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  • The Advertising and Promotions Program utilizes a portion of the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to encourage tourism, economic development and community engagement through a variety of grant award and funding avenues.
  • Two air pollution control districts have jurisdiction in Sonoma County, the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).
  • Field Services include: Enforcing local and state animal control laws that protect people, animals and property; Investigating animal bite reports and rabies control cases; Transporting sick or injured stray animals to locations that can provide aid; Patrolling busy streets for stray, injured and abandoned animals; and Enforcing licensing and vaccination laws.
  • The Sonoma County Beekeepers Association maintains a “Swarm List” of beekeepers who will remove unwanted hives from your property. Some will also help with Yellow Jackets.
  • If you disagree with your property tax assessment, you have the right to file an Application for Changed Assessment.
  • The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office works with CDFA to develop the use of effective biological controls for use on troublesome pests of agriculture. Biological control organisms have been placed throughout the County to help in the control of: Puncture Vine, Yellow Starthistle, Gorse, Ash Whitefly and Scotch Broom.
  • Sonoma County General Services is proud to welcome you to our seven public halls located throughout scenic Sonoma County. The larger auditoriums at the Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma venues are designed to accommodate large events including concerts, trade shows and exhibits. Our staff can assist you in finding excellent caterers, decorators, technicians and additional equipment.
  • Requirements, guidelines, and application for controlled burning within the boundaries of the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District.
  • Connects you to licensing, regulatory requirements and business assistance services in Sonoma County.
  • The State of California does not require or issue business licenses for sole proprietorships or general partnerships. Other business structures, however, must register with the state. All businesses located in an incorporated city in Sonoma County must first obtain a business license from that city. The county does not require a business license to do business within its unincorporated areas, but all fictitious business names must be registered with the Sonoma County Clerk.
  • Information about living and working in Sonoma County
  • The Sonoma County Farmer's Markets were established to provide raw agricultural products directly to the consumer throughout the County. This office inspects certified growing sites and markets to preserve the integrity of the direct marketing program.
  • Building inspection requests are made through the Automated Inspection Request System, SELECTRON, which is a computer system that allows callers to use a touch tone telephone to schedule and cancel building inspections from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight) seven (7) days a week. In most cases, SELECTRON schedules inspections for the next working day. Inspections in The Sea Ranch, Timber Cove, Annapolis, and areas north of the towns of Cazadero and Jenner are provided on Monday and Friday only. Please refer to the “Automated Inspection Request System” handout for complete instructions and inspection type codes. In order to schedule an inspection, the following is required
  • We investigate all complaints received from consumers regarding possible unlawful or deceptive practices. They may range from incorrectly measured firewood, malfunctioning gas pumps, fuel contamination, to businesses not properly giving a customer an advertised sales price. Unfair business practices among competitors are investigated to ensure fundamental fairness.
  • The mission of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit is to create an active and involved partnership and provide resources and information to assist in keeping our community, families, and businesses safe.
  • Purchasing services for all Sonoma County Departments are centralized under the Purchasing Division within General Services.
  • Services for Employers including: Recruitment Services; Labor Market Services; EEO Information; Government Resources; Employer Incentives; Education Services; Human Resource Info; Labor Relations; Wellness and Ergonomics; Staff Provided Services.
  • Environmental drilling is required for investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites. Various agencies may have jurisdiction over these investigations and cleanups. Environmental drilling is also conducted for Real Estate Phase 2 environmental assessments. In accordance with the Sonoma County well ordinance, environmental drilling permits for these activities are issued by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS).
  • The Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is continuing to work with the US Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to survey the county and detect European Grapevine Moths in Sonoma County.
  • The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines to be used to evaluate requests for fee waivers and to implement a structure and process through which consistent information for fee waiver requests will be collected and evaluated
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Business Assistance & Resources

Services directed toward encouraging the startup, retention and expansion of Sonoma County businesses.

Economic Development Board

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is dedicated to helping your business to succeed.


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