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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.

  • Published on November 20, 2018

    The County of Sonoma and partnering cities want your input on potential barriers and incentives for building accessory dwelling units and/or junior accessory dwelling units. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey (English or Spanish) to inform our efforts to increase housing in Sonoma County.

  • Published on November 19, 2018

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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 10, 2018

    Permit Sonoma staff will bring a second set of housing initiatives to the Planning Commission on August 30, 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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 21, 2018

    Today the County issued the certificate of occupancy for the first completed rebuild in unincorporated Sonoma County. This property is located in the Berrybrook neighborhood of Santa Rosa and was destroyed by the devastating 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires.
    Find out more including photos

  • Published on June 20, 2018

    The County has been issuing land use permits for dispensaries since 2007. No more than 9 medical cannabis dispensaries can be permitted within the unincorporated county at any one time. There are currently 5 permitted dispensaries and 4 applications that have been deemed complete. At this time, the county is not accepting any new dispensary applications.

  • 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 14, 2018

    The County of Sonoma is seeking residents of Supervisorial District 5 (West County and Coast) interested in serving on the Sonoma County Landmarks Commission.

  • Published on May 11, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, approved a series of changes to the Sonoma County Code. These changes will take effect June 7, 2018.

  • 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

    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.

  • Published on April 5, 2018
    The Sonoma County Planning Commission and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will consider a set of housing initiatives.
  • Published on April 2, 2018
    The County of Sonoma is following the rebuilding journey of Bill Collins and Vicky McKay, a couple who lost their home in the Tubbs Fire. This documentary series of short videos captures  their experiences, highlighting information that is relevant to our broader community as we move forward with recovery and rebuilding.
  • Published on March 21, 2018

    In a continuing effort to reduce wait times and improve customer experience, the County of Sonoma’s Permit Center has implemented new software that enables customers to schedule appointments or join today’s line remotely, instead of waiting in the lobby.

  • Published on March 14, 2018
    Permit Sonoma will be hosting a public workshop on March 30, 2018, to discuss the revised Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual.
  • Published on February 27, 2018
    Due to recent storm activity on the day generally regarded as the closing date for the County, the wet weather groundwater season will continue to be monitored and areas potentially opened once a geographic area exceeds the 50% rain threshold and 0.8 inches of rain within 48 hours.
  • Published on February 27, 2018
    Permit Sonoma is releasing, for public review and comment, a revised Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual.
  • Published on February 20, 2018

    When: February 28, 2018 from 6:00  8:00 PM 
    The County of Sonoma encourages residents in Sonoma Valley rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. County Supervisor Susan Gorin will host the meeting.

  • Published on February 14, 2018

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have set April 9, 2018 as the deadline for completion of private fire debris cleanup. 

  • Published on February 9, 2018

    When: February 15, 2018 from 6:00 8:00 PM
    The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma encourage residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

  • Published on January 30, 2018

    When: February 22, 2018 from 9:00 12:00 PM
    Permit Sonoma is hosting another public environmental regulatory permit meeting for owners of private bridges that were damaged in the fires.

  • Published on January 29, 2018
    The County of Sonoma is establishing a Resiliency Permit Center exclusively dedicated to assist survivors of the fires rebuild. The center, which will open on February 13, 2018 will accelerate the permitting process for home owners of the approximately 3,000 residential properties destroyed or damaged in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County
  • Published on January 25, 2018

    The Board of Supervisors recently voted to not extend the moratorium on new vacation rental permit applications. Therefore Permit Sonoma can begin accepting Vacation Rental applications again on Monday, February 5, 2018. More Information

  • Published on January 18, 2018

    Use this document to evaluate the condition and location of septic systems for the purpose of rebuilding structures destroyed by the Sonoma Complex Fire and to determine the capability of septic systems county-wide to support temporary housing.

  • Published on January 8, 2018

    Apply Now! Applications are now being accepted for Historic Preservation Grants. Grant funds in this category are for the renovation, restoration, and/or preservation of historical resources. The County will award a total of approximately $50,000 this year.

  • 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 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.

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