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Permit Numbering Information

Permit Sonoma (PRMD) processes many types of applications and permits. As of July 1, 1999, the first three characters of the file number indicate FileType. A variety of number schemes were used on historical files which can be found in the Permit Sonoma permitting system. In order to provide a complete list of Number Scheme/FileType Definitions, they are included in this document.

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Permit Number Key: LLLxx-xxxx

An alphanumberic value. The three letter permit type code, then the last two digits of the calendar year the file was created, a hyphen, followed by an ascending numeric value. Used for all files created on and after July 1, 1999.

Example: BLD08-0010

This is a Building permit, created in the calendar year 2008, and is the 10th file of its type for that year.

Permit Number Key: xxxxxxx

A numeric value, most often associated with a historical file. Many historical files were created in systems which did not accommodate current numbering.

Number Scheme:FileType (aka Permit Type) Description:Activity Type:
(Staff use)
A-xxxxxxHistorical - Building Permit
Created prior to 1974.
OLD-BLDG
ACCxx-xxxPlanning - Administrative Certificate of Compliance
Tracks the verification of existing separate legal lots in compliance with the Subdivision Map Act.
B-ACC
ACOxx-xxxAgricultural Commissioner - Erosion Control
Tracks Vineyard/Orchard planting/replanting applications processed by the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner.
AB-ACO
ADAxx-xxxPlanning - Administrative Appeal of Zoning Interpretation
Tracks an appeal of any decision or determination made by planning staff.
C-ADA
ADRxx-xxxPlanning - Administrative Design Review
Tracks new structures in scenic resource areas and new uses in commercial areas to minimize their visual impacts.
AB-ADR
AEXxx-xxxBuilding - Agricultural Exemption Permit
Building permit exemption created on or after July 5, 1995 for a structure designated for agricultural uses only.
B-AEX
AFMxx-xxxAgricultural Commissioner - Ag Frost Management
Tracks Agricultural Frost Management applications processed by the Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner.
A-AFM
AGPxx-xxxPlanning - Agricultural Preserve / Williamson Act
Establishes and tracks Williamson Act Contracts. These contracts legally restrict the use of the land to an agricultural use for a minimum of 10 years.
C-AGP
ANNEX-xxxxANNEX
Tracks the annexation of a parcel into the jurisdiction of an incorporated city.
ANNEX
B-xxxxxxHistorical - Building, Grading or Demolition Permit
Created prior to July 1, 1999.
OLD-BLDG
BLDxx-xxxBuilding Permit
Created on or after July 1, 1999.
A-BLD, B-BLD, WA-BLD
CCCxx-xxxPlanning - Conditional Certificate of Compliance
Tracks a request to legalize land which was subdivided improperly.
C-CCC
CMOxx-xxxx Planning - Certificate of Modification
Tracks the modification of notes or conditions on a previously recorded subdivision map.
C-CMO
CPHxx-xxxPlanning - Coastal Permit - With Hearing
Tracks progress of public hearings that are required within the Coastal Plan area
C-CPH
CPNxx-xxxPlanning - Coastal Permit - No Hearing Tracks the progress of an administrative project within the Coastal Plan area when a hearing is not legally required. B-CPN
D-xxxxxxHistorical - Building Permit Exemption
Building permit exemption created prior to July 5, 1995 for a structure designated for agricultural uses only.
OLD-BLDG
DEMxx-xxxxDemolition Permit
Created on or after July 1, 1999.
AB-DEM
DRHxx-xxxDesign Review - With Hearing
Tracks the progress of public hearings that are required for certain major projects.
C-DRH
DRNxx-xxxDrainage Permit
Created on or after July 1, 2004 to track storm water drainage for a project not covered under another permit type.
AB-DRN
DUAxx-xxxPlanning - Dwelling Unit Allotment
Tracks the number of single family dwellings in the Sebastopol and Sonoma Valley planning areas.
A-DUA
E-xxxxxxHistorical - Electrical Permit
Created prior to 1982.
OLD-BLDG
ENCxx-xxxEncroachment Permit Granting authority to perform work in a public right of way. AB-ENC
ENPxx-xxxEngineering Project
Tracks multiple engineering files on the same parcel(s) which are being processed concurrently.
C-ENP
FLD-xxxxxRapid Evaluation Safety Assessment
Tracks information about a structure which has been affected by a flood or other storm damage.
FLOOD
GPAxx-xxxPlanning - General Plan Amendment
Tracks requests to change the General Plan designation on one or more
C-GPA
GRDxx-xxxxGrading Permit
Created on or after July 1, 1999.
AB-GRD
I-xxxxxxHistorical - Trailer or Mobile Home Permit Created prior to July 5, 1995.OLD-BLDG
ICCxx-xxxxHistorical - In-Channel Construction Permit
Required when a waterway was disturbed by construction activity (in compliance with Ordinance 1108).
AB-1108
LLAxx-xxxxPlanning - Lot Line Adjustment
Tracks the lot line adjustment process on 2 or more parcels.
B-LLA, C-LLA
MJSxx-xxxxPlanning - Major Subdivision
Tracks the progress of a request to divide a parcel into more than four lots.
C-MJS
MNSxx-xxxxPlanning - Minor Subdivision
Tracks the progress of a request to divide a parcel into four or fewer lots.
C-MNS
MSCxx-xxxxMiscellaneous Sales / Fees
Used for map sales, copy charges and minor requests when no other file type is applicable.
MISC
OPRxx-xxxxSeptic - Operational Permit
Permit to operate a non-standard septic system or to monitor a standard septic system under certain circumstances.
B-OPR
ORD-xxxxOrdinance - Board of Supervisors
Tracks the map associated with a zoning district change approved by the Board of Supervisors.
ORD(BOS)
ORDxx-xxxxPlanning - Ordinance Determination / Interpretation
Tracks requests for waiver of covered parking requirements and complex
determinations on legal non-conforming status of buildings or uses.
AB-ORD
P-xxxxxxHistorical - Plumbing Permit Created prior to 1980.OLD-BLDG
PLPxx-xxxxPlanning - Concurrent Processing Project
Tracks multiple planning files on the same parcel which are being processed
C-CPP
PRExx-xxxxPre-Application Meeting
Tracks preapplication meetings.
B-PRE
PXxxxxxxHistorical - Building Plan Check Created prior to July 5, 1995.OLD-BLDG
R/S xx-xxxRecord of Survey
Tracks the plan check of a Record of Survey created by a licensed land
R/S
RNCxx-xxx Address / Road Name Assignment
Tracks an address change or road name assignment process.
C-RNC
ROIxx-xxxx Roiling Permit
Required when a natural waterway will be disturbed by construction activity.
C-3836R
S-xxxxxx Historical - Septic System Permit
Created prior to July 5, 1995.
OLD-BLDG
SB-547-xxx Building - Unreinforced Masonry Structure
Tracks information about unreinforced masonry structure in accordance with Senate Bill 547.
SB-547
SEPxx-xxx Septic System Permit
Tracks the plan check and construction of a septic system. This type of file can also refer to the evaluation of an existing septic system.
B-SEP
SEVxx-xxxBuilding or Septic - Site Evaluation / Flood Zone Determination Used for a building or septic permit site evaluation or a flood zoneSITE-BLD, SITE-W/S
SEWxx-xxxx Sewer Permit
Permit to connect to sewer system.
AB-SEW
SOIL-xxxxx Soils Report
Contains information on property soil reports on file with the department.
SOILREPT
SPAxx-xxx Planning - Specific Plan Amendment
Tracks requests to change the Specific Plan designation for one or more
C-SPA
SPExx-xxx Special Event Permit (Public)
Allows a public event to be held in a public right of way.
AB-SPE
SRWP-xxxxx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Project file used to track Geotechnical Exploration Wells
WELLS
SURxx-xxx Surveyor / Land Development
Tracks various legal survey documents such as Subdivision Maps, Corner Records and Certificates of Corrections.
SURVEY
T-xxxxxx Historical - Temporary Utility/Occupancy Permit
Created prior to July 1, 1999.
OLD-BLDG
TEMxx-xxx Temporary Utility, Construction Trailer or Occupancy Permit
Created on or after July 1, 1999.
A-TEM
TRNxx-xxxTransportation Permit
Required by state law when a vehicle which exceeds specified size or weight limitations is operated on a public roadway.
A-TRN
UPExx-xxx Planning - Use Permit
Tracks a request for a project which requires a conditional use permit.
C-USE
V-xxxxxHistorical - Code Enforcement Violation / Complaint Tracks an allegation of a code violation.VIO-BLDG, VIO- GRDG, VIO- PLAN, VIO-WSEP
VARxx-xxxPlanning - Variance Permit
Tracks requests to modify development criteria such as setbacks specified by the Zoning Code.
C-VAR
VBUxx-xxx Code Enforcement Violation - Building
Tracks an allegation of building or housing code violation(s).
VIO-BLDG
VESxx-xxx Septic - Vesting Certificate
Tracks an approved septic system or septic design to protect a property owner from changes in regulations during the term of a Vesting Certificate.
B-VES
VGRxx-xxx Code Enforcement Violation - Grading
Tracks an allegation of grading code violation(s).
VIO-GRDG
VMxx-xxxx Planning - Voluntary Merger
Tracks requests to eliminate property lines between parcels under the same ownership.
AB-VMG
VPLxx-xxxx Code Enforcement Violation - Planning / Zoning
Tracks an allegation of planning/zoning code violation(s).
VIO-PLAN
VWSxx-xxxx Code Enforcement Violation - Well and/or Septic
Tracks an allegation of a failed septic system or contaminated well.
VIO-WSEP
WATxx-xxxx Water System Permit
Tracks the plan check and/or construction inspections(s) of a water system that serves two or more parcels.
B-WAT
WELxx-xxx Water Well Permit
A well drilling, well destruction or pump test permit.
B-WEL
WP J-xx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
WP L-xx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
WP MB-xx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
WB MC-xx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
WP MNB-xxx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
WP NB-xx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
WP SB-xx Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
WP SC-x Santa Rosa Wastewater Pipeline
Tracks geotechnical borings related to the Geysers Pipeline project.
B-WEL
ZCExx-xxx Planning - Zone Change
Tracks the zoning district change process.
C-ZCE
ZPExx-xxxPlanning - Zoning Permit
Tracks many planning files including Home Occupation, Special/Cultural Events, Horse Boarding, Second Dwelling Units, and other minor projects.
AB-ZPE, AB- ZPE-2, B-ZPE
xxxxxx-BHistorical - Building, Grading and/or Violation
File created in a legacy computer system prior to July 1, 1995. These files can represent a building permit, grading permit and/or allegations of code
VARIOUS
xxxxxx-MHistorical - Building, Grading and/or Violation
File created in a legacy computer system prior to July 1, 1995. These files can represent a building permit, grading permit and/or allegations of code
VARIOUS
xxxxxx-S Historical - Building, Grading and/or Violation
File created in a legacy computer system prior to July 1, 1995. These files can represent a building permit, grading permit and/or allegations of code
VARIOUS
xxxxxx-GHistorical - Building, Grading and/or Violation
File created in a legacy computer system prior to July 1, 1995. These files can represent a building permit, grading permit and/or allegations of code
VARIOUS
xx-xxxxxHistorical - Building, Grading and/or Violation
File created in a legacy computer system prior to July 1, 1995. These files can represent a building permit, grading permit and/or allegations of code
VARIOUS

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