Incidents & Claims
COVID-19 Temporary Service Rules for Tort Claims and Lawsuits
During the Shelter in Place Order by the Sonoma County Health Officer, currently in effect until further notice, tort claims and lawsuits that are required to be hand-delivered to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors will continue to be accepted by U.S. mail.
To deliver a tort claim or lawsuit in person, please deposit your documents in the Human Resources Drop Box located at:
575 Administration Drive (on the north end of the building)
Santa Rosa CA 95403
The Drop Box is checked daily.
A tort claim or lawsuit will be deemed served on the business day before it is retrieved from the Drop Box.
Public - File a Claim
How to File a Claim:
To file a claim for money or damages for injury, property damage, or loss against the County of Sonoma, please fill out a Claim Form (PDF: 3.2 mB) as required by California Government Code Sections 905 and 915.
Note: Claims for property tax refunds are subject to a different process governed by Revenue and Taxation Code Section 5097. Please contact the Board of Supervisors to obtain a Claim for Refund Form.
- Instructions for filing a claim are attached to the downloadable claim form above. Failure to complete all required sections of the claim form will delay the processing of your claim and may result in the return or denial of your claim. Please include any additional documentation in support of your claim such as estimates, reports, receipts, and photographs.
- A completed claim form and supporting documentation, as required by Government Code Sections 910-913.2, must be submitted by U.S. mail or in person to:
County of Sonoma
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
575 Administration Drive, Suite 100A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Once your claim is received by the Board of Supervisors:
- The claim will be forwarded to Sonoma County Risk Management for investigation.
- A letter of acknowledgement with your claim number will be sent to you notifying you that your claim has been received. Please use this claim number when inquiring about your claim.
- Once the investigation into your claim is complete, you will receive notice advising you of our findings.
You may seek the advice of an attorney at any time during the investigation and evaluation of your claim.
For information about the status of your claim, please contact Risk Management at 707-565-2705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Departments - Submit an Incident Report
Important: For internal County use only
Incident Report (PDF: 98.5 kB)
- Use this form to report injuries and/or property damage sustained by a third party (non-employee). If your department has its own incident report form, you may use that instead of this form.
Property Damage Incident Report (PDF: 117 kB)
- Use this form to report damage to County property.
Send completed reports to Risk Management at email@example.com or fax to 707-565-6192. Keep a copy for your records.