Land Use Applications & Forms

Planning Department Land Use Applications are available for download. Ten of the most commonly submitted applications include:

Application Guidelines


To assist you in the preparation of your application, project and application guidelines for common land use applications are provided below. Copies are also available at the Planning Department. If you have questions about about the applications, please visit the Planning Department on the first floor of the Eric Rood Center in Nevada City.

Filing Fees for a Land Use Application


To review a summary of filing fees that correspond to a given Land Use Application, including Planning, Environmental Health and Public Works fees, please review the Planning Department Fee Schedule (PDF).

Request for Project Notification


To request preliminary notification of proposed projects, please fill out the Request for Project Notification Form (PDF), being sure to specify the types and locations of projects of interest, and submit the form to:

Planning Department
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 170
Nevada City, CA 95959

You can also email the form to the Planning Department.

To request further notification regarding a specific project, please contact the project Planner to request special notification of public hearings and other opportunities to participate in the planning process. 

​Commercial Cannabis Applications

Application packets and in-depth information on Administrative Development and Commercial Cannabis Permits is available on Nevada County's Cannabis Conversation webpage. Questions can also be emailed to the Cannabis Compliance Division.

Applications, Guidelines & Forms

  1. Additional Checklist for Use Permit Applications for Communication Towers (PDF)
  2. Additional Checklist for Use Permit Applications Proposing a Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) (PDF)
  3. Administrative Development Permit (ADP) (PDF)
  4. Agreement to Pay Form (PDF)
  5. Agricultural Management Plan Guidelines (PDF)
  6. Amend an Approved Use or Development Permit (PDF)
  7. Amended Approved Maps (PDF)
  8. Application for Placement on Biological Consultant List (PDF)
  9. Biological Inventory Guidelines (PDF)
  10. Boundary Line Adjustment (Lot Line Adjustment) (PDF)
  11. Certificate of Compliance (PDF)
  12. Commercial Rafting Permit (PDF)
  13. Commercial, Industrial or Multi-Family Development Permit Guidelines (PDF)
  14. Design Review (PDF)
  15. Easement Abandonment Combined Application Form (PDF)
  16. Employee Housing (over 5 units)- State Regulated (PDF)
  17. Employee Housing Guidelines (PDF)
  18. Exceptions to Fire Safe Regulations (PDF)
  19. Extension of Time (PDF)
  20. Farm Stands and Certified Farmers Market ADP (PDF)
  21. Fire Planner Consultation (PDF)
  22. Floodplain Guidelines (PDF)
  23. General Land Use Application Form (PDF)
  24. General Plan and Rezone (PDF)
  25. Hazardous Materials Waste Statement Form (PDF)
  26. Home Business Permit (PDF)
  27. Large Family Day Care (PDF)
  28. Management Plan Guidelines (PDF)
  29. Management Plans (PDF)
  30. Map Check (Parcel and Final) (PDF)
  31. Minor Use Permit (PDF)
  32. Petition for Exceptions to Driveway Standards (PDF)
  33. Petition for Exceptions to Waive Subdivision and or Road Standards (PDF)
  34. Planner Consultation (PDF)
  35. Pre-application Request (PDF)
  36. Pre-Qualified Biological Consultant List (updated March 2019) (PDF)
  37. Private Road Name (PDF)
  38. Procedures for Placement on Biological Consultant List (PDF)
  39. Project Information Questionnaire Form (PDF)
  40. Reclamation Plan Application for Projects not filed concurrently with a Mining Exploration Applicati
  41. Request for a Minor Change to an Approved Use or Development Permit (PDF)
  42. Request for Early Project Notice by Homeowners Associations Special Interest Groups Form (PDF)
  43. Resource Based Employee Housing (1-4 units)- County Regulated (PDF)
  44. Reversion to Acreage (PDF)
  45. Road and Driveway Information Form (PDF)
  46. Second Dwelling Unit- Consistent with Allowed Density (PDF)
  47. Second Dwelling Unit Guidelines (PDF)
  48. Setback Easement (PDF)
  49. Sign Permit Guidelines (PDF)
  50. Temporary Commercial Permit (PDF)
  51. Tentative Map (Parcel or Final) (PDF)
  52. Tentative Map Guidelines (PDF)
  53. Tree Removal within the Nevada City Sphere of Influence ADP (PDF)
  54. Use and Development Permit Application (PDF)
  55. Use Permit for Exploration Mining Reclamation and Environmental Assessment (PDF)
  56. Use Permit Guidelines (PDF)
  57. Use Permit to Allow Development within a Floodplain (PDF)
  58. Variance to Zoning Regulations (PDF)
  59. Voluntary Notice of Merger (PDF)
  60. Williamson Act (PDF)
  61. Williamson Act Guidelines (PDF)
  62. Williamson Act Sample Contract Form (PDF)
  63. Zoning Ordinance Amendments (PDF)