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City Departments : Planning


The Planning Division consists of the Planning and Community Services Administrator, a Senior Planner, an Assistant Planner, and an Administrative Assistant. Key responsibilities of the Planning Division include the following:

  • Current planning (processing applications for planning permits, such as use permits, tentative maps, design review and commercial signs and reviewing building permits in order to assure compliance with applicable regulations Reviewing of Building Permits in order to assure compliance with applicable regulations).
  • Long-range planning (updating the General Plan, developing and implementing other planning documents, such as the Bicycle Plan, and working with the Community Development Agency on affordable housing).
  • Enforcing the Development Code and sign regulations.
  • Maintaining the City’s Geographic Information System, a database-driven mapping system that currently includes information on zoning, basic property characteristics, water and storm drain infrastructure, and the location of flood plains.

Current projects include the update of the City’s Geographic Information System and the identification of improvements to the City’s bike path system.

City-wide electronic mapping system now on-line!

The City of Sonoma is pleased to announce that a city-wide mapping system is now on-line and available to the public. Sonoma's Geographic Information System (GIS) provides instant access to property characteristics such as zoning, assessor's information and flood zone designation, as well as city-wide air photographs. To access this new service, use the following link:

Note: This web-based service requires the use of the Autodesk Mapguide plug-in, which is only available for the Windows version of Internet Explorer.

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The City has recently completed the process of updating its General Plan. Find out more about the update and download the 2020 General Plan:



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