Rebuilding Resources & Documents
Documents important to rebuilding after the major Sonoma County wildfires.
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Welcome Home Packet
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
- Documents Needed for Residential Building Permit
- Checklist for Residential Building Permits (PDF: 808 kB)
- Lista de Verificación para Permisos de Construcción (PDF: 711 kB)
Listing of the various methods for forensic testing of concrete.
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."
Guidelines to clarify design criteria for bridges. The following are addressed: new construction, replacement, and repair.
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.
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.
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 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
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:
- Use of Travel Trailers & Recreational Vehicles for Temporary Occupancy by Fire Survivors
- Uso de Tráileres y RVs como Ocupación Temporal por Sobrevivientes de los Incendios
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.
Featured Septic System Resources and Documents
Featured septic system items from the Well, Septic, & Sewer page.
Find out what type of septic system repair and replacement requires a permit and what type does not require a permit for properties impacted by the Sonoma Complex Fires.
Permit Sonoma has developed a new form for Professionals to use to document the location and evaluate the condition of septic systems. This form is intended to streamline the findings report creation and review process related to fire rebuilding.
Documents and forms necessary for evaluations and testing.