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Welcome Home Packet

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If you are preparing to move into your home after rebuilding in unincorporated Sonoma County, check out the Rebuild Welcome Home Packet for information and resources to assist in the process.

Sonoma County Rebuild Welcome Home Packet (PDF: 5.79 MB)

Condado de Sonoma Benvenidos a Casa (PDF: 8.94 MB)

Wildfire Recovery Urgency Ordinances

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted the following Urgency Ordinances to address the immediate need for housing for persons displaced by the major wildfires in Sonoma County:

Building and Construction

Rebuilding Permit Checklist


Commonly Used Concrete Forensic Testing Methods for Damaged Concrete

Listing of the various methods for forensic testing of concrete.

Building Code

California Building Code Upgrades (PDF)

A partial list of "code upgrades" a replacement home will require. The year the home was built and the year of any remodel and/or addition can impact the amount of "code upgrades."

Technical Bulletins

  • B-42 Design Criteria for Bridges

    Guidelines to clarify design criteria for bridges. The following are addressed: new construction, replacement, and repair.

  • B-43 Foundation Reports for Fire Damaged Structures

    This guideline presents an evaluation methodology for fire exposed concrete members. The aim is to provide a uniform evaluation procedure while meeting applicable standards and applying forensic engineering principles.

  • B-44 Geotechnical Guidelines for Fire Rebuilds

    Guidelines to clarify geotechnical reporting, observation, and testing requirements specific to foundations proposed to be located in areas where previous foundations and underlying contaminated soils have been removed due to fire exposure.

Minimum Temporary Occupancy Requirements

Procedures for obtaining temporary occupancy of a building or a portion of a building prior to the building being completed and the permit being finaled.

Design Review (Planning)

Standards for Waiver of Design Review Requirements for SLUs

Standards for waiver of Design Review requirements to facilitate expedited repair, replacement, or redesign of residential structures in the Scenic Landscape Units (SLUs) that were damaged or destroyed in the October 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires.

Encroachment/Trenching Into Roadways

OnePave Program for Roadway Trenching

The county has adopted a OnePave Program intended to provide better-quality, longer lasting roads and facilitate rebuilding efforts specific to the fire damaged areas of Larkfield-Wikiup where a high concentration of utility and other infrastructure work for individual rebuilding projects is anticipated to result in extensive trenching in the area’s roadways.

Use of Travel Trailers & Recreational Vehicles for Sonoma Fire Victims

The use and occupancy of travel trailers and other recreational vehicles (RVs) on any parcel outside of fire-damaged sites, will be allowed with a temporary permit from Permit Sonoma. Permits are good for one year, but may be renewed. Recreational vehicles may be used on fire damaged sites only after the site is approved as safe for reconstruction by the County, state, or federal government and with the approval of a temporary permit. More information, including permit requirements, in the documents below:

Important: Recreational vehicle/travel trailer use extended to the dates listed in the documents above.

Well, Septic, & Sewer

Rebuilding information related to water wells, septic systems, and sewers in areas affected by the Sonoma Complex Fire and Kincade Fire.

View All Well, Septic, and Sewer Rebuilding Information

Featured Septic System Resources and Documents

Featured septic system items from the Well, Septic, & Sewer page.