Planning Division

Paul Hellman, Director
Adam Fieseler, 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 2020 – 2028 Housing Element Has Been Completed

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 the Shasta County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to approve the 2020-2028 Housing Element. The State Department of Housing and Community Development has certified the 2020 – 2028 Housing Element and the final version can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. This Housing Element addresses the County’s housing needs, including its Regional Housing Need Allocation, and sets forth a Housing Plan to address those needs.
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.


Burney Commons is a proposed 31-unit affordable apartment development comprised of one-, two-, and three- bedroom units with an integral community center, office, and laundry room to be located on a site at 20549 Mackinac Street in Burney, California. The project will consist of seven one-story buildings with slab on grade foundations and wood frame Type V 1-Hour construction. The apartment buildings will front a common driveway and access to the site is provided by a driveway on Mackinac Street and Bainbridge Drive. Parking will be located in spaces spread adjacent to building locations. The design of the project is intended to provide a residential scaled development to blend with the nature of the with surrounding single-family homes. This Environmental Assessment is posted to our website for public review pursuant to HUD regulations at 24 CFR 58 as the project proposes to use Project-Based Vouchers along with additional sources of affordable housing funds. The multi-family residential type is permitted outright in the existing zoning for the project site.


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.