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Community Development

Douglas McIsaac, Director

Department Goal:

"Our goal is to provide professional and technical services that support the development of a balanced community, the preservation of existing neighborhoods and the development of new neighborhoods in a timely and orderly manner."

Office Location & Mailing Address:
Community Development Building
1715 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93301

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Voice: Planning (661) 326-3733  - Building (661) 326-3720
FAX: Planning (661) 852-2136 - Building (661) 325-0266

Community Development's Divisions
There are two divisions within the Community Development Department.

  • The Planning Division provides land use planning, zoning and land division services, including services required for environmental review of public and private projects.   These services are provided consistent with the requirements of the California Government Code and the City’s adopted policies, ordinances and standards.The Economic Development Section plans and implements economic development activities that protect, improve, and diversify the local economy.

  • The Building Division issues permits for construction projects, provides inspection and plan check services for residential, commercial and industrial projects and administers the City's Code Enforcement activities.  These services are provided consistent with California building code requirements and the City’s adopted policies, ordinances and standards.

About Bakersfield
Incorporated on January 11, 1898, the City of Bakersfield is an emerging urban center encompassing 150 square miles at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley.  Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California and the 52nd largest city in the United States.  The city is growing at a rate of two-three percent per year with a current population of over 355,000 in a metropolitan area of approximately 520,000.

A variety of sporting events for both spectator and participant, historical sites and cultural opportunities are available.  Bakersfield is 113 miles north of Los Angeles, 291 miles south of San Francisco and 148 miles east of the Central Coast (Pismo Beach).  There is a fine school system, including twenty-five high schools, one junior college and one state university.  Reasonably priced housing is available throughout the city.  The City of Bakersfield offers an excellent place to live and work.