Planning Department Services Update

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Kern County Planning & Natural Resources Department is operating with modified onsite staffing. While the Public Services Building is open to the public, Department Staff are currently working a hybrid onsite/remote schedule. All services are available, and any emails and phone messages will be returned by Staff.

  • Public Assistance

    The Public Services Building and Public Assistance Counter is fully open to the public. The Public Assistance Counter is available to answer any department and zoning related questions via phone, email, or in-person. Please feel free to contact Staff by phone at (661) 862-5263 or by email at All messages are being checked daily and any inquiries will be returned within 24 hours.

  • Submitting Applications

    Should you wish to submit an application to the Planning & Natural Resources Department and have questions, please contact the Public Assistance Counter by phone at (661) 862-5263 or by email at Applications can be submitted in the following format:

    By mail:  The Planning & Natural Resources Department is receiving regular mail. Applications, along with appropriate application fees can be submitted and accepted by mail. Applications packets should be mailed to the attention of Mr. Dennis McNamara at the Planning & Natural Resources Department 2700 “M” Street, Suite 100 Bakersfield, CA 93301. Any applications submitted via mail should be accompanied by a check with the appropriate application fees made payable to the Planning & Natural Resources Department. Staff further requests an electronic version of any submitted materials be included.

    By email:  Applications are being accepted via email at this time. If submitting applications by email, payment of application fees will be done through credit card or wire transfers. PDFs of application materials should be emailed to Once received and reviewed, Staff will contact the applicant of record to discuss payment of application fees. Once payment is received, Staff will be able to begin processing the requested applications.

    In-Person:  Staff will be able to collect applications, cash any payments and provide written receipts. Staff is requesting all visitors wear masks. Social distancing provisions will be implemented during this visit.

  • Requesting a Meeting with Staff to Discuss a Future Project

    If you are interested in discussing a future project with the Planning & Natural Resources Department, please contact Staff via email at Meetings can be held in-person or facilitated via teleconference or electronic conferencing platforms such as Teams or Go To Meeting.

  • Public Hearings

    Hearings are again being held in-person. For hearing times and locations, please visit the following: