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Workforce Housing Survey

Published:  September 6, 2018


Housing for the County's workforce is vital to the economic success of Sonoma County to ensure that local teachers, health care workers, police officers, firefighters, hospitality workers, construction workers, and many other essential employment sectors have affordable housing near transit, shopping, and jobs.

The North Bay along with the rest of the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area is experiencing a housing affordability crisis that is negatively impacting families and their employers. The catastrophic fires of 2017 exacerbated this situation by destroying thousands of homes. While some of the initial immediate post disaster relief work has been completed, rebuilding the community will be a longer road ahead, and it will require a great deal of research and planning. In particular, 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 (anonymously) to this survey and letting us know more about what your current needs are and what you would prefer to see in the future.

Northbay Workforce Housing Needs Survey – English

Northbay Workforce Housing Needs Survey – Spanish

This survey will be used to inform public and private sector decision-makers. It was developed by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and is being distributed in partnership with the Rebuild North Bay Foundation and the North Bay Leadership Council.

Housing Initiatives

Read about Permit Sonoma's proposed housing initiatives, including a new Workforce Housing Combining Zone to encourage higher density development within Urban Service Areas near jobs and transit.

Contact Information

Permit Sonoma
2550 Ventura Avenue
Hearing Room
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

Housing Initiatives

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Permit Sonoma is introducing several initiatives to help meet the County's ambitious housing production goal.

Accessory Units & Junior Units

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) are an inexpensive way to create smaller, more affordable rental housing units that may provide revenue streams for you, while increasing the availability of rental housing in the county.

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Housing for All Strategy

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multi-unit housing

The County's strategic priority to ensure housing for all income levels.

Sonoma County Community Development Commission

The Community Development Commission (CDC) is dedicated to promoting decent and affordable housing, revitalizing communities, and supporting public services.

Community Development Commission

CDC Affordable Housing Information

Online Permitting Tools

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Apply for Permits Online
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Permit History Lookup
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Permit Status & Pay Fees
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Zoning Information
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