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Instructions & Forms

Coastal permits are required for development on parcels located within the Coastal Zone (containing "CC" in their zoning code designation). Coastal permits are processed either administratively without a hearing, or with a public hearing, typically by the Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Examples of administrative reviews include residences on the east side of Highway 1 and residences within established communities. All coastal permit applications include public notice to neighbors in the vicinity of the subject property and other parties who have requested notice.

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Local Coastal Zone
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How to Submit Planning Applications Electronically

For continuity of operations over the next several weeks, customers will have the option to submit planning applications electronically. Because our online permitting portal is not yet configured for Planning e-submittals, the submittal process will take place by email.

Please follow the process to submit a planning application online.

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  • County of Sonoma Planning Application Form (PDF: 140 kB) (Revised 09/13/2018)

  • As part of this application, applicant agrees to defend, indemnify, release and hold harmless the County, its agents, officers, attorneys, employees, boards and commissions from any claim, action or proceeding brought against any of the foregoing individuals or entities, the purpose of which is to attack, set aside, void or annul the approval of this application or the adoption of the environmental document which accompanies it. (PDF: 132 kB) (Version 02/07/2020)

  • Identifies the information and materials to be submitted with a Coastal Permit application.  (PDF: 90 kB) (Revised 05/22/2010}

  • Understanding and agreement that the applicant is responsible for paying these costs even if the application is withdrawn or not approved.  (PDF: 229 kB) (Version 02/16/2020)

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