Well and Septic News
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.
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.
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.
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.
Permit Sonoma has updated Operational Permitapplication requirements. Please view our <a href="/PRMD/Instructions-and-Forms/WLS-047-Operational-Permit-Application-Required-Contents/" title="Operational Permit applicationrequired contents webpage">Operational Permit applicationrequired contents webpage for more details. The new Operational Permitapplication requirements are effective January 1, 2022.
The Well & Septic Division has re-assigned districts due to staffing changes. View Well & Septic - Environmental Health Districts Map (PDF). This change is effective December 1, 2021.
On April 21, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed an emergency drought for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. On April 27, 2021, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors also proclaimed a drought emergency for Sonoma County.
Reminder to Submit Complete Septic Applications, Comply with Septic Standards, and Maintain Professional Communications
Septic Professionals: This message is intended as a reminder to please submit complete septic applications in accordance with county standards including the OWTS Manual v7.0, policies and procedures, and published guidance documents as well as to encourage and promote professional communications.