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Dates & Time

Dates – Content

To differentiate the year and clarify any confusion with international date formats, a four character year will always be used.

Dates within Sentences

  • November 9, 2015
  • November 2015


Do not forget to include the preceding 0 before single-digit months and days.

  • 01/09/2015
  • 01-09-2015

Date Ranges

Use a hyphen (-) as a separator for date ranges. Do not use a slash (/) which is sometimes incorrectly used for fiscal years.

  • 2014-2015
  • November 9, 2014 - November 9, 2015
  • Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Dates – Files and Folders

If you wish to imbed a date in a file name, see File and Folder Naming Conventions for more information.

Time – Content

The 12-hour clock is used. Always use h:mm or hh:mm format, even for times that are on the hour, followed by a space ( ) and AM or PM in allcaps. Do not use "am" or "a.m."

  • 8:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM

Contact Information

Web Services Team
Information Systems Department
County of Sonoma
2615 Paulin Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.466385, -122.722706

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