Community Development Department

The City of Wasco’s Community Development Department provides planning, building inspection, and code compliance public services.

Our mission is to advocate for improving the overall quality of life within Wasco through ensuring excellence in physical design and construction, and the wise use of human and natural resources.   The Department has a special challenge to be mindful of the long-range consequences of our actions related to the physical development of the City. The Community Development Department promotes the inclusion of the public in all planning processes.

Mr. Roger Mobley

Planning Director

Phone: (661) 758-7200
Fax: (661) 758-7239


Planning has the following responsibilities:

  • Assisting the public by providing information related to planning functions within the City, including permitted land uses, development standards and development processes.
  • Assisting the City Council with planning for the City’s future development (long-range planning actions).
  • Providing staff support to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the City Council. The Commission retains jurisdiction over various land use matters, including the consideration of conditional use permits, subdivision maps, certain design review matters, and serves as a policy advisory capacity to the City Council. The Planning Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 746 8th Street, Wasco.
  • Reviewing development applications and related proposals for conformance with the City’s adopted policies and ordinances (current-planning actions).
  • Preparing environmental documentation (evaluations of potential impacts and identification of mitigation measures for new development projects) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Maintaining and implementing the City’s long-range planning documents, including the General Plan. The General Plan guides City development actions through adoption of goals and policies. It includes “elements” or chapters that focus on key development issues, including Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Open Space and Conservation, Noise and Public Safety.
  • Maintaining and implementing the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance is an implementation tool of the General Plan. It prescribes the type, location, range and intensity of land uses, and establishes development standards and land use processes throughout the City.

Apply for a Planning Permit
Planning Division Forms and Fees
Planning Division Resources and Documents
Meeting Agendas
Meeting Minutes

Commissioners and Terms

Building Inspection Division

The Building Division is staffed by a Building Inspector, who can be reached by phone and email.

The Building Division has the following responsibilities:

  • Assists the public by providing information related to building and construction requirements within the City.
  • Processes building permit applications.
  • Conducts inspections of new construction projects.
  • Assists the Planning and Code Enforcement Divisions with related land use and enforcement matters.

Apply for a Building Permit

Construction Permit Declarations Form (required for all Building Permit Requests)

Permitting Software User Instructions

Owner Builder-Property Owner’s Package (required for all Building Permit Requests made by property owners or property owner’s authorized agent)

Building Department Inspection Policy

City Adopted Building Code Standards

County of Kern Building Inspection Division

Solar Permit Checklist

Call 811 or visit Before You Dig!

Safe excavation practices are encouraged, you must call prior to excavating which may prevent loss of life, injusrty and, or, damage to property.

Code Compliance Division

The Code Compliance Division is staffed by a Code Compliance Officer who can be reached by phone and email.

The Code Compliance Division has the following responsibilities:

  • Assists the public by providing information related to building and construction requirements within the City.
  • Protects the public interest through investigation of Code Compliance complaints.
  • Conducts inspections of properties to determine compliance with various City Codes.
  • Assists the Planning and Building Divisions with related land use and building matters.

Submit a Complaint
Code Compliance Concern Form
Appeal of Administrative Citation Form 

Printable Big Truck Parking Map

Big Truck Parking Map