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 75% of new improvements up to $2,500.  Eligible improvements include paintingnew signageawningslandscapingexterior lighting, and local permit fees. Façade building improvements (new windows, changing materials, etc.) are also eligible; however, please note that larger changes may require Design Review approval as well.
 
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. 
 
To apply for the program a building owner or tenant, with the owner’s approval, should fill out the attached application and include bid estimates for the proposed improvement(s). The Planning Department then reviews the submitted application for completeness and batches them to be reviewed on a quarterly basis by the Design Review Board for approval. Deadlines for applications for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 are:

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021

 
It is anticipated that the Board will hear the Façade Improvement Submittals on November 4, 2020, February 3, 2021, and May 5, 2021. Note, funding is limited based on the adopted City Budget. Funding may be entirely allotted in early rounds.
 
Applications are required to be submitted a minimum of two (2) weeks before the scheduled Design Review Board Meeting. If an application is submitted after the quarterly deadline it may be pushed to the following meeting.
 
For approved projects, work must be done by June 30, 2021, and requests for reimbursement must be made in the same Fiscal Year as when the project was approved, no later than July 1, 2021.
 
If you would like to apply for or discuss the program in more detail, please contact Alan Montes, Associate Planner at (707) 823-6167 or  AMontes@cityofsebastopol.org

Facade Improvement Program Application Packet