COVID-19 Resources

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COVID-19 Vaccination (My Turn California)

The Kern County Department of Public Health is now accepting appointments for COVID-19 inoculations at various locations throughout Kern County. Please utilize the State of California's 'My Turn' system to register for an appointment.




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Updated June 8, 2021

On April 13, 2021, the Kern County Department of Public Health announced the County had met the state-mandated metrics to progress into the 'Orange Tier' of  the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" established by the State of California. 


City Declaration

The City of Tehachapi declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 health crisis following Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order (N-33-20) in March of 2020.  

A resolution canceling the local state of emergency was approved by the Tehachapi City Council on Monday, May 17th, 2021 and signed by Mayor Phil Smith. 


City services remain in operation.

Tehachapi City Hall, the City Hall Annex (Development Services) and the Tehachapi Police Department lobby are open during regular business hours. Capacity limitations along with facial covering requirements are in place. Please see the details at the door prior to entry. 

The Tehachapi Rail Depot Museum has reopened on Saturday's and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. 

The Tehachapi Visitor Center located on the corner of Curry and Tehachapi Boulevard is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4 pm.

The Heritage League Museum will open Saturdays starting June 19th from Noon to 4 pm.

Public Meetings

City Council meetings and Planning Commission meetings have returned to in-person meetings and are temporarily being held at the BeeKay Theatre Downtown. In addition to in person attendance citizens can view the City Council meetings live via our YouTube channel. 

Public Comments for the City Council may be submitted in writing via email to Deputy City Clerk Ashley Whitmore at awhitmore@tehachapicityhall.com no later than 6 P.M. on meeting day.  

Public comments for the Planning Commission may be submitted to City Clerk Tori Marsh at tmarsh@tehachapicityhall.com no later than 6 P.M. on meeting day. 


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  

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 continues to process permits as needed with in-person services or online forms. 

Please visit the Building Department Page with necessary documents.

Contact the Building Department  with any questions at permits@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