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Sonoma has a rich cultural heritage, a prominent place in California history, and a setting of unparalleled natural beauty.  We're home to more than 11,000 residents, and serve as the economic hub for the rural Sonoma Valley, with a total population of 40,000.  Details are available on our Community Profile page.

The City of Sonoma, incorporated in 1883, has a Council-Manager form of government.  The City Council serves as the policy-making board for the municipality, and the City Manager as the CEO.  A friendly, small-town feel and an involved citizenry are hallmarks of our community.  Please contact us, we look forward to assisting you!

Resident FAQs

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library, located at 755 West Napa St., is part of the Sonoma County Library System.  A local Library Advisory Board provides information and make recommendations to the County Library Commission and the Library Director on matters affecting library service based on input from the Sonoma Valley service area. The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library supports the local library financially and sponsors programs.

Please refer to the Sonoma County Recycle Guide at www.recyclenow.org.

Our CivicWeb meeting portal provides the calendar, agenda, and meeting materials for City Council and commission meetings.  You can subscribe to agenda updates, and watch televised meetings on CivicWeb, either live or through the archive.  In addition, you can use CivicWeb to review the City’s municipal code, contact your councilmembers, or apply for commission openings.

All dogs over the age of 4 months in the city limits be licensed. If your dog is lost, the license will enable us to identify him and return him to you more quickly.

A dog license costs $15 for a dog that has been neutered and $30 for one that has not. Owners who are over 62 qualify for a discount for one dog only.—$7.50 for a neutered dog and $15 for one that is not.   You should bring proof of neutering if applicable.

Come to the Police Department during business hours with proof that your dog has a current rabies vaccination and pay the required fees.

The County Registrar of Voters provides information on voter registration.

You can use the Service Center on the homepage to report many types of issues online.  For some types of issues (active hazards, highly time-sensitive complaints), you’ll be directed how to report the issue by phone.

Vote by mail information is maintained by the County of Sonoma. 

For questions regarding ambulance bills, please contact the SVFRA billing staff at 707-996-2821 during normal business hours.

Information on setting up water and garbage service is available at the Finance Department.  Additional information for new residents can be found at the Chamber of Commerce’s relocation guide page.

City Hall is closed on the following holidays:

New Year’s Day – January 1 (or closest Friday or Monday if it falls on a weekend)

Martin Luther King Day – Third Monday in January

Presidents’ Day – Third Monday in February

Memorial Day – Last Monday in May

Independence Day – July 4 (or closest Friday or Monday if it falls on a weekend)

Labor Day – First Monday in September

Columbus Day – Second Monday in October

Veterans’ Day – November 11 (or closest Friday or Monday if it falls on a weekend)

Thanksgiving – Fourth Thursday and Friday in November

Christmas – December 25 (or closest Friday or Monday if it falls on a weekend)

Every day proclaimed by the Mayor as a holiday.

The City’s referendum-approved leaf blower ordinance prohibits use of gas-powered leaf blowers.  Electric leaf blowers may be used Monday through Saturday (excepting holidays) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional information can be found in this summary of the City’s leafblower ordinance.

Water conservation resources are available through our Public Works department.  Thank you for you conservation efforts!

In 1992 the City Council adopted a Mobilehome Park Rent Control Ordinance to “assure that economic hardship to a substantial number of mobilehome park tenants in the City, many of whom are senior citizens on low fixed incomes, does not occur”.  The ordinance also established “a mechanism to assist in in the resolution of disputes that may arise from time to time between tenants and management of mobilehome parks regarding the rates charged for the rental or lease of space”. The 1992 ordinance also established the Mobilehome Park Rental Review Board which served as the hearing body for proposed rental increase applications.

On April 18, 2016 after many years of talks, negotiations, hearings and meetings with the mobilehome park homeowners associations and their legal counsel and park owners, and their legal counsel, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 02-2016, amending Chapter 9.80 of the City of Sonoma Municipal Code regarding the protection of rents for spaces in mobilehome parks.

The new ordinance updates some of the 1992 regulations, adds additional clarification and eliminated the Mobilehome Park Rent Review Board.  Applications for rent increases are now submitted to the City Manager.  Appeals of City Manager decisions are heard by a hearing officer selected through the California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

Chapter 9.80 can be viewed in the Municipal Code.  For questions, contact the City Manager’s Office.

Contact Sonoma Garbage Collector at (707)996-7555 or sonomagarbage@email.com.  Their office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Sonoma Garbage Collector website for the holiday collection schedule and other information.

The non-emergency, 24-hour dispatch number is (707)996-3601.  In an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.

The business number for the Sonoma Police Department is (707)996-3602.

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