Facade Improvement Program

The City of Sebastopol offers a program aimed at encouraging local businesses and property owners to improve commercial and industrial buildings. Upgrades, maintenance, and aesthetic enhancements will benefit the entire community and enhance the local economy.

With these objectives in mind, subject to funding availability, the Sebastopol Façade Improvement Program will provide a rebate for expenses incurred on new exterior property improvements made to commercial or industrial buildings within the City of Sebastopol. The program will reimburse a property owner or tenant for 50% of new improvements up to $2,500.

Eligible improvements include:

  • painting
  • new signage
  • awnings
  • landscaping
  • exterior lighting
  • ​local permit fees.

The objective of the Façade Improvement Program is to provide an incentive to property owners and/or tenants to enhance the physical appearance of buildings and landscapes. This public/private partnership investment is intended to leverage private capital with public funds for greater community economic benefit. A key aspect of this program is a simplified approval process for you, the applicant.

To apply for the program a building owner or tenant, with the owner’s approval, should

  • fill out the program application
  • include bid estimates for the proposed improvement(s)

The Planning Department then reviews the submitted application and a qualifying decision is given. For approved projects, requests for reimbursement must be made in the same Fiscal Year as when the project was approved, no later than June 1. I hope you have an interest to participate.

If you would like to apply for or discuss the program in more detail, please contact Dana Morrison at (707) 823-6167, or email dmorrison@cityofsebastopol.org

Facade Improvement Program Application Packet