COVID-19 Resources

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Updated March 23, 2020 

Effective immediately the City of Tehachapi has declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 health crisis following Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order (N-33-20) which includes a statewide stay-at-home order to all Californians. 

Mayor Susan Wiggins signed Resolution No. 11-20 on Friday, March 20. The declaration was ratified via special telephone meeting of the Tehachapi City Council. The minutes are available in the agenda center on this website, the entire meeting recording can be viewed here

The City of Tehachapi urges compliance with the Governor’s stay-at-home order. 

It is important to note that this declaration will not impact essential services such as Tehachapi Police, Kern County Fire (contracted), as well as water, sewer and trash services. 

The City of Tehachapi continues working closely with the Kern County Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the County of Kern and the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, receiving regular updates as we work together to flatten the curve of COVID-19. 

More details about Governor Newsom’s definition of essential needs and jobs. 


The City of Tehachapi, following the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom have adjusted business practices to adhere to standards to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and the potential spread of this virus. 

Effective Tuesday, March 16, 2020, all non-essential City services will be suspended and all City facilities will be closed until further notice.

Essential City services that will remain in operation at this time: 

City Management 

Tehachapi Police Department  

Fresh Water 

Wastewater Treatment  

City Communications 

Trash/Recycling Service (through contractor Waste Management) 

All other services and facilities, including the Senior Center, Museums, Visitor Center, and in-person services at City Hall, will be unavailable until further notice. If you have any questions regarding specific City services, please contact City Hall at (661) 822-2200 during business hours (M-TH, 7 A.M.-5:30 P.M.)

Parks and Equipment

Parks operated by the City of Tehachapi and the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District remain open however all playground equipment is closed to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. 

Utility Payments/New Service 

To eliminate the need for in-person payments at City Hall the following are available: 

Online Payments at www.LiveUpTehachapi.com (No credit card convenience fee) 

Payments or requests for new service or to terminate service by phone at (661) 822-2200, M-TH 7:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M. 

Drop Box Payments at City Hall 

Permitting/Building/Planning 

The City will continue to process permits as needed with online forms. 

Please visit the Building Department Page with necessary documents 


Contact Charles Arbaut, Building Inspector with any questions at carbaut@tehachapicityhall.com

Fill out and email to Tori Marsh at tmarsh@tehachapicityhall.com 

You will be contacted to arrange payment for permit 

You can also fill out forms and mail forms and payment to 115 S. Robinson Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561 

For Planning questions please utilize the Planning Department’s website or contact Senior Planner Kim Burnell at (661) 822-2200 ex. 118, kburnell@tehachapicityhall.com

Events 

The following City events have been canceled 

Book Drive for Porterville Library Recovery