Planning & Economic Development

Track the current status of housing development within the City with the
Santa Rosa Housing Dashboard

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. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  4. 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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    Public Safety Procession for Detective Marylou Armer

    On Friday, April 3, Santa Rosa Police Detective Marylou Armer was honored by her public safety family in a procession to transport her to her hometown. Read on...
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    Tenants of City-Owned Property May Defer Lease Payments

    Businesses and organizations to receive immediate relief through June 30 amid COVID-19 emergency Read on...
  7. Photo of Detective Marylou Armer

    Honoring Detective Marylou Armer

    Santa Rosa Police Chief, Rainer Navarro, honors Detective Marylou Armer in a video message to the community Read on...
  8. NewsFlash

    Passing of Detective Armer

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of a member of our SRPD family, Detective Marylou Armer. Read on...
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    03/30: A Message from the Police Chief

    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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    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...
  11. 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...
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    03/27: A Message from the Police Chief

    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...
  13. PARKSCLOSEDVideoCoverEnglish_3.26 News Flash

    03/26: COVID-19 Question of the Day

    “How can I stay active if the parks are closed?” Read on...
  14. March 24 of ENG_PoliceChief_YouTubeThumb News Flash

    03/24: A Message from the Police Chief

    Police Chief Ranier Navarro shares news of two police officers testing positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Read on...
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    03/23: A Message from the Mayor

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm offers three simple ways you can help the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Read on...
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    03/20: A Message from the Mayor

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm shares information on the State-Wide Order to Shelter in Place now in effect for California until further notice. Read on...
  17. 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...
  18. A Message From the Police Chief

    03/18: A Message from the Police Chief

    Police Chief Rainer Navarro Urges Santa Rosans to Follow Health Order, Stay at Home Read on...
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    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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    Online Services and Phone Numbers

    The City of Santa Rosa is committed to the health of our community and our employees. We strongly encourage you to use the services that are available online or over the phone. Read on...
  21. News Flash_ SUBSCRIBE News Alert

    Stay Informed, Subscribe Today!

    Receive the latest COVID-19 News Alerts when you subscribe to our City Connections Newsletter. #PreventTheSpread Read on...
  22. Using Hand Sanitizer

    NEWS RELEASE: 3/12 Coronavirus Update

    Santa Rosa Suspends Most Public Gatherings Through March Read on...
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    NEWS RELEASE 3/11: Coronavirus Update

    Some City-Organized Public Events and Meetings Postponed to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus Read on...
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    Santa Rosa's Drinking Water is Safe

    We want to reassure residents that the coronavirus is not spread through tap water. Your drinking water is tested regularly to ensure it meets all safe drinking water standards. Read on...
  25. Washing Hands

    NEWS RELEASE 3/2: Coronavirus Update

    Santa Rosa Declares Local Emergency to Safeguard the Community Against the Coronavirus Read on...
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    Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The latest updates from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Read on...
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    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...
  28. Public Art Logo Newsflash

    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...
  29. Renewal Enterprise District (RED) - City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma

    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...