August 18, 2018

About Planning & Natural Resources

The Planning and Natural Resources Department provides consolidated land use planning and community development programs for the County's residents. We are proud to fulfill a mission that fosters economic vitality, supports resource conservation, and serves the diverse needs of Kern County residents, including those with lower incomes, by improving their economic, environmental, and social quality of life.

Most Popular FAQ's

What are the submittal requirements for a zone variance or modification?

Applications can be mailed, obtained directly from the Department or the department website at Along with the application and payment of filing fees, you must ...

Are certificates of compliance used for anything else?

Kern County uses the Certificate of Compliance as a means of officially recognizing the legal creation of a parcel. Certificates are issued for parcels created ...

What are the submittal requirements for a conditional use permit?

Applications for a conditional use permit may be obtained at the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department counter or on the Department's website. Certain ...

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