The Planning Division also processes other types of applications as listed below. If you have questions on these applications, please contact the Planning Division.
Most business types require the issuance of a business license. The Planning Division reviews and processes business license applications. Business owners should verify with the Planning Division that their business type is allowed in the location desired prior to signing any lease agreements. For additional information on business licenses, contact the Finance Department at 916-727-4959.
A Variance Application (PDF) is a process that would allow an applicant an exemption from compliance to the zoning code. Variances may only be granted if it can be demonstrated that because of special circumstances present on the on subject property, the application of the code would deprive the property of privileges enjoyed by other properties in the vicinity and under identical zone classifications. These special circumstances include property size, shape, topography, location, or because of landmark trees, natural streams, or floodplains.
It is recommended that prior to the submittal of a variance application you discuss your project with planning staff. Application fees are due at the time the application is submitted.