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July 1, 2022

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


June 21, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Center Closed to Public Wednesday, June 22 at 12:00 PM

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Permit Sonoma's Permit Center will be closing to the public early at 12:00 PM. The Permit Center will reopen on Thursday, June 23 at 8:00 AM. Read full story


May 31, 2022

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 9, 2022

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 9, 2022

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


April 18, 2022

Wet Weather Groundwater Determinations & Percolation Testing for 2022 Season

Wet weather testing season open and closed areas and rainfall totals. Read full story


March 15, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma announces public meetings seeking input on Sonoma Development Center Specific Plan

Permit Sonoma is announcing three workshops to seek public input on the Sonoma Development Center Specific Plan policies and procedures. Those policies and procedures will guide the redevelopment of the more than 900-acre former state institution for people with developmental disabilities. Read full story



February 4, 2022 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma wants to hear from you about our housingneeds for the Housing Element Update

Permit Sonoma wants to hear from you about our housing needs for the Housing Element Update. Register now for either of these upcoming Public Workshops:February 12, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PMFebruary 15, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Read full story


December 30, 2021

Operational Permit (OPR) Program Updates

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. Read full story