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  • Coastal Valley EMS Agency
    Published on June 23, 2017
    Coastal Valley EMS Agency

    Coastal Valleys EMS Agency is in the process of creating a new tier to our current Paramedic Accreditation to include Flight Paramedic Accreditation.

    A revised process for flight paramedic accreditation has been developed to recognize the unique needs air ambulance providers and personnel have when working in a multijurisdictional capacity.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 23, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    We are recruiting for volunteers for IRONMAN Santa Rosa, which takes place Saturday, July 29, 2017. Join us in helping thousands of athletes get to the finish line in Santa Rosa!

  • Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
    Published on June 22, 2017
    Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

    On the Board of Supervisors Agenda for July 18, 2017:

    The proposed Mitigation Policy has been developed for use by Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District staff and the General Manager in the evaluation of environmental mitigation-related proposals for District-protected lands, including conservation easements and District-owned properties.

  • Published on June 19, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)
    The Vacation Rentals cube in the Permit Center will be closed the morning of Wednesday, July 12, 2017. It will reopen at 12:00 PM on July 12.
  • Published on June 19, 2017
    Permit Sonoma

    Estimated plan check response times as of Monday, June 19, 2017.

  • Registrar of Voters
    Published on June 6, 2017 at 8:00 PM
    Registrar of Voters

    Election Results for Special Election June 6, 2017.

  • Published on May 26, 2017
    Permit Sonoma

    Be sure to watch your mail (US Postal Service) for the annual bill for septic operational permits. Once it has arrived be sure to follow the instructions on back for paying your bill online. You must use your "OPB17" number listed on your invoice to pay your bill.

  • Health Services
    Published on May 26, 2017
    Health Services

    The County is seeking a qualified Community Based Organization (CBO) to provide outpatient services at the County’s Day Reporting Center (DRC).

  • Published on May 26, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    In this issue of our e-newsletter, we cover the County’s cannabis workshop series, junior accessory dwelling Units, and a new online tool for contractors. We report back on Permit Sonoma’s response to the winter flooding. And we’ve got an update on the local response to the statewide Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

  • Health Services
    Published on May 24, 2017
    Health Services

    To improve visibility of the worsening mental health issue of Maternal Mental Health in Sonoma County, two members of the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership created a Maternal Mental Health infographic to bring awareness to this critical issue affecting mothers in Sonoma County through social media.

  • Published on May 24, 2017

    The EDB is currently seeking volunteers to serve on a 20 member, limited-term Advisory Group, which will help shape a five-year economic strategy for Sonoma County. Members of this group would work with County staff and consultants to prioritize actions and identify opportunities for Sonoma County’s continued economic strength.

  • Published on May 23, 2017

    Do you have ideas for ways to infuse creativity into your community? Then apply for a Creative Arts Pop Up Grant. Deadline: May 24, 2017.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 9, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    On the Board of Supervisors Agenda for May 9, 2017:

    Review adjustments to County department and agency user fees and charges included in this agenda, reflecting new or updated user fee and charge schedules to be effective on July 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted.  Applies to Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures, Department of Health Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Permit and Resource Management Department, Probation, Sheriff's Office, and Regional Parks.

  • Published on May 2, 2017

    With the help of the EDB and Working Solutions, Mercedes Hernandez, owner of Bow N Arrow Clothing was able to secure a business loan to open her bohemian-inspired clothing store in Cotati, CA.

  • Published on May 1, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Wet Weather Percolation and Groundwater Testing is CLOSED for the 2016-2017 season. Rainfall totals data and/or testing dates have been updated as of May 1, 2017.

  • Published on April 28, 2017

    Sonoma County and the nation this year will enjoy continued economic growth, but high housing costs and a lack of available workers threaten future prosperity, an economist told civic and business leaders Friday.

  • Published on April 28, 2017

    After a long dry spell, Sonoma County builders last year created the largest number of new single-family homes in almost a decade.

  • Published on April 27, 2017

    Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square will be unveiling its new look this week. The $10.5 million project reunifies the downtown square which has been divided by auto traffic for half a century.

  • Published on April 20, 2017

    Santa Rosa has been recognized as the best microbrewing culture in the United States, according to a recent ranking by the online journal, The Pudding. 

  • Published on April 18, 2017

    Although California is a powerhouse of technology and innovation, the digital divide persists for rural communities and low-income neighborhoods. Recently introduced legislation, The Internet For All Now Act, would ensure that  California remains economically competitive and a national leader in closing the digital divide.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 14, 2017
    Health Services

    The Behavioral Health Division presents a Public Hearing to review the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Three-Year Integrated Plan & Annual Update for 2015-2016 on May 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Published on March 31, 2017

    Sonoma County ranks 13th in the nation for solar-related jobs, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation. Employment in the county’s solar sector grew 44 percent from the previous year to 3,476 jobs in 2016.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on March 29, 2017
    Environmental Health & Safety

    The Department of Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), employs several strategies to prevent foodborne illness and promote health and quality of life in Sonoma County. Through education, permitting, inspection protocols, and complaint investigations, EHS collaborates with businesses to prevent diseases that result from interactions between people and the places they live, work, play and eat.

  • Published on March 13, 2017

    Looking for a six-figure salary in Sonoma County? According to 2015 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in health care, law, public safety and IT make the biggest bucks.


  • Energy and Sustainability Division, General Services
    Published on March 13, 2017
    Energy and Sustainability Division, General Services

    Three Sonoma County libraries will be lending more than books through May 2017.  The Guerneville, Sebastopol and Central Santa Rosa branches will have Do-It-Yourself tool kits that promote water and energy savings.

  • Published on March 13, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)
    Beginning April 3, 2017, the Fire and Emergency Services cube at Permit Sonoma will be staffed during various hours Monday through Thursday.
  • Published on March 12, 2017

    The Sonoma County economy is gaining national attention for its strength in job growth and business vitality. 

  • Published on March 5, 2017

    The Santa Rosa Junior College is expanding its career and technical training programs to help local firms find qualified workers.

  • Published on February 27, 2017

    The EDB's Al Lerma discusses the importance of immigrant businesses and consumer spending in Sonoma County.

  • Published on February 23, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Event Date: March 22, 2017 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Learn how to use online and mobile device tools for handling your permitting needs: Apply for permits, find out the status of a permit, schedule inspections, find out inspection results, pay permit fees, and more!

  • Published on February 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    The specialty food and beverage manufacturing sector continues to grow at a rapid clip, in terms of both profits and employment, according to a December 2016 industry report from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was deactivated at 6:00pm on February 9, 2017. County officials  continue to monitor weather conditions and assess any storm related impacts.

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at 5:00pm on February 9, 2017, due to the latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicating the Russian River reaching minor flood stages.

  • Published on January 27, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Accessory Unit regulations changed on January 24, 2017. New regulations allowing Junior Units were also adopted.

    More Information

  • Published on January 27, 2017

    The eighth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food. From March 6-12, 2017, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. No tickets or passes required. For more details, visit Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

  • Published on January 25, 2017

    This year's "Discovered: Emerging Artists from Sonoma County" features the work of five local artists. The show has been co-produced by the Petaluma Arts Center and Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board. The exhibit runs from January 24, 2017 - March 18, 2017.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is seeking a dedicated professional to serve as the next Conference & Communications Coordinator. This position is part-time (30 hours/week). For a complete job description or to apply, visit the County of Sonoma Human Resources page.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    Sonoma Magazine - On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, Pliny the Younger is making its 14th annual debut at Russian River Brewing Company (RRBC) in Santa Rosa. Pliny the Younger is one of the most anticipated seasonal beer releases around the globe. Find out what the hype is all about!

  • Published on January 24, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    To help storm-impacted residents of the Russian River area, Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (Permit Sonoma) has opened a temporary permit center January 17, 2017 through and including January 24, 2017 at the Veterans War Memorial building located at 16255 1st Street (at Church Street) in Guerneville. This permit center will process and issue permits for non-structural storm damage repairs. Applicants must be the property owner of record, their authorized agent, or their contractor. Permit processing fees are waived for storm–related damage repair permits.

    Permit Center Hours, Location, & Phone Number

  • Published on January 19, 2017

    Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Friday, January 20, 2017 and Saturday, January 21, 2017.

  • Published on January 18, 2017

    Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Friday, January 20, 2017 and Saturday, January 21, 2017.

  • Published on January 13, 2017

    At the annual State of the County event on January 12th, 2017, Jerry Nickelsburg of the UCLA Anderson Forecast assured Sonoma County leaders that the North Coast's economic outlook will be positive in 2017 due to steady growth and a jobless rate of less than 4 percent. 

  • Published on January 13, 2017

    Beginning Friday, January 13, 2017, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding.

  • Health Services
    Published on January 13, 2017
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (Department) is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Management Services of the Community Dental Health Workforce.

  • Published on January 11, 2017

    If you have structural safety concerns regarding your home or business due to damages from the recent storm, please use the SoCo Report It app.

  • Published on January 11, 2017

    Treat all low hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Be aware of trees, pools of water and other objects that may be in contact with power lines.

  • Published on January 10, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services is available to help any individual with relocating and sheltering companion animals during the storm.
  • Published on January 10, 2017
    For safety’s sake, always assume that a fallen power line is live,
  • Published on January 9, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Vacation Rentals: All property managers must be certified by January 1, 2018 or the Vacation Rental Permit for the property will be expired. If you serve as the property manager or the 24-hour contact for one or more Vacation Rentals within unincorporated Sonoma County, you are required to take this course and pass the test. (Managers of hotels, motels, campgrounds, or hosted rentals do not need to take this certification course.)

    More Information & Course Materials

  • Published on January 6, 2017
    Power failures are common during a storm with strong winds,  construction, and even car accidents that take down electricity poles. Here are some of the most important tips to keep in mind in preparation for possible power outages.
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