Permit & Resource
Management Department

Permit Sonoma is Sonoma County's consolidated land use planning and development permitting agency. Virtually any land development or construction that takes place in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County (outside the nine incorporated cities) is reviewed, permitted, and inspected by Permit Sonoma.   Read More About Us

COVID-19 Permitting Policies and Ordinances

Chapter 40B – COVID-19 Recovery Ordinance

On May 19, 2020 the Board of Supervisors adopted Chapter 40B - COVID-19 Recovery Ordinance. The ordinance was created to address Permit Expiration Dates in in response to the COVID-19 event.

Interim Policy for Zoning Ordinance Implementation to Accommodate Physical Distancing in Commercial Zones

The purpose of this Policy is to support the safe reopening and operation of local business operations in commercial zoning designations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urgency Ordinance – Temporary Modifications and Encroachment COVID-19 Recovery

On July 7, 2020 the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance addressing several business related permit requirement modifications including encroachment, design review requirements, and home office permits given the current COVID-19 environment.

Construction Permit Extension Policy

This policy applies to ministerial construction permit types where Permit Sonoma is the authority having jurisdiction and meet additional criteria.

Rebuilding Together

Fire Prevention and HazMat

Virtual Offices

Electronic ApplicationsVideo Inspections

Records RequestsEnvironmental Notices


If you have concerns, questions, or suggestions about our new virtual office, please contact Permit Sonoma Director or (707) 565-1900.

For planning questions, e-mail:
For Permit Center questions, e-mail:

Permit Sonoma Ombudsperson: Member of the management team who is focused on providing customer service on individual projects and facilitating process improvements for the permitting process. Contact the Ombudsperson

Please note that during our virtual operations, the best way to reach staff is via email.

Contact Information

Operator & Permit Center Hours

Permit Center & Mailing Address

2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA95403
38.465074, -122.723705

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