In the spring of 2019 the City Council adopted an ordinance regulating wine tasting facilities that includes limits on the total number and location of tasting rooms in the Plaza Retail Overlay Zone, requires a conditional use permit for new tasting rooms, and puts in place certain other requirements. Learn more on the Wine Tasting … Continued
FAQ Topic: New Business
The Sonoma City Council has adopted regulations prohibiting new vacation rentals, which were effective in early 2018. Existing, licensed vacation rentals are allowed to continue, provided they meet updated operating standards. Under the new ordinance, vacation rentals are no longer a conditionally-permitted in the Mixed Use and Commercial zones (new vacation rentals were already prohibited … Continued
The City has a formula business ordinance which places certain restrictions and requirements on chain and franchise businesses. Learn more about the formula business ordinance and contact the Planning Department for more information.
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 … Continued
Many types of signs require a permit. You can find links and additional information on our business signage page. Contact the Planning Department for details.
Yes! The City contracts with the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce for business assistance and economic development services. For one-on-one assistance, contact the Chamber’s Executive Director at 707-996-1033.
The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce manages the City-owned business wayfinding signs located at the corners of the Plaza, using our program guidelines. Please contact the Chamber at (707) 996-1033 for more information. The winery directional signs throughout the Valley are managed by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association.
Yes, but there are some restrictions. More information is available from the Planning Department. A home occupation permit is required.
The City of Sonoma’s Living Wage Ordinance (Sonoma Municipal Code Section 2.70) was adopted in 2004. The Living Wage applies to a very limited number of entities, and only if they employ more than six employees. These include the City of Sonoma itself and organizations that receive funding or financial assistance above certain levels from … Continued
Any person or company conducting business within the city limits of the City of Sonoma, whether ongoing or one-time only, is required to have an active business license. To apply for a business license, please download the business license application. You can determine the amount due for your license using the fee schedule listed on … Continued