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See below for links to permit and application forms, and more information about the permitting process.
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Development Applications (fees include sales tax)10 documents

  • Conditional Use Permit Application
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    Fee: $265
  • KROD Administrative Review Application
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    Fee: $53
  • KROD Conditional Use Application
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    Fee: $265
  • Plat / Replat Submittal Form (Kenai Peninsula Borough)
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    Fee: $53 (City of Soldotna fee)
  • Sales Tax Compliance Certificate
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    No fee
  • Sign Permit Application
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    Fee: $53
  • Zoning Amendment / Rezone Application
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    Fee: $265
  • Zoning Permit Application / Site Plan Review
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    Fee: $53
  • Zoning Variance Application
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    Fee: $265
  • Sign Variance Application
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    Fee: $265

Other Forms and Applications7 documents

  • Administrative Appeal Request
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    Fee: $265
  • Code Violation Complaint Form
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    No fee
  • Community Event Sign Application
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    No fee
  • Mobile Vendor Permit Application
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    Fee: $53
  • Special Assessment District Application
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    Fee: $530
  • Storefront Improvement Program Application
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    No fee
  • Temporary Use Application
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    Fee: $53

Information Sheets / Handouts13 documents

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Info Sheet
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  • Buffer Landscaping Standards
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  • Community Event Sign Policy
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  • Kenai River Overaly District Info Sheet
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  • Parking Lot Landscaping Standards
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  • Residential Landscaping Standards
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  • Right-of-Way Landscaping Standards
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  • Sandwich Boards
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  • Signs Info Sheet
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  • Site Plan Checklist / Template
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  • Temporary Signs
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  • Trees & Shrubs Info Sheet / Suggestions
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  • Zoning Variance Standards Info Sheet
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Temporary uses, such as outdoor concerts, fairs, pop-up markets, or car shows, are regulated in the city limits through a Temporary Use Permit. There is a short application to fill out, which includes questions about land use, parking and traffic conditions, the potential for hazardous features or noises, etc.  To begin, please download the application or come by City Hall to speak with staff in the planning department.

Mobile vendors are permitted in the City under municipal code section 17.10.380. The application to become a licensed vendor can be found below. The application and associated $50 fee (plus tax) should be returned to the City's Economic Development + Planning Department for review.


Successfully permitted mobile vendors are allowed to operate as an accessory use on private property in any non-residential zoning district with the authorization of the property owner. A permit is valid during its calendar year of issue. (For example, a permit issued in May 2016 will expire December 31, 2016.)

The City Council, working with local community members, city administration, and the Planning & Zoning Commission recently created this new, streamlined process designed with an emphasis on the needs of mobile vendors. For more information, read the relevant section of code or contact City Hall.

The City of Soldotna allows for the placement of community event signs at two highway locations - one at the 'Y' intersection, and the other at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and K-Beach.  Click on the links below for more information about allowable signage, and to complete an application to display signage for your community event. 

An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, is a subordinate, detached dwelling unit, which provides basic requirements for living, sleeping, cooking, and sanitation, located on a lot or parcel with an existing residence.  They are commonly referred to as mother-in-law apartments or granny flats, and are typically used to earn rental income, house extended family, or to provide student housing. 

In 2022, the City of Soldotna adopted an ordinance that allows for the construction of accessory dwelling units.  Standards for these units are summarized on the factsheet linked below: 

The Kenai River Overlay District (KROD) is a special zoning district designed to provide opportunities for the development and use of land along the Kenai River, while also safeguarding and enhancing riparian habitat, controlling erosion, and protecting ground and surface water. The district includes all lands within 100 feet of the ordinary high water mark (OHW) of the Kenai River, or 25 feet back from a cut bank, whichever is greater.

Any development proposal occurring within 50 feet of the OHW is also subject to review from the Donald E. Gilman River Center.

Depending on the specific type of development or activity, a project will fall into one of three permitting categories:

1. No Application Required
The following developments or activities are exempt from KROD requirements and require no further review from the City of Soldotna:

  • Minor vegetation management, including the trimming, pruning, removal of dead or hazardous trees or shrubs, or ordinary care of gardens or lawns;
  • Private non-commercial recreational land uses that do not involve construction, excavation, removal of live vegetation or fill of land; and
  • Any land development or use listed within 21.18.065 Kenai Peninsula Borough Code of Ordinances, and located within the KROD boundaries, provided the applicant has received appropriate permits from the Kenai River Center, Kenai Peninsula Borough; State Parks Division, Alaska Department of Natural Resources; Alaska Department of Fish and Game; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; or any other applicable agency.
2. KROD Administrative Permit
If not exempt by the above section, the proposed land development or use may qualify for a KROD Administrative Permit.  An applicant shall submit an KROD Administrative Review Application with a site plan for review and action by the Administrative Officer.  The following conditions must be met in order to grant a KROD Administrative Permit.

  1. No live vegetation removal is allowed, except to accomplish work described below;
  2. There is no significant erosion, ground or surface water contamination, or adverse alteration of the riparian habitat;
  3. The proposed land development or use involves one or more of the following:
    1. Excavation of not more than 5 cubic yards;
    2. Removal of existing structures;
    3. Attached structural improvements or additions to existing conforming structures will be allowed one time only, not to exceed 25 percent of the structural footprint, to ensure that incremental improvements do not occur in the overall development;
    4. Reinforcements, repair, and maintenance of existing structures; and
    5. Habitat protection projects including:
      1. Construction, installation, repair and maintenance of ladders, steps, cantilevered walkways, platforms, docks; bank restoration and protection projects; and maintenance dredging activities which are regulated and permitted by the Kenai River Center, Kenai Peninsula Borough; State Parks Division, Alaska Department of Natural Resources; Alaska Department of Fish and Game; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and other applicable agencies.
      2. Walkways, stairs, steps and ladders with a minimum of 50 percent light penetration and elevated to at least the height of the supporting framing with no part of the supporting structure other than supporting piles or posts in direct contact with the ground.
      3. Walkways, stairs, steps, and ladders with less than 50 percent light penetration and having an average elevation of no less than 18 inches above the ground measured to the bottom of the decking.


3. KROD Conditional Use Permit

If not exempt by section A, and all requirements for a KROD Administrative Permit cannot be met in section B, the applicant shall follow the procedures under the Soldotna Municipal code for Conditional Uses.  This includes preparing a KROD Conditional Use Application, which will be evaluated by the Planning and Zoning Commission at a public hearing.  The applicant will be required to meet any conditions imposed by the Commission to mitigate the potential for significant erosion, ground or surface water contamination, or adverse alteration of the riparian habitat.


*What Is The Ordinary High Water Mark?
The Ordinary High Water (OHW) mark is the boundary between upland and lake or riverbed. It is the point on the bank or shore up to which the presence and action of the water is so continuous as to leave a distinct mark either by erosion, destruction of terrestrial vegetation, or other easily recognized characteristics.
- From On the River: A Guide to Owning & Managing Waterfront Property on the Kenai Peninsula.