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Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement is the Section within the Building Division that deals with violations of the County's building, zoning, and health regulations. Code Enforcement also administers the County's Abandoned Vehicle Abatement program.

Jurisdiction

Code Enforcement Investigates

Code Enforcement staff investigates and resolves instances of the following within unincorporated Sonoma County:

  • Abandoned vehicles on private property
  • Construction without permits
  • Failing septic systems
  • Grading violations
  • Health and safety issues (except issues like pest infestation or smoking listed below)
  • Housing code violations
  • Zoning violations/Illegal uses of land (examples: commercial use in a residential area or vacation rental without permit)

Code Enforcement Does Not Investigate

Code Enforcement does not investigate instances of the following:

IssueContact
GraffitiSheriff’s Department
Incorporated city, suspected violations withinAppropriate city
Noise/Disturbing the peace complaintsSheriff’s Department
Non-operative vehicles parked in the streetSheriff’s Department
Rodent/Termite infestationHealth Services
Property line disputesCivil matter
Smoking complaintsHealth Services

Make a Code Violation Complaint

Abandoned or Non-Operable Vehicles

  • Removal of vehicles from your own private property:
  • Report abandoned/non-operable vehicles on a neighboring property: Follow the instructions for "Building, Zoning, and Safety" below.

Vacation Rentals

Go to the Permit History Lookup and search for the property address or parcel number. Look for permits containing "Vacation Rental" in the Description.

  • If there is a Vacation Rental permit on file:
  • If there is no Vacation Rental permit on file, follow the instructions for "Building, Zoning, and Safety" below.

Building, Zoning, and Safety

Code Enforcement investigates all valid complaints in an order determined by greatest health and safety risk. Complaints alleging hazardous conditions are investigated first.

We do not accept anonymous complaints. You may request your name and contact information be kept confidential. (Which will not be disclosed unless court ordered by a judge.)

To make a code violation complaint regarding suspected building, zoning, grading, or well & septic issues:

  1. Check the Jurisdiction lists above to ensure it's a matter that Code Enforcement investigates.
  2. Check that there isn't already an open violation similar to your complaint. Use our Permit History Lookup to search by a property's address or by parcel number.
  3. Submit the complaint in one of two ways:
    • Use "SoCo Report It" to report the problem. Scroll down the page and select "Code Compliance." Please provide each of the following:

      • Your contact information including name and phone number
      • Address or parcel number of the alleged violation (property must be in unincorporated Sonoma County)
      • Detailed description of alleged violation and/or health or safety hazard you perceive


      SoCo Report It

      – or –
    • Email Code Enforcement at PRMD-Enforcement@sonoma-county.org or call (707) 565-1992. When emailing or calling, please provide each of the following:

      • Your contact information including name and phone number
      • Address or parcel number of the alleged violation (property must be in unincorporated Sonoma County)
      • Detailed description of alleged violation and/or health or safety hazard you perceive

Video Instructions for Submitting Complaints

Property Owners

If a violation is identified, the owner will be contacted and required to remove the violation and/or obtain permits ( with penalties) for the violation.

Property owners

  • usually have 30 days to correct the violation.
  • may appeal a determination of violation.

Contact Information

Public Lobby & Mailing Address
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465225, -122.723293

SoCo Report It

Submit a Service Request

Report it App

Report and track non-emergency issues in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.

 

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