City Council meets every 1st and 3rd
Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
City Planning Commission meets on the 1st
Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Yes, in accordance with City Code 4-2-1 anyone who conducts any kind
of business, whether or not carried on for profit must obtain a business
You may apply in person at 209 East Kern Street, Taft, CA 93268 and ask for Maudene McAfee; by email at email@example.com
or you may call (661)763-1350 ext. 31.
Business license applications submitted from outside the city limits normally take 7-10 days to process.
Those within city limits may/will require the following after
the license application is submitted and before the license can be granted:
Building Inspection (appointment can
be scheduled at 661-763-1222 ext. 10)
- Kern County Fire Department Inspection
(appointment can be scheduled at 661-391-7080)
- Planning Department Approval, including signage permits (call 661-763-1222
ext. 24 or 33)
- Police Department Approval (internal
process, no inspection or appointment needed)
- Public Works Department Approval (internal
process, no inspection or appointment needed)
requirements have been met and all departments have signed off, the
license will be issued.
Yes, you will need to apply for a home occupancy permit (one-time
$60 fee). If you rent your home, you will also need written permission
from the property owner to conduct business from that location.
You will also need to turn in an application for a business license.
No. Council Members are elected “at large”.
Interested parties can complete an Application for Appointment
. Notices of vacancies are advertised in the local newspaper.
Appointees are subject to filing a Statement of Economic
Interest, Form 700 and must complete an ethics training class
every two (2) years, pursuant to California AB1234.
The Mayor is elected by the five (5) Councilmembers, normally right
after new Councilmembers are seated after an election. The Mayor
typically serves a two (2) year term.
Terms are for four (4) years and are staggered. Two (2) Councilmembers
are elected at one election and then the next election there
are three (3) Councilmembers elected.
Copies of Birth Certificates can be obtained from the Kern County Recorder’s Office, 1655 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301, or apply on-line at http://recorder.co.kern.ca.us
The same link can be used to apply for Death Certificates or Marriage Licenses.
Council meetings are held at Taft City Hall Council Chamber, 209 E.
Kern Street, Taft, CA 93268. Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. on the
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Special meetings can be called by the Mayor or 4/5 of the Council Members
with a 24-hour notice.
The City of Taft consolidates elections with Kern County and Election
Day is held on the 1st Tuesday of every other, even
To report a possible City of Taft Municipal Code violation, you may contact our Code Enforcement Specialist Jill Gipson
or you may call the Taft Police Department at (661)763-3101 and ask
to speak with Code Enforcement.
Contact the Kern County Assessor’s Office at 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301; (661)868-3485; or at http://assessor.co.kern.ca.us/
Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Except Holidays)
For park and facility reservation details please contact (661)763-1222 ext. 10.
Taft City Hall is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
(Except for the Posted Holiday Schedule)
You may contact the Kern County Code Enforcement Department at (661)862-8603.
You may complete an on-line City of Taft Application at www.cityoftaft.org or visit the Personnel Office located at 209 East Kern Street, Taft,
CA 93268.Current job openings
are listed on this site.
Planning and Building
Call the Building Department at (661) 763-1222 ext. 22 or 10 for the receptionist, to schedule an inspection.
Be prepared to leave the address of the project, permit number, type of inspection, your name and your phone number. Inspections are conducted on a first-called, first-served basis.
Allow at least 24 hours in advance and keep in mind that we are open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. We are closed on legal holidays.
For minor miscellaneous permits you or your contractor would need to come down to City Hall during business hours and fill out a permit application form. We would collect the appropriate fees and issue the permit.
For additions, remodels, patio covers and new construction you would bring two sets of plans with calculations and specifications if needed (depending on the scope of work) to City Hall and fill out an application form.
The Planning Department will review your plans for zoning and setback requirements.
After approval from the Planning Department, plans are submitted to the Building Department for structural plan check and compliance with all applicable building codes. Minor projects may not require a plan check.
After the Building Department approves the plans and all required outside agency approvals have been obtained, the permit can then be issued and work can begin.
The costs for an Encroachment Permit are as follows:
$40 for Issuance; $40 for Plan Check; and $40 per Project Inspection.
Before you perform any construction or maintenance work in the public
right of way, you must have a valid Encroachment Permit issued by the
Public Works Department. Please note this permit is not complete
until all attachments are received.
There a several reasons why its imperative that you get a permit when one is required:
- Costly investigation fees could be assessed for work that has been done without permits.
- Insurance companies do not normally insure property that has been improved without permits.
- The illegal work performed may create unsafe or hazardous conditions that could result in injury or even death.
- Work done without a permit is considered illegal and substandard.
- It is unlawful to perform work without a permit and is punishable by law.
The process to obtain a permit after the fact is the same as the process to obtain a permit in the first place. Two sets of plans must be submitted to the Planning Department for review. Once they are approved by the Planning Department they are submitted for Building and Safety plan check for additions, accessory structures, and major remodeling. After approved by both departments, the permit will be issued. Then the work will have to be exposed for inspection this includes foundations, slabs, framing, electrical, plumbing and mechanical work.
A building permit gives you legal permission to start a building, improvement, alteration or repair project in accordance with the building codes. There are several reasons why you should get a permit:
Your home or business is an investment. If your project does not comply with applicable codes, the value of your investment could be reduced.
Property insurers may not cover work done without permits.
If you sell a home or building that has been modified without a permit, you may be required to demolish or remove the modification, or pay for costly repairs.
By obtaining permits, complying with code requirements and having all required inspections, you are ensuring the safety, health and welfare of yourself, your family and/or the public.
It is the law. As a property owner, you are responsible for assuring that all required permits are obtained for all improvements, alterations, and/or repairs on your home or building.
The general rule of thumb is to call for inspection before you cover anything up.
Typical inspections include underground plumbing & electrical, footing, foundation, slab, rough framing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, sheetrock nailing, roof sheathing, gas tests, etc...
All projects large and small require a final inspection so that the permit can be “finaled” and completed. Equipment such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, dishwashers, etc. require inspection after they have been installed.
A permit without inspections expires after 180 days and is considered void. All inspections must be completed and the permit finalized for work to be considered legal.
A permit is required for all alterations, additions, repairs and replacements of a building or structure and any associated components such as electrical, mechanical and plumbing. This includes minor things such as replacing windows, exterior doors, fixed appliances, fixtures, re-roofs, etc...
THINGS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A PERMIT are non-retaining walls 2 feet or less, playground equipment, cabinetry, shelving, floor coverings, painting and other similar cosmetic changes.
If you are unsure whether a permit is required, call the Building Department at (661) 763-1222 extension 22.
- New buildings
- All additions
- Extensive remodels
- Accessory structures such as patio covers, gazebos, etc.
- Tenant improvements
- New pools
- Any project that requires engineered calculations
You may contact the Kern County Planning and Building Services Department at (661)862-8650.
A permit will expire and become null and void if the building or work authorized by such permit has not commenced within 180 days from the date of issuance, or if the work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for more than 180 days.
A permittee may request an extension if unable to commence work within 180 days when they are able to provide good and satisfactory reasons. If a permit has had rough inspections but has never had a final inspection and approval, the permit will expire and be null and void.
All work done under the expired permit will be considered non-permitted, illegal and substandard. Upon sale of your house, a record search may reveal that a permit has not been finaled. This could hold up escrow.
In order to final an expired permit, additional reinstatement fees equivalent to fifty (50) percent of the original permit cost will be assessed and a final inspection will need to be scheduled.
When final inspection has been performed and all corrections made, then the permit (and work) will be “finaled” and approved.
If this is an EMERGENCY, please dial 9-1-1.
If you have been a victim of a crime, please contact our dispatch at
(661)763-3101 and request to speak with an officer.
You may also
file a police report in person at 320 Commerce Way, Taft, CA 93268.
Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00am until 3:30pm. No appointments are necessary, but it’s a good idea to call before
arriving to make sure we are able to perform Live Scans that day. You
must bring a valid California-issued identification or a valid US passport.
Payment is due (cash or check) when services are rendered.
An out-of-state child custody order cannot be enforced unless it has been registered with Kern County’s Family Law Court Division
and is signed by a Kern County judge.
Call the Kern County District
Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit (CAU) at 661.868.2340 for further
information or visit their web page at http://www.co.kern.ca.us/da/child_abduction.asp