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  • Published on October 10, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    PG&E implemented the scheduled power shutoff across areas in Sonoma County. This is due to severe weather conditions that carry significant fire risk, specifically high winds and low humidity. Approximately 200,000 Sonoma County residents have been affected.

  • Published on October 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    PG&E implemento primera fase de corte de energía en el Condado de Sonoma. Esto es el resultado de las condiciones del clima severo que ha puesto en alto riesgo de incendios, especialmente vientos fuertes y baja humedad. Aproximadamente 200,000 residentes del Condado de Sonoma han sido afectados.

  • Published on October 9, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    Due to the power outage, many County offices will be closed, some services will be limited, and some public meetings will be canceled.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on October 9, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on October 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Sonoma County from Wednesday 5 a.m. (10/9) to Thursday 5 p.m. for strong and gusty offshore winds and low humidity. PG&E has issued a Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch for Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 4:00 a.m. until Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at noon affecting the County. If fire weather conditions persist, PG&E may potentially shut power off.

  • Published on October 7, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional ha emitido una Vigilancia de Incendios Climáticos y incluye a todo el condado de Sonoma con la excepción de la cordillera de la costa comenzando el miércoles a las 5 a.m. (10/9) hasta el jueves a las 5 p.m., por vientos marinos fuertes y racheados y poca humedad.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on October 2, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on September 26, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Temporary Occupancy Procedures for Fire Survivors
    • Chapter 40: Sonoma Complex Fire Recovery Code Extension
    • Cannabis Ordinance Update
    • Accessory Dwelling Unit Code Changes
    • Get Involved in the Local Coastal Plan Update!
    • Permit Requirements for Back-up Generators
    • Third Party Plan Check - Permit Process Improvement
    • Expedited Plan Reviews - Permit Process Improvement
  • Department of Emergency Management
    Published on September 26, 2019
    Department of Emergency Management

    Residents of Mill Creek are invited to participate in a Sonoma County Evacuation Drill on October 19th. The Department of Emergency Management is working with residents to refine evacuation map for the local area, and procedures.

  • Published on September 24, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    During a power de-energization event, a generator can provide emergency electrical power to your home. If you live in unincorporated Sonoma County and plan to use a generator that connects to your electrical panel, you will need a permit from Permit Sonoma for the electrical work. If the generator will be housed in a structure of its own, the structure may be subject to additional permits.

  • Health Services
    Published on September 24, 2019
    Health Services
    The National Weather Service is forecasting hot temperatures throughout the region and in Sonoma County over the next few days. Sonoma County will see high temperatures today Tuesday September 24, 2019 beginning at 11:00 am until 8:00 pm tomorrow September 25, 2019 with several areas in the County moving into the orange and red level HeatRisk forecast.
  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on September 23, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on September 19, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    As part of our continued pursuit of process improvements, Permit Sonoma has revived our expedited plan review process.

  • Published on September 18, 2019

    As part of our continued pursuit of process improvements, Permit Sonoma has revised the Third Party Plan Check policy (BPC-013). The goal of the revision is to reduce permit processing time by removing some of the obstacles in our previous practice.

  • Published on September 16, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    What is a Local Coastal Plan? The Local Coastal Plan (LCP) serves as the General Plan for the Sonoma Coast. The LCP provides guidance on issues including for land use, protection of resources, and public access. Help Permit Sonoma assess the best ways to engage residents in the update of the LCP update by taking a short survey!

  • Published on September 13, 2019

    The County is working to help fire survivors move back into their homes. In some cases, people may be able to obtain a temporary occupancy permit, allowing them to move into their home before the building permit is finaled.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on September 10, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on September 3, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on August 30, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Code Enforcement Takes Action on Illegal Cannabis Grows
    • Coastal Close-Up Photo Contest
    • HazMat Team Keeps Our Roads and Waterways Safe
    • Storm Drains Connect Streets to Creeks
    • Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) Update
    • Performance Dashboards
  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on August 28, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on August 22, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Department of Emergency Management
    Published on August 20, 2019
    Department of Emergency Management

    Emergency preparedness information for persons with disabilities, seniors, and others with access and functional needs – Everyone needs to understand their risk to various hazards, make a plan to stay safe, have an emergency kit, and plan to stay informed as events unfold.

  • Published on August 16, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    As of August 15, 2019, the Sonoma County Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual version 7.0 is in effect.  Customers are hereby advised that any septic applications will be required to comply with the provisions of the OWTS Manual version 7.0.  Customers are further advised of the following updates to Permit Sonoma’s permitting procedures...

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on August 14, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on August 13, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    The Director of Permit Sonoma hereby adopts the County of Sonoma’s Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual, version 7.0, dated August 15, 2019.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on August 5, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on July 31, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Environmental Resource Management Summer Academy
    • Sonoma County Receives Merit Award for Housing Initiatives
    • Local Fire Departments to Fly Flags for Red Flag Warnings
    • Code Enforcement Success Story
    • Vegetation Management & Defensible Space
    • July 2019 Performance Data
  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on July 31, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on July 30, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    Permit Sonoma is part of a public/private partnership to reduce pollution in the Sonoma Creek and Petaluma River watersheds.

  • Department of Emergency Management
    Published on July 22, 2019
    Department of Emergency Management

    PG&E will shutdown electrical power to certain areas during times of high risk of wildfire to protect the public. Power could be out for a number of days depending on conditions. Learn more about what to do if your power goes out.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on July 22, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Department of Emergency Management
    Published on July 15, 2019
    Department of Emergency Management

    If PG&E has told you that they may turn off your electricity within the next 48 hours, here are some important things to do now...

  • Published on July 12, 2019

    Working together to expedite and attempt to resolve a pending federal lawsuit, the County of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, and the City of Santa Rosa have reached an agreement with Homeless Action! and three individuals experiencing homelessness for a preliminary and temporary injunction.

  • Published on July 9, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    As of July 12, 2019, Permit Sonoma will be changing how fees are assessed for encroachment permit applications and septic permit applications to be more consistent with how we assess fees for other types of similar construction permit applications.

  • Department of Emergency Management
    Published on July 8, 2019
    Department of Emergency Management

    Here are 8 things you can do to start to get ready for the potential loss of power…

  • Published on July 2, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority is accepting applications for its new Housing Choice Voucher lottery waiting list from July 1-31, 2019. Applications can be completed online at www.waitlistcheck.com/CA085 or in person at: Sonoma County Housing Authority, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403, Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

  • Published on June 28, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • June Performance Data
    • Onsite Waste Treatment System Manual Updates
    • Comprehensive Planning Work Plan
    • Customer Interview with Jerry Eddinger
    • Public Meeting Recaps
    • Abandoned Vehicle Abatement – 2019 Flood Response
  • Permit & Resource Management Department

    Published on June 12, 2019
    Permit & Resource Management Department

    On June 4, 2019 the Board of Supervisors approved the work plan for the County’s Comprehensive Planning efforts for fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Permit Sonoma’s Comprehensive Planning team is responsible for the development and implementation of the General Plan and Area Plans, Local Coastal Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Code, and other policy documents and initiatives as directed by the Board of Supervisors. 

  • Published on May 30, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Fire Prevention – Chipper Program Video
    • Sonoma Developmental Center
    • Local Coastal Plan Photo Contest
    • Code Enforcement Success Story
    • Housing Initiatives
    • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Permit & Resource Management Department

    Published on May 24, 2019
    Permit & Resource Management Department

    The County of Sonoma is embarking on a major planning effort involving the development of a Specific Plan to facilitate the transformation of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) property in Sonoma Valley. The County is seeking consultant services to prepare a specific plan & program EIR for the site.

  • Published on May 9, 2019

    In the months following the 2017 wildfires, there was heightened awareness of the importance of ensuring that City fire survivors rebuild as well as that community-wide economic vitality was met by meeting housing development goals. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Rosa City Council have been working to address the problem. In response, the concept of a regional housing construct began to take shape in the Renewal Enterprise District (RED).

  • General Services
    Published on May 7, 2019
    General Services

    On Thursday, May 9, 2019 through July 2019 the pedestrian walkway at the intersection Paulin Drive and Ventura avenue on the east side of Ventura will be closed for construction. Pedestrian traffic will be shifted from the northeast corner to the southeast corner, then across Ventura to the west side. 

  • Published on April 29, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Fire Prevention – Vegetation Management
    • Planning Commissioner Gregory Carr – Interview
    • Osmann Rebuild Story – Letters to Permit Sonoma
    • Hazardous Materials Response Team in Action
  • Published on April 26, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    All Wet Weather Testing is CLOSED in All Areas for the 2018-2019 Season. Rainfall totals data and/or testing open dates have been updated as of April 26, 2019More Information

  • Permit & Resource Management Department

    Published on April 24, 2019
    Permit & Resource Management Department

    On April 16, 2019 staff presented the Comprehensive Planning Section’s Work Plan to the Board of Supervisors to help set priorities for the 2019 through 2021 budget years.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 11, 2019

    The following parks and trails are closed due to flooding or storm-related safety issues: the trail between Lake Benoist and Lake Wilson at Riverfront Regional Park, the South Ridge Trail between Vista Point and Canyon Trail at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, and the Ragle Ranch back country trails. 

  • Published on April 3, 2019

    On April 2, 2019, the Department Heads responsible for overseeing Sonoma County’s safety net programs brought a set of contracting principles before the Board of Supervisors.

  • Published on March 28, 2019
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Permit Sonoma is closed for the Cesar Chavez holiday and wet weather testing cannot be scheduled for that day. Forms and payments for testing on Tuesday, April 2nd must be submitted by 12:00 noon Friday, March 29th.

  • Published on March 28, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Permit Sonoma Welcomes New Deputy Director of Planning
    • Swift Flood Response
    • Code Enforcement Success Story
    • Planning for Hazards
  • Published on March 26, 2019

    On Tuesday March 19, 2019 the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to enter several agreements that will move forward restructuring efforts of fire services in Sonoma County.

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