The Building Division inspects construction projects after the building permit has been issued. They review projects inside and out to make sure they are built according to the approved plans and building codes. The focus of this division is on protecting public health and safety.
Inspection Scheduling, Cancellation, Time Estimates, and Results
- Email: PermitSonoma-BuildingInspection@sonoma-county.org
- Phone: (707) 565-1900, Option #3
- Inspection Scheduling
Building Plan Check
Reviews construction plans prior to issuance of a building permit to ensure the project will conform to the uniform construction codes (building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical) and sound engineering practices.
- Email: PermitSonoma-PlanCheck@sonoma-county.org
- Phone: (707) 565-2095
- Fax: (707) 565-2210
- Building Plan Check Response Times
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Sonoma County Wildfires
The official information and resource site for rebuilding efforts related to major wildfires in unincorporated Sonoma County.
Sonoma County Building Regulations
Chapter 7, Article II of Sonoma County's Municipal Code outlines Building Regulations for the unincorporated area of this county. This includes regulations for construction, maintenance, use and occupancy as required to provide the minimum standards to safeguard the life, limb and property and protect the public health, safety and general welfare.
California Building Code
Every three years, the State adopts new codes to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings. The California Building Code is the basis for the design and construction of buildings in California.
Building and Fire Code Updates - Effective January 1, 2020
Permit applications received on or after January 1, 2020 must meet the new codes. (Permit applications received before December 31, 2019 do not need to meet the new codes, and will instead be reviewed and permitted according to the 2016 codes.)
View Latest Technical Bulletins for the New Codes
Notice to Applicants for Commercial Building Permits
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.
Disability Access Requirements and Resources (PDF: 115 kB)
Most construction, from new construction to alternations and repairs, requires a building permit. There are two types of building permits:
Building with No Plan CheckFor simpler projects that do not require building plans. (May still require a site plan.)
Building with Plan CheckFor projects that require building plans.
But in some cases, a building permit is not required:
No Building Permit Required
Simple projects that do not require a building permit. Building codes must still be followed and other permits might still apply (e.g. Well & Septic, Use, or Zoning).
More Information: When Is a Building Permit Not Required? – BPC-005
If a construction project is revised, for example by altering floor plans or adding additional square footage, the revisions must be reviewed and approved by Permit Sonoma prior to making those changes in the field.
Expedited Permitting Process
Certain projects receive expedited permit processing.
Under the Building Code, all construction or work that requires a building permit shall be subject to inspection and approval by the County Building Inspector.
Information on the Inspection process.
Schedule and find out the results of your building inspections in one of 3 ways.
Building Inspection Codes
Find the 3 digit codes needed to schedule inspections.
Building Division Fee Schedule
Fees associated with building permits including Building Inspection, Building Plan Check, and Fire Inspection.
Building Permit with Plan Check to Permit Issuance
View how long it took from application submission, to first review comments, to permit issuance during the previous month.
Lead Hazard Warnings on Pre-1978 Buildings
Permit Sonoma issues over-the-counter permits for work on existing pre-1978 buildings that may contain lead hazards. There are several resources about lead poisoning and prevention.
Instructions & Forms
- Building Inspection
- Building & Grading Plan Check
- CALGreen/Green Building
- Solar Residential Rooftop Systems
Policies and Procedures
- USGS Geologic Hazards – Spectral Response Acceleration Anchor Bolts Map
- USGS Geologic Hazards – Spectral Response Acceleration Wall Bracing Map
The map represents the USGS contour intervals of spectral response acceleration and determines the required amount of wall bracing for structures within specified geographical areas within Sonoma County.
California's green building standards code. View checklists and find certified inspectors.
Information from the Building Division to help you with your project covering accessibility, building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing.
December 10, 2019
New state-mandated building codes, that govern the design and construction of structures and the maintenance of life safety systems within structures for fire prevention, go into effect on January 1, 2020.
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