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How to Submit Planning Applications Electronically

Planning applications must be submitted electronically. Please review Application Submittal Requirements for Projects before applying for housing-related permits.

Planning Application Options:

    For all other Planning applications, follow the instructions for applying via email below:

1. Ensure you are registered for a Permits Online account.

Before you can apply for your permit:

  1. Register for a Permits Online account if you do not have one already.
  2. Make a note of the email address you use to log into your Permits Online account and provide it to Permit Sonoma staff in Step 3 below.

A Permits Online account is needed so you can check the status of your permits, pay permit fees, schedule inspections (if applicable), etc.

2. Ensure you have a complete application.

  1. Review the Planning Instructions and Forms section for the required application materials for each type of permit.
  2. All planning applications require the following forms:
    1. PJR-001 Planning Application (PDF)
    2. PJR-011 Indemnification Agreement (PDF)
  3. If you need assistance determining which forms and materials are required, please send us an email at:

3. Upload complete applications.

  1. Applications are required to be submitted as one merged PDF file. View instructions on how to combine files.
  2. All uploaded files should be named with the following convention:

    (Example: Johnson_ZoningPermit_SitePlan.pdf)
  3. Go to SoCo Cloud to upload complete applications.
  4. Email to notify us that you have uploaded your application. Include the following:
    • A brief description of the application type (Example: "Zoning Permit for a Home Occupation").
    • Provide the email address you use to log into your Permits Online account (see Step 1 above.)
  5. If the application is determined to be complete for submission, you will receive an email with an invoice for the required application fees.
  6. If the application is incomplete for submission, you will be notified of the required revisions or missing materials.

If you do not receive a response within two (2) business days, please email

4. Pay for the application online.

  1. An application will be considered accepted upon receipt of payment.
  2. Once you receive the application invoice, please visit our online permitting website and select ‘Pay Fees’ on the home page. Enter the Record Number and click ‘Search’. Select the ‘Payments’ Tab at the top and then ‘Pay Fee’ on the right side of the invoice line. Follow the instructions from there.
  3. Please email to notify us that you have paid.
  4. Within three (3) business days of payment, you will receive an email with your assigned planner’s contact information.