Permit Sonoma

January 2020

Tennis Wick, Permit Sonoma Director Welcome to Permit Sonoma!

In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

Tennis Wick, AICP, Director

Published: January 30, 2020

Meet the Permit Sonoma Ombudsperson

Take a few moments to meet the Permit Sonoma Customer Service Ombudsperson Brian Keefer! In this video he’ll offer his professional experience and tell you a bit about the Permit Center.

More About the Ombudsperson

Septic Permitting Changes for 2020

Septic Permit ChangesKey changes were made to the Septic Permitting process. Changes affect:

  • Septic permit appli­cation types
  • Form requirements for nonstandard septic systems
  • Building permits
  • Septic reviews

To learn more about the process changes and current code you can visit the Well and Septic webpage.

2019 Progress Infographic

Permit Sonoma staff were busy in 2019. Check out this infographic for some of the milestones hit last year:

Happy New Year! In 2019 Permit Sonoma: 1) Hit a total of 1,317 rebuild permits since 2017. 2) Performed and coordinated 2,903 vegetation management inspections. 3) Received over 8,300 building permit applications 4) Provided 468 customers with chipper services. 5) Employed over 170 staff in 4 divisions. 6) Responded to the Russian River floods and Kincade Fire., 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, (707) 565-1900

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Changes to Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

Sonoma County Accessory Dwelling Unit Code ChangesSonoma County has started to implement new changes to State regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Changes include:

  • Removing minimum lot size requirements and reducing setback requirements
  • Private covenants (CC&Rs) may no longer prohibit ADUs on lots zoned for single family dwellings

These changes increase the number of properties eligible to have ADUs (also known as granny units, in-law units, and backyard cottages). However, properties must have adequate water and sewer or septic capacity in order to have an ADU.

Read More About ADUs

Contact Information

Bradley Dunn
Policy Manager
County of Sonoma
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