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Agricultural Division

Grading, Drainage, Vineyard, Orchard Site Development Fees

Effective July 1, 2022.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the fee schedule, please contact the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures at (707) 565-2371.

Fully Burdened Hourly Rate - Land Stewardship Division Staff

Service Rates
At cost fee - ¼ hour minimum $ 225

Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) – Level I

 Project Size No Grading or Drainage With Grading and/or Drainage
< 10 Acres $ 866 $ 1,272
10 < 50 Acres $ 1,637 $ 2,034
 50 < 100 Acres $ 2,123 $ 2,581
 > 100 Acres $ 2,736 $ 3,290

Other Charges for Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) – Level I

 Other Charges No Grading or Drainage With Grading and/or Drainage
Technology Fee1 $ 18 $ 18
CEQA Fee2 $ 50 $ 50
Additional Fees3 N/A Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
Project Fee Inclusions4 1 Plan Review and 1 Site Visit 1 Plan Review and 2 Site Visits

Technology fee set by Permit Sonoma

CEQA NOE fee set by the Sonoma County Recorder

Additional Fees: Project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below. These fees are set by the Department's Engineering consultant.

Project Fee Inclusion: Project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $292/hour (¼ hour minimum).

Total permit cost includes application fee plus applicable other charges.

Frost protection registration fee of $88 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) – Level II

Project Size  No Grading or Drainage With Grading and/or Drainage
< 10 Acres $ 5,525 $ 5,923
10 < 50 Acres $ 6,172 $ 8,387
50 < 100 Acres $ 8,638 $ 11,327
> 100 Acres $ 9,842 $ 11,862

Other Charges for Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) – Level II

Other Charges No Grading or Drainage With Grading and/or Drainage
Technology Fee1 $ 18 $ 36
CEQA Fee2 $ 50 $ 50
Additional Fees3 Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
Project Fee Inclusions4 2 Plan Reviews and 2 Site Visits 2 Plan Reviews and 3 Site Visits

Technology fee set by Permit Sonoma

CEQA NOE fee set by the Sonoma County Recorder

Additional Fees: Project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below. These fees are set by the Department's Engineering consultant.

Project Fee Inclusion: Project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $292/hour (¼ hour minimum).

Total permit cost includes application fee plus applicable other charges.

Frost protection registration fee of $88 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) – Level II with Tree Removal

Project Size  No Grading or Drainage With Grading and/or Drainage
< 10 Acres $ 6,609 $ 6,829
10 < 50 Acres $ 9,236 $ 9,190
50 < 100 Acres $ 10,111 $ 11,240
> 100 Acres $ 10,306 $ 15,364

Other Charges for Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) – Level II with Tree Removal

Other Charges No Grading or Drainage With Grading and/or Drainage
Technology Fee1 $ 18 $ 36
CEQA Fee2 $ 50 $ 50
Additional Fees3 Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
Project Fee Inclusions4 2 Plan Reviews and 2 Site Visits 2 Plan Reviews and 3 Site Visits

Technology fee set by Permit Sonoma

CEQA NOE fee set by the Sonoma County Recorder

Additional Fees: Project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below. These fees are set by the Department's Engineering consultant.

Project Fee Inclusion: Project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $292/hour (¼ hour minimum).

Total permit cost includes application fee plus applicable other charges.

Frost protection registration fee of $88 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

Grading and/or Drainage Only

Project Size  With Grading and/or Drainage
< 10 Acres $ 938
10 < 50 Acres $ 1,060
50 < 100 Acres $ 1,239
> 100 Acres $ 1,421

Other Charges for Grading and/or Drainage Only

Other Charges With Grading and/or Drainage
Technology Fee1 $ 18
CEQA Fee2 $ 50
Additional Fees3 Applicable At-Cost Engineer/Geologist Charges
Project Fee Inclusions4 1 Plan Reviews and 1 Site Visit

Technology fee set by Permit Sonoma

CEQA NOE fee set by the Sonoma County Recorder

Additional Fees: Project applicant will be billed at-cost for plan review and/or site visit services. See at-cost hourly rates below. These fees are set by the Department's Engineering consultant.

Project Fee Inclusion: Project fees include the listed services provided by Department staff. Additional services beyond listed inclusions will be charged at staff rate of $292/hour (¼ hour minimum).

Total permit cost includes application fee plus applicable other charges.

Frost protection registration fee of $88 may be applicable and is not included in the fees above.

At-Cost Fees

At-cost fees will be charged on an actual (“at-cost”) basis, calculated based on the hourly rates, including travel time, set forth herein and with a minimum charge for 15 minutes and then rounded to the nearest quarter hour. The amount of time and type of staff rendering services will vary depending upon the services requested. Pre-application consultative services, additional reviews and/or site visits, and review of multiple revisions to project plans and/or previously accepted projects are billed at-cost at the hourly rates below (¼ hour minimum):

Engineering Staff Hourly Rate
Assistant Engineer $ 110
Staff Engineer $ 135
Associate Engineer $ 145
Senior Geotechnical Engineer $ 200
Assistant Geologist $ 105
Senior Geologist $ 140
Senior Technician $  98
Principal Engineering Geologist $ 190