Planning Division

Paul Hellman, Director
Lio Salazar, AICP, Planning Division Manager

1855 Placer Street, Suite 103
Redding, California 96001
Phone: (530) 225-5532
Fax: (530) 245-6468

The Planning Division serves as the land use information center for the County. The Division functions as a professional staff to the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Airport Land Use Commission.  The Division is responsible for the maintenance and implementation of the County General Plan, the County Zoning Plan, and implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

General planning questions and comments may be emailed to: Responses may take up to 72 hours.



On July 21, 2020, the Shasta County Board of Supervisor’s adopted Ordinance 2020-05 to amend the zoning plan to regulate short-term rentals within the unincorporated area of Shasta County. The ordinance sets forth the requirements of operating a short-term rental as well clearly defining two types, Vacation Rentals and Hosted Homestays. All short-term rentals must apply for the required permit to operate a Vacation Rental or Hosted Homestay on or before November 21, 2020. The links below provide additional information regarding short-term rentals and complying with the ordinance. For additional information please call the Planning Division at (530) 225-5532.

Short-Term Rental Complaints

All Short-Term Rental Complaints in the unincorporated area of Shasta County must be made using the 24/7 hotline (530) 232-4345 or on the Short-Term Rental Tips website.


Adopted September 19, 2017 by the Board of Supervisors. Ordinance 2017-05 added section 17.88.132 "Accessory Dwelling Units". Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an affordable, versatile and effective option for much needed housing in the state. Often referred to as granny flats, in-law quarters, backyard cottages and secondary units, ADUs are now allowed in all zoning districts where residential uses are allowed by right in the unincorporated County. 


The California Housing Finance Agency has announced grants for qualifying homeowners of up to $40,000 for construction of accessory dwelling units throughout the State. In Shasta County, all households with an income of $139,000 or less are eligible for this program. For more information and to see if you qualify, please click on this link: ADU Grant Program | CalHFA

The 2020 – 2028 Housing Element Has Been Completed

You can view the Housing Element by CLICKING HERE. If you have any questions about the ongoing implementation of policies and programs contained within the Housing Element please email Senior Planner, David Schlegel at or call (530) 225-5532.


In order to encourage a variety of housing projects featuring a mixture of housing types affordable to the Very Low, Low, and Moderate income households the County created the Developer Incentive Program-Multiple Family Housing (Program H1-J) in the 2014-2019 Housing Element Update. For eligibility information and a list of incentives click here.


shhiplogoThe Self-Help Home Improvement Project (SHHIP) offers cost free home weatherization programs based on income eligibility. For information on available programs click here. Additional information is also available on the SHHIP website at



General Plan Zoning and other information is available on-line by clicking the following link:


  • Ordinance No. SCC 2019-04 Adopted June 18, 2019 by the Board of Supervisors. Ordinance 2019-04 amended and updated section 17.88.320 regulating personal cannabis cultivation.
  • Ordinance No. SCC 2017-07 Adopted November 14, 2017 by the Board of Supervisors.  Ordinance 2017-07 added section 17.88.325 to the Shasta County Code prohibiting commercial cannabis activity, delivery of cannabis, and temporary events involving the onsite sale or consumption of cannabis in all zones of the unincorporated area. 

Complaints being made regarding cannabis cultivation must be submitted in written form and delivered to the Department of Resource Management.  Once the complaint is received and reviewed, it will be forwarded to the appropriate enforcement entity.


  • On May 19, 2020, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance No. SCC 2020-02 amending Title 17, Zoning Plan, of the Shasta County Code to regulate industrial hemp within the unincorporated area of Shasta County. The indoor cultivation and processing of industrial hemp is limited to nursery stock and micro-greens and is permissible only in the Exclusive Agriculture (EA), Limited Agriculture (A-1), and Unclassified (U) districts if a use permit is issued; outdoor cultivation and processing of industrial hemp is prohibited in all districts. The manufacturing of industrial hemp products is permissible in a fully enclosed building only in the General Industrial (M) and Light Industrial (M-L) districts if a zoning permit is issued; manufacturing of industrial hemp products is prohibited in all other districts and is prohibited outdoors in all districts.


In collaboration with the Greater Palo Cedro Area Chamber of Commerce and the residents of the Palo Cedro community, Shasta County is developing a specific plan to facilitate development of a vibrant, sustainable, and walkable Palo Cedro Town Center which would include a variety of housing types to fit the needs of Palo Cedro. The community’s vision for area will be used to guide development within the Palo Cedro Town Center area. Please visit our project website for additional details and participation opportunities.

Palo Cedro Town Center Project Website

Workshop 1 Flyer March 19, 2022


The County of Shasta, City of Anderson and Igo Ono CSD recognize the consequences of disasters and the need to reduce the impacts of natural hazards. The elected and appointed officials of these jurisdictions also know that with careful selection, mitigation actions in the form of projects and programs can become long-term, cost effective means for reducing the impact of natural hazards. These jurisdictions are in the process of a regular update of the Shasta County Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP.) The purpose of hazard mitigation planning is to implement and sustain actions that reduce vulnerability. The public’s input is requested to assist in identifying areas of vulnerability within these jurisdictions. Please consider contributing to the early stages of the developing update by completing the HMP Engagement Dashboard Survey using the link below. Survey responses will be received through Wednesday, May 18, 2022. For additional information regarding the survey and/or HMP update process, please contact Rachell Russell, Accountant Auditor III,  Shasta County Public Works at (530) 225-5661 or by email at

HMP Engagement Dashboard Survey

Shasta County Hazard Mitigation Plan November 2017