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Use Permits Instructions & Forms

A Use Permit application is required for development projects that are typically more intensive than Permitted Uses. Use Permit applications often require a public hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustments. When processed with a Zone Change and/or a General Plan Amendment, the public hearing will be before the Planning Commission.

Examples of uses requiring a Use Permit are:

  • Wineries
  • Kennels
  • Contractor storage yards
  • Planned developments
  • Mixed use projects

Use Permits are discretionary in nature, and, if approved, will include conditions of approval. A Use Permit can only be approved if found to be consistent with each of the following:

  • Sonoma County General Plan
  • Sonoma County Zoning Code
  • Applicable Area or Specific Plan
  • If found to be compatible with the health, safety, and welfare of the neighborhood

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The County of Sonoma began to accept applications for Cannabis permits on July 5, 2017. View instructions and forms necessary for obtaining Cannabis-related use permits in unincorporated Sonoma County for the categories listed below:

  • Cultivation
  • Dispensaries
  • Distribution and Transportation
  • Manufacturing

Minor – Live Work

All listed forms and instructions must be completed and submitted.

Instructions

PJR-053 - Live/Work Uses

Forms

Use Permit Process Video

Contact Information

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Address
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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