Apply for Permits
Online or Email
You must be have a Permits Online account to apply for permits.
Depending on the permit type or service, you will apply in one of two ways:
- Online Via Permits Online
After selecting the "Apply Now" button (outlined in green), if you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to log in or register.
- Via E-mail to Specific Disciplines
Select the "Apply via Email" button (outlined in blue). Be sure to link your online account with your permit as described in "Account Linking" below.
Link Your Online Account to Your Permits: If you applied for the permit in person or applied via email, you will need to link your Permits Online account with your permit application in order to complete your permit application and/or upload required documents.
- Step 1: Register for a Permits Online account if you do not have one already.
- Step 2: Submit this form to request that your Permits Online account be linked with your permits:
Trust Accounts: If you have a trust account with Permit Sonoma and want to link it to your online account and your permits:
Electronic Plans Requirement
Even if you initially submitted paper plans for you permit, you will be required to submit plans and other documents electronically going forward. Paper plans are no longer accepted.
Paper plans are no longer accepted.
- Resubmittals and Revisions: As paper plans are reviewed and comments are provided, resubmittals and revisions will be required to be submitted electronically. Paper plans or documents will not be accepted.
- Submit Electronic Plans Via Permits Online: Electronic plans and supporting reports or documents (drainage calculations, energy calculations, soils reports, structural calculations, truss calculations, etc.) shall be uploaded electronically through the online permitting portal (using the “View My Records” icon) even if the original plan review was submitted in person as a paper application.
- How to Submit Electronic Plans: Follow instructions prior to uploading electronically via "View My Records":
- The applicant will need to become a registered user and create an online account.
To register for Permits Online, select the "Register / Log In" link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
- The applicant's user name and email address must be linked with the permit record(s).
To link the account: Link Your Online Account to Your Permits »
- Once the user's account and permit project(s) are linked, the uploading of documents can occur.
(If you are instructed to submit your documents as a merged PDF file: Instructions for merging PDF files »)
- The applicant will need to become a registered user and create an online account.
Submit Permit Application
Permit categories available:
Sonoma County Wildfires
Expedited Rebuilding Permits (Wildfire-affected Areas Only)
Apply for expedited rebuilding permits in areas affected by the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fire, 2019 Kincade Fire, 2020 Walbridge and Meyers Fires, or 2020 Glass Fire. Before applying here, you must follow the Rebuilding Process first at the Rebuilding Together site.
Planning / Project Review Permits
Customers have the option to submit planning applications electronically. Because this online permitting portal is not yet configured for Planning e-submittals, the submittal process will take place by email.
Please follow the process instructions to submit a planning application electronically. Be sure to also follow the Account Linking process described in Step 1 above. (More Information: Planning Permits »)
Vacation Rentals (TVR) & Hosted Rentals (THR)
Please follow the process instructions to submit a online application for a vacation rental or hosted rental permit. Be sure to also follow the Account Linking process described in Step 1 above. (More Information: Vacation & Hosted Rentals »)
Only the following permit types are available for you to apply online at this time. If you attempt to use one of the permit types below to apply for the incorrect permit types, your application may be delayed or voided. To prevent delays, ensure you apply for the correct permit type by using the Permit Wizard:
Please visit our Digital Plan Room (DPR) Help Page for videos and written instructions as well as Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers).
New Building Permit
To prevent delays, ensure you apply for the correct permit type by using the Permit Wizard:
Otherwise, if you are certain you know which permit type to apply for, select the appropriate option below:
New Building Permit with No Plan Check (BLD)You may only use this option to apply for building permits for projects that do not require construction plans. If the only required plans are a site plan or floor plan, then apply here. Make sure that your residential project or non-residential project does not require building plans.
New Building Permit with Plan Check (BLD)Apply for a building permit for which construction plans are required. (If the only required plans are a site plan or floor plan, then apply for New Building Permit with No Plan Check above.)
New Building Permit – Stock Plans (STK)Apply for a stock plan permit for swimming pools, water tanks, accessory structures. (More Information: 9-4-5 Stock Plans for Swimming Pools, Water Tanks, Accessory Structures »)
Solar System via SolarAPP+ (BLD)Apply for a building permit for a roof-mounted, residential photovoltaic (PV) solar system. This is an expedited process via SolarAPP+, which is a program from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). A qualified licensed contractor is required and you must qualify through SolarAPP+. You must also register with SolarAPP+ before applying here. (More information: SolarAPP+ Frequently Asked Questions »)
New Building Permit – Agricultural Exemption (AEX)Apply for building permit exemption provisions for buildings designed and constructed for use in housing farm machinery, animals, supplies or products that are harvested from or utilized on a parcel of land consisting of five acres or more. (More Information: Agricultural Building Permit Exemption »)
Building Revision (BLD)If a construction project is revised, for example by altering floor plans or adding additional square footage, the revisions must be reviewed and approved by Permit Sonoma prior to making those changes in the field. (More Information: Revisions to Building Permits »)
SolarAPP+ Revision (BLD)If a SolarAPP+ roof-mounted, residential photovoltaic (PV) solar system project is revised, the revisions must be reviewed and approved prior to making those changes in the field. (More information: SolarAPP+ Frequently Asked Questions»)
Demolition Permit (DEM)
Fire Prevention & Hazardous Materials
Fire Construction Permit (FIR)If this is related to an existing building permit, please use the “Deferred Fire Submittal” application above.
The FIR permit type is for stand-alone fire permits including:
- Fire Alarm
- Fire Line Underground
- Fire Sprinklers
- Hood and Duct
- Temporary Cannabis Hoop Structure Permit
Underground Storage Tank Permit – Hazardous Materials (HAZ)This Underground Storage Tank (UST) permit is issued by the Fire Prevention Division's Hazardous Materials Unit.
(More Information: Underground Storage Tanks (UST) »)
Deferred Fire Submittal for Building Permit (BLD)
Grading Permit (GRD)
Grading is the removal or deposition of earth material by artificial means. A permit is required in many cases.
(More Information: Grading Permits » | Application Requirements »)
Roads and Right of Way
Encroachment Permit (ENC)An encroachment permit is required anytime work is conducted in a County of Sonoma public right-of-way such as water lines, sewer lines, construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks or driveway aprons, or vegetation removal with chipper equipment. (More Information: Encroachment » | How to Apply »)
Improvement Plans (SUR)Reviews improvement plans (roads, utilities, etc.) for new developments. (More Information: Improvement Plans »)
Sanitation Sewer Construction Permit (SEW)A sanitation sewer construction permit is required for work associated with or related to connecting to a public sanitary sewer system. Typical work includes building sewers, side sewers, laterals, sewer mains, manholes, or similar items. (More Information:
Sanitation Sewer »)
Sanitation Sewer Fee Payments (SEW)Sanitation sewer fees for connections and services are required for new connections to a public sanitary sewer system or modifications of existing sanitary sewer services. (More Information:
Sanitation Sewer Service and Connection Fees »)
Sanitation Sewer Outside Service Area Agreements (OSAA) and Annexations (SEW)Requests for public sewer service for a property located outside of the service area of a County sanitation district or zone. (More Information:
OSAA and Annexations »)
In areas where public sewer is not available, homeowners must have septic systems installed on their property that will treat wastewater coming from their home.
Permit (SEP)This is for an OWTS Construction Application. (More Information: OWTS Application Types Available »)
Design Application (SDA)This is for an OWTS Design Application. (More Information: OWTS Application Types Available »)
Site Evaluations for Septic Systems (WSR)Applications for site evaluations for septic systems can be submitted electronically via e-mail. Be sure to also follow the Account Linking process described in Step 1 above. (More Information: Septic Site Evaluations »)
Storm Water Permit (STW)
Storm Water Permits are required for the construction or modification of drainage facilities not associated with any other related construction permit such as grading, encroachment, building, or septic permits. (More Information: Storm Water »)
Temporary Cannabis Hoop House/Structure (FIR)A Cannabis Hoop House or temporary membrane structure permit is required for all hoop house permits associated with Cannabis Use Permits and agricultural permits. (More Information: Cannabis Permits and Inspections »)
Temporary Emergency Housing (TEM)Residential use of recreational vehicles and travel trailers, for persons displaced by major wildfires that occurred in Sonoma County, but on sites outside burn areas on residential or agriculturally zoned properties. Permit has a set end date.
(More Information & Permit End Dates: Temporary Occupancy of RVs »)
Temporary Structure (TEM)Temporary installation of a pre-fabricated structure such as a construction office or an RV for caregiver housing.
Temporary Utilities (TEM)A temporary permit for utilities for a permitted structure prior to the permit final. There are 2 types of temporary utility approvals.
Transportation Permit (TRN)
A transportation permit is required anytime a vehicle and/or load exceeds the following legal dimensions, on roads in unincorporated Sonoma County. Please follow the process instructions to submit a transportation application online. Be sure to also follow the Account Linking process described in Step 1 above.
Water Service Connection Permits
This permit is not for wells. For wells, go to Well Permits below.
Well Permit (WEL)Well permit applications. (More Information: Wells »)
Effective October 4, 2022, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a moratorium for new water supply wells.
(More Information: Well Moratorium »)
Effective March 28, 2022, the Governor of California issued an Executive Order to address the ongoing drought conditions. New water supply wells may be subject to additional permitting requirements. (More Information: Drought Executive Order)
Is your property located within unincorporated Sonoma County?
Is your property located within an incorporated city in Sonoma County?:
Well Study/Yield (WEL)Water well study/yield permit applications can be submitted electronically via e-mail. (More Information: Water Wells »)
Be sure to also follow the Account Linking process described in Step 1 above.
Please contact us at PermitSonoma@sonoma-county.org