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.
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.
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 today announced the names of 20 individuals selected for a new Equity Working Committee designed to help shape land-use planning through an equity lens. More than 125 people applied to participate on the committee that will assist in developing Permit Sonoma and Sonoma County’s environmental justice policies and risk-reduction planning for wildfire and other hazards by centering the expertise of under-resourced communities.
Sonoma County received an award of $5.7 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the California Office of Emergency Services for Wildfire Resilient Sonoma County, a wildfire risk reduction program. The $37 million Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant announced for the County of Sonoma represents one of only two such wildfire resiliency grant projects funded nationally to date.
Permit Sonoma, Sonoma County’s fire prevention and natural resources management department, is inviting the public to attend one of two community meetings to learn more about and provide comments on the Community Wildfire Protection Plan or CWPP. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan contains hazard and risk analyses and, using a collaborative model, suggests projects that can efficiently reduce the risk of loss of life, property loss and environment.