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:
- Contractor storage yards
- Planned developments
- Mixed-use projects
- Fences within setback areas
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:
Customers must 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.
Please follow the process to submit a planning application online:
Do Not Print Out Construction Plans or Other Documents
Construction plans and documents are to be submitted electronically. Paper documents are not accepted when applying for a permit.
The instructions and forms listed below are undergoing review. Some may still contain outdated instructions to print out copies of construction plans and documents. Please ignore that instruction and submit electronically. Only print items if directly instructed by Permit Sonoma for your situation.
All listed forms and instructions must be completed and submitted.
- PJR-010 - Use Permit Application Requirements
- PJR-129 - Site Plan Requirements for Planning Applications
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:
- Distribution and Transportation
A use permit is required for wineries and winery events.