Planning Department

Sebastopol City Hall, including the Planning Department, is closed to the public to protect both employees and the public.  Staff are working regular hours (Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and will work to answer your questions via phone or email.

Please email one of the staff listed below:
Rebecca Mansour, Senior Administrative Assistant:
Jeff Setterlund, Contract Planner:

Jeff Setterlund is available via phone for general planning questions on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Planning Department is accepting submittals/resubmittals, please contact us for instructions for submitting an application and processing payment either via mail or credit card.  Note, review of applications begins when payment is received.  If in-person intake is desired, please contact staff to schedule an appointment. Applications for essential needs, facilities, and uses will be prioritized.  Use Permits for non-essential services will be processed, but may not be able to begin service until the Shelter In Place Order is lifted.

The Planning Department provides planning and environmental review assistance to the City Council, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and Public Arts Committee. The department also provides services to citizen committees, the City's residents and the real estate, development and construction industries. This service is divided into two primary functions. Current planning includes receiving and processing all applications for land use permits, subdivision and other development permits, preparing staff reports for the appropriate City boards and commissions and performing inspections to assure compliance with zoning and other planning regulations. This role includes preparation of necessary environmental documents as required by State and City law and policies.

Advance planning includes preparation of long-range planning documents, special studies, policy development, and preparation of municipal ordinances relating to a range of topics.

The Department is also responsible for parks planning.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the General Plan?
Who do I contact if I live in unincorporated Sebastopol?
Can I rent a room in my house as a vacation rental?

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Planning Director: Kari Svanstrom

7120 Bodega Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: 707-823-6167
Fax: 707-823-1135


Office Hours

Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
(Closed 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm for lunch)

Closed ALL Fridays.

Downloadable Documents

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Guidelines and Checklists ▼

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Kari Svanstrom

Kari Svanstrom
Planning Director