For Immediate Release

Sonoma Complex Fire Urgency Ordinance

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM  –   

Note: This information is now out of date.

Read Updated Urgency Ordinance Information here



Structure Status Map

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted an Urgency Ordinance on October 11, 2017 waiving permit processing fees for rebuilding of structures damaged by the Sonoma Complex Fires. On Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 the Board adopted two additional Urgency Ordinances to address the immediate housing needs for persons displaced by the fires.

Prohibition on New Vacation Rentals or Hosted Rentals
Acceptance and processing of applications for new vacation rental or hosted rental permits will be suspended for 45-days. The suspension could be extended by the Board on or before December 5th.

Temporary Housing for Displaced Persons
Residential Use of Recreational Vehicles and Travel Trailers will be allowed, both within and outside burn areas in the unincorporated areas, with hookup to sewer or septic systems. For the next 45 days, they will be allowed without permits or sewer hookups only outside the burn areas, if adequate septic holding capacity and routine pumping service is provided.

Safe Parking Programs
Will be enabled at certain County-owned properties allowing persons living in RVs, trailers, campers, and other vehicles to be parked overnight with some services provided (bathrooms, showers, and warming stations). Safe parking will also be allowed on private properties (i.e. churches) subject to approval of Community Development Commission.

Seasonal Farmworker Housing
The term of occupancy will be extended beyond 180 days so that seasonal farmworkers may remain year-round. 

Rental/Use of Guest Houses, Pool Houses and Other Residential Accessory Structures
To persons displaced by the fire will be allowed.

Replacement Schools and Child Care Centers
Will be allowed without a use permit in the MP (industrial park), C1 (neighborhood commercial), CO (commercial office) and PF (public facility) zones.

Long-term Rental of Visitor Serving Uses
Will be allowed, including bed and breakfast inns, resorts, agricultural farmstays, promotional marketing accommodations and similar uses.

Expansion of Damaged Nonconforming Residential Structures
Will be allowed to incentivize the construction of additional living areas, accessory dwellings and junior dwelling units.
Waived/Reduced Impact Fees for New Accessory Dwelling Units. Development impact fees that are typically charged on new residential units to cover the cost of improvements needed to mitigate the impact of on traffic and parks will be reduced or waived for new accessory dwelling units as noted below. Impact fees do not apply to reconstruction of existing units damaged by fire.

Size of Unit  Impact Fee Reduction
  <750 sq. ft. fees waived
751-1,000 sq. ft.  
50% of fees


State Laws
Price Gouging charging more than 10% over the average rent charged prior to the emergency is prohibited under state law. This applies to transient occupancy, short-term and long-term rentals of less than 1-year. Price gouging also applies to contracting and materials. The District Attorney will be prosecuting violations.

For Local Assistance
A Local Assistance Center with all local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit organizations and private insurance companies are available to assist persons displace by the Sonoma Complex Fire at 427 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA open six days a week until early November 2017.

For More Information
Information on available housing resources is available on the County’s website at: On the website you can sign up for email notices regarding updates of information and new measures as they become available. You may also submit comments and suggestions on housing resources directly to
or mail to PRMD, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


Contact Information

Sonoma Fires: Central LNU Complex

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