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July 19, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Elementos de Seguridad y Justicia Medioambiental del Plan General del Condado de Sonoma | 23 de julio sobre los

El Condado actualiza los Elementos de Seguridad y Justicia Medioambiental del Plan General del Condado de Sonoma 2020, y desarrolla un nuevo elemento de justicia ambiental para cumplir con la ley estatal, modernizar las políticas de seguridad y mejorar la salud en las áreas con cargas medioambientales y escasos recursos. Read full story

July 10, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Cannabis Program Update & Environmental Impact Report

Permit Sonoma has released a final draft Cannabis Land Use Ordinance, General Plan Amendment, and other documents. Revisions were made to certain documents published on April 2, 2024 in response to public input received during the public comment period. Comments may continue to be submitted at any time throughout this process, both before and after publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Read full story

April 24, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

2024 Season - Wet Weather Groundwater Determinations & Percolation Testing: Closed for the Season

Groundwater determinations and percolation testing are necessary for onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS). Groundwater determinations and percolation testing have closed for the season in all testing areas. Read full story

January 26, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Updates to the Groundwater Determinations Policy

The Groundwater Determinations Policy has been updated. The changes reflect clarifying language and updates regarding the radius distance surrounding a groundwater test hole, the number of test holes required for a proposed septic system and depths of test holes based on site conditions such as impermeable layers. Read full story

May 12, 2023 | Permit Sonoma

End of Extended COVID Permit Expiration Date

In order to support the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the community, Permit Sonoma offered customers a two-year extension above and beyond the regular timelines for various ministerial applications and permits. The conditions attributing to the local emergency no longer exist and the Board of Supervisors is rescinding the local emergency as of May 16, 2023. As such the policy extending the expiration dates will sunset effective May 17, 2023. Read full story

April 20, 2023 | Permit Sonoma

Sonoma County Building & Fire Code Updates

The new building and fire codes became effective on January 1, 2023. Permit applications received before December 31, 2022 are not required to meet the new codes, and will instead be reviewed and permitted according to the 2019 codes. Read full story

July 01, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Board of Supervisors Consideration of Revised OWTS Manual early 2023

The Board of Supervisors will be considering the revised OWTS Manual at an upcoming meeting early in 2023. With direction from the Board of Supervisors, the revised manual will be submitted to the local Regional Water Board for approval. Read full story

May 31, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Dry Weather Well Season Opening Early Due to Ongoing Drought Emergency

Due to the declared and prolonged drought emergency in Sonoma County, Permit Sonoma is opening the dry weather season for well yield testing on June 1, 2022. The typical dry weather season runs from July 15 to October 1 of each year. The Director of Permit and Resource Management has the discretion to extend the dry weather season in accordance with Sonoma County Code section 7-12(1)(c). Given the current and prolonged drought conditions, this year’s time frame is extended from June 1, 2022 to October 1, 2022. Read full story

May 09, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Online Well Construction Application is Now Available!

Permit Sonoma has developed an online well construction permit application, available through Permits Online. The updated permit is similar to the old format application that well drillers are familiar with; however, some new questions have been added. Well construction permit applications must be submitted online and will no longer be accepted by email, effective immediately. Read full story

May 09, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Governor Executive Order N-7-22 for Well Permits

On March 28, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to address the worsening western drought. The order includes numerous mandates for water conservation, permit streamlining, and modifications to current regulations to address the drought. Of particular significance to Permit Sonoma, the order requires additional review of well permits by local jurisdictions and groundwater sustainability agencies, as specified by paragraph 9 of the order below. Read full story