Additional Permits & Applications

The Planning Division also processes other types of applications as listed below. If you have questions on these applications, please contact the Planning Division.

Business Licenses


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.

Letter of Public Convenience


A letter of public convenience provides a process for applicants seeking a license from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) to sell alcoholic beverages at a business located within a census tract designated by ABC to be over-concentrated.

ABC will inform businesses that are applying for liquor licenses whether they are required to obtain a letter of public convenience. Application fees are due at the time the Letter of Public Convenience Application Package (PDF) is submitted.


Rezone or General Plan Amendment


A rezone or General Plan amendment may be initiated by a property owner or property owner's agent. It is recommended that prior to the submittal of a Rezone or General Plan Amendment Application (PDF) you discuss your project with planning staff. Application fees are due at the time the application is submitted.

Variance


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.