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  • The County has launched an interactive "ADU Toolkit" to help you consider and then permit and construct an Accessory Dwelling Unit. Regulations were recently changed that make most residential properties eligible for one of these flexible housing units. Check out the "Basics", Design, and "Financing an ADU" guidebooks, links to designs and professional assistance, a construction estimator, cash flow modeler, information about the County forgivable loan program to assist your financing, and more! Accessory Dwelling Units website
  • NEW! Pleasure Point Commercial Corridor Survey
    Please complete the survey by Friday, April 6, 2018
  • For information on the Aptos Village Measure J homes, please click here
    Effective January 2, 2018, the County of Santa Cruz Building Counter will open at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, so that contractors may pick up ready to issue permits. Over the counter permits that do not require Zoning staff review may be obtained during this extended time. If Zoning review is required, the contractor will need to wait until 8:00 a.m. to sign up for that service. Please contact the Building Services Division at 454-2260 for more information.
  • The Public Review Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the proposed Nissan of Santa Cruz dealership is available for review and comment. The comment period ends Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Click here to access the Notice of Availability and the DEIR for the proposed Nissan of Santa Cruz Project.
    This notice is to advise applicants that as of January 2, 2018, submittals for all commercial projects must be submitted electronically. This will relieve applicants of having to submit printed plans, which can be costly. This will also save applicants time because plans undergo simultaneous review by the various reviewing agencies. Also, there will be no need to travel to the County and wait in line; applicants can apply from their home or office.
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  • Free Erosion Control Workshop for contractors, property owners, sub contractors, and construction site operators. Two workshops are offered: October 13, 2017 (Seaside) and October 20, 2017 (Aptos). RSVP required; click here for more information.
  • The Public Review Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the proposed program to regulate commercial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing is available for review and comment. The comment periods ends Monday, October 16, 2017 at 5:00. Click here for more information regarding environmental review of the proposed cannabis regulations.
  • A public information meeting to present the Draft EIR will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 5th floor, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to learn more about the EIR and ask questions.
  • There will also be an opportunity for the public to submit comments in person on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 5th floor, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend to submit comments.
  • NEW!!! Effective Tuesday, September 5, 2017, our public counters will be open an additional hour in the afternoons.  Walk-ins will be accepted until 3:30 p.m. for both the Zoning Counter and the Building Counter beginning 9/5/17.
  • There will be a SPECIAL Historic Resources Commission Meeting on Friday, May 12, 2017.  Click here to see the agenda.
  • The County of Santa Cruz is soliciting comments on the scope of the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Commercial Cannabis Regulations and Licensing Program for Cultivation and Manufacturing through March 15th. There will be a scoping session on February 27, 2017, at the Simpkins Swim Center from 4:30 until 7:00.
  • The County of Santa Cruz Planning Department is pleased to announce that the Department is now able to accept credit and debit cards and e-checks at our permit center and online.  Click on Pay Application Fees under the Quick Links to pay fees on your application.
  • 05/24/2016- FEMA CCAMP/OPC Study Preliminary Revised Flood Maps
  • 04/15/2016- FEMA Coastal Flood Map Revision Information available for review
  • 04/25/2016- Reduced fees for  Expedited Permitting for Solar Photovoltaic  are in affect for installations that are 10kW or less in one- and two-family dwellings. 
  • 01/12/2016- Revised Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors, effective February 12, 2016. View the strikeout / underline version here. Find updated checklist and landscape plan applications, updated installation certificates, calculators and links at the County's WELO homepage.

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