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 painting, new signage, awnings, landscaping, exterior 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 2021-2022 are:

  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022

It is anticipated that the Board will hear the Façade Improvement Submittals on February 16, 2022 and May 4, 2022 or May 18, 2022. 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.
If you would like to apply for or discuss the program in more detail, please contact Kari Svanstrom, Planning Director at (707) 823-6167 or  KSvanstrom@cityofsebastopol.org

Facade Improvement Program Application Packet