Permit and Resource Management Department Banner

News Archive

Showing: 150 of 184

  • Published on September 26, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Temporary Occupancy Procedures for Fire Survivors
    • Chapter 40: Sonoma Complex Fire Recovery Code Extension
    • Cannabis Ordinance Update
    • Accessory Dwelling Unit Code Changes
    • Get Involved in the Local Coastal Plan Update!
    • Permit Requirements for Back-up Generators
    • Third Party Plan Check - Permit Process Improvement
    • Expedited Plan Reviews - Permit Process Improvement
  • Published on September 24, 2019

    During a power de-energization event, a generator can provide emergency electrical power to your home. If you live in unincorporated Sonoma County and plan to use a generator that connects to your electrical panel, you will need a permit from Permit Sonoma for the electrical work. If the generator will be housed in a structure of its own, the structure may be subject to additional permits.

  • Published on September 19, 2019

    As part of our continued pursuit of process improvements, Permit Sonoma has revived our expedited plan review process.

  • Published on September 18, 2019

    As part of our continued pursuit of process improvements, Permit Sonoma has revised the Third Party Plan Check policy (BPC-013). The goal of the revision is to reduce permit processing time by removing some of the obstacles in our previous practice.

  • Published on September 16, 2019

    What is a Local Coastal Plan? The Local Coastal Plan (LCP) serves as the General Plan for the Sonoma Coast. The LCP provides guidance on issues including for land use, protection of resources, and public access. Help Permit Sonoma assess the best ways to engage residents in the update of the LCP update by taking a short survey!

  • Published on September 13, 2019

    The County is working to help fire survivors move back into their homes. In some cases, people may be able to obtain a temporary occupancy permit, allowing them to move into their home before the building permit is finaled.

  • Published on September 6, 2019

    On August 29, 2019, Permit Sonoma staff provided an update to the Planning Agency about the upcoming Cannabis Ordinance Amendments. Please watch this video to see a recap of this agenda item. 

  • Published on August 30, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Code Enforcement Takes Action on Illegal Cannabis Grows
    • Coastal Close-Up Photo Contest
    • HazMat Team Keeps Our Roads and Waterways Safe
    • Storm Drains Connect Streets to Creeks
    • Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) Update
    • Performance Dashboards
  • Published on August 16, 2019

    As of August 15, 2019, the Sonoma County Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual version 7.0 is in effect.  Customers are hereby advised that any septic applications will be required to comply with the provisions of the OWTS Manual version 7.0.  Customers are further advised of the following updates to Permit Sonoma’s permitting procedures...

  • Published on August 13, 2019

    The Director of Permit Sonoma hereby adopts the County of Sonoma’s Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual, version 7.0, dated August 15, 2019.

  • Published on August 2, 2019

    County Supervisors Approve and Fund Cannabis Ordinance Update Part II

  • Published on July 31, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Environmental Resource Management Summer Academy
    • Sonoma County Receives Merit Award for Housing Initiatives
    • Local Fire Departments to Fly Flags for Red Flag Warnings
    • Code Enforcement Success Story
    • Vegetation Management & Defensible Space
    • July 2019 Performance Data
  • Published on July 30, 2019

    Permit Sonoma is part of a public/private partnership to reduce pollution in the Sonoma Creek and Petaluma River watersheds.

  • Published on July 10, 2019

    Permit Sonoma, with regional partners, is introducing a new online tool to help estimate the costs, returns, and benefits associated with building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).

  • Published on July 9, 2019

    As of July 12, 2019, Permit Sonoma will be changing how fees are assessed for encroachment permit applications and septic permit applications to be more consistent with how we assess fees for other types of similar construction permit applications.

  • Published on July 2, 2019

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority is accepting applications for its new Housing Choice Voucher lottery waiting list from July 1-31, 2019. Applications can be completed online at or in person at: Sonoma County Housing Authority, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403, Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

  • Published on June 28, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • June Performance Data
    • Onsite Waste Treatment System Manual Updates
    • Comprehensive Planning Work Plan
    • Customer Interview with Jerry Eddinger
    • Public Meeting Recaps
    • Abandoned Vehicle Abatement – 2019 Flood Response
  • Published on June 12, 2019

    On June 4, 2019 the Board of Supervisors approved the work plan for the County’s Comprehensive Planning efforts for fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Permit Sonoma’s Comprehensive Planning team is responsible for the development and implementation of the General Plan and Area Plans, Local Coastal Plan, Specific Plans, Zoning Code, and other policy documents and initiatives as directed by the Board of Supervisors. 

  • Published on May 30, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Fire Prevention – Chipper Program Video
    • Sonoma Developmental Center
    • Local Coastal Plan Photo Contest
    • Code Enforcement Success Story
    • Housing Initiatives
    • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Published on May 24, 2019

    The County of Sonoma is embarking on a major planning effort involving the development of a Specific Plan to facilitate the transformation of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) property in Sonoma Valley. The County is seeking consultant services to prepare a specific plan & program EIR for the site.

  • Published on April 29, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Fire Prevention – Vegetation Management
    • Planning Commissioner Gregory Carr – Interview
    • Osmann Rebuild Story – Letters to Permit Sonoma
    • Hazardous Materials Response Team in Action
  • Published on April 26, 2019

    All Wet Weather Testing is CLOSED in All Areas for the 2018-2019 Season. Rainfall totals data and/or testing open dates have been updated as of April 26, 2019More Information

  • Published on April 24, 2019

    On April 16, 2019 staff presented the Comprehensive Planning Section’s Work Plan to the Board of Supervisors to help set priorities for the 2019 through 2021 budget years.

  • Published on March 28, 2019

    Permit Sonoma is closed for the Cesar Chavez holiday and wet weather testing cannot be scheduled for that day. Forms and payments for testing on Tuesday, April 2nd must be submitted by 12:00 noon Friday, March 29th.

  • Published on March 28, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Permit Sonoma Welcomes New Deputy Director of Planning
    • Swift Flood Response
    • Code Enforcement Success Story
    • Planning for Hazards
  • Published on March 26, 2019

    Senate Bill 67, introduced by Senator McGuire as an urgency statute, seeks to alleviate the immediate danger confronting the cannabis industry by authorizing the revalidation of an expired temporary license if the licensee submitted an application for an annual or provisional state license before the licensee’s temporary license expiration date. 

  • Published on March 6, 2019

    Due to the County's flood recovery efforts, the Board of Supervisor item for consideration of the proposed Onsite Waste Treatment Systems (OWTS) Manual has been postponed to May 21, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    Background: In order to meet State mandated regulations, the County of Sonoma is updating our OWTS Manual. This Manual outlines County regulations and standards for septic systems.
    More Information about the Update of the OWTS Manual

  • Published on March 5, 2019

    Effective January 1, 2019, the State's statutory authority to issue temporary cannabis licenses expired. The newer provisional cannabis license is intended to bridge the gap between temporary and annual licenses. 

  • Published on March 4, 2019

    Permit Sonoma will accept site nominations for rezoning for higher-density housing until the end of March 2019.

  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Flood debris drop-off sites available through March 4.
  • Published on February 28, 2019

    Due to the 2019 Winter Storms and Flooding, Permit Sonoma staff must perform emergency safety assessments of affected properties on Friday, March 1, 2019. There will be no regular inspections scheduled or performed. There will also be no cube service at the Permit Center for the following disciplines: Code Enforcement, Engineering, Fire Prevention, Plan Check, Well & Septic. Please note that inspections and cube service may be affected the week of Monday, March 4th as well. More Information

  • Published on February 26, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Increased Accessory Dwelling Unit Customer Service
    • Expanded Support in Evaluating Rebuilding Construction Proposals
    • Meet Planning Commissioner Ariel Kelley
    • Cleaning Up Junkyards
  • Published on January 31, 2019

    Starting February 5, Permit Sonoma is offering dedicated staff and customer service hours in our Permit Center to help customers navigate the process of permitting an ADU. 

  • Published on January 24, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Removing Barriers for Overnight Stays on Agricultural Land
    • Hauser Bridge Replacement Project
    • Disability Access Requirements and Resources
    • Interview with Planning Commissioner Larry Reed
  • Published on January 14, 2019

    Apply Now! Applications are now being accepted for Historic Preservation Grants. Grant funds in this category are for the renovation, restoration, and/or preservation of historical resources.

  • Published on January 4, 2019

    We hear you! Thanks to everyone that responded to the County’s request for help in identifying potential sites in unincorporated areas to rezone for housing. As of January 4, 2019, we received submissions for 42 parcels to evaluate for rezoning. Of those parcels in the unincorporated area, there is a total of about 100 acres with a potential for approximately 2,000 new housing units.

  • Published on December 31, 2018

    As the County continues our initiative to produce more housing, we need your help in finding sites. If sites meet our criteria, we will work with the owner and community to rezone them for more density with design review to ensure quality and community compatibility.
    View in English | View in Spanish

  • Published on December 31, 2018

    In this issue of our newsletter, we have: Great Artist Especially in Glass; Member of Russian River Sportsman’s Club, Permit Sonoma Welcomes Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Response Staff, Before and After: Increased Public Safety, Snap Our Coastal Beauty, When Do You Need a Traffic Study?, and Meet Planning Commissioner Todd Tamura.

  • Published on December 18, 2018

    On December 11, 2018, the Sonoma CountyBoard of Supervisorsapproved the relocation of fire inspection-related activities to Permit Sonoma. This move is one component of a phased effort that reimagines how fire and emergency services will be provided in Sonoma County. Effective January 1, 2019, the Fire Prevention Division and Hazardous Materials Division will be integrated into Permit Sonoma, increasing coordination of these fee-based inspection programs.

  • Published on December 3, 2018

    In this issue of our newsletter, we have Rebuilding Better, Storm Water Protection Measures Are Working, What Would Motivate you to Build an Accessory Dwelling Unit?, and Permitting Tips for Building a Fence.

  • Published on November 20, 2018

    The County of Sonoma and partnering cities want your input on potential barriers and incentives for building accessory dwelling units and/or junior accessory dwelling units. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey (English or Spanish) to inform our efforts to increase housing in Sonoma County.

  • Published on November 19, 2018

    Well & Septic will not be conducting inspections on Wednesday, November 28 or Thursday, November 29, 2018 due to an all-staff training. No Well & Septic inspection appointments will be available on those dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    All other inspections (e.g. Building or Engineering inspections) will proceed as usual.

  • Published on October 31, 2018

    In this issue of our newsletter, we have Housing for All, the West County Housing Fair, and Septic System Policy Updates.

  • Published on October 30, 2018

    On October 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a set of changes to the Sonoma County Zoning Code to expand opportunities for housing development in designated urban service areas.

  • Published on October 18, 2018

    The Board of Supervisors will consider the second set of Permit Sonoma's housing initiatives at its October 23, 2018 meeting.

  • Published on October 5, 2018

    The Water Board mandates that contractors meet specific storm water construction practices to prevent harmful pollutants from entering our watershed. Sonoma County is required by our permit from the Water Board to enforce compliance with these requirements. The County has been working with contractors in Larkfield and Mark West areas since August to get voluntary compliance and to notify them of the requirements.

  • Published on October 2, 2018

    As many of you know, in this competitive job market, our entire industry is experiencing a challenge in recruiting and retaining skilled building staff. Permit Sonoma currently has a 40 percent temporary shortage in staff members that review building permits. Our department closely monitors our permit turnaround times and makes this information publicly available through our online performance dashboard.   Read More

  • Published on September 28, 2018

    In this issue of our newsletter, we have an update to the County Septic Policy, tips to make sure your parcel is ready for winter, and news from the County’s cannabis code enforcement.

  • Published on September 20, 2018

    The County has launched a new cannabis dispensary waitlist available to applicants with permit eligible properties.

  • Published on September 6, 2018

    The North Bay is experiencing a housing affordability crisis. The catastrophic fires of 2017 exacerbated this situation by destroying thousands of homes. As the region rebuilds and builds the housing necessary for our next generation of people and their families, we need to be sure that we're responding to their changing needs and preferences. Please help this effort by responding to this survey (anonymously) and letting us know more about what your current needs are and what you would prefer to see in the future.

Items per page:
Sorting Options
  • 1