Code Enforcement services for the City of Sonoma are provided through the Office of the City Prosecutor, in coordination with other City departments as needed. Protecting Sonoma’s quality of life and maintaining the health, safety and welfare of city residents are the City’s top priorities with respect to code enforcement.
Code Enforcement Activities
The the Office of the City Prosecutor employs a part-time code enforcement officer who is charged with ensuring compliance with a wide variety of city codes, regulations and laws, including:
- Illegal or non-permitted construction activities.
- Investigation of vacation rental operations in residential neighborhoods.
- Conditional Use Permit violations
- Public Nuisance issues
- Noise Ordinance violations
- Zoning complaints
- Non-permitted advertising signs
- Other city code violations.
Some issues will require a joint investigation by the police department and code enforcement officer to determine the most appropriate resolution to a particular violation.
Education and Enforcement
The City Prosecutor and the Code Enforcement Specialist emphasize education and seek voluntary compliance with the Municipal Codes whether possible. In addition, mediation services are available to assist in resolving neighbor disputes. However, egregious and persistent violations may be subject to abatement, fines, and other enforcement tools.
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