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  • Published on September 21, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    It's SepticSmart Week! The EPA is conducting outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. Visit for resources on caring for your septic system.

  • Published on August 23, 2017

    Home Energy Workshops in Sonoma County

  • Published on August 23, 2017
    The EDB produces a monthly online newsletter.  The latest edition is now available to read.

  • Published on August 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Access Sonoma Broadband is developing a Sonoma County Broadband Strategic Plan and is seeking your assistance on the plan's development. Please see list of upcoming broadband workshops and focus groups.

  • Published on August 14, 2017

    One of our our newest reports on Sonoma County Women-owned Businesses was highlighted in the North Bay Business Journal. The report was done in collaboration with the North Bay Business Journal and all the area Chambers.

    Click below to read the article or to read the report, visit our Data Center

  • Published on August 14, 2017
    Permit Sonoma

    Estimated plan check response times as of Monday, August 14, 2017.

  • Agriculture, Weights and Measures
    Published on August 3, 2017
    Agriculture, Weights and Measures

    The theme of this the 2016 Crop Report is sustainable farming in Sonoma County, which celebrates the growers and those who support them in making sustainable farming a local priority. 

  • Health Services
    Published on August 1, 2017
    Health Services

    The Department of Health Services Behavioral Health Division intends to award contract to California Human Development.

  • Published on July 25, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)
    Permitted Special Events:  Be advised of significant traffic impacts in Sonoma County due to the IRONMAN Santa Rosa triathlon event occurring throughout the day Saturday, July 29, 2017. Detours and Road Closures
  • Published on July 22, 2017

    With the growing popularity of Levi's GranFondo and the Ironman Triathlon, Sonoma County is becoming one of the premier locations for endurance events in the United States.

  • Published on July 17, 2017

    Tim Ricard, EDB's cannabis program manager, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about Sonoma County's new cannabis program: “We are focusing on allowing cultivators, distributors and manufacturers to become compliant with county and state regulations,” Ricard said. “An above-board industry provides better health and safety, and it really allows it to contribute positively to our local economic development.”

  • Published on July 14, 2017

    Creative Sonoma is proud to have significantly expanded our grant making portfolio this year. Over the past 2 months, we have awarded $184,000 to 28 recipients for creative projects through our Arts Education Innovation, Pop-Up Creativity, and Summer Arts Youth Program Grants.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on July 12, 2017
    Environmental Health & Safety

    PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, In compliance with AB1497 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 27 Section 21660.3, that the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) will be holding an informational meeting to review the new Solid Waste Facility Permit for West Sonoma County Disposal.

  • Published on June 29, 2017

    Permit Sonoma cannabis permit applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Permit Center opens at 8:00 AM, on July 5.

  • 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
    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.
  • 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 Accessory Dwelling 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.

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