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Code inforcement

Code Enforcement Division

Code Enforcement is the Section that deals with violations of the County's building, zoning, and health regulations. Code Enforcement also administers the County's Abandoned Vehicle Abatement program.

The Permit Sonoma Code Enforcement Division (Code Enforcement) works with individuals, neighborhoods, and other agencies to resolve enforcement complaints. Code Enforcement pursues complaints and violations based on a priority system and staff resources availability. With the exception of high priority complaints regarding immediately hazardous fire, life safety, or health violations, Code Enforcement's general purpose is to maintain conformance with the County's applicable codes and adopted ordinances.


Code Enforcement Investigates

Staff investigates and resolves instances of the following within unincorporated Sonoma County:

  • Accessibility complaints
  • Abandoned vehicles on private property
  • Cannabis violations
  • Construction without permits
  • Failing septic systems
  • Garbage (over 100 square feet)
  • Grading and drainage violations
  • Health and safety issues (except issues like smoking listed below)
  • Housing code violations
  • Zoning violations/Illegal uses of land (examples: commercial use in a residential area or vacation rental without permit)

If you want to report an issue that meets one of the above criteria:

Submit Complaint »

Code Enforcement Does Not Investigate

Staff does not investigate instances of the following issues. Please report such issues to the appropriate agency.

Issue Contact
Complaints within city jurisdictions Appropriate city code enforcement department
Noise/Disturbing the peace Sonoma County Sheriff
Non-operative vehicles parked on highways California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Property line disputes Civil matter
Shared easement access Civil matter
Cigarette/Vaping/Cannabis Smoking Sonoma County Health Services
Rodent/Insect infestations Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District
CCRs and HOA regulations Civil matter, your homeowners association
Parking regulations Sonoma County Sheriff or California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Number of occupants in a residence Not a code violation

Code Enforcement Philosophy

Vision Statement

To continually examine and improve the way we enforce codes and regulations in a fashion consistent with the general policy direction of the Board of Supervisors that protects the public health, safety and welfare of the residents and visitors to Sonoma County.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enforce codes and regulations under the general policy direction of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors by investigating complaints in a prompt, fair and professional manner and taking other appropriate steps as necessary to achieve the ultimate goal of code compliance.

Our Goal

The goal of the Permit and Resource Management Code Enforcement Division is to fulfill our mission with a  human touch, consistent with Permit Sonoma’s Philosophy.  Our priority will be to investigate complaints in a timely manner, work collaboratively with property owners to obtain voluntary compliance whenever possible and manage our unresolved cases to our professions highest standards, consistent with priorities established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

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