Planning Department

The Plumas County Planning Department provides citizens of Plumas County the guidance to develop property following the guidelines set forth in the Plumas County General Plan. This site has been developed to provide information regarding land use and development requirements administered by the Planning and Building Services Departments. In addition information will be provided pertaining to the General Plan Update process, the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and the Airport Land Use Commission.



Since the end of the Beckwourth and Dixie fires, the permit center at 555 Main Street, Quincy has experienced historic levels of phone calls, records requests, emails, and front counter activity creating a reduction of time being applied to permit intake and issuance. In order to give staff additional time to process either incoming or outgoing permit submittals without interruption, it has become necessary to adjust our office hours. Beginning on May 6, 2022 the Planning and Building offices will be closed to the public on Fridays of every week until further notice. Staff will still be working those days to process permit applications. Building inspections will still be done on Fridays and the drop boxes are still available in Chester or Quincy. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for members of the pubic wishing to contact the Planning or Building Departments, but after much consideration staff felt this would be the best short-term solution to prevent a growing backlog. Voice mails and emails sent on Fridays will be returned the following workweek during open office hours. Adding staff was considered, but the time it takes for one staff member to train a new staff member is lost productivity time, that under current conditions only adds to creating a backlog. There has also been great difficulty finding qualified applicants, which is an ongoing issue all employers within the County have been dealing with.

Thank you for your consideration.


Microenterprise Business Assistance and 
Recovery Forgivable Loan Program



The Draft Program Guidelines are subject to change at the discretion of the County based on state and federal requirements and/or prospective program applicants’ questions and clarifications.

The Final Program Guidelines, Application, and Checklist are anticipated to be released mid-June 2023, with an application deadline of July 31, 2023.

A total of $409,462 available. To promote economic stability and to assist with eligible business expenses, the Program offers a one-time forgivable loan of up to $50,000 per microenterprise business.

The Program will provide financial assistance to legal operating private for profit microenterprise businesses in the unincorporated areas of Plumas County and within the City of Portola city limits who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

CDBG regulations provide the following definition of a microenterprise business: A commercial enterprise that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the business.

Eligible uses of the loan funds include reimbursement of costs for the following business activities incurred during the period that begins on March 13, 2020, and ends on May 11, 2023 (duration of the national disaster declaration COVID-19 Public Health Emergency):

  • Commercial lease or mortgage payments
  • Employee payroll (not including owner salary)
  • Utility payments
  • Reimbursement for expenses related to supporting operational needs to address COVID-19 requirements for opening and operating (e.g., personal protective equipment and supplies, items related to public health and safety, and temporary distancing measures, or movable equipment).

Questions Contact:
Tracey Ferguson, Planning Director 
555 Main Street, Quincy, CA  95971 

Technical Assistance Resource Contact:
Prospective program applicants can find technical assistance resources by contacting the following:

Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 
Clint Koble, Advisor 



The Plumas County Board of Supervisors will hold a Public Hearing on:

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Continued to May 2, 2023, Continued to 
May 9, 2023, and Continued to June 6, 2023
10:00 AM

Board of Supervisors, Room 308

Courthouse, 520 Main Street

Quincy, CA

On March 16, 2023, the Plumas County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance and approved Resolution 2023-1 making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors that the ordinance be adopted and the Board of Supervisors find the ordinance adoption exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the Ordinance may have a significant effect on the environment.

The Notice of Public Hearing may be viewed here and the ordinance, including Exhibit "A" and Exhibit "B," may be viewed here.


2021 Wildfires Long-Term Recovery Plan Website Link 

Keep in touch with the latest in wildfire recovery CLICK HERE.



Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation, in cooperation with Plumas County Planning and Behavioral Health departments, has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a qualified Professional Engineer (PE) to evaluate the existing site conditions for a specific parcel in Plumas County, Town of East Quincy, to recommend alternatives for site design that maximizes the parcel for multifamily housing development. The goal is to determine site suitability. Deliverables shall include preliminary site plans and a written report that includes discussion and analysis of alternatives including a recommended course of action.

For the more information and to view the RFQ: CLICK HERE

RFQ Submission Deadline Date: April 7, 2023 at 5:00 PM

RFQ SUMMARY - Cornerstone Civil Design Ranked #1 Overall

Contact Persons:
Tracey Ferguson, Planning Director, Plumas County
555 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971

Allie Campbell, Project Manager, Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation
499 Leslie Street Ukiah, CA 95482


CAL FIRE Releases Updated Fire Hazard Severity Zone State Responsibility Area Map for Plumas County 

Office of the State Fire Marshal is undergoing a regulatory adoption process to update the existing map that captures Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), which is a comprehensive map that ranks California’s State Responsibility Area (SRA)—or rural, unincorporated areas—based on the likelihood different areas will experience wildfire. The last time SRA maps were updated statewide was 2007.

Proposed Text Changes to Regulations 
Initial Statement of Reasons
Proposed Plumas County SRA FHSZ Map
SRA FHSZ Counties Acreage Change Table
Board of Supervisors Comment Letter


The Plumas County Planning Department will hold Public Outreach Meetings on: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 5:00 PM and Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Planning and Building Services Office Conference Room at
555 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Plumas County Planning Department will conduct targeted public outreach meetings on December 20, 2022, at 5:00PM and December 29, 2022, at 10:00AM at 555 Main Street, Planning and Building Services Office Conference Room in order to seek public input and develop priorities on category(ies) of allowable uses and amounts, the blend of planning and implementation uses, the amount retained by Plumas County versus suballocations, and various other program components of the State Rural Allocation Regional Early Action Planning Grants of 2021 (REAP 2.0) application. 

The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) published a competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Final Guidelines - Tribal and Rural Allocation for REAP 2.0 on July 26, 2022. Plumas County is part of the “Far North” geography category that includes the following additional counties: Lassen, Modoc, Sierra, and Siskiyou. The maximum total amount allowable for the Far North counties is $2,060,042.77. The NOFA also includes a Tribal Entities allocation totaling $7,500,000.

Plumas County anticipates submitting a State REAP 2.0 Program application by the required deadline of December 31, 2022. 

The purpose of the public outreach meetings is to give the public an opportunity to make their comments known regarding what types of eligible uses Plumas County should apply for under the REAP 2.0 application. Disadvantaged and historically underserved communities in Plumas County, including Tribal Entities, are encouraged to attend in addition to individuals and organizations representing relevant interests such as affordable housing, infill development, infrastructure, and equity.

Plumas County anticipates applying for the following proposed category under the allowable uses in the following amount.

Accelerating infill development that facilitates housing supply, 
 choice, and affordability through various planning and investment: 


Including the following proposed eligible uses:

  • affordable housing development programs which may involve large expenditures and capital investments that accelerate the supply of long-term affordable housing for Lower-Income and Moderate-Income (LMI) households in infill areas;
  • affordable housing units that are part of mixed income development programs;
  • completing environmental clearance to eliminate the need for project-specific review for infill development that facilitates housing supply, choice, and affordability;
  • performing infrastructure planning and investing in upgrading infrastructure, including but not limited to sewer and water systems, or other public facilities necessary to accelerate infill development that facilitates housing supply, choice, and affordability; and
  • remove barriers to encourage development and commit to development within a reasonable time frame (e.g., within 5 years of the expenditure deadline).

If you require special accommodations to participate in the public outreach meetings, please contact Tracey Ferguson, Planning Director, Plumas County Planning Department, at 530-283-6214. If you are unable to attend the public outreach meetings, you may direct written comments to Plumas County, at 555 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971, or you may telephone Tracey Ferguson, Planning Director, Plumas County Planning Department, at 530-283-6214 or In addition, information is available for review at the above address between the hours of 8:00AM and 5:00PM Monday through Thursday.


Rock Creek-Cresta Project (FERC No. 1962) License Condition No. 4.D Additional Reasonable Water Temperature Control Measures Report 

USFS Response to PG&E Report - Does Not Approve

Revised Draft Report December 2022

Board of Supervisors Comment Letter

Draft Report October 2022

Appendix A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Approving Water Temperature Report Plan and Schedule

Appendix B North Fork Feather River Study Data and Informational Report on Water Temperature Monitoring and Additional Reasonable Water Temperature Control Measures, Amended 2005

Appendix C State Water Resources Control Board Analysis of Temperature Control Alternatives for the North Fork Feather River

Appendix C1 Level 1 and 2 Report
Appendix C2 Level 3 Report
Appendix C3 2012 Supplemental Study
Appendix C4 2016 Supplemental Study

Appendix D Summary of State Water Resources Control Board Evaluations

Appendix E Evaluation of Interim Water Temperature Control Measures




PRESENTATION - Tracey Ferguson, Plumas County Planning
(530) 283-6214

Plumas County Building Services Director
Chuck White (530) 283-7011, press 1, press 3 

PRESENTATION - Daniel Knott, K2 Development Companies

Sierra Pacific Industries Community Relations Manager
Mark Luster (916) 645-1631 



In 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a package of bills (Senate Bill 1168, Senate Bill 1319, and Assembly Bill 1739) collectively called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The intent of SGMA is to create a “framework for sustainable groundwater management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.” 

The Sierra Valley groundwater basin is a medium-priority basin. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was made and entered into on January 8, 2019 by and between the SVGMD and Plumas County to establish and facilitate a cooperative and ongoing working relationship between the County and the SVGMD, as co-Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, to develop a single Sierra Valley Subbasin GSP. 

The purpose of the GSP is to ensure that “sustainable groundwater management” in the Sierra Valley Subbasin is achieved by 2042 and maintained at least until 2072. As required by SGMA, a Sustainability Goal must be developed to fulfill the regulations and culminate in the absence of undesirable results within the next 20 years. The overarching Sustainability Goal for groundwater management in the Sierra Valley Subbasin is: To manage groundwater resources in a manner that best supports the long-term health of the people, the environment, and the economy of Sierra Valley into the future by avoiding significant and unreasonable impacts to environmental, domestic, agricultural, and industrial beneficial uses and users of groundwater.

GSP Annual Report (Water Year 2021) 

SV GW Basin_5-012.01_WY_2021_AnnualReport_04.01.22


The Sierra Valley Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)—Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District (SVGMD) and the Plumas County Board of Supervisors—adopted by resolution the Sierra Valley Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) on January 17, 2022 and January 18, 2022, respectively. The adopted GSP was then submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) by the January 31, 2022 deadline.

The GSP official 75-day public comment period has ended, although comments can still be submitted to DWR at the link below: 

Click on the blue box in the upper left to “Add Comment.” Fill in the information on the Comment Submission form and click Submit. Note the Comment Submission form includes the ability to upload additional files, if desired. All submitted public comments can be viewed on the SGMA Portal and will be posted publicly.

The GSP is provided as a single file on DWR's website at:


Front Cover/Acknowledgements/List of Acronyms/Signatures

Executive Summary

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Plan Area

Chapter 3 – Sustainable Management Criteria

Chapter 4 – Projects and Management Actions

Chapter 5 – Plan Implementation

Chapter 6 – References

Appendix 1-1 GSA Submittal to DWR

Appendix 1-2 GSA Memorandum of Understanding

Appendix 1-3 SVGMD Policy Manual

Appendix 1-4 SVGMD Purchasing Policy

Appendix 1-5 GSP Preparation Checklist

Appendix 2-1 DMS Technical Memorandum

Appendix 2-2 Brief History of Ramelli Ranch Vicinity

Appendix 2-3 Communications & Engagement Plan

Appendix 2-4 Comment Response Summary

Appendix 2-5 Data Gaps and Monitoring Plan

Appendix 2-6 Water Quality Assessment

Appendix 2-7 Sierra Valley Hydrogeologic System Model and Water Budget Report

Appendix 3-1 Well Impact Analysis

Appendix 3-2 Historical Groundwater Levels

Appendix 3-3 GDE/NDVI Assessment

Appendix 5-1 Funding Options Technical Memorandum

Appendix 5-2 Annual Reporting Template

Back Cover