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Community 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. The department is divided into two divisions, Building and Planning, and works closely with Public Works Engineering Development Services.

Counter hours: 
9:30 to 2:30 Monday through Thursday only (open during lunch) /closed on Fridays.
New applications are processed until 2:00 p.m.

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. The building division also administers the City’s Code Enforcement and Neighborhood Revitalization programs.

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. Through the development process, the team works closely with many city departments including Engineering Development Services to implement street and utility improvement standards.

The Advance Planning team performs a variety of long range planning activities, including development and administration of the City's General Plan.

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Smoking Regulations Update
On July 7, 2015, the Santa Rosa City Council approved revised smoking regulations that prohibit smoking, including use of electronic smoking devices, in a variety of places such as parks, City-owned facilities, and other indoor and outdoor public places, and private places such as multifamily attached housing. These regulations go into effect over the course of the next year, beginning on August 7, 2015.

Jennings Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Rail Crossing Environmental Impact Report
The City of Santa Rosa is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Jennings Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Rail Crossing project. The proposed project includes the construction and operation of either an at-grade or elevated pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing at Jennings Avenue and, if the at-grade crossing is selected, the possible closure of an at-grade rail crossing at either Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Street. Construction of an at-grade pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing at Jennings Avenue would include installation of crossing surfaces across the two sets of railroad tracks present at the site, including a pathway leading to the crossing on either side of the rail corridor. Closure of a rail crossing at Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Street would include removal of existing crossing surfaces and installation of improvements to prevent access, such as roadway barricades.  An elevated crossing at Jennings Avenue would include the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that would connect Jennings Avenue on either side of the rail line.

Breweries, Wineries, & Tasting Rooms
The City of Santa Rosa has adopted new zoning rules that support these land uses in more districts than ever. Did you know that beer and wine production facilities are now permitted by right (without a use permit) in the City’s industrial zoning districts? Or that tasting rooms are permitted by right in several commercial districts, including the downtown and station area districts?

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