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Zoning Permits Instructions & Forms

Planning permits such as zoning permits may be required prior to the issuance of a building permit. Zoning clearances are required for building permits issued for new buildings, structures, or additions to existing buildings or structures. There may be additional setback requirements for a building depending upon the location near a scenic roadway or waterway. Additional review, such as administrative design review, may be required prior to the issuance of a building permit.

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How to Submit Planning Applications Electronically

For continuity of operations, customers 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.

Electronic permit application process:

General Zoning Permits

In general, all zoning permit applications must include, at minimum:

Requirements for specific types of zoning permits are listed below. Email Planner@sonoma-county.org with questions. 

Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are smaller units allowed in addition to a single-family dwelling. 

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are backyard cottages up to 1,200 square feet.

More Information About Accessory Dwelling Units

Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are a very small living unit (up to 500 square feet) created out of a bedroom within an existing single family home.

Accessory Dwelling Units & Rebuilding After Sonoma Complex Fires

Zoning permits are no longer required for all Accessory Dwelling Units. In very limited circumstances, a zoning permit may be required and the items below should be submitted:

The County of Sonoma began to accept applications for Cannabis permits on July 5, 2017. View instructions and forms necessary for obtaining Cannabis Cultivation zoning permits in unincorporated Sonoma County.

Vacation Rentals and Hosted Rentals

See the Vacation Rentals and Hosted Rentals page for detailed information.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are the rental of a private residence for periods of 30 days or less. Vacation Rentals do not include Bed and Breakfast Inns or hosted rentals permitted in accordance with the Sonoma County Code for B&Bs and hosted rentals, or occasional home exchanges that are not otherwise subject to Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). Vacation rentals must have a Certified Property Manager and meet Performance Standards to ensure compatibility with surrounding residential uses.

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Hosted Rentals

Hosted rentals are the rental of a single room or sleeping area within a single-family dwelling, where the property owner remains in residence. Hosted rentals do not include vacation rentals permitted in accordance with the Sonoma County Code for vacation rentals, or occasional home exchanges that are not otherwise subject to Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). Hosted rentals must meet Performance Standards to ensure compatibility with surrounding residential uses.

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Agricultural Employee Residence

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Confined Livestock Farming

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Covered Parking Waiver

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Daycare Large Family

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Home Occupation

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Horse Boarding

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Minor Timberland Conversion

All forms and Instructions listed below must be completed:

Mobile Home

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

Permits for cultivation and distribution, taxes, policy, personal use, and more.

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.