stockness (Term Expires December 2020) 
Cheryl Kelly (Term Expires December 2022)
Aaron Hakenen (Term Expires December 2022)

Planning Commissioners contact information is provided by the City Clerk. Contact City Hall at 707-677-0223, or email the City Clerk at