Building Department


Beginning January 1, 2017 the following will take effect:

  1. Residential Patio Covers / Porches that are self supporting and 200 square feet or less will not require a permit.
  2. Residential detached storage buildings 400 square feet or less can be constructed on pressure treated skids. The building will be required to be tied down.
  3. The size of a residential pole building has been changed so that a 40 feet by 50 feet by 14 feet eave height building can be constructed without engineering.

Please make sure to contact the Humboldt County Building Department for permit requirements on your project.

Service is Our Number One Goal


  • Our staff has made a commitment to provide courteous, accurate, and timely service
  • Educate the public in building construction requirements
  • Continue to make improvements and gain knowledge which will assist the public


All rules and regulations shall be enforced consistently for everyone.

Why We Adopt & Enforce Building Codes by a Permit Process

Codes are adopted to safeguard life, limb, health, property, and public welfare.

By regulating the design, construction, materials, use and occupancy, egress, and location on the property, we can maintain a standard.

Remember- codes are a minimum standard.