Planning & Economic Development

  1. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, many City services have been scaled back. CLICK HERE to see what services are currently available.

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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.

  1. Events Cancelled

    Citywide Events Cancelled Through End of 2020

    To continue to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Santa Rosa, the City has cancelled all events and large gatherings through at least the end of the year. Read on...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. News Flash_Sam Jones Hall Expansion

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

    Installation of an emergency shelter building to restore bed capacity at Sam Jones Hall Homeless Shelter is expected to begin in September. Read on...
  5. News Flash_Local Urgency Ordinance

    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...
  6. Recreation staff helping child with distance learning

    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...
  7. Man wearing mask, serving food outdoors

    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...
  8. News Flash_Serving During COVID19

    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...
  9. CivicPlus_Sick Leave

    Urgency Ordinance in Effect for Emergency Paid Sick Leave

    The City of Santa Rosa’s urgency ordinance expands emergency paid sick leave available through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Read on...
  10. News Flash_Food Drive_7.22.20

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food & Fund Drive

    Make a donation to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food & Fund Drive now through July 22 at Read on...
  11. Closed Sign

    Most City of Santa Rosa Public Counters Closed Thru August 2nd

    Services Remain Available Online, By Phone, or By Appointment Read on...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. News Alert

    Update on Efforts to Address Homeless Encampments in the Corporate Center Parkway Area

    Read about efforts to address encampments at Corporate Center Parkway area on July 9, 2020 and next steps as the City continues to address homelessness during COVID-19. Read on...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. Woman holding coffee and brown bag

    Santa Rosa Launches Unique Online Marketplace brings together local merchants, makers and artists. Read on...
  18. Person using parking meter

    Downtown Santa Rosa Parking Fees to Resume July 1, 2020

    New free and reduced-price parking options available Read on...
  19. 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...
  20. News Flash_Nixle

    Changes to Nixle Communication Service

    Questions about recent Nixle alerts? Here's what you need to know. Read on...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. News Flash_SRPD Updates

    SRPD Updates: June 6, 2020

    Follow this page for updates for traffic or other incidents. (Last update: June 6, 2020 at 18:16) Read on...
  24. News Flash_SRPD Updates

    SRPD Updates: June 5, 2020

    Follow this page for updates for traffic or other incidents. (Last update: June 6, 2020 at 17:44) Read on...
  25. A Message from Police Chief Rainer Navarro

    A Message from Police Chief Rainer Navarro on his Commitment to the Santa Rosa Community

    Police Chief Rainer Navarro provides an update on some of the actions he has taken in an effort to move forward with collaborating and engaging with the community. Read on...
  26. 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...
  27. Nixel Outtage

    SRPD Resumes Regular Usage of Nixle

    Previously reported technical issues with Nixle have been resolved Read on...
  28. 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...
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    Chief Update (6.3.20)

    A message from Police Chief Navarro Read on...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
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    SRPD Updates: June 2, 2020

    Due to service outages and message delays with Nixle, residents are being advised to follow this page for traffic and incident updates. Read on...
  34. May 31 Police Chief Message News Flash

    A Message from Police Chief Ray Navarro (6.2.20)

    Update from Police Chief Navarro regarding the citywide curfew, enforcement, and yesterday's protest. Read on...
  35. Santa Rosa Police Media Release
  36. News Flash_Message From The Mayor_6.2.20

    A Message from the Mayor on This Evening’s Planned March (6.2.20)

    Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm addresses the community on the significance of this evening's march and protest. Read on...
  37. Mandatory Curfew

    Mandatory Citywide Curfew To Begin June 1, 2020, At 8 P.M. in Santa Rosa

    City Manager Declares Local Emergency Following Incidents of Violence and Vandalism Read on...
  38. Mayor Message 053120

    A Message from Mayor Tom Schwedhelm (5.31.20)

    Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm on the May 30 protests and destruction amidst the public health emergency, and a thank you to community members. Read on...
  39. May 31 Police Chief Message News Flash

    A Message from Police Chief Ray Navarro about the May 30th Protests in Santa Rosa (5.31.20)

    Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro's message following May 30 peaceful protests during the day and damage done within the City during the night. Read on...
  40. SRPD Message 053120

    Important Message from SRPD: Planned Protest Tonight (May 31)

    SRPD calls for a peaceful protest in the downtown area, as well as asks local businesses, residents and protestors to plan accordingly, or stay home. Read on...
  41. 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...
  42. Message from Police Chief Rainer Navarro
  43. CityBus News Flash

    CityBus Rider Alert

    Effective June 1, CityBus will begin operating a new schedule with additional trips as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19. Read on...
  44. Outdoor Restaurant Patio

    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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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...
  51. Bocce courts at Juilliard Park

    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...
  52. 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...
  53. News Flash_Support Restaurants

    Support Local Restaurants

    During this public health crisis, support local restaurants! Read on...
  54. Open Field of High Weeds

    2020 Weed Abatement Season

    Santa Rosa Fire Department to begin inspections of applicable properties by June 1 or sooner. Read on...
  55. 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...
  56. 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...
  57. 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...
  58. Social distancing measure in place at retail establishment

    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...
  59. 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...
  60. SRFD News Flash image

    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...
  61. 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...
  62. Fire Chief Tony Gossner

    A Message from Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner

    Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner provides an update on the Santa Rosa Fire Department's response to COVID-19. Read on...
  63. CityBus Reduced Service

    CityBus to Further Reduce Service on Monday, April 13 in Response to COVID-19

    CityBus will operate on a Sunday schedule seven days a week starting Monday, April 13 for essential travel only. Read on...
  64. Reporting Violations and Stay at Home

    Stay at Home Reminder from the Santa Rosa Police Department

    The Santa Rosa Police Department reminds the community to follow the Sonoma County Health Officer's Order to shelter in place to protect vulnerable populations and essential, front-line workers. Read on...
  65. 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...
  68. Inspector writing on clipboard

    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...
  69. 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...
  70. 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...
  71. MayorVideoCoverEnglish_3.20.20 250px

    A Message from the Mayor (3.20.20)

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm shares information on the State-Wide Order to Shelter in Place now in effect for California until further notice. Read on...
  72. 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...
  73. 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...
  75. &#34Welcome home&#34 keychain with flowers in background

    New Milestone Reached in Rebuild Areas

    1000th homes completes construction Read on...
  76. 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...
  77. 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...
  78. Resilient City logo on red background

    Resilient City Permit Center Moving Locations

    The Resilient City Permit Center will be moving to Room 5 at the City Hall complex (100 Santa Rosa Ave.) starting January 27. Read on...
  79. CalHome News Item Graphic

    CalHome Disaster Loan Assistance Program Update

    Area Median Income eligibility limit raised to up 120% Read on...
  80. 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...
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  82. ReCoverCA logo over scenic photo of CA

    State Program to Help Homeowners Rebuild Has Launched

    Fire survivors urged to take survey to inform of local recovery needs Read on...
  83. Last October

    City Wildfire Documentary

    Now available for viewing online or on local TV broadcast Read on...
  84. Urgency Ordinance Resilient City Mobile Homes

    Notice of Public Meeting: Urgency Ordinance for Mobile Home Park Closures

    Proposed urgency ordinance amendment would add a new subsection to address the preparation and process of a relocation impact report for mobile home parks that were severely impacted by the Tubbs & Nuns Fires of October 2017. Read More
  85. 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...
  86. FEMA Public Assistance Project Dashboard

    FEMA Public Assistance Projects Dashboard

    New online tool tracks funding status for public infrastructure damaged by October 2017 wildfires Read on...
  87. Coffey Park Recovery Update_news flash

    Recovery Update: Coffey Neighborhood Park

    Update on FEMA funding, park design, perimeter fencing and debris removal. Read on...
  88. Resilient City Recovery Maps

    Fire Damaged Infrastructure Mapped

    Capital Improvement Project recovery status for City infrastructure damaged by the October 2017 wildfires are accessible on the Resilient City Recovery Maps Read on...
  89. 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...
  90. Underground utility trenching

    Coffey Park Underground Utilities Replacement

    PG&E crews to begin building new underground electric and gas utilities in the Coffey Park neighborhood Read More
  91. Santa Rosa Parks Foundation Logo

    Help Restore Santa Rosa City Parks

    Donate to help rebuild Santa Rosa's fire damaged City parks! Read on...
  92. PED_newsflash_srbizguestinstagrammer_300x189.jpg

    @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...
  93. 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.