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.

Agriculture/Weights & Measures Office is Now Open

The Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures office is now open to the public with limited hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday through Friday.  In accordance with the Sonoma County Health Officer’s Orders, mitigation measures have been implemented to protect the public and our staff.  Members of the public and staff are subject to the mitigation measures currently in place, including face covering requirement, health screening, social/physical distancing, and occupancy limits.  

To access our services anytime, please call (707) 565-2371 or send an email to SonomaAg@sonoma-county.org.  Documents may also be placed in the locked drop box outside the front door of our main office.  Voicemail, email, drop box, and mail are checked regularly each business day.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work together to keep our community safe.

Sonoma County Agricultural Loss Survey for August-September 2020 Fires

The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture is conducting an agricultural damage and/or loss survey to determine the extent and nature of losses due to the August-September 2020 fires. The types of damage and/or loss to be reported include loss of actual crop, damage to vines/trees, damage to land, damage to agricultural buildings, machinery, irrigation systems, loss of livestock/poultry, loss of milk production, cost of debris removal, etc.  This survey is part of the County’s overall survey of the damage to our community due to this fire. We are attempting to gather as much information as possible on the damages to our agricultural producers due to this fire so that we can accurately report on these losses to State and Federal agencies who provide financial assistance.  Please fill out and submit no later than October 31, 2020.

2020 Fire Damage Survey Form (PDF: 328kb)

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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