The Alturas Planning Department is administered by the Planning Director, 5 Planning Commissioners and a Secretary.
The Planning Commissioners are appointed by  the Alturas City Council.
The Planning Department has primary responsibility for zoning, land use permits, long-range planning, and local administration of State environmental review laws.  
Another essential function for the Department is to provide the public with information and guidance concerning development, General Plan  policies, zoning district regulations, permit procedures, floodplain boundaries,  property information and other information relevant to land use and development of the community.