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The next Santa Cruz County Planning Department Planning Commission meeting is being held on: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 beginning at 9:30am, online and via telephone.

To listen or participate by computer: Zoom Meeting Link

To listen or participate by phone: +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 810 0864 8359

*Please see agenda posted here.


The County is considering several additional updates to local Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations in order to further simplify and streamline ADU project approval, and to align with the ADU Handbook released by the California Office of Housing and Community Development. The County is also considering updates to regulations to encourage “tiny homes".

There are two ways to participate:
(1) Watch, listen and participate using your computer: Click here to join the meeting. You will need a computer with a microphone to provide comments using your computer.
(2) Participate by phone: Call 916-318-9542. The conference ID# is 257 883 469#. Phone participation is required if you are using a computer without microphone and wish to provide comments, or wish to participate and do not have access to a computer.

Visit the ADU webpage to learn more about ADUs in Santa Cruz County.

County offices will be closed on dates that the Board of Supervisors has approved furloughs of staff to reduce the County budget.  Click here for furlough dates.

County of Santa Cruz
Planning Department
Beginning June 3rd the Planning Department will offer appointments for certain services, in addition to services that are available through a variety of electronic methods. Walk in visitors cannot be served at this time.
To apply for an ePermit (reroof, water heater, etc):

Click Here for the Temporary Use Permit Application

To submit a building permit application
with building plans for review:

For zoning information and to make an appointment: or call 831-454-2130

To schedule a discretionary permit intake appointment:
call 831-454-3252
To contact us for information or to schedule an appointment:
(Masks will be required for all appointments)