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:


Van Wycke Trail Repair Concepts

The City of Trinidad's Van Wycke Trail Repair Project has been selected by Caltrans as eligible for grant funding through the Active Transportation Program. The City Engineer drafted proposed alternatives that met the grant criteria, and on November 16 held a public meeting at the trail to highlight the repair challenges, design elements, and preferred alternatives. Also provided were concept renderings showing the repaired trail from various viewpoints.  All the documents are located in the Document Library, Roads & Trail folder.


Short Term Rental Ordinance - APPROVED

On Wednesday, November 09, 2016, at 6pm, the City Council approved the final reading of the VDU/STR (Short Term Rental) Ordinance - version 11-09-16.   The City will now submit a Local Coastal Plan amendment application to the Coastal Commission, and the ordinance will not be effective until certified by the Commission - which could still be months away.  The complete agenda and meeting packet are available for review.


City Council Vacancy

The City of Trinidad is looking for (1) candidate to fill a City Council term through December 2018, left vacant by Susan Tissot who resigned on November 09.  Eligible candidates must be registered to vote and live inside the city limits.  Send letters of interest to the Trinidad City Clerk at P.O. Box 390, Trinidad, CA 95570, or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   Candidate will be appointed by the City Council.  Deadline for letters of interest is December 08, 2016, or remain open until a qualified applicant is found.


Planning Commissioner Vacancies

The Trinidad Planning Commission is looking to fill (2) vacant seats through December 2022.  These positions will fill seats of commissioners whose 4-year terms are up.  Qualified applicants must live inside city limits, or within the Greater Trinidad Area.  Letters of interest (including a brief description of what you feel makes you qualified)  must be received by the City Clerk by Friday, November 04, 2016.  They can be submitted by email, mail, or in person.  Mail to P.O. Box 390, Trinidad, CA 95570.  Deliver to 409 Trinity Street, Trinidad.  Email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The volunteer positions will remain open until filled.  Commissioners are appointed by the City Council.

Qualified Septic Contractors

The City of Trinidad is seeking qualified contractors for a pre-qualified bidders list for the Trinidad-Westhaven Onsite Watewater Treatment System (OWTS) Repair Program, which anticipates awarding up to 24 OWTS repair/replacement projects from December 2016 through September 2017.  Interested contractors must submit a fully completed pre-qualification questionnaire by 11/28/16.  All contractors must pay the prevailing wage and be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).



November Election - City Council Nominees

The City of Trinidad received (2) applications for (2) Council positions open for the upcoming November Election.  Incumbent Jack West, and resident Steve Ladwig will have their names on the local ballot, along with the 3/4% Sales Tax Extension Measure G.

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.

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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