Things You May Need
If you will have a sidewalk cafe, you may need to obtain an Encroachment Permit from the Planning and Economic Development Department.
Planning and Economic Development Department
100 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Permit costs vary per the number of inspections needed to complete a project.
- $80 - Permit Fee
- 5% of public improvement construction cost for plan checking
- 7% of public improvement construction cost for inspection services
(As of June 2016, for current info see Fee Schedule (PDF) or contact the department.)
Depending on the scope of the project, one to three weeks is the time frame for issuance of Encroachment Permits during the construction season when the City receives a high volume of applications.
Hazardous Materials/Waste Program
If handling any hazardous materials, generating or treating hazardous waste, storing in above ground or underground storage tanks, or are subject to business plan and/or accidental release program, then you must join this program.
City of Santa Rosa Fire Department
Hazardous Materials Program CUPA
955 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Information about fees such as those for storage of hazardous or combustible materials and annual fire permits can be obtained by calling the Fire Department at 543-3500.
Water/Sewer Demand Fees
Utilities fees include water and wastewater demand fees and inspection fees to pay for the cost of these services. These fees are basic utilities fees. Other fees, such as special area assessments or reimbursement fees may also be applicable. All fees are paid prior to issuance of a building permit.
Water and wastewater demand fees are charged for connection to the water system and sewer system. Non-residential (and irrigation) fees are determined by Water Department staff and based on maximum monthly usage. If the type of non- residential use changes, additional demand fees may be due.
If the location you've chosen hasn't been used as a restaurant in the past, there may be a demand fee to connect to the City's potable water and sewer system. Be sure to make this determination early in the process and include any potential costs in your business planning.
Credits toward demand fees may be available based upon prior use. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or applicant to provide proof of prior uses. The Water Department keeps a "master file" of applicable credits. However, discussion of these credits is not allowed without the property owner's permission. The property owner also decides whether or not available credits can be used by a tenant/applicant.
Restaurants employing Best Available Technology (BAT) - the most efficient hardware, fixtures, and systems - achieve a lower maximum monthly usage (resulting in lower demand fees).