Kern County, California

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Abandoned/Inoperable Vehicles Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about abandoned/inoperable vehicles. Print/Mail form located here.
Adopt-A-Wall  
A neighborhood community partnership where Kern County provides all of the supplies and you provide the time and effort to keep an area clean. An online form is available to sign up to get involved with this program.
Adoption Services  
A full service adoption agency, licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services.
Adult Protective Services  
Adult Protective Services provides investigation of suspected neglect and abuse of elder and dependent adults.
AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Information  
Guidelines for using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), geared toward the layperson.
Ambulance Performance  
Overview of EMS system and the performance standards required of the contracted ambulance providers.
Ambulance Providers  
Listing of all authorized ambulance companies serving Kern County.
Ambulance Rates  
Listing of the allowable rates ambulance companies can charge for services.
Apply for A Board, Commission, or Committee  
There are approximately 70 Boards and Commissions in the County, and the Board of Supervisors relies on these groups to advise them on a wide range of issues affecting their constituencies. Residents are encouraged to apply for positions on commissions which are of interest to them.
Arts & Entertainment  
Explore live theater, museums, and music in Kern County.
Assessment Appeals Information and Application  
Property owners have a right to challenge their property assessments by filing an application for changed assessment with the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors. An Assessment Appeals Board, appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the local board of equalization, will determine the value of the property after hearing evidence from the applicant and from a representative for the Assessor's Office.
Auctions - Surplus Property  
Periodically the County of Kern auctions off County vehicles and other types of personal property. The County contracts with private firms to coordinate these auctions. View upcoming auction dates and the current list of County vehicles/property to be sold at each upcoming auction.
Board Agenda, Minutes and Video  
Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda, Minutes and Videos of meetings held each week.
Board Meeting Schedule  
Board of Supervisors Annual Meeting Schedule.
Boards, Commissions, and Committees Information  
There are approximately 70 Boards and Commissions to which the Board of Supervisors appoints some or all of the members. There is an ongoing need for residents to apply for positions on commissions which are of interest to them. Each Board and Commission has an issue, policy and/or program focus, and appointees generally represent defined communities of interest. The Board of Supervisors relies on these groups to advise them on a wide range of issues affecting their constituencies.
Building Permit - Check Status  
Check the status of a building permit online.
Building Reservations  
Reserve several County-owned buildings for civil and/or private events. The types of buildings available include Veterans, Seniors, Community, and Recreation Buildings.
Bus Services - Outlying Kern County Communities (Kern Regional Transit)  
Bus routes and schedules offered by Kern Regional Transit.
CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Program  
The Community Development Block Grant Program was established by HUD to provide decent housing, provide a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities.
Child Abduction Services  
The Child Abduction Unit of the Kern County District Attorney's Office assists in the enforcement of court orders awarding child custody, including custody orders issued by courts in other California counties, states and foreign countries.
Child Abuse or Neglect  
Call 661-631-6011
Child Support Application  
Apply for child support. We deliver outstanding Child Support Services so that all children receive the financial and medical resources necessary for their well-being.
Civil Service Commission  
The Civil Service Commission has responsibility for all classified positions, adopting and enforcing rules, recruitment and testing, payroll and records management, classification maintenance and conducting hearings upon appeals from employees.
Code Compliance Complaint - Online Form  
Submit complaints online about illegal dumping, abandoned/inoperable vehicles, housing, raw sewage, trash/junk/debris, construction/zoning, weeds, public nuisances, and unlawful dumping.
Code Compliance Complaint - Print/Mail Form  
Submit complaints by mail about illegal dumping, abandoned/inoperable vehicles, housing, raw sewage, trash/junk/debris, construction/zoning, weeds, public nuisances, and unlawful dumping.
Code Enforcement  
The Mission of the Code Compliance Unit is to work in partnership with the people of Kern County to promote health and welfare and maintain community standards.
Community and Government Calendar  
Lists events of interest to Kern County residents, including recreational events and classes/workshops.
Conservatorship Services  
Provides Conservatorship for the person and/or estate of an individual determined by the court to be "gravely disabled" due to mental illness.
Construction/Zoning Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about construction/zoning. Print/Mail form located here.
Consumer Fraud Services  
Instructions and form for submitting a consumer fraud complaint against a company or individual.
County Facility Rental - Truxtun Avenue  
Reserve portions of the County-owned facility at 1115 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield for events/activities.
Crime Reporting (Non-Emergency)  
Non emergency Sheriff's reporting system.
Debris/Trash/Junk Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about trash/junk/debris. Print/Mail form located here.
Dining  
Grab a bite to eat at hundreds of restaurants in Kern County.
Disaster Medical Planning Group  
Documentation of the local collaborative effort among medical and health services providers to prepare for disasters and maximize the effectiveness of emergency response to a catastrophic event.
Disposal Sites (Landfills/Bin Sites/Transfer Stations)  
Kern County Landfills & Transfer Stations.
Domestic Services (e.g., housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry)  
This program provides services to assist eligible aged or blind persons or persons with disabilities who are unable to remain safely in their own homes without assistance.
E-mail Notifications  
Kern County offers free e-mail & text alert subscriptions. Available topics include Board of Supervisors Meeting Information and Grand Jury Early Releases.
eBooks & eAudiobooks  
The Kern County Library offers free eBooks: popular fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and teen titles – something for everyone! eBook Service is free with your library card.
Election Results  
View elections results for Kern County.
Emergency Alert System (ReadyKern)  
Kern County has implemented ReadyKern, a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert residents and businesses about natural disasters and other crises. The new emergency notification system enables Kern County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as earthquakes, severe weather, fires, floods, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.
Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board  
Meeting schedule, agendas, and meeting notes for Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board (EMCAB).
Employer Services  
Services provided to employers free of charge.
EMS  
Emergency medical services available in Kern County and an overview of the EMS system.
EMS Fund  
Overview of the EMS Fund, claim schedules, and instructions.
EMS Week  
Activities and other information about EMS Week.
Engineering Development Standards  
View engineering development standards.
Environmental Documents  
Discretionary projects are subject to CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify and mitigate, if possible, any significant environmental impacts that the proposed project may cause. In accordance with CEQA, Environmental impact reports (EIRs) are prepared to evaluate these impacts, mitigations, and/or alternatives. Public comment is also incorporated to gather input from interested parties.
Environmental Health Complaints  
Report issues with food (e.g., at restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, delicatessans), solid waste, hazardous materials, or other environmental-health issues.
Establish an Installment Plan  
Establish an installment plan to pay property taxes.
Family Law Facilitator  
The Office of the Family Law Facilitator provides assistance to unrepresented parties in child and spousal support cases. The goal of the Family Law Facilitator is to provide direction to the unrepresented party.
Fictitious Business Name Search/Information  
Search existing fictitious business names and view information about how to apply for a fictitious business name.
Filming Locations  
Browse filming locations from 8,172 square miles of Kern County's valley, deserts, and mountains.
Filming Permits  
Obtain your Kern County filming permits here, as well as information regarding filming in our area. (Note: A valid Kern County Commercial Film Permit is required for all projects filming within the county boundaries.)
Find Your District/Supervisor  
To locate your Supervisorial District representative based on your home address.
Fire Department Permits  
Permits for fireworks booths, tent use, etc.
Fraud, Consumer  
Instructions and form for submitting a consumer fraud complaint against a company or individual.
Fugitives  
Protect your family and your local community by helping our local law enforcement agencies catch these wanted fugitives.
GIS/Interactive Mapping  
Provides drafting, mapping, and geographic information systems services for engineers for engineering department. Supports emergency dispatch functions with road and address components.
Golf  
Kern County is home to a wide variety of beautiful and challenging golf courses.
Graffiti Removal  
Report graffiti or request free graffiti removal through an online form.
Grand Jury Complaint  
Report alleged inefficiencies and misconduct in government.
Grantor/Grantee Search (Foreclosure notices & tax liens)  
Click Official Documents from the left navigation area.
Hazardous Waste Disposal  
Business & Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.
Heart Gallery  
A unique portrait exhibit featuring Kern County's children, teens, and siblings wanting to be adopted.
Hospitals  
Listing of all hospitals that participate in the EMS System in Kern County.
Hotel/Motel Inspection Reports  
View inspection reports for restaurants/food facilities, public/community pools, hotels/motels, and other facilities.
Hotels/Lodging  
Staying in Kern County? Click here for our lodging options.
Housing Authority  
The housing authority strives to improve the quality of life of low-income residents by providing safe, affordable housing and assisting residents towards self-sufficiency and home ownership.
Housing Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about housing. Print/Mail form located here.
Housing Programs  
The Community Development Division / Housing Program administers the HOME program.
Illegal Dumping Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about unlawful dumping. Print/Mail form located here.
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)  
This program provides services to assist eligible aged or blind persons or persons with disabilities who are unable to remain safely in their own homes without assistance.
Independent Living Program (ILP)  
Assists foster youth in making a successful transition to independent living.
Inmate Account Deposits (Touchpay)  
Depositors can place money on an inmate’s account via any of the following methods: 1) Online 2) cash kiosks located at the Central Receiving Facility and the Lerdo Max/Med facility and select retail locations 3) Via telephone
Inmate Search  
Search inmate hold in the Sheriff's Detention Facility.
Inoperable/Abandoned Vehicles Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about abandoned/inoperable vehicles. Print/Mail form located here.
Inspection Reports  
View inspection reports for restaurants/food facilities, public/community pools, hotels/motels, and other facilities.
Interlibrary Loan Request  
Information about requesting items, without charge, that are within the San Joaquin Valley Library System.
Job Interest Notifications  
Sign up to receive notifications by e-mail when categories of jobs (e.g., Clerical & Data Entry) are opened.
Job Openings - America's Job Center of California  
View job openings featured by America's Job Centers ("Job Corner") and related information.
Job Recruitment Status  
View the status of a current county job recruitment.
Job Seeker Services - America's Job Center of California  
A list of job seeker services provided by America's Job Center of California. All adults age 18 or older are eligible to receive self-directed America's Job Center of California services without eligibility or residency requirements.
Job Seeker Training - America's Job Center of California  
Information about no-fee training courses provided by America's Job Center of California and Employers' Training Resource.
Junk/Trash/Debris Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about trash/junk/debris. Print/Mail form located here.
Just for Kids  
Includes homework help, books, health & nutrition, fun & games, and library events.
Building Regulations  
Web page version available here.
Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG)  
Kern Council of Governments, better known as Kern COG, is an association of city and county governments created to address regional transportation issues.
Kern Online Purchasing  
Kern County Purchasing assists county departments, agencies and special districts in obtaining materials, supplies, furnishings, equipment and services at the best possible price. Accomplished through fair and open competitions, the process provides qualified companies the opportunity to compete for our business.
Kern Regional Transit  
Bus routes and schedules offered by Kern Regional Transit.
Kern's Most Wanted  
Sheriff's Most Wanted page for information on wanted persons, missing persons, escapes, and crime solver.
KGOV Program Schedule  
Program schedule for Kern County government television.
KGOV-Live  
Live feed from Kern County government television.
Landfills and other Disposal Sites  
Kern County Landfills & Transfer Stations.
Library Catalog  
Search the San Joaquin Valley Library System.
Library Notifications by E-mail  
Sign up for e-mail notices of holds, pre-overdue notices, and overdue notices.
Library Resources - Just for Kids  
Includes homework help, books, health & nutrition, fun & games, and library events.
Live Dispatch (Audio)  
Live Dispatch.
Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)  
Provides complete and factual information to citizens regarding the annexation process and the effect of annexations on citizens in order to assist them in making informed decisions as to whether to support or oppose an annexation proposal.
Lodging/Hotels  
Staying in Kern County? Click here for our lodging options.
Medicare Insurance Counseling (HICAP)  
The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides free assistance with Medicare problems and other health insurance issues for seniors and disabled adults.
Megan's Law (High Risk Sex Offenders)  
Provided a link to the California Attorney General's Megan's Law website.
Movies  
Learn about the movies filmed in Kern County, from independent films to Hollywood blockbusters.
Museums  
Explore Kern County's history through our various museums.
Music  
Bakersfield is only second to Nashville when it comes to country music. Click here to find live music in Kern County.
National & State Parks  
From Giant Sequoias to Tule Elk, interact with Kern County through our unparalleled national and state parks.
Offender Watch (Sex Offender Search)  
Offender Watch for the citizens of Kern County.
Online Crime Reporting  
Non emergency Sheriff's reporting system.
Order Copies of KGOV Programming  
Use this form to purchase a copy of any KGOV programming that is produced by the County of Kern.
Outdoor Recreation  
Winter or Summer? Adventurous or Relaxing? There are outdoor activities for every taste in Kern County.
Parade Application  
Application to hold parade.
Parcel Information  
Search for information on property parcels.
Parks Reservations  
Reserve individual/family campsites, group camps/picnic areas, County-owned buildings, or ball fields.
Permits - Filming Permit  
Obtain your Kern County filming permits here, as well as information regarding filming in our area. (Note: A valid Kern County Commercial Film Permit is required for all projects filming within the county boundaries.)
Personal care services (e.g., feeding, bathing, grooming)  
This program provides services to assist eligible aged or blind persons or persons with disabilities who are unable to remain safely in their own homes without assistance.
Planning Applications and Forms  
Downloadable land use forms and applications.
Planning Programs  
Various programs covering future planning issues.
Public Guardian (Probate Conservatorship) Services  
Provides Probate Conservatorship services when a conservatorship or guardianship is required and there is no one else willing or qualified to serve as conservator.
Public/Community Pool Inspection Reports  
View inspection reports for restaurants/food facilities, public/community pools, hotels/motels, and other facilities.
Raw Sewage Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about raw sewage. Print/Mail form located here.
ReadyKern  
Kern County has implemented ReadyKern, a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert residents and businesses about natural disasters and other crises. The new emergency notification system enables Kern County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as earthquakes, severe weather, fires, floods, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.
Recorded Document Search by Document Number, Date, or Class  
Click Official Documents from the left navigation area.
Recorded Document Search by Grantee/Grantor  
Click Official Documents from the left navigation area.
Recycling  
Kern County Recycling Programs.
Report Child Abuse or Neglect  
Call 661-631-6011
Report Graffiti  
Report graffiti or request free graffiti removal through an online form.
Report Welfare Fraud  
Call 661-633-7283
Request Free Graffiti Removal  
Report graffiti or request free graffiti removal through an online form.
Reservations - Building  
Reserve several County-owned buildings for civil and/or private events. The types of buildings available include Veterans, Seniors, Community, and Recreation Buildings.
Reservations - Parks  
Reserve individual/family campsites, group camps/picnic areas, County-owned buildings, or ball fields.
Restaurant/Food Facility Inspection Reports  
View inspection reports for restaurants/food facilities, public/community pools, hotels/motels, and other facilities.
RFPs (Requests for Proposal)  
Search RFPs (request for proposals) and download/view detailed RFP information.
Road Closures & Construction  
List of Road Closures throughout Kern County.
Road Damage  
Report road damage and potholes to the Kern County Roads Department.
Road Permits  
Applications for encroachment permits, road-closure permits, transportation permits, and adopt-a-road permits.
Road/Infrastructure Construction Projects Being Advertised for Bidding and Recently-Awarded Bids  
Includes projects being advertised for bidding, a form for requesting plans & specs, and an option to review bid results.
Safely Surrendered for Newborns  
Under this law, a person may surrender their baby confidentially without fear of arrest or prosecution for abandonment.
Senior Information and Referral  
The Senior Information and Referral Program helps seniors and their families identify and access programs and services to meet their specific needs.
Senior Nutrition  
Provides daily lunch time meals for seniors aged 60 and over at senior centers and home delivery for those unable to leave their home.
Senior/Disabled Domestic Services (e.g., housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry)  
This program provides services to assist eligible aged or blind persons or persons with disabilities who are unable to remain safely in their own homes without assistance.
Senior/Disabled Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy  
The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) provides free assistance with Medicare problems and other health insurance issues for seniors and disabled adults.
Senior/Disabled In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)  
This program provides services to assist eligible aged or blind persons or persons with disabilities who are unable to remain safely in their own homes without assistance.
Senior/Disabled Personal care services (e.g., feeding, bathing, grooming)  
This program provides services to assist eligible aged or blind persons or persons with disabilities who are unable to remain safely in their own homes without assistance.
Sewers  
County Operated Sewers.
Sheriff's Office Personnel Complaints  
How to file a personnel complaint against a member of the Sheriff's Office.
Spay/Neuter Programs for Dogs/Cats  
List of low-cost spay/neuter programs available in Kern County.
Subpoena Service  
Subpoena Service is a function done each day by civilian investigative assistants who receive special training in locating witnesses needed for the many cases being prosecuted in the Bakersfield metropolitan area courts each day.
Subscribe to Board Agenda and Minutes  
To receive e-mail notification when the Board of Supervisors agenda is posted on the web.
Surplus Property Auctions  
Periodically the County of Kern auctions off County vehicles and other types of personal property. The County contracts with private firms to coordinate these auctions. View upcoming auction dates and the current list of County vehicles/property to be sold at each upcoming auction.
Touchpay Inmate Account Deposits  
Depositors can place money on an inmate’s account via any of the following methods: 1) Online 2) cash kiosks located at the Central Receiving Facility and the Lerdo Max/Med facility and select retail locations 3) Via telephone
Trash/Junk/Debris Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about trash/junk/debris. Print/Mail form located here.
Veterans Benefits  
Available programs include college tuition fee waivers for dependents and combat-related disability compensation.
Veterans ID Cards  
The ID cards may be used as proof of honorable service in the United States military. Once a veteran has been issued an ID card, he or she no longer has to carry a copy of military discharge papers to receive benefits such as veterans discounts at local businesses.
Veterans License Plates  
As a veteran, you may order a California license plate with the armed force or veterans service organization logo/emblem/insignia of your choice, which will be prominently displayed on the left side of the license plate.
Victim Rights and Services  
In the State of California there are special programs that provide support, information and assistance to crime victims and their families.
Visitors Guide  
Browse the official visitors guide of Kern County.
Wanted Fugitives  
Protect your family and your local community by helping our local law enforcement agencies catch these wanted fugitives.
Weeds Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about weeds. Print/Mail form located here.
Welfare Fraud Reporting  
Call 661-633-7283
Workforce Investment Board (WIB)  
The local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) will lead in the development and implementation of a workforce investment system that meets the needs of workers and employers.
Zoning/Construction Code Violation Complaint  
Submit complaints online about construction/zoning. Print/Mail form located here.

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