Building, Engineering & Planning Permits

Building, Engineering & Planning Permits

We are accepting most applications electronically via the Permitting Portal but do require hard copies for some applications. 

Note: Applications are not considered submitted until payment is received. Please contact us for instructions for submitting an application and processing payment. If in-person intake is needed, please contact staff to schedule an appointment. 


Special Event Permits

Special Events Permits

The City of Sebastopol hosts many varied special events throughout the year. These events are an important part of our community and can significantly improve our residents’ and visitors’ quality of life. Depending on the nature of the events, they can enhance our neighborhoods, highlight products and services, provide marketing opportunities and add to our cultural enrichment.

The Special Event Permit Application Packet will help you understand the special event permitting process and insurance requirements and provide helpful information as you plan your event.

Application Process

  1. Contact Public Works Department to ascertain the availability of the location where the event is requested to be held.
  2. Complete the application packet (and provide any additional materials regarding this event).
  3. Ensure all blanks are filled out and initial the bottom of every page. Please use black ink to complete the application.
  4. Ensure the application has a wet signature. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  5. Submit the packet and filing fees to Public Works Department.
  6. Complete and submit the City event requirements.
  7. Pay event fees when the application is submitted for routing. The application will not be routed without payment of fees in full.
  8. Ensure appropriate departments have been contacted a minimum of 10 days prior to the event.
  9. Request the City conduct a post-event walk-through the first working day after the event.

Note: Please keep in mind that acceptance of your application is the first step and should not be construed as approval or confirmation of your special event request. Other departmental approvals may be required depending on the size and type of event and its potential impact on City services. 

Event applications submitted less than 30 days prior to the event may not be approved.


The City of Sebastopol is committed to supporting quality events that are safe and enjoyable. If you have questions regarding the permitting process, please contact the Public Works Department. On behalf of the City of Sebastopol, we thank you for contributing to the spirit and vitality of our community through staging your event. Best wishes for a successful event!