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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.

Design Review for Commercial and Industrial Development

Administrative Design Review

The Sonoma County Zoning Ordinance allows Administrative Design Review in the following cases:

  • New commercial or industrial uses previously approved by use permit or design review.
  • Minor facade changes or minor building additions for commercial or industrial uses.

Additionally, new structures up to 10,000 square feet in urban areas may be eligible for Administrative Design Review.

Administrative Design Review applications are evaluated in accordance with the provisions and development standards found in the Design Review section of the Sonoma County Zoning Code (Article 82). Design Review applications must also be consistent with applicable policies of the General Plan, Specific/Area Plans, and the Zoning Ordinance.

Application Requirements and Instructions

Design Review Committee

Projects that involve new development or significant changes or additions to existing buildings and/or uses do not qualify for Administrative Design Review as described above, and are reviewed by the Sonoma County Design Review Committee

Application Requirements and Instructions

Design Review for Single-Family Residential Projects

Many areas of Sonoma County have significant scenic resources. In an attempt to allow for development while preserving these resources, scenic areas have been designated as Scenic Resource (SR) or Scenic Design (SD). Administrative Design Review is conducted by a staff person in consultation with applicants. Agricultural structures (barns, stables, etc.) are exempt from design review except for properties subject to the Bennett Valley Area Plan and the Local Coastal Plan.

Application Requirements and Instructions

Design Review for Housing Developments

All multi-family residential development is subject to design review. Applications are evaluated in accordance with the provisions and development standards found in the multifamily development standards for the R3 High Density Residential District, the Design Review section of the Sonoma County Zoning Code (Article 82). Design review applications must also be consistent with applicable policies of the General Plan, Specific/Area Plans, and the Zoning Ordinance.

Application Requirements and Instructions

Design Review for Historic Resources

The Board of Supervisors adopted the design review process for historic resources process to preserve the County’s unique and irreplaceable structures and sites that have significant historic, architectural, or aesthetic interest. This process is intended to ensure that exterior alterations, additions, new construction, and relocation of structures involving historic resources or sites are conducted in a way that preserves the significance of the resource and the character of any historic district in which it is located. 

Application Requirements and Instructions

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All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Contact Information

Contact Planning by Phone
Monday – Friday
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Address
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

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Sonoma County Cannabis Program

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Sonoma County Cannabis Program

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Vacation Rentals

Obtain a Vacation Rental or Hosted Rental permit.

Procedure for applying electronically for a vacation rental or hosted rental permit.

Submit a complaint about a Vacation Rental.

Become certified as a Property Manager for a Vacation Rental property.

Accessory Units & Junior Units

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Accessory Unite

An inexpensive way to create smaller, more affordable rental housing units to Sonoma County residents.