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Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement BadgeCode Enforcement is the Section that deals with violations of the County's building, zoning, and health regulations. Code Enforcement also administers the County's Abandoned Vehicle Abatement program.

Administrative Citation Program

On August 24, 2018, Permit Sonoma began implementing our new administrative citation program, supporting our goal of establishing a safe and healthy community. This new program provides an additional tool for enforcement, enabling the County to enforce various codes and ordinances via less stringent enforcement action. Administrative citations give us the ability to respond immediately to transient and nuisance violations in the field.
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Code Enforcement Investigates

Staff investigates and resolves instances of the following within unincorporated Sonoma County:

  • Accessibility complaints
  • Abandoned vehicles on private property
  • Cannabis violations
  • Construction without permits
  • Failing septic systems
  • Grading violations
  • Health and safety issues (except issues like smoking listed below)
  • Housing code violations
  • Zoning violations/Illegal uses of land (examples: commercial use in a residential area or vacation rental without permit)

If you want to report an issue that meets one of the above criteria:

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Code Enforcement Does Not Investigate

Staff does not investigate instances of the following issues. Please report such issues to the appropriate agency.

Incorporated city, suspected violations withinAppropriate city
Noise/Disturbing the peace complaintsSheriff’s Department
Non-operative vehicles parked in the streetCalifornia Highway Patrol (CHP)
Property line disputesCivil matter
Smoking complaintsHealth Services

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Report and track non-emergency issues in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.