No use permits are required for home occupations. To qualify the business occupation must clearly be secondary to the use of the dwelling as a residence. Only residents may be employed in a Home Occupation. Contact the County Planning & Building Dept.
Cottage Industry Permit
A minor use permit is required for commercial use of a residence that is more extensive than the Home Occupation. The commercial use may not change the residential or rural nature of the surrounding area. See the County Planning & Building Dept.
Administrative Permit of Temporary Use
Mendocino County requires commercial events such as entertainment, temporary structures, temporary site signs or billboards and temporary use of trailers to get a permit. Filling fees vary, see Planning & Building Dept.
Conditional Use Permit
The County’s zoning ordinance specifies permitted locations of land uses within the County (residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, etc.). A Use Permit is a special type of permit which allows for the organization and control of land uses to insure compatibility with desirable existing and future land uses in the area. Some businesses require permission from the Planning Commission or Zoning Administrator to operate at certain locations. Filing fees are based upon administrative costs associated with processing use permit applications. For additional information, contact the County Department of Planning & Building Services