Department of Agriculture /
Weights & Measures

The Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures enforces the laws and regulations of the California Food and Agriculture Code, the California Business & Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations while serving at the discretion of the County Board of Supervisors and CDFA's  Secretary of Food & Agriculture. Sonoma County's Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures employs a staff of thirty-nine people and has its main office in Santa Rosa.  To serve the public's needs, two small satellite offices with limited public hours are operated in the cities of Sonoma and Petaluma.

Draft Industrial Hemp Cultivation Ordinance and Associated Documents

The County of Sonoma is proposing amendments to Chapter 26 (Zoning Code) and Chapter 37 (Industrial Hemp Ordinance) in reference to industrial hemp. The Sonoma County Planning Commission held a public hearing on November 21, 2019 to review proposed zoning regulations. All zoning amendments as recommended by the Agricultural Commissioner were approved by the Planning Commission. Recommended zoning amendments can be found in the Industrial Hemp Ordinance Staff Report below.

The ordinance regulating industrial hemp will be presented to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for consideration on January 6, 2020.

Industrial Hemp Ordinance Staff Report(PDF: 1.12 MB)

Industrial Hemp Fact Sheet(PDF: 368 kB)

Public Review Draft version of VESCO Best Management Practices for Agriculture Erosion and Sediment Control Manual

This downloadable PDF is of the DRAFT version of the BMP manual used in the VESCO Program as a regulatory guide. The updated manual includes guidelines for Geologic reports, geotech and soils reports, drainage reports, biological reports including wetland and focused species reports, standard plan notes and glossary. This document is currently under review and has not yet been adopted by the Agricultural Commissioner.

Best Management Practices Manual (PDF: 3.79 MB)

Vision:

A thriving agricultural industry, healthy community, environment, and economy

Mission:

To promote and protect agriculture, the health and safety of our community, environment and the economy through education and the enforcement of laws and regulations.

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Contact Information

Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measures
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Closed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Address
Main Office
133 Aviation Boulevard
Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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