Permit Overview

A Business-Friendly Environment

The permit and plan check process is dramatically shorter in Kern County than elsewhere in California, typically measured in days or weeks rather than months and sometimes years. This is just one example of how Kern County works with business, not against. But don’t just take our word on this, hear what companies have to say:

“We have assisted many different projects in Kern County, including mining, solar, water and oil and gas. We have found that, while all permitting processes are challenging, our clients routinely comment on the professionalism and greater ease of doing business in Kern County versus other counties in California.”

-Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc.

 

 Permit 
Processing Time 


Building Permit / CommercialPlan Check
3-4 weeks

Conditional Use Permit
2 weeks preliminary review. 4 months public process (Planning Commission) if not environmental document. If Negative Declaration is needed, then 4 – 6 months.

If approved, then 14 day appeal period.


Grading Permit
10 working days preliminary review.

Precise Development Plan
2 weeks preliminary review. 2 months to public process to Directors Hearing if no environmental document is needed.

If Negative Declaration is needed, then 4 -6 months.


Impact Fees
Traffic Impact fees/sewer fees may or may not be required depending on location.

Fire Inspection Permit
Part of plan review.

Zone Change
2 weeks preliminary review. 4 months public process and hearings (Planning Commission and Board ofSupervisors). If no environmental document is needed, then four months.

If Negative Declaration is needed, then 6 months.

If EIR is needed, then 12 to 18 months.

If approved, then 30 days before change is effective.


General Plan Amendment
Notice of Intent is filed. 2 weeks preliminary review. If Negative Declaration is needed, then 6-7 months. If EIR is needed, then 12 to 18 months.

Requires Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors General Plan Window (4 times per year).


Sign Permit
Part of plan review.

Business License
Majority of businesses in unincorporated areas do not need a business license. 2 weeks within city limits.

Kern County Resource Management Agency offers over the counter, on-line, fast track and fax permitting options, depending on the permit type.