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  • Published on April 24, 2019

    Percolation Testing is CLOSED for All Areas Except Sebastopol. Rainfall totals data and/or testing open dates have been updated as of April 24, 2019More Information

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

  • Published on August 24, 2018

    The County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems in order to meet state mandated regulations that protect water quality and public health. Permit Sonoma invites the public to attend upcoming community meetings to share feedback on the proposed Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual.

  • Published on August 21, 2018

    Starting August 24, 2018, Permit Sonoma will begin implementing our new administrative citation program, supporting our goal of establishing a safe and healthy community. This new program provides an additional tool for enforcement, enabling the County to enforce various codes and ordinances via less stringent enforcement action. Administrative citations give us the ability to respond immediately to transient and nuisance violations in the field.

  • Published on August 6, 2018

    On the Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Cannabis Ordinance Amendments.

  • Published on July 2, 2018

    Permit Sonoma has a new housing dashboard to measure our success in meeting ambitious housing goals set by the Board of Supervisors. The County will be partnering with cities to create a community-wide housing dashboard in the coming months.

  • Published on May 11, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, approved a series of changes to the Sonoma County Code. These changes will take effect June 7, 2018.

  • Published on May 1, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will be considering the revised onsite waste treatment systems (OWTS) manual at an upcoming meeting on May 22, 2018. If the Board approves the revision, the County will then submit a revised Local Area Management Program (LAMP) and OWTS Manual to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB).

  • Published on February 20, 2018

    When: February 28, 2018 from 6:00  8:00 PM 
    The County of Sonoma encourages residents in Sonoma Valley rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. County Supervisor Susan Gorin will host the meeting.

  • Published on February 9, 2018

    When: February 15, 2018 from 6:00 8:00 PM
    The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma encourage residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

  • Published on January 30, 2018

    When: February 22, 2018 from 9:00 12:00 PM
    Permit Sonoma is hosting another public environmental regulatory permit meeting for owners of private bridges that were damaged in the fires.

  • Published on January 25, 2018

    The Board of Supervisors recently voted to not extend the moratorium on new vacation rental permit applications. Therefore Permit Sonoma can begin accepting Vacation Rental applications again on Monday, February 5, 2018. More Information

  • Published on December 8, 2017

    If you are a Vacation Rental owner who has made your home available to fire victims, we thank you for offering a roof to those who no longer have one. If you have been considering making your rental home available to fire victims, we would like to encourage you do so now. Transitioning your vacation rental property to long-term use will not jeopardize your ability to resume operation of your vacation rental in the future. If you are currently or planning to offer your Vacation Rental for long-term use, please fill out the Vacation Rental Housing Recovery Response form.  

  • Published on November 22, 2017

    The County of Sonoma is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals for Sonoma Complex Fires Disaster Recovery Center. The County is seeking sealed proposals from responsible, qualified and experienced firms to assist with permitting procedures associated with recovery and rebuilding efforts. 

  • Published on November 21, 2017

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority is proposing making a number of changes to its Administrative Plan, in response to the federally declared disaster in Sonoma County, and seeks comments from the public through December 12, 2017.

  • Published on November 3, 2017

    On November 1, 2017, the annexation of the Roseland Area into the City of Santa Rosa was completed. Sonoma County staff are coordinating with City staff to make the transition from County to City services as smooth as possible for the Roseland community.
    More Information

  • Published on October 2, 2017

    Applications Due: November 30, 2017. Permit Sonoma announces grant opportunity to support the County of Sonoma’s goals for environmental stewardship, climate protection, and resource management. This grant program of up to $100,000 is intended to fund, partially or in whole, an educational program within Sonoma County.

  • Published on September 28, 2017

    Find out what you need to know about dry weather testing for wells in water scarce areas, including the application process and upcoming testing closure dates.

  • Published on September 21, 2017

    This month, the EPA held its annual SepticSmart Week with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. Here are SepticSmart’s top 5 tips…

  • Published on July 25, 2017
    Permitted Special Events:  Be advised of significant traffic impacts in Sonoma County due to the IRONMAN Santa Rosa triathlon event occurring throughout the day Saturday, July 29, 2017.
  • Published on June 29, 2017

    Permit Sonoma cannabis permit applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Permit Center opens at 8:00 AM, on July 5.

  • Published on May 26, 2017

    Be sure to watch your mail (US Postal Service) for the annual bill for septic operational permits. Once it has arrived be sure to follow the instructions on back for paying your bill online. You must use your "OPB17" number listed on your invoice to pay your bill.

  • Published on January 27, 2017

    Accessory Unit regulations changed on January 24, 2017. New regulations allowing Junior Accessory Dwelling Units were also adopted.

    More Information

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    To help storm-impacted residents of the Russian River area, Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (Permit Sonoma) has opened a temporary permit center January 17, 2017 through and including January 24, 2017 at the Veterans War Memorial building located at 16255 1st Street (at Church Street) in Guerneville. This permit center will process and issue permits for non-structural storm damage repairs. Applicants must be the property owner of record, their authorized agent, or their contractor. Permit processing fees are waived for storm–related damage repair permits.

    Permit Center Hours, Location, & Phone Number

  • Published on December 28, 2016

    Effective January 1, 2017, Permit Sonoma (PRMD) will discontinue the Well & Septic morning office hours.  Well & Septic staff will continue to be available at the Well & Septic cubicle in the Permit Sonoma Lobby or by calling or emailing staff directly to request meetings which will be scheduled for mutually acceptable times.

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  • Published on October 31, 2016

    PRMD closed testing of water wells as of the following dates:

    Springs and shallow water wells (less than 50 feet deep): Closed October 1, 2016

    Deep water wells (greater than 50 feet deep): Closed October 28, 2016

  • Published on October 14, 2016

    Request for a Use Permit and Design Review to construct and operate a new 120-room hotel/resort and public river access at the historic Guernewood Park Resort location, on the Board of Zoning Adjustments Agenda for October 20, 2016 has been continued off calendar to a date and time uncertain. A future public hearing will be re-noticed at a later date.

  • Published on October 3, 2016

    The County of Sonoma proposes to amend the Zoning Code to regulate cannabis uses consistent with the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, including cultivation, nurseries, dispensaries, laboratories, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation. The proposed Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance would allow both personal and commercial cultivation of medical cannabis with certain limitations.

  • Published on September 22, 2016
    The Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Regulations and Technical Standards Manual is adopted and is effective as of September 22, 2016.
  • Published on September 13, 2016

    The Department of Health Services Administration Division intends to award contract(s) to:

  • Published on September 1, 2016

    Effective September 1, 2016 Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Registrations, Vacation Rental, and Hosted Rental Permit Applications will be accepted and processed at PRMD.

  • Published on August 31, 2016

    Public Hearing Notice: Ordinance making minor amendments to Chapter 11 of the Sonoma County Code to comply with the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permit, and miscellaneous other technical changes. Hearing Date: September 20, 2016 at 2:10 PM

  • Published on August 12, 2016
    Starting August 29, 2016 Sonoma County’s Economic Assistance Service Center reduces client call-in hours to peak times, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., while increasing the number of eligibility workers answering calls about Medi-Cal, CalFresh and General Assistance benefits.

  • Published on November 5, 2015
    The California Department of Public Health today advised consumers not to eat Dungeness and Rock crabs caught in waters between the Oregon border and the southern Santa Barbara County line, due to the detection of dangerous levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin.
  • Published on August 14, 2015

    Beginning September 1, 2015, CALGreen checklist verification will shift from the duty of a PRMD field inspector to that of a CALGreen Special Inspector. For more information, please visit the PRMD Green Building page.

  • Published on July 13, 2015
    Sonoma County PRMD Staff have submitted the draft water well construction standards to the Board of Supervisors for their consideration at the July 21, 2015, 2:10 PM public hearing at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chamber.    View the draft documents
  • Published on June 12, 2015
    Today the Permit and Resource Management Department released its "Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan" after more than 6 years of hard work on the LCP Update that included input from the public. We invite you to attend one or more of the public workshops to learn more about the LCP Update and to let us know the coastal issues important to your community and how the updated Plan addresses these issues.
  • Published on May 29, 2015
    Information regarding the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program for the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport.
  • Published on April 10, 2015
    Public meeting notice for the Airport Boulevard at Highway 101 Interchange Landscaping Project. Meeting will be held at the Permit and Resource Management Department Hearing Room (at the County Center in Santa Rosa), on May 12 at 6:00 PM.
  • Published on January 5, 2015
    The Department of Health Services First 5 Sonoma County Commission wishes to retract the Notice of Intent to Award Contract posted December 10, 2014 for RFQ #2014-0016.
  • Published on December 5, 2014
    Update: Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) Staff has issued an Emergency Coastal Development Permit at 6015 Highway 1 and a Coastal Development Permit at 6033 Highway 1, Bodega Bay (Gleason’s Beach) for demolition of a house and destruction of a septic system on each lot to avoid further land failure and undermining of adjacent Highway 1. Staff has also issued consequent demolition permits for each lot. The permitted work may require closure of the southbound lane of Highway 1 along the property frontages December 8-12 and 15-19 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • Published on December 3, 2014
    The Department of Health Services invites members of the public to observe the Fluoridation Advisory Committee (FAC) discussion.
  • Published on October 22, 2014
    The Sonoma County Environmental Health Department, Solid Waste Management Program, acting as the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) is certified by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to enforce state laws and regulations at solid waste sites within its jurisdiction.
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