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  • Published on December 3, 2018

    In this issue of our newsletter, we have Rebuilding Better, Storm Water Protection Measures Are Working, What Would Motivate you to Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit?, and Permitting Tips for Building a Fence.

  • Health Services
    Published on November 30, 2018
    Health Services
    A Free information-packed evening for parents, guardians, mentors & community members
  • Published on November 30, 2018
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued two executive orders to further assist communities recovering from devastating fires
  • Health Services
    Published on November 20, 2018
    Health Services

    La calidad del aire en el Condado de Sonoma ha permanecido pobre. Actualmente, la condición del aire se encuentra mayormente en la categoria ‘roja’, lo cual significa poco sano. Debido a los incendios activos y los cambios de los patrones del aire la calidad del aire puede variar impredeciblemente por varios dias, pero el pronóstico actual del tiempo predice cambios a mediado de la semana. Estamos esperanzados que la condición del aire mejore despues de estos cambios ambientales. Este aviso de salud permanecera vigente hasta que la calidad del aire mejore de manera significante y consistente.

    Los niños, ancianos y las personas con problemas respiratorios tales como asma, enfermedades pulmonares o cardíacas, tienen el mayor riesgo de sufrir efectos dañinos al estar expuestos a esta situación.

  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on November 20, 2018
    Fire and Emergency Services Department
    The County of Sonoma has issued a report documenting the objectives, public response, lessons learned, and analysis of core capabilities resulting from the Sonoma County Operational Area Alert and Warning Functional Exercises conducted on September 10 and 12, 2018.
  • Health Services
    Published on November 19, 2018
    Health Services

    Air quality conditions in Sonoma County remain poor. Currently, air quality is mostly in the “red”, unhealthy range. Due to the active wildfires and changing wind patterns our air quality may vary unpredictably however, current weather forecasts predict changes in the middle of this week. We are hopeful that air quality conditions will improve after the weather changes. This health advisory will remain in effect, until the air quality significantly and consistently improves. 

    Children, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease are most at risk for harmful impacts.

    As much as possible everyone should limit their time outdoors especially if the smell of smoke is present. Protect your health by following these healthy habits:

    En español
  • Published on November 19, 2018
    Permit Sonoma

    Well & Septic will not be conducting inspections on Wednesday, November 28 or Thursday, November 29, 2018 due to an all-staff training. No Well & Septic inspection appointments will be available on those dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    All other inspections (e.g. Building or Engineering inspections) will proceed as usual.

  • Health Services
    Published on November 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM
    Health Services

    The Behavioral Health Division presents a Public Hearing to review the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2018-2019 Plan Update & Annual Update for 2016-2017 on December 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Health Services
    Published on November 13, 2018
    Health Services

    Air quality conditions in Sonoma County remain poor. Currently, air quality is mostly in the “red”, unhealthy range. Due to the active wildfires and changing wind patterns our air quality may vary unpredictably for many days. We are hopeful that conditions will improve but weather forecasts indicate significant changes will not occur until next week. This health advisory will remain in effect, until the air quality significantly and consistently improves.

    Everyone should limit their time outdoors and avoid outdoor exertion.

    Children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease are most at risk for harmful impacts.

    En español
  • Published on November 9, 2018
    Due to heavy smoke blowing into the Bay Area from the Camp Fire in Butte County, the Air District has extended a Winter Spare the Air Alert through Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Published on November 8, 2018 at 10:30 PM
    Due to heavy smoke blowing into the Bay Area from the Camp Fire in Butte County, the Air District is issuing a Winter Spare the Air Alert starting tonight, Thursday, November 8, through Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Health Services
    Published on November 8, 2018
    Health Services

    The Camp Fire in Butte County is sending smoke into Sonoma County. Currently the air quality conditions are poor as levels of particulate matter are extremely elevated. These conditions are expected to impact Sonoma County until tomorrow when wind patterns are predicted to change.

    Children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease are most at risk for harmful impacts.

    En español
  • Health Services
    Published on November 7, 2018
    Health Services
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals for Consultant Services to include Civic Engagement Strategies, Polling, Community Outreach and Education, Feasibility Analyses, and Expenditure Planning.
  • Published on October 31, 2018

    In this issue of our newsletter, we have Housing for All, the West County Housing Fair, and Septic System Policy Updates.

  • Published on October 30, 2018

    On October 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a set of changes to the Sonoma County Zoning Code to expand opportunities for housing development in designated urban service areas.

  • Health Services
    Published on October 24, 2018
    Health Services
    The ImpactSonoma Tobacco & Nicotine Prevention Team has been awarded two years of funding from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant Program totaling $156,842. Funding will be used to build capacity within school districts and their local law enforcement agency partners to address youth vaping.
  • The Board of Supervisors will consider the second set of Permit Sonoma's housing initiatives at its October 23, 2018 meeting.
    Published on October 18, 2018
    The Board of Supervisors will consider the second set of Permit Sonoma's housing initiatives at its October 23, 2018 meeting.

    The Board of Supervisors will consider the second set of Permit Sonoma's housing initiatives at its October 23, 2018 meeting.

  • Published on October 14, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    Sonoma County officials are prepared to notify residents who will likely be impacted by PG&E’s planned power shut-off this evening, due to extreme weather conditions. PG&E estimates that around 400 customers in Sonoma County will be impacted by a power shut-off.

  • Health Services
    Published on October 10, 2018
    Health Services
    Previously the Department of Health Services had submitted to the Board of Supervisors to approve a Safe Drug and Sharps Disposal Ordinance.
  • Health Services
    Published on October 5, 2018
    Health Services
    The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) newsletter is published every two to three months by Sonoma County Behavioral Health.
  • Published on October 5, 2018

    The Water Board mandates that contractors meet specific storm water construction practices to prevent harmful pollutants from entering our watershed. Sonoma County is required by our permit from the Water Board to enforce compliance with these requirements. The County has been working with contractors in Larkfield and Mark West areas since August to get voluntary compliance and to notify them of the requirements.

  • Published on October 2, 2018
    Permit Sonoma

    As many of you know, in this competitive job market, our entire industry is experiencing a challenge in recruiting and retaining skilled building staff. Permit Sonoma currently has a 40 percent temporary shortage in staff members that review building permits. Our department closely monitors our permit turnaround times and makes this information publicly available through our online performance dashboard.   Read More

  • Published on September 28, 2018

    In this issue of our newsletter, we have an update to the County Septic Policy, tips to make sure your parcel is ready for winter, and news from the County’s cannabis code enforcement.

  • Published on September 20, 2018

    The County has launched a new cannabis dispensary waitlist available to applicants with permit eligible properties.

  • Health Services
    Published on September 10, 2018
    Health Services
    The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) newsletter is published every two to three months by Sonoma County Behavioral Health.
  • Published on September 6, 2018

    The North Bay is experiencing a housing affordability crisis. The catastrophic fires of 2017 exacerbated this situation by destroying thousands of homes. As the region rebuilds and builds the housing necessary for our next generation of people and their families, we need to be sure that we're responding to their changing needs and preferences. Please help this effort by responding to this survey (anonymously) and letting us know more about what your current needs are and what you would prefer to see in the future.

  • Published on August 24, 2018

    The County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems in order to meet state mandated regulations that protect water quality and public health. Permit Sonoma invites the public to attend upcoming community meetings to share feedback on the proposed Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual.

  • Published on August 23, 2018

    The staff report, Planning Commission resolution, and draft ordinance with exhibits for the housing code changes item (file number ORD18-0006) on the August 30, 2018 Planning Commission agenda are available for download.

  • Published on August 21, 2018
    Permit Sonoma

    Starting August 24, 2018, Permit Sonoma will begin implementing our new administrative citation program, supporting our goal of establishing a safe and healthy community. This new program provides an additional tool for enforcement, enabling the County to enforce various codes and ordinances via less stringent enforcement action. Administrative citations give us the ability to respond immediately to transient and nuisance violations in the field.

  • Published on August 6, 2018

    On the Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Cannabis Ordinance Amendments.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 30, 2018
    Health Services

    The Department wishes to thank all of the organizations that submitted a response to this Request for Qualifications.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 30, 2018
    Health Services

    The Department wishes to thank all of the organizations that submitted a response to this Request for Qualifications.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 30, 2018
    Health Services

    The Department wishes to thank all of the organizations that submitted a response to this Request for Qualifications.

  • Published on July 27, 2018

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have updates on rebuilding, new housing resources, and septic system regulations.

  • Published on July 26, 2018

    Permit Sonoma staff will bring the second set of housing initiatives to the Planning Commission on August 23, 2018. This item was originally scheduled for August 2, but is being continued to August 23. 

  • Published on July 12, 2018

    Materials from the Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Housing Initiatives public workshop are now available for download. 

  • Published on July 2, 2018

    Permit Sonoma has a new housing dashboard to measure our success in meeting ambitious housing goals set by the Board of Supervisors. The County will be partnering with cities to create a community-wide housing dashboard in the coming months.

  • Published on June 29, 2018

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have post-fire rebuilding progress, housing for all, increased enforcement for vacation rentals, and a cannabis ordinance update.

  • Published on June 29, 2018
    The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 11 pm Friday to 11 pm Saturday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions comprised of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures are either occurring now, or will shortly.
  • Published on June 13, 2018

    Provided by PG&E in collaboration with the County's General Services Energy and Sustainability Division, the MI-BEST is a series of five consecutive days of training designed to be taken in sequence. MI-BEST joins the art of construction to the science of energy and moisture management. It provides building professionals an opportunity to learn and practice techniques that might otherwise take many residential projects to experience and troubleshoot.  Participants are encouraged to attend the entire series but individual sign-ups by day and topic are allowed.  Visit www.pge.com/energyclasses for more information.

  • Published on May 31, 2018

    Sonoma County is conducting a voluntary survey to assess storm water awareness. We're looking for residents of Petaluma, Penngrove, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and Sonoma to help guide our public outreach efforts for Region 2 of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. We appreciate you taking the time to help us with this program.

  • Published on May 31, 2018

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have updates on rebuilding, new housing initiatives, the revised onsite waste treatment systems (OWTS) manual, and a new tool that allows you to schedule appointments at the Permit Center.

  • Published on May 1, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will be considering the revised onsite waste treatment systems (OWTS) manual at an upcoming meeting on May 22, 2018. If the Board approves the revision, the County will then submit a revised Local Area Management Program (LAMP) and OWTS Manual to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB).

  • Published on May 1, 2018

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast.

  • Published on May 1, 2018
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Wet Weather Percolation and Groundwater Testing information for the 2017-2018 season. Wet weather groundwater and percolation testing has closed for the 2017-2018 season. Rainfall totals data and/or testing open dates have been updated as of May 1, 2018.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 24, 2018
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (Department) is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the purpose of identifying qualified entities (consultants) to provide facilitation services.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 24, 2018
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (Department) is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the purpose of identifying qualified entities (consultants) to provide communications and media services.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 24, 2018
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (Department) is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the purpose of identifying qualified entities (consultants) to provide program evaluation services.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 4, 2018
    Health Services

    The Department wishes to thank all of the organizations that submitted a response to this Request for Proposals.

  • Published on March 27, 2018

    Nurse-Family Partnership is often cited as THE intervention for preventing child abuse and neglect. From a healthy babies program to crime prevention, Nurse-Family Partnership is validated by research. The level of proven effectiveness demonstrated is unsurpassed in evidence-based home visitation programs. Over the last three decades, there has been a 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect among participants in Nurse-Family Partnership.

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