Popular Questions for Businesses

Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors Chambers

  1. Who is my District Supervisor?

    The county is divided into five districts that are approximately equal in population size.

    The Board of Supervisors is comprised of five members, each representing a specific constituency within the county. To find out which Board member represents your community, start by using our online tool to locate the district you live in.

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  2. How do I contact the Board of Supervisors?

  3. When does the Board of Supervisors meet?

    Board meetings are regularly scheduled each Tuesday. Please refer to our full meeting calendar for upcoming meetings. A description of the meeting format is available and the agenda is published online each week.

  4. Where does the Board of Supervisors meet?

    Board meetings are held in the Supervisor's Chambers located at the County Administration Building:

    Address:
    Supervisor's Chambers
    Sonoma County Administration Building
    575 Administration Drive, Room 102 A
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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  5. Where do I find the Board Meeting agenda?

    The agenda is posted online approximately one week prior to the upcoming meeting. If there are any addendums to the published description these are also posted, usually on the Friday preceding the meeting. A printed copy of the agenda and any addendums are also posted outside the Supervisor’s Chambers.

    Address:
    Supervisor's Chambers
    Sonoma County Administration Building
    575 Administration Drive, Room 100 A
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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  6. Who and what is eligible for a Fee Waiver or Board Sponsorship?

    The Board may, at their sole discretion, approve or disapprove a fee waiver request. Fee waivers/board sponsorship may only be granted to Community Based Organizations, Non-Profits that provide a direct service that is similar to or complementary to a key county policy goal or supports a service that the county typically provides.

    Examples include: emergency or economic assistance or basic sustenance needs (emergency food, shelter, etc.). Governmental agencies that do not receive tax funding and can demonstrate an inability to pay a required county fee are eligible for a fee waiver/board sponsorship.

    County departments, other Governmental Agencies, unless they can demonstrate an inability to pay the county fee, and fund raising events where attendees pay a fee for admission to the event or in the case of festivals where vendors pay to participate in the event are not eligible.

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  7. How do I appeal a Property Assessment?

    If you disagree with your property tax assessment, you have the right to file an Application for Changed Assessment.

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Business Assistance

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  1. Where can I get help starting my business?

    Sonoma County Economic Development Board can assist you in finding financing, navigating the permit process, developing a business plan and much more.

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  2. How can I get a Fictitious Business Name?

    The Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder's Office can assist you.

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  3. How can I get a building permit?

    At Permit and Resource Management Department you can apply for a permit online, pay an outstanding balance and check the status of a permit or inspection.

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Emergencies and Preparedness

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  1. How do I prepare for an emergency?

    Emergency Responders may be unable to reach all citizens for various reasons and therefore it is essential that individuals and neighborhoods be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of 3 to 5 days.  Information about survival kits, major threats and disaster myths is posted on Fire and Emergency Services Department website.

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  2. Can I receive alerts on my cell phone about local emergencies?

    Yes, SoCoAlert is a service provided by the County will keep you informed of any action you may need to take during a local emergency.

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The Public Safety website is your go to place to stay informed during a local emergency. Here you'll find a list of hotlines, law enforcement agencies, local hospitals, weather outlook and rainfall totals and much more.

For more information, see Public Safety

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Fees and Taxes

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  1. How can I pay my property taxes

    You may view your tax bill and pay your property taxes online.  Property tax payments are also paid in the office or by U.S. mail.

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  2. Can I get my propert tax bill electronically?

    Yes! The County is now offering a property taxes e-billing service that allows you to receive your property tax bill via email.

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  3. How do I appeal a Property Assessment?

    If you disagree with your property tax assessment, you have the right to file an Application for Changed Assessment.

    Learn More

  4. Who and what is eligible for a Fee Waiver or Board Sponsorship?

    The Board may, at their sole discretion, approve or disapprove a fee waiver request. Fee waivers/board sponsorship may only be granted to Community Based Organizations, Non-Profits that provide a direct service that is similar to or complementary to a key county policy goal or supports a service that the county typically provides.

    Examples include: emergency or economic assistance or basic sustenance needs (emergency food, shelter, etc.). Governmental agencies that do not receive tax funding and can demonstrate an inability to pay a required county fee are eligible for a fee waiver/board sponsorship.

    County departments, other Governmental Agencies, unless they can demonstrate an inability to pay the county fee, and fund raising events where attendees pay a fee for admission to the event or in the case of festivals where vendors pay to participate in the event are not eligible.

    Learn more

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