Planning and Building

Planning Division

The purpose of the Planning and Community Development Division is to plan for, and promote reasonable and productive long-term uses of land, which foster environmental protection and economic prosperity within the city. Solvang is a unique community with its historic past and its desire to preserve, protect and promote the Danish and Northern European architectural design theme so prevalent in the Downtown Village.

During COVID-19:

Staff Hours:

Monday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meetings with the public are by appointment only

805-688-5575 ext. 220  

Permits submittal

The City of Solvang Planning Division is starting to accept some applications electronically.


Sign permits can be emailed to the Planning Division. 

Please include the following items;

  • Sign application
  • Site plan
  • Elevations
  • Details on the sign(s) including colors and materials

Patio Covers can be emailed to the Planning Division

Please include the following items:

  • Permit application
  • Site Plan of the property
  • Elevations
  • Colors and materials

All other development applications will need to be submitted by appointment.

Information & Services

The Department provides high quality zoning and planning information, and permitting services through a professional public process under policy direction of the City Council, the Planning Commission and the Planning Director.

Building Division

Due to COVID-19 transmission risks, the Building Division is open Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Please contact to schedule an appointment for application submittals and/or permit issuance.

During COVID-19:

Staff Hours:

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meetings with the public are by appointment only

805-688-5575 ext. 240

Electronic submittals are allowed for the following only:

  • Patio covers (Planning and Building reviews)
  • Signs (Planning and Building reviews)
  • Photovoltaic Systems (residential roof mounted only) (Building review)
  • FAU and/or AC applications
  • Water Heater applications
  • Residential electric meter upgrades
  • Residential reroof application
  • Sewer pipe replacement

All other applications must be submitted in person to Planning Department and Building Department.  Please contact the Planning Department at for submittal requirements and appointment times. 

The master application may be found on our website at this link: Application for Project Review (PDF)

Building inspections occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.  Inspections may be requested by calling 24 hours in advance to 805-688-5575 ext. 237