FAST START Plan Check is a way to “fast track” the processing of your building permit application so you can get your project underway quickly. We recognize that for many projects, time is of the essence. Using FAST START can significantly reduce the turnaround on your plan check, enabling you to get going faster. There’s no … Continued
FAQ Topic: Building & Construction
If your business plans involve a major remodel, expansion, or new construction within the City of Sonoma, you can request (or staff may suggest) a meeting with the Project Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC meetings are also strongly suggested for any new or expanded restaurant business. At the PAC meeting, City staff from various departments provide early-stage … Continued
A Special Inspector is a third party, independent inspector hired by the property owner to inspect specific elements of a project (i.e. welding, structural bolting, high strength concrete, masonry, fireproofing, etc.) as prescribed by the building code. Special Inspection firms that have been recognized by the City of Sonoma for specific types of special inspections … Continued
Building inspections can be scheduled by phone, fax or in person at City Hall. The information needed before an inspection can take place includes the job address, inspection type, time of day for the inspection (i.e. morning or afternoon), your name, your phone number and the permit number. To schedule by phone, call 707-938-3681 during … Continued
Copies of permits and other related permit documentation on file may be obtained by requesting the documents at Sonoma City Hall and paying the requisite copying fee. A person requesting copies of plans and other documentation prepared by registered professionals may be viewed at City Hall but not copied until after an Affidavit Requesting Copies … Continued
Encroachment permits are required if you plan to do any construction work in the sidewalk area, in an easement, on city owned property (median islands, parks, city facilities) or in the street. Common reasons you would need one: Utility saw-cuts Excavation News stands Bicycle racks Sidewalk dining Debris boxes Fences/walls Construction staging
Many types of signs require a permit. You can find links and additional information on our business signage page. Contact the Planning Department for details.
Building permits are required to build, enlarge, alter, remove, demolish, or repair a structure. This includes everything from houses and garages to commercial construction, tenant improvements to signs. Some work does not require a permit. Prior to getting a building permit, you should first check with the Planning Division to make sure what you want … Continued
See the Informational Handout “Obtaining a Building Permit” for the process for obtaining a building permit.