The Process

Debris Removal

The Sonoma County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program has two phases: removal of household hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris. To find out more about debris removal, please visit: Sonoma County Recovers


Working with a design professional, you’ll need to create or rebuild a set of plans for your new home including all design, engineering, and required code upgrades.

Permitting & Review

  1. Pre Application Screening – Take advantage of the County’s free Pre Application Screening service (PAS). The PAS service provides information and resources to help you submit a complete submittal package and streamline the issuance of your permit. The PAS can help you verify your parcel data, setback and zoning requirements, assessor resources, utility connections, septic and well concerns and more. Schedule your PAS online at Get In Line or by phone at (707) 565-1788.
  2. Submit Your Application – A permit technician will assist you as he/she verifies that all required information is provided for the application intake. They will assist with all permits that may be required during the rebuilding process. Plan check fees are paid when applications are submitted.
  3. Plan Review – Resiliency Permit Center staff will review your plans for compliance with all Local, State, and Federal codes.
    • Some requirements, including residential fire sprinklers and truss calculations, may be listed as a deferred submittal for review at a later time. However, we encourage complete submittals instead of deferred submittals as deferred submittals may slow down the permitting process.
    • Our electronic green line comments process will allow our plans examiner to insert conventional or minor comments on the plans to expedite the review process. Some comments may require correction or clarification by the design professional before permits can be issued. Some items will be able to be resolved at the counter or specified on the plan as a deferred submittal.

Construction & Inspection

  1. Building Permit Issuance – Building permits will be issued after all required conditions for your project are approved. Smaller projects may be approved over the counter with larger project responses fast tracked for 3-5 day turn around. Permit fees are due at time of issuance.
  2. Schedule Inspections – Visit Inspection Scheduling or call (707) 565-3551. We offer next-day inspection service.