After a complete Zoning Permit application is submitted, a Project Planner at Permit Sonoma will be assigned to the project. The Project Planner will review the application materials, and may conduct a site visit to determine if the current agricultural use of the property meets the eligibility criteria for full-time agricultural employee dwelling units.
If the Project Planner determines the Zoning Permit can be approved, an Agricultural Agreement and Covenant form will be provided to the property owner(s) for signature and notarization. The Agricultural Agreement and Covenant is a formal agreement between the property owner(s) and the County. This agreement affirms the agricultural employee dwelling unit will house agricultural employee(s) and stipulates that if the agricultural use on the property is terminated, the agricultural employee dwelling unit shall become a non-conforming residential use. In this case, traffic and park mitigation fees, which are otherwise deferred, shall become due and payable. The completed Agricultural Agreement and Covenant must be approved by the Permit Sonoma Director and recorded before a building permit can be issued for the full-time agricultural employee dwelling unit.
If a property owner proposes a manufactured home on a non-permanent foundation, a Zoning Permit that includes posting of notices in the immediate neighborhood is required.
A Use Permit is required for property owner proposing to include agricultural acreage from their other properties located in the same zoning district (excluding RRD zoning) in order to qualify for a full-time agricultural employee dwelling unit.