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:
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.