If your business plans involve a major remodel, expansion, or new construction within the City of Sonoma, you can request (or staff may suggest) a meeting with the Project Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC meetings are also strongly suggested for any new or expanded restaurant business.
At the PAC meeting, City staff from various departments provide early-stage input on development projects at no charge. It can prove extremely valuable in giving you and your architect or project manager a sense of the process, any studies that may be required (traffic, drainage, etc.), timelines, and potential issues associated with your project. Staff can also assist with identifying the agencies and departments that can provide you with an estimate of their respective fees for your project.
Contact the Planning Department for more information.