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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: 
8:30 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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Process Improvement Action Plan
In conjunction with the recent Management Partners report, Community Development is developing a Process Improvement Action Plan.

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.

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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