Economic Sustainability

The City of Sebastopol is committed to maintaining its high quality of life by promoting an economic climate that is supportive of existing businesses, attracts new businesses that satisfy unmet area resident and visitor needs in a manner that supports Sebastopol’s unique identity, appreciation and respect for the environment and sense of place, while creating new jobs for residents of all income levels, promoting an improved jobs/housing balance. 

 
Our General Plan includes an Economic Vitality Element, with detailed policies.  See the General Plan at:  General Plan

The 2004 Economic Development Strategy provides additional policy guidance:  2004 Economic Development Strategy

As a small City, Sebastopol uses its resources with flexibility and creativity.  Multiple City departments implement programs and projects to support economic sustainability.  Key departments include:  the City Manager’s office; the Planning Department; and the Engineering Division.  Let us know how we can help you. 

Economic Profile:
The Sonoma County Economic Development Board has prepared an economic profile of Sebastopol with a variety of useful information:  Sebastopol Economic Profile 2017 EDB

Community economic development and business organizations include:
Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce:  http://www.sebastopol.org/
Sebastopol Downtown Association: 
http://www.sebastopoldowntown.com/
Cittaslow Sebastopol: 
http://www.cittaslowsebastopol.org/
Sonoma County Economic Development Board (including assistance programs): 
http://sonomaedb.org/

Visiting Sebastopol and Sonoma County:
For information about visiting Sebastopol, see Experience Sebastopol:  http://experiencesebastopol.com/
For visitor-related business in Sonoma County, check with the Sonoma County Tourism site:
http://www.sonomacounty.com/

Working and Living in Sonoma County:
Check out all the reasons why Sonoma County and Sebastopol are terrific places to live and work!     sonomacountyconnections.org/

Business License information:
All businesses require a Business License.  See the application form at:  Business License Application Form

Façade Improvement Program:
Sebastopol operates a Façade Improvement Program, providing a matching grant for qualifying commercial façade improvements.  See program information at:  Facade Improvement Program