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:


Amended Vacation Rental Ordinance

The City Council will kick-off its review process of the draft, amended Vacation Rental ordinance at their regular meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6pm.  In August 2015, the Council tasked the the Planning Commission the assignment of studying and making recommendations on a variety of focuses such as a cap, license transferability, and enforcement. 1-year later the Planning Commission handed it back to the Council for final review and decision.  The City encourages the public to participate in the final stages of this process to ensure all voices are heard.  A Summary Chart has been included in the August 10 meeting packet that explains the issues they will be focusing in on. Feel free to use it as a template, or consider providing your input by email or in writing in advance of the upcoming meetings.

DEADLINE: Sales Tax Arguments For/Against

Deadline for submission of arguments for or against the proposed Sales Tax Extension (Measure G) is 2:00pm, Friday, August 12, 2016.  Arguments should be submitted to the City Clerk in writing (email or paper copy).

Two Seats Open on Trinidad City Council

Trinidad residents interested in running for the Trinidad City Council have an opportunity to be on the ballot in November.  The terms of Julie Fulkerson and Jack West expire in December.  Trinidad residents interesed in volunteering for a four-year term can obtain the necessary forms and information from the City Clerk's office starting Monday, July 18 through Friday, August 12.  The Candidate Statement packet is also available online.  Candidates must file the completed nomination papers no later than 5pm on Friday, August 12, at the Clerk's office at the Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity Street, Trinidad.  Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years old, live within the Trinidad city limits, be registered to vote at their residential address.  Qualifiied nominiees must obtain at least 10 signatures of voters who live within the Trinidad City limits and are also registered to vote at the same address.  The city council adopts laws and sets policy to help guide the city manager and staff in operation of the city.  City Council members attend at least 1 regular meeting per month, special meetings as needed, and also serve as representative to other regional boards and commissions.  Trinidad voters will have the opportunity to select their Councilmembers at the general election on Tuesday, November 08.


Vacation Rental License Moratorium

At the regular meeting on Wednesday, June 08, 2016, the Trinidad City Council approved Ordinance 2015-02b; continuation  a moratorium placed on issuing new vacation rental licenses for one final year, ending June 29, 2017. A report of the City's efforts to amend the existing ordinance to address the issues that prompted the moratorium is now available for public review. It is posted in the Document Library of this website.

2015 Consumer Confidence Report -Water Department

The 2015 Consumer Confidence Report for the City of Trinidad's Public Water System is now available.  Click Here to view the report.


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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