Planning & Economic Development

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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    CALL FOR ARTISTS: NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM EXHIBITION AND COMPETITION

    The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, is proud to announce the 17th annual National Arts Program Exhibition and Competition in Santa Rosa. Read on...
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    Call for Artists

    The Santa Rosa Public Art Program is seeking Sonoma and Marin County artists to participate in rotating art exhibitions at City Hall Council Chambers, Person Senior Wing and Steele Lane Community Center. Read on...
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    Renewal Enterprise District Appoints Inaugural Executive Director

    Michelle Whitman to Set Course for Future of Recently Formed Housing-Focused JPA Read on...
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    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...
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    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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    @SRBiz Guest Instagrammer

    The City of Santa Rosa's Economic Development Division is seeking representatives of Santa Rosa businesses who'd like to be a "Guest Instagrammer" on our Santa Rosa Business account. Read on...