Permit Sonoma

September 2019

Temporary Occupancy Procedures for Fire Survivors

Resiliency Permit Center door signThe 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.

Read the County’s Temporary Occupancy Requirements and Procedures

If you have questions, please contact the Resiliency Permit Center at (707) 565-1788.

Chapter 40: Sonoma Complex Fire Recovery Code Extension

ribbon cutting ceremonyOn Thursday September 5, 2019 the Planning Commission voted to approve staff’s recom­menda­tion for extension of Chapter 40 of the Sonoma County municipal code which addresses Sonoma Complex Fire recovery. The recommended extension will be heard by the Board of Supervisors in the coming months.

View Chapter 40 of the County Code

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Check out this video for more information on Chapter 40:

Cannabis Ordinance Update

Sonoma County Cannabis ProgramOn September 29, 2019 the Planning Agency heard a presentation from staff about the Cannabis Ordinance Update including the current status of cannabis permits, goals for the Ordinance Update, and the timeline for the update.

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Check out this video for more information about the Cannabis Ordinance Update:

Accessory Dwelling Unit Code Changes

accessory dwelling unit modernOn September 17, 2019 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors removed zoning restrictions that prohibit Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on over 1,900 agricultural properties. This will eliminate unnecessary regulatory constraints on housing, while continuing to protect and support the county’s agricultural and environmental resources.

According to County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt, “Allowing Accessory Dwelling Units provides viable housing options and sustainable agriculture.”

Read the Full Press Release

Get Involved in the Local Coastal Plan Update!

Matthew Hamre - two children in the woods near Stillwater Cove Beach
Photo by Matthew Hamre

The purpose of the Local Coastal Plan Update is to revise policies consistent with the most recent General Plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors. The Update will also add new information and policy in the following areas: sea level rise (year 2100 horizon), biotic resources, geologic hazards, water quality, and public access.


Take a short survey on participation opportunities in the update process and how you access the coast.
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Public Review Draft

The Public Review Draft has been posted and is available for public review on the project website.
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Check out this video featuring an interview with Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins about the importance of the coast and the Local Coastal Plan Update.

Permit Requirements for Back-up Generators

generator installed into building electrical systemDuring 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.

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Third Party Plan Check – Permit Process Improvement

building plansAs 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.

The highlight of the changes include:

  • Allowing projects in a floodplain, in the Alquist Priolo seismic zone, or in need of correcting a violation to be reviewed by a third party;
  • Allowing for an auxiliary permit (grading, septic, etc.) to be applied for rather than issued; and
  • Requiring plan review comments submitted only upon completion of the plan review process rather than at each plan review cycle.

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Expedited Plan Reviews – Permit Process Improvement

stack of five rolled building plansPermit Sonoma is reviving our expedited plan review process. We are reviving expedited plan review and other measures to address the current backload in plan review. 

Given current processing times, we are re-authorizing and expanding this program to include:

  • Building plan review
  • Grading plan review
  • Septic plan review
  • Fire plan review

Learn More About the Program and Requirements

Contact Information

Bradley Dunn
Policy Manager
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