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June 18, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma announces new septic system rules, educational webinars

Following guidance from the Regional Water Board, Permit Sonoma recently updated the rules for septic systems, also known as Onsite Waste Treatment Systems. To help stakeholders better understand these changes, County staff will host three educational webinars via Zoom on June 26, 27 and 28. Read full story

June 18, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Sonoma County announces immediate burn suspension

The Permit Sonoma Fire Prevention Division has suspended burning within the unincorporated county in response to Cal Fire’s burn suspension that began 12:01 a.m. June 17. The order bans all outdoor burning. Read full story

June 03, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Permit Sonoma announces new submittal requirements for building permits

Permit Sonoma is implementing new submittal requirements for building permits that will go into effect on July 1. The new process will no longer allow deferral of trusses, photovoltaic systems, and fire sprinklers. These items must be submitted along with the customer's building permit application or prior to the issuance of the building permit. Read full story

May 14, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Board of Supervisors strengthens penalties for illegal cannabis, establishes grace period for zoning violations by permitted operators

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted today to align civil penalties for unpermitted cannabis operations in unincorporated Sonoma County with state law, including a penalty of $1,000 per violation, separate violations for each plant above the personal cultivation limit, and escalated penalties for violations on multiple properties. The Board also approved a correction period of three calendar days to provide licensed and license-exempt cultivators, such as patients and caregivers, an opportunity to remedy zoning violations before civil penalties are imposed. Read full story

April 30, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Sonoma County officials urge residents to prepare for wildfire season

As spring rain showers wind down, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is reminding residents that it’s not too early to start getting ready for the threat of wildfires. The supervisors today declared the month of May as Wildfire Awareness Month and stressed that fire prevention measures would be the focus of public education during the month. Read full story

April 17, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Sonoma County Supervisors approve updated tree ordinance

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an expanded version of the county’s tree protection ordinance, which will preserve more of the county’s trees and help to combat climate change given that woodlands pull carbon from the atmosphere. Read full story

April 02, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Sonoma County seeks public input on proposed update to Cannabis Ordinance

A 30-day public review and comment period on a proposed update to Sonoma County’s cannabis ordinance begins today. County officials are seeking feedback on proposed policy changes that emphasize neighborhood compatibility and environmental stewardship before the project moves forward to the environmental impact report process. Read full story

March 12, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Sonoma County opens Chipper program early to reduce wildfire risk

Sonoma County’s free Residential Curbside Chipper Program is launching early this year in an effort to reduce residential wait times, expand service, and mitigate the risk of wildfires. Read full story

January 31, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Center for Climate Action and Innovation at Sonoma Developmental Center business plan released

The creation of a Center for Climate Action that could serve as a hub for climate leaders, innovators and the public to collaborate in addressing the climate crisis, is the focus of a business plan released by the County of Sonoma today for the Sonoma Developmental Center site. Read full story

January 23, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors extend temporary ban on tree removals

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today extended a temporary moratorium on removing protected trees for another four months. The urgency ordinance is needed while Permit Sonoma continues work on an updated Tree Protection Ordinance. The board on December 12 directed staff to make changes to the Tree Ordinance and adopted the 45-day moratorium as a placeholder. Today’s vote extends the moratorium until May 31. Read full story