Planning & Economic Development

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, most City services have been augmented to meet social distancing requirements.
To submit permits, request an inspection, or find other Planning & Economic functions, CLICK HERE

Planning & Economic Development provides a wide range of development services to the community, developing long range plans for the growth of Santa Rosa and reviewing development proposals for consistency with those plans.

Building Division

The Building Division reviews building permit applications for compliance with State and local building codes (structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy efficiency) and provides inspection services for all building related construction.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Division provides assistance with business needs such as starting or expanding a business, finding a site, or connecting with other City services; and administers a tourism marketing campaign called "Santa Rosa: Out There. In the Middle of Everything."

Engineering Development Services

The Engineering Development Division reviews development proposals to ensure that streets and utilities are designed to meet all applicable design standards, codes and regulations. The division also inspects the construction of approved public improvement plans and oversees subdivision grading and all construction within the existing and future public right-of-way.

Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for both current and long range planning. The Development Review team provides information on land use, zoning and site development standards and processes applications for land use permits and land divisions. The Advance Planning team performs a variety of long range planning activities, including development and administration of the City’s General Plan.

Public Art

The City’s Public Art program strives to enrich civic life, give voice to Santa Rosa’s unique creative spirit and galvanize the city’s reputation as an arts destination.



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    Sonoma County Supervisors Announce Vaccination Rollout is Ramping Up

    Sonoma County’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts are kicking into high gear with five clinics now activated throughout the County and at least two more planned for the coming weeks, Sonoma County supervisors announced today. Read on...
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    City Plans to Resume Intakes at Its Homeless Shelter and Restart Efforts to Resolve Encampments

    Intakes at the City-owned homeless shelter and efforts to resolve encampments throughout the City will resume following no new positive COVID-19 testing findings at the shelter in two weeks. Read on...
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    Dr. Urmila Shende Named as COVID-19 Vaccine Chief for Sonoma County

    In her role as Vaccine Chief, Dr. Shende will be responsible for implementing the vaccine distribution strategy, coordinating vaccine administration, & interfacing with health care leaders & other stakeholders as part of the countywide vaccine response. Additional Info...
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    Sonoma County Partners with Safeway for Vaccination Clinics

    Sonoma County has partnered with Safeway to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to County health workers and, eventually, the broader public. Additional Info...
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    Sonoma County’s Regional Stay-Home Order Extended

    State public health officials extend Stay-Home Order for the Bay Area region, including Sonoma County. Restrictions remain in place until the state’s four-week projections of the Bay Area’s total available ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15%. Read on...
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    County of Sonoma Increases COVID-19 Testing Opportunities With Addition of New Sites & Mobile Events

    The County of Sonoma continues to ramp up COVID-19 testing, particularly in the neighborhoods most impacted by the virus. Additional Info...
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    Call for Artists: National Arts Program, Online Exhibition and Competition

    The program provides local artists of all ages with a forum to showcase their artistic accomplishments and encourages artistic growth through scholarships and awards, with cash awards totaling $3,450. Registration is free and ends February 5. Read on...
  8. NewsFlash_Climate Commitee Workshop_123020

    Join the Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

    The City of Santa Rosa is collaborating with EcoAdapt and Virginia Tech to improve understanding about local climate change impacts and to develop implementable adaptation responses, and it needs locals to attend the Climate Change Adaptation Workshop. Read on...
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    Small Businesses May Apply for a COVID-19 Relief Grant Starting Dec. 30

    Applications must be submitted from December 30, 2020, to January 8, 2021. Non-profits are eligible. Read on...
  10. CivicPlus_NewsFlash_Vaccine12.17.20

    Pfizer COVID vaccine arrives in Sonoma County

    Two boxes of the vaccine, containing a total of 1,950 doses, arrived at the County’s Public Health Lab on Chanate Road shortly before 9 a.m. today. Three other boxes were taken directly to local hospitals. In all, the County received 4,875 doses. Additional Info...
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    City Approves Artist for Permanent Installation in Courthouse Square

    Blessing Hancock’s sculpture “Unum” Selected Read on...
  12. CivicPlus_NewsFlash_MobileFoodVendor2

    City Expands Areas Mobile Food Trucks Can Operate Starting January 1

    The City ordinance greatly expands where and how mobile food vendors can operate on private property in the City, including areas zoned for commercial, mixed-use, shopping centers, car lots, and industrial areas, and more. Read on...
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    Joint Statement of the Bay Area Health Officers

    COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed following federal, state framework. Additional Info...
  14. Person using parking meter

    Downtown Santa Rosa Parking Fee Waivers Extended

    The reduced-price parking options will extend through June 30, 2021 or when Sonoma County reaches the Yellow Tier under the State's COVID restrictions. Read on...
  15. Calfornia Governor State Seal_CivicPlus News Flash

    Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19

    The order addresses a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, including extending the availability of housing for migrant agricultural workers, tax extensions for small businesses and updating Cal/OSHA requirements related to quarantine guidelines. Additional Info...
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    Governor Newsom Launches “Vaccinate All 58” Campaign based on Safety and Equity

    Front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care settings first to be vaccinated as first COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive in CA. Broad distribution to happen in months, with California prioritizing essential workers and the most vulnerable Additional Info...
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    Stay Home Order Effective at End of Day Friday (12/11)

    Residents are directed to stay at home except for work, shopping, or other essential activities allowed by the State’s Regional Stay Home Order. All sectors other than retail and essential operations must be closed. Outdoor recreation will be allowed. Additional Info...
  18. Calfornia Governor State Seal_CivicPlus News Flash

    Governor Newsom Announces New Regional Stay-At-Home Order

    Governor Gavin Newsom announced today (12/3) a new regional-focused effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as well as assist hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Read on...
  19. Calfornia Governor State Seal_CivicPlus News Flash

    Governor Newsom Announces Immediate Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

    Assistance includes temporary tax relief to support businesses impacted by COVID-19, $500 million in new COVID-19 Relief Grant funding for small businesses, and an additional $12.5 million added to the California Rebuilding Fund. Read on...
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    County Expands Role of On the Move in Providing COVID-19 Community Assistance, Financial Support

    The County of Sonoma has expanded eligibility criteria for emergency COVID-19 financial assistance and has allocated additional funding to local nonprofit On the Move for dissemination of financial support to local residents. Additional Info...
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    Sonoma County Issues Guidelines on Temporary Tents & Canopies for Outdoor Dining/Business Operations

    New Sonoma County guidelines for outdoor dining structures, such as tents and canopies, have been published and help to clarify the requirements for meeting both fire protection measures and COVID-19 safety needs. Read on...
  22. News Flash_SSDP Mayor Update

    Safe Social Distancing Program Completed, Community Invited to Provide Input at Dec. 7 Meeting

    Closure of the Safe Social Distancing Program (SSDP) in the parking lot at Finley Community Center is completed and a virtual community meeting is scheduled for December 7 to help evaluate the program. Read on...
  23. Calfornia Governor State Seal_CivicPlus News Flash

    State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

    This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, applied only between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day and only in purple tier counties, which includes Sonoma and 40 other counties statewide. It will be in effect from November 21 through December 21. Additional Info...
  24. SPRUNG STRUCTURENF

    City to Restore Homeless Shelter Bed Capacity to Pre COVID-19 Levels

    An emergency shelter expansion project is taking form at Sam Jones Hall Homeless Shelter to restore bed capacity at the shelter. Read on...
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    Sonoma County Joins 8 Bay Area Counties with Recommendations for Safer Holidays

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services today joined health officers from eight Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley in issuing joint recommendations, including gatherings and travel. for staying safe during the holidays. Additional Info...
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    Temporary Power Pole Removal Scheduled for Areas of Coffey Park

    Updated on 11/5: Temporary power poles will continue to be removed by PG&E on Nov. 7 and 8. Read on...
  27. News Flash_CARES Emergency Rental Assistance

    CARES Emergency Rental Assistance

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved CARES funding for short-term emergency rental assistance for low-income tenants and landlords. Read on...
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    Sonoma County Adopts Enhanced Program to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission & Supporting The Most Impacted

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed a suite of actions to support those most negatively impacted by the spread of coronavirus including those in low-income, essential worker and Latinx communities. Additional Info...
  29. News Flash 10-19-20 County Testing Opportunities

    County Expands Testing Opportunities for Residents Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19

    The effort is part of new County Department of Health Services initiative to address COVID-19 disparities, particularly within Latinx and indigenous communities in Sonoma County, and to reduce overall community spread. Read on...
  30. News Flash_Celebrate Halloween Safely with Rec and Parks

    Celebrate Halloween Safely with Rec & Parks

    Recreation & Parks offers Halloween activities in accordance with new COVID-19 Halloween guidelines. Read on...
  31. COVID-19 Health Officer Update - Guidance for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    County of Sonoma Provides Guidance for Safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Activities

    With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos quickly approaching, residents reminded to plan ahead and celebrate safely by avoiding gatherings Additional Info...
  32. COVID-19 Playgrounds Open - CivicPlus Newsflash image

    City Playgrounds Open, Play It Safe – Follow Precautions!

    The City of Santa Rosa has reopened all City playgrounds following direction from the California Department of Public Health. COVID-19 precautions are required. Read on...
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    Bell Ringing Ceremony

    Members of the Santa Rosa Fire Department Honor Guard will ring a ceremonial bell at 7:30 a.m. on 10/9 to honor the lives lost in Sonoma County during the October 2017 Wildfires. Read on...
  34. Amended Health Officer Ordered Issued

    Health Order Amendment

    Sonoma County's Health Officer amends Health Order following changes to state framework for reopening. Read on...
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    Nail Services and Physician-Ordered Electrolysis Allowed to Reopen Indoors

    Nail services and physician-ordered electrolysis may now be performed indoors, per a change in state guidelines made yesterday, 9/22. Read on...
  36. News Alert

    Update on Efforts to Address Encampment at Fremont Park

    Read about ongoing efforts to address homelessness at Fremont Park and across the City. Read on...
  37. Man getting haircut and woman holding bags in mall

    Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Malls Allowed to Reopen in Sonoma County

    Barber shops, hair salons and malls in Sonoma County will be allowed to resume indoor operations with modifications on 8/31 due to revised health orders. Read on...
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    City Council Passes Local Urgency Ordinance

    City Council approves an urgency ordinance authorizing administrative enforcement of the public health Orders in Santa Rosa. Read on...
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    School of Rec: Distance Learning Camp & Care

    Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks offers the School of Rec – Distance Learning Camp & Care —a full day, distance-learning and recreation program hosted at City community centers and parks. Sign up soon, fall session begins August 24. Read on...
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    Stay Safe Santa Rosa

    See some of the ways to more safely enjoy this summer and fall in Santa Rosa during COVID-19. Read on...
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    Serving Santa Rosa During COVID-19

    Even though most City of Santa Rosa facilities may be closed to the public, City staff are working around the clock to maintain essential City services. Read on...
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    Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food & Fund Drive

    Make a donation to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food & Fund Drive now through July 22 at SRCity.org/FoodDrive Read on...
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    Most City of Santa Rosa Public Counters Closed Thru August 2nd

    Services Remain Available Online, By Phone, or By Appointment Read on...
  44. News Flash_Additional Business Restrictions

    Additional Business Restrictions Implemented by State

    New state restrictions in place for indoor business operations and activities in Sonoma County due to rising coronavirus cases Read on...
  45. News Flash_New Business Restrictions

    New Business Restrictions Beginning Tomorrow

    Effective tomorrow (7/13), new restrictions will be in place for some businesses due to rising Sonoma County coronavirus cases. Read on...
  46. Food Cans

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors Virtual Food Drive and Donation Station

    The City of Santa Rosa is once again teaming up with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to host another food donation drive—online and in-person! Read on...
  47. News Alert

    Update on City Actions to Resolve Encampments

    City to activate its Homeless Encampment Assistance Program to address encampments creating health and safety hazards in the Corporate Center Parkway area Read on...
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    Santa Rosa Launches Unique Online Marketplace

    InsideOutThere.com brings together local merchants, makers and artists. Read on...
  49. News Flash_Open and Out

    NEW Expanded Sidewalk and Parklet Seating Programs for Santa Rosa Restaurants

    The City is now allowing restaurants to use sidewalks and streets to expand outdoor dining. Read on...
  50. New Health Officer Order

    New Shelter-in-Place Health Order Aligns County With State

    New Health Order adopts and incorporates State Orders and Guidance, as well as requires compliance with County specific individual and business mitigation measures. Read on...
  51. Man Swimming Butterfly Stroke

    Health Order Issued 6/5 Expands Access to Recreation & Parks

    See what recreational opportunities and activities are becoming available for our community! Read on...
  52. New Health Officer Order

    More Business Operations and Community Activities Allowed with Mitigation

    New Health Order issued allowing more business operations and activities in the County, including the City of Santa Rosa. Read on...
  53. Girl Shooting Bow and Arrow

    Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Announces Modified Summer Camps to Meet COVID-19 Precautions

    Sign up now for summer camp experiences for children 7-10. Limited space is available for these fun programs that follow CDC and Sonoma County health precautions. Sessions begin June 15! Read on...
  54. News Flash_Curbside Pickup

    Curbside Pickup

    To support our downtown businesses, the City is creating temporary short term parking spaces for fast and easy curbside pickup for customers. Read on...
  55. Sonoma Coast Ocean View

    Parks Access Expanded in Amended Parks Order

    Parks Order amended allowing Sonoma County residents, including Santa Rosans, to now access Sonoma Coast parks and trails for lower-risk recreation and exercise activities. Read on...
  56. Congratulations, Class of 2020

    Congratulations, Class of 2020!

    While you may not be crossing the stage this year, we all applaud this accomplishment and wish you every success in the future. Read on...
  57. Message from Police Chief Rainer Navarro
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    Shelter-in-Place Order Amended to Expand List of Businesses Allowed to Operate

    Outdoor dining, additional retail, and some business services allowed to reopen with social distancing protocols in place. Read on...
  59. News Flash_SSDP Mayor Update

    Safe Social Distancing Program Update

    The City of Santa Rosa is taking steps to protect individuals experiencing homelessness and our community as-a-whole from further spread of COVID-19. Read on...
  60. News Flash_Disaster Relief for Immigrants

    COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

    Starting Monday, May 18, California Human Development will begin connecting undocumented individuals in Sonoma County to disaster relief assistance. Read on...
  61. News Flash_Virtual Permitting Services

    Virtual Permitting Services

    From concept to project completion, online permit application services for all land-use planning and construction activities is now offered. Read on...
  62. Safe Social Distancing Site at Finley Parking Lot

    Watch the Replay: Virtual Community Meeting

    More than 460 residents tuned in on May 14th to learn more about the Finley Parking Lot Safe Social Distancing Site, and the meeting replay is now online Read on...
  63. Man Playing Basketball on Outdoor Park Court

    Amended Parks Order Allows for Some Expanded City Parks Access and Amenities

    Good news for lovers of recreation and parks! Santa Rosa residents may now enjoy certain park amenities either solo or with other household members at some City parks close to their homes. Read on...
  64. News Flash_SIP Business Reopen Amendment

    Shelter-in-Place Order Amended to Allow Further Business Reopening

    The Sonoma County Public Health Officer has amended the Shelter-in-Place Order to allow additional businesses to operate with health safety modifications, effective May 15, 2020. Read on...
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    Some City Park Amenities to Reopen Following Amended Park Closure Order

    Revised Parks Closure Order eases some restrictions on parks usage; City working to implement opening more local park amenities in next 24-48 hours Read on...
  66. Finley Parking Lot Safe Social Distancing Program Aerial site map

    Virtual Community Meeting: Implementation of Safe Social Distance Site in Finley Parking Lot

    City staff to answer community questions during Zoom meeting planned for 5/14 at 6 p.m. Read on...
  67. News Flash_Support Restaurants

    Support Local Restaurants

    During this public health crisis, support local restaurants! Read on...
  68. News Flash_SIP Retail Amendment

    Shelter-in-Place Order Amended for Additional Business Allowances

    The Sonoma County Health Officer amended the Public Shelter-in-Place Health Order to reopen retail stores for curbside pickup and delivery, effective May 8, 2020. Read on...
  69. News Flash_Safe Social Distancing Program

    Safe Social Distancing Program for Unsheltered Individuals

    City-owned parking lot at Finley Community Center to temporarily provide social distancing space for unsheltered individuals amid COVID-19 emergency. Read on...
  70. News Flash Message From The Mayor 5.3.20

    A Message from Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm discusses Sonoma County Health Officers's modified Shelter-in-Place Order and the modified parks closure Order. Read on...
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    Checklist for Essential Businesses

    The City has created a checklist to help guide essential businesses preparing to reopen following the release of the modified Shelter in Place Order loosening restrictions for a few industry areas Read on...
  72. City of Santa Rosa

    Statement from the City of Santa Rosa

    Update from City regarding ballot casting for PG&E reorganization plan, finalized allocation agreement Read on...
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    SRFD Forms New Pandemic Response Unit

    The Santa Rosa Fire Department announces the expansion of their services to include a new Pandemic Response Unit. Read on...
  74. News Flash eComment Video

    A Message from City Council Member Chris Rogers

    City Council member Chris Rogers shares how to participate in City Council meetings during Shelter in Place. Read on...
  75. Surgeon General News Flash

    Face Coverings Recommended

    The Sonoma County Health Officer now recommends that everyone who leaves home for an essential activity wear a face covering to the extent possible. Watch as the Surgeon General demonstrates how to make a face covering with a t-shirt and two rubber bands. Read on...
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    A Message from the Police Chief (3.30.20)

    Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro discusses two additional COVID-19 positive test results for employees of the Santa Rosa Police Department. Read on...
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    A Message from the Police Chief (3.27.20)

    Today, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro announced two more police officers tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting the first three positive cases on Tuesday, March 24. Read on...
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    Permitting and Inspections Essential Services

    To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Santa Rosa has temporarily limited its operations to provide only essential services, including permitting and inspections Read on...
  79. PARKSCLOSEDVideoCoverEnglish_3.26 News Flash

    COVID-19 Question of the Day (3.26.20)

    “How can I stay active if the parks are closed?” Read on...
  80. Homeless Services and COVID-19

    Support for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

    The City is closely following interim guidance provided by the CDC as it works to protect this vulnerable population and the community at large from the coronavirus disease Read on...
  81. News Flash: Statewide Shelter in Place

    Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order in Effect

    Issued by Governor Newsom, the order establishes consistency across jurisdictions and defines essential services in the state. Read on...
  82. News Flash_Shelter in Place

    Shelter-in-Place Order In Effect for COVID-19

    Sonoma County Public Health Officer directs all individuals living in the County to shelter at their place of residence. Read on...
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    Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The latest updates from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Read on...
  84. &#34Welcome home&#34 keychain with flowers in background

    New Milestone Reached in Rebuild Areas

    1000th homes completes construction Read on...
  85. 2019 Housing Summary Blue and White logo

    2019 City Housing Summary

    The City of Santa Rosa has finalized its numbers for 2019 housing development. This summary includes figures with applications for, construction of, and completed units of residential housing within last calendar year. Read on...
  86. Imagine Art in Courthouse Square logo

    Help Santa Rosa Imagine New Public Art in Courthouse Square

    The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is seeking input from the community before and during the development of a new public art installation in Courthouse Square. Read on...
  87. CalHome News Item Graphic

    CalHome Disaster Loan Assistance Program Update

    Area Median Income eligibility limit raised to up 120% Read on...
  88. Paintings and photographs

    Projects to be Installed for Fire Response – Round Two

    The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to announce the installation of five temporary projects selected for Fire Response – Round Two. Read on...
  89. Lift truck in public right-of-way

    Industrial Lift Truck Use In City Right of Way

    Encroachment permits required for lift trucks in the public right of way beginning 6/1. Read on...
  90. City of Santa Rosa logo

    Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Form RED JPA

    Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Form Joint Powers Association to tackle housing in the area. Read on...
  91. Accessory Dwelling Unit

    Accessory Dwelling Units

    The City of Santa Rosa is preparing an amendment to the Zoning Code to facilitate the construction of accessory dwelling units on single-family residential parcels in compliance with new state law.
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    Permit Santa Rosa

    The City of Santa Rosa recently launched Permit Santa Rosa, on which you can review permit activity on an interactive map, apply for permits, schedule inspections, and explore our data portal.
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  2. 425 Humboldt Street Apartments Neighborhood Meeting

    New construction of an eight (8) story mixed-use apartment building: 95 dwelling units in six (6) stories over two (2) stories of parking. Ground floor uses include lobby with mezzanine, leasing office, mail and parcel rooms, and an office for a separate tenant. Resident amenities include ground floor bike storage, pet grooming station, fitness area, and shared outdoor space. The application has been filed by 425 Humboldt, LLC. File No. PRAP20-036