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Grading, Drainage, Vineyard, Orchard Site Development Fees

Effective January 1, 2019.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the fee schedule, please contact the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures at (707) 565-2371.

Level I Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO)

No Grading or DrainageWith Grading and/or Drainage
< 10 Acres$ 722$ 1,060
10 < 50 Acres$ 1,364$ 1,695
 50 < 100 Acres$ 1,769$ 2,151
 > 100 Acres$ 2,280$ 2,742
 Additional Fees*N/AApplicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
 Project Fee Inclusions**1 Plan Review and 1 Site Visit1 Plan Review and 2 Site Visits

Frost protection registration fee of $64 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

*Additional Fees: project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below.

**Project Fee Inclusion: project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $162/hour (¼ hour minimum).

Level II Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO)

No Grading or DrainageWith Grading and/or Drainage
< 10 Acres$ 4,604$ 4,936
10 < 50 Acres$ 6,801$ 7,168
50 < 100 Acres$ 8,657$ 9,090
> 100 Acres$ 11,444$ 11,961
Additional Fees*Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist ChargesApplicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
Project Fee Inclusions**2 Plan Reviews and 2 Site Visits2 Plan Reviews and 3 Site Visits

Frost protection registration fee of $64 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

*Additional Fees: project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below.

**Project Fee Inclusion: project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $162/hour (¼ hour minimum).

Level II Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance ( VESCO ) with Tree Removal

No Grading or DrainageWith Grading and/or Drainage
< 10 Acres$ 5,330$ 5,644
10 < 50 Acres$ 7,740$ 8,133
50 < 100 Acres$ 9,697$ 10,126
> 100 Acres$ 12,717$ 13,232
Additional Fees*Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist ChargesApplicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
Project Fee Inclusions**2 Plan Reviews and 2 Site Visits2 Plan Reviews and 3 Site Visits

Frost protection registration fee of $64 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

*Additional Fees: project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below.

**Project Fee Inclusion: project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $162/hour (¼ hour minimum).

Grading and/or Drainage Only

No VESCO
< 10 Acres$ 750
10 < 50 Acres$ 848
50 < 100 Acres$ 991
> 100 Acres$ 1,137
Additional Fees*Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
Project Fee Inclusions**1 Plan Review and 1 Site Visit

Frost protection registration fee of $64 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

*Additional Fees: project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below.

**Project Fee Inclusion: project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $162/hour (¼ hour minimum).

At-Cost Fees

At-cost fees will be charged on an actual (“at-cost”) basis, calculated based on the hourly rates, including travel time, set forth herein and with a minimum charge for 15 minutes and then rounded to the nearest quarter hour. The amount of time and type of staff rendering services will vary depending upon the services requested. Pre-application consultative services, additional reviews and/or site visits, and review of multiple revisions to project plans and/or previously accepted projects are billed at-cost at the hourly rates below (¼ hour minimum):

At-Cost Hourly Rates

Position Title Hourly Rate
Land Stewardship Section Staff$ 162
Assistant Engineer$ 110
Staff Engineer$ 135
Associate Engineer$ 145
Senior Geotechnical Engineer$ 200
Assistant Geologist$ 105
Senior Geologist$ 140
Senior Technician$ 95
Principal Engineering Geologist$ 190

Services Billed At-Cost

Pre-Application Consultative Services

Consultative services include pre-application site visits and evaluation and development plan and/or site drawing review. All pre-application consultative services are billed at-cost. To request pre-application consultative services, please complete the request form and return it to the Department:

 Mail:Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures
Land Stewardship Section
133 Aviation Boulevard, Suite #110
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone:(707) 565-2371
Email:sonomaag@sonoma-county.org

Additional Plan Review and/or Site Visits

Additional plan review and/or site visits by Department staff beyond the initial department staff inclusions noted in the project fees above include:

  • Additional plan review required by Department staff to approve and issue the permit.
  • Additional site visit(s) required by Department staff to approve and issue permit and/or verify compliance.
  • Site visit(s) for non-compliance and/or to ensure corrective action has been taken.
  • Multi-phase site visits apply to projects that are constructed in phases and therefore require additional site visits due to timing of construction.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the fee schedule, please contact the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures at (707) 565-2371.

Additional Plan Review and/or Site Visits

Additional plan review and/or site visits by Department staff beyond the initial department staff inclusions noted in the project fees above include:

  • Additional plan review required by Department staff to approve and issue the permit.
  • Additional site visit(s) required by Department staff to approve and issue permit and/or verify compliance.
  • Site visit(s) for non-compliance and/or to ensure corrective action has been taken.
  • Multi-phase site visits apply to projects that are constructed in phases and therefore require additional site visits due to timing of construction.

Contact Information

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
Open: 8:00 –12:00 AM

Closed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Address
Main Office
133 Aviation Boulevard
Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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