• Permit Sonoma COVID-19 Service and Ordinance Updates

Permit Sonoma COVID-19 Service and Ordinance Updates

Central location for information about Permit Sonoma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included:

  • Hours of operation
  • Services
  • Permitting policies and County ordinances
  • Reopening status

Permit Sonoma Services Information

Current Permit Sonoma Live Services and Hours

The latest information on Permit Sonoma's operating hours and available services.

Permit Sonoma is currently open for 20 hours per week for live phone assistance as well as limited video and in-person appointments. The Permit Center is closed to the public until further notice. Virtual services remain available during regular business hours.

Permit Sonoma Virtual Office

Information about Permit Sonoma's virtual operations including applying for permits electronically and remote video inspections.

COVID-19 Permitting Policies and Ordinances

Tent Guidelines During COVID-19

Guidelines for Temporary Tents, Canopies and Membrane Structures for Outdoor Business Operations
These guidelines were developed to establish reasonable prescriptive guidance and supplemental clarification to the general requirements established in the State Blueprint for a Safer Economy for outdoor dining, bars, pubs, brewpubs, and breweries when such businesses are required to operate outdoors.

Urgency Ordinance Authorizing Enforcement of COVID-19 Health Orders

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have adopted an ordinance to help slow the surge in new COVID-19 cases and get the county back on track to reopening in a safe manner. This order allows for civil penalties that give enforcement agents additional tools to address those violations of health orders that create serious risk of spreading the virus.

The COVID-19 Public Health Officer Order Compliance Hotline contact information is:

Vacation Rental Urgency Ordinance

The Board of Supervisors approved an updated the urgency ordinance on December 15, 2020. View full text of ordinance which temporarily caps the number of whole-house vacation rental permits in unincorporated Sonoma County.

Chapter 40B – COVID-19 Recovery Ordinance

On May 19, 2020 the Board of Supervisors adopted Chapter 40B - COVID-19 Recovery Ordinance. The ordinance was created to address Permit Expiration Dates in in response to the COVID-19 event.

Interim Policy for Zoning Ordinance Implementation to Accommodate Physical Distancing in Commercial Zones

The purpose of this Policy is to support the safe reopening and operation of local business operations in commercial zoning designations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urgency Ordinance – Temporary Modifications and Encroachment COVID-19 Recovery

On July 7, 2020 the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance addressing several business related permit requirement modifications including encroachment, design review requirements, and home office permits given the current COVID-19 environment.

Construction Permit Extension Policy

This policy applies to ministerial construction permit types where Permit Sonoma is the authority having jurisdiction and meet additional criteria.

County of Sonoma Health Orders and Guidance