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Expedited Plan Review Program

Published:  September 19, 2019

As part of our continued pursuit of process improvements, Permit Sonoma has revived our expedited plan review process. The key elements of the program are listed below:

  • A letter from the property owner requesting the review, agreeing to pay the overtime (OT) rate of 1 ½ times our published hourly rates for the total hours of plan review.
  • The OT fee will be charged in addition to the regular plan review fee.
  • The expedited plan reviews will be taken on a first come first serve basis.
  • The expedited plan reviews will be placed in a separate queue so as to not affect the regular workload.
  • Staff will be selected based on satisfaction of regular workload expectations and availability. Disaster response and other responsibilities may affect service availability.

We are reviving expedited plan review and other measures to address the current backload in plan review. Several years ago, as a pilot program, the Well and Septic System Section instituted expedited plan review for 54 projects. The average time to complete individual plan checks was 3 ½ hours. The first review was conducted within two weeks of receiving the request.
Given current processing times, we are re-authorizing and expanding this program to include:

  • Building plan review
  • Grading plan review
  • Septic plan review
  • Fire plan review

If you are interested in using this service, please forward a letter (PDF) from the property owner / authorized representative to the appropriate Division Manager.

Division Manager

Permit Type

Alex Rosas – Engineering & Water Resources

Grading or Septic

Rob Spaulding – Building


James Williams – Fire Prevention

Fire Reviews