Cannabis Permits and Inspections

The Permit Sonoma Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Division conducts fire safety and hazardous materials inspections, and issues operational permits based on storage of specific hazardous materials, processes, and operations associated with cannabis.

The Permit Sonoma Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Division's role in the Sonoma County Cannabis program is to:

  • Conduct fire safety and hazardous materials inspections, and
  • Issue operational permits based on storage of specific hazardous materials, processes and operations associated with cannabis:
    • Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) for:
      • Greater than 55 gallons of a liquid
      • 200 standard cubic feet of a compressed gas
      • 500 pounds of a solid
    • Permits:
      • Cultivation
      • Distribution
      • Manufacturing (non-volatile)
      • Testing and Laboratory
      • Outdoor cultivation over 10,000 square feet
      • Commercial cultivation

Construction Permits and Fire Apparatus Access Roads

The Fire Prevention Division works in conjunction with the Building Division through established procedures to provide review of plan submittals to ensure fire safety.

For More Information

To learn more, please visit the Sonoma County Cannabis Program where you will find comprehensive information about commercial cultivation and personal use, permits, taxes, legislative updates, policy, and more.

Use Permit Conditions of Approval

Cannabis operations requiring a Sonoma County Cannabis Use Permit from Permit Sonoma will require a final sign off by the Fire Prevention Division and/or the Local Fire District, when required by the conditions of approval under Fire Prevention. At a minimum, a completed Fire Safety Plan shall be provided and a possible site inspection may need to be performed. This is to ensure all fire and life safety requirements are provided. If the facility or property is approved and allowed for occupancy under the use permit. the property may be subject to annual permitting and inspection by the fire authority and the Fire Prevention Division.

Fire Safety Plan

Site Map

Outline and Site map of property to include the following

  • Closest public road access
  • Private road access to application property
  • Private property driveway
  • Location of vehicle gates with security type
  • Location of buildings and use on the application property
  • Location of gas and electrical main shut offs
  • Fire protection water supplies
    • Type
    • Water tanks
    • Ponds
    • Well

Emergency Information

  • Property owner
  • Renter or Lease Contact
  • Full list of mailing addresses
  • Hours of operation
  • 24 hour emergency contacts
  • Requested licensee type
  • Property address
  • Parcel number
  • Special Hazards
    • To employees
    • Public
    • Emergency responders

Contact Information

James Williams

Fire Marshal

Permit and Resource Management Department

County of Sonoma

Contact us by Phone
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sonoma County Ordinance

Sonoma County Ordinance

  • Chapter 13 - Sonoma County Fire Safety Ordinance, 
  • Chapter 29 - Hazardous Materials Management (CUPA/HBMP)

Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Learn More

Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Permits for cultivation and distribution, taxes, policy, personal use, and more.