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  • Published on December 8, 2017

    If you are a Vacation Rental owner who has made your home available to fire victims, we thank you for offering a roof to those who no longer have one. If you have been considering making your rental home available to fire victims, we would like to encourage you do so now. Transitioning your vacation rental property to long-term use will not jeopardize your ability to resume operation of your vacation rental in the future. If you are currently or planning to offer your Vacation Rental for long-term use, please fill out the Vacation Rental Housing Recovery Response form.  

  • Published on December 6, 2017

    Acceptance and processing of applications for new vacation rental permits will be suspended for an additional 60 days (beginning December 5, 2017). The suspension is issued via ordinance by the Board of Supervisors to facilitate emergency housing for persons displaced by the Sonoma Complex Fire. The moratorium no longer includes hosted rentals or new vacation rental permits in the Russian River Planning Area. The suspension may be extended by the Board of Supervisors. More Information

  • Published on November 30, 2017
    By the authority of the Chief Building Official (SCC 7-13 (A)(6), CPC, work performed by the property owner or a qualified professional to repair or replace fire damaged septic system components listed below in-kind does not require a permit from Permit Sonoma.  A qualified professional is a Civil Engineer, Environmental Health Specialist, or Contractor with “A”, “C-36” or “C-42” license.  Qualified professionals must be currently licensed or registered in the State of California.
  • Published on November 22, 2017

    The County of Sonoma is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals for Sonoma Complex Fires Disaster Recovery Center. The County is seeking sealed proposals from responsible, qualified and experienced firms to assist with permitting procedures associated with recovery and rebuilding efforts. 

  • Published on November 20, 2017

    In the aftermath of the fire, Sonoma County faces an unprecedented need for housing and economic development.  Permit Sonoma is changing the way we do business to meet this challenge. Please know this profound loss visited upon our community is not abstract to us.  Members of our staff, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors lost their homes and have been displaced by the fire.  So it’s personal for us, too.  We live with the loss daily and appreciate that effective recovery means doing things better and faster...  Read More

  • Published on November 17, 2017

    Director’s Advisory Group Update November 2017

  • Published on November 3, 2017

    On November 1, 2017, the annexation of the Roseland Area into the City of Santa Rosa was completed. Sonoma County staff are coordinating with City staff to make the transition from County to City services as smooth as possible for the Roseland community.
    More Information

  • Published on October 2, 2017

    Applications Due: November 30, 2017. Permit Sonoma announces grant opportunity to support the County of Sonoma’s goals for environmental stewardship, climate protection, and resource management. This grant program of up to $100,000 is intended to fund, partially or in whole, an educational program within Sonoma County.

  • Published on September 29, 2017

    In the September issue of our e-newsletter we give you a heads up about some changes coming soon to our website. We share tips for caring for your septic system, and we’ll showcase one of Sonoma County’s historic resources. Commissioner Dick Fogg shares his favorite place in the county in this month’s Planning Commissioner interview.

  • Published on September 28, 2017

    Find out what you need to know about dry weather testing for wells in water scarce areas, including the application process and upcoming testing closure dates.

  • Published on September 21, 2017

    This month, the EPA held its annual SepticSmart Week with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. Here are SepticSmart’s top 5 tips…

  • Published on September 14, 2017

    Director’s Advisory Group Update September 2017

  • Published on July 25, 2017
    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 10, 2017

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues July 2017

  • 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.

  • Published on May 26, 2017

    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.

  • Published on May 11, 2017

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues May 2017

  • Published on May 1, 2017

    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 March 27, 2017

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues March 2017

  • Published on March 13, 2017
    Beginning April 3, 2017, the Fire and Emergency Services cube at Permit Sonoma will be staffed during various hours Monday through Thursday.
  • Published on February 23, 2017

    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 January 27, 2017

    Accessory Unit regulations changed on January 24, 2017. New regulations allowing Junior Accessory Dwelling Units were also adopted.

    More Information

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    To help storm-impacted residents of the Russian River area, Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (Permit Sonoma) has opened a temporary permit center January 17, 2017 through and including January 24, 2017 at the Veterans War Memorial building located at 16255 1st Street (at Church Street) in Guerneville. This permit center will process and issue permits for non-structural storm damage repairs. Applicants must be the property owner of record, their authorized agent, or their contractor. Permit processing fees are waived for storm–related damage repair permits.

    Permit Center Hours, Location, & Phone Number

  • Published on January 9, 2017

    Vacation Rentals: All property managers must be certified by January 1, 2018 or the Vacation Rental Permit for the property will be expired. If you serve as the property manager or the 24-hour contact for one or more Vacation Rentals within unincorporated Sonoma County, you are required to take this course and pass the test. (Managers of hotels, motels, campgrounds, or hosted rentals do not need to take this certification course.)

    More Information & Course Materials

  • Published on December 28, 2016

    Effective January 1, 2017, Permit Sonoma (PRMD) will discontinue the Well & Septic morning office hours.  Well & Septic staff will continue to be available at the Well & Septic cubicle in the Permit Sonoma Lobby or by calling or emailing staff directly to request meetings which will be scheduled for mutually acceptable times.

    Read More

  • Published on November 14, 2016

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues November 2016

  • Published on October 31, 2016

    PRMD closed testing of water wells as of the following dates:

    Springs and shallow water wells (less than 50 feet deep): Closed October 1, 2016

    Deep water wells (greater than 50 feet deep): Closed October 28, 2016

  • Published on October 28, 2016

    This month we’ll be looking at building codes, the medical cannabis land use ordinance, and new California land use planning laws. Keep reading and you’ll learn about an innovative trial compost toilet project and a tip for using the Permit Sonoma online permitting tool.

  • Published on October 14, 2016

    Request for a Use Permit and Design Review to construct and operate a new 120-room hotel/resort and public river access at the historic Guernewood Park Resort location, on the Board of Zoning Adjustments Agenda for October 20, 2016 has been continued off calendar to a date and time uncertain. A future public hearing will be re-noticed at a later date.

  • Published on October 3, 2016

    The County of Sonoma proposes to amend the Zoning Code to regulate cannabis uses consistent with the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, including cultivation, nurseries, dispensaries, laboratories, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation. The proposed Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance would allow both personal and commercial cultivation of medical cannabis with certain limitations.

  • Published on September 30, 2016

    In this issue, we give you an overview of our online permit system upgrade project. We’ve also got highlights from our recent planning policy initiatives. Read about technical corrections to the grading ordinance from our Engineering division. Checkout highlights from the regional Urban Shield preparedness drill. And see how the changing state of mobility may impact future land use and planning efforts.

  • Published on September 22, 2016
    The Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Regulations and Technical Standards Manual is adopted and is effective as of September 22, 2016.
  • Published on September 19, 2016

    Sonoma County is now required to enforce new stormwater requirements that were adopted by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

  • Published on September 12, 2016

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues September 2016

  • Published on September 1, 2016

    Effective September 1, 2016 Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Registrations, Vacation Rental, and Hosted Rental Permit Applications will be accepted and processed at PRMD.

  • Published on August 31, 2016

    Public Hearing Notice: Ordinance making minor amendments to Chapter 11 of the Sonoma County Code to comply with the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permit, and miscellaneous other technical changes. Hearing Date: September 20, 2016 at 2:10 PM

  • Published on August 25, 2016

    MidPen Housing Corporation invites the community to engage in a series of workshops that will help to define the public aspects of the Roseland Village plan. The workshops will be held at the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center, located at 665 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 7th, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The second workshop will be held 2-3 weeks thereafter, on a yet-to-be-determined date.

  • Published on June 20, 2016

    The Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) has launched a new permitting system enabling customers to participate more effectively in the County’s permitting process. Known as Permit Sonoma, the new system delivers more transparent services to support sustainable development and environmental protection in unincorporated Sonoma County.

    More Information on Permit Sonoma and PRMD

  • Published on June 6, 2016

    PRMD's new permitting system goes live June 13, 2016! Re-registration for online permitting occurs beginning June 13, 2016. Read more for more information and important dates!

  • Published on May 27, 2016

    The OWTS Manual has been approved by the Board of Supervisors and submitted to the Water Board. Please read memo for further information. You may review submitted comments and incorporated responses in the updated version of the OWTS Manual.

  • Published on May 27, 2016

    PRMD is looking to procure contracts with qualified vendors to hear administrative cases for violations of the Sonoma County Code.
    Offering a very competitive hourly rate for services. View printable Request for Qualifications

    RFQ Opens on May 16, 2016 and closes June 9, 2016

    For more information please visit the Sonoma County Supplier Portal.

  • Published on May 19, 2016

    PRMD seeks candidates for the Planner I, II, or III classification. Depending on classification level, Planners process and coordinate complex planning applications; prepare CEQA documents; provide a high level of customer service to the public in in-house customers; work on a wide variety of planning application types, including design review and permits for: coastal projects, quarries, in-stream mining; winery use; and subdivisions. Application closing date: June 8, 2016.

  • Published on May 9, 2016

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues May 2016

  • Published on April 10, 2016

    Draft Climate Action Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are available for review.

    Comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted through May 6, 2016.

    Public Meeting on the Draft EIR
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

    More Information

  • Published on March 14, 2016

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues March 2016

  • Published on March 10, 2016

    For your review and comments please view our Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Manual draft policy and our Local Area Management Plan (LAMP) draft policy. We encourage and welcome your comments regarding the content of these documents. Please respond by March 18, 2016.

  • Published on February 10, 2016
    CALGreen is the commonly used term for the California Green Building Standards Code. Since 2013, this new green building code increases water and energy efficiency standards, lowers VOCs in building materials, and decreases the amount of construction waste in landfills. This video explains the September, 1, 2015 requirement for all CALGreen field certification to be performed by a certified agency or inspector; PRMD building inspectors no longer perform this certification. The video explains how to locate the list of certified inspectors.
  • Published on February 10, 2016

    Storm water on construction sites can create erosion and cause polluting sediment to run off into our waterways. This video prevents an overview of best practices for construction site management. Keep our water clean and wildlife safe!

  • Published on January 11, 2016

    Accomplishments and Outstanding Issues January 2016

  • Published on December 30, 2015

    Water is life. Keep our water clean and wildlife safe! Water runoff from homes and yards can carry pollutants to our streams, creeks, and rivers. This video presents some preventive measures to keep residential pollutants out of our water.

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