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COUNTY WEB SITES *

Sonoma County – The Official website of Sonoma County, California.

Sonoma County Code – The official county code for Sonoma County, California.

Sonoma County General Plan - The Permit & Resource Management Department’s website.

County Clerk - The County Clerk Division of the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department has a variety of duties, including issuing marriage licenses, filing fictitious business name statements, processing notary bonds, handling environmental documents, and performing civil marriage ceremonies.

Permit and Resource Management Division - The Permit and Resource Management Department is responsible for the regulation of land development in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.

GIS Maps - PRMD GIS manages the development, maintenance, and distribution of comprehensive planning, land development and natural resource spatial datasets and related databases for the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department. In addition to providing geographic data and related analysis supporting the Department's mission, PRMD GIS makes data available to the public through GIS Online Services.

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority / Regional Climate Protection Authority - your link to information about transportation and climate change throughout Sonoma County. The SCTA RCPA acts as the countywide planning and programming agency for transportation and coordinates climate protection activities countywide.

Sonoma County Traffic Counts – As maintained by the California Department of Transportation.

Sonoma County Energy Independence Program - The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) offers property owners the opportunity to finance energy and water efficient property improvements through the property tax system. It is an innovative new effort to improve energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy generation, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Economic Development Board - Services directed toward encouraging the startup, retention and expansion of Sonoma County businesses and jobs, particularly with small businesses; creation of new jobs and employment opportunities; and diversification of economic activity and strengthening the County's tax base.

Business Environmental Alliance - A business-driven community partnership coordinated by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board which centers on the use of business-to-business communication to promote voluntary good environmental practices as a means toward improved financial improvement.

Sonoma County Connections - A merger of marketing, management, and networking initiatives provides links to an array of relocation information. Whether you want a list of private schools, museums, attractions, restaurants, wineries, or information on how to vote, pay your electric bill, and find a bank, this comprehensive web site offers all the resources and tools necessary to facilitate your transition into a new Sonoma County lifestyle.

Innovation Council - The Innovation Council is a broad-based group of business and community leaders appointed by the Board of Supervisors that will oversee the development of an economic strategic plan for Sonoma County. The plan will be designed primarily to create actionable strategies to help ensure a viable business climate and a healthy economy in the coming decade, with an emphasis on workforce development, global competitiveness, and efficient use of natural resources.

Business Assistance Guide - This guide was developed by the Economic Development Board in September 2000 to link small business owners and managers to resources that will aid them in starting or growing their businesses.

Regulatory Guide - Some of the challenges involved in starting a new business, buying an existing business, or relocating your business are finding the right resources and agencies to help you determine what regulations affect your business. This guide will help direct you to the most helpful resources in Sonoma County.

Public Health Division - The Public Health Division promotes optimal health and quality of life for the people of Sonoma County through service, science, leadership, and community action. We monitor the health of the population, provide health care, educate about disease and injury prevention, and advance personal and population-based health programs and policies.

Environmental Health Division – Food Facilities - Important downloadable information concerning permits, applications and requirements for food facilities, restaurants and fairs.

Sonoma County, California
STATE WEB SITES

State Web Site - The official web site for the State of California.

California Business Programs - The California Secretary of State's web site.

California Business Permits, Licensing and Registration -  Does your type of business or profession require permits, licenses or registrations? Get information on the business permit, licensing and business and professional registration requirements by type of business and location from Business Permits, Licenses and Registrations Made Simple.

California Business Laws and Regulations – Here you will find links to California Business and Professions Code - Read laws covering business rights, professions and vocations, consumer affairs, administrative provisions, and more; California Commercial Code - Browse laws concerning performance, breach, bank deposits, investment securities, and more; and California Corporations Code - Find laws covering general corporation law, limited liability companies, small businesses, mergers, and more.

California Code of Regulations (CCR) -  This website is maintained by West under contract with the State of California Office of Administrative Law to provide free public access to the full text of the CCR.

California Economic Strategy Panel - continuously examines changes in the state’s economic base and industry sectors to develop a statewide vision and strategic initiatives to guide public policy decisions for economic growth and competitiveness. The California Regional Economies Project is currently the lead mechanism for these efforts.

State of California Grant Programs -  offers programs and services to provide a vehicle for the State to work collaboratively with businesses, academia, industry, the federal government, environmental community, public interest groups, and energy market participants.

California Department of Transportation - The public is encouraged to take advantage of many services offered online.  Updated regularly with current traffic conditions and road closures.

California Traffic Data Branch - is responsible for the collection and dissemination of TRAFFIC COUNTS in various formats (the link above is for the most current online searchable format), and only on the State Highway System.

California Business Portal - this website provides a portal to a number of resources for starting, growing, financing, expanding or relocating a business in California. The Partnership includes the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, California Department of Food & Agriculture, and the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency. The portal seeks to simplify the path to the resources you need.

California Real Estate Professionals Licensing Information - Information for Real Estate Appraisers, Brokers and salespeople.

State GIS maps - Including both state and county maps,

State Health Department - California State Health Department's web site.

State of California's ABC Division - For Alcohol Licensing information.

CoolCalifornia.org - Our mission is to provide all Californians with the tools they need to voluntarily reduce global warming pollution.

Small Business Award Program  – The annual CoolCalifornia Small Business Award Program is administered by the California Air Resources Board.  The program recognizes small California businesses and organizations (under 100 employees) that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary achievements towards reducing their climate impact.

Small Business Financial Resources - The first thing every small business interested in state and federal stimulus projects should know is you are NOT too late. Most of the money designated for federal stimulus projects is still available and will be distributed over the next two years. Furthermore, the stimulus funding is divided into 10 general categories, across multiple agencies, all with varying timelines. This means now is the time to be learning more about projects you may want to bid on and positioning your business to compete effectively. To learn more, click here

Rural Development Business and Cooperative Program - works in partnership with the private sector and community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning. Technical assistance is also provided to rural businesses and cooperatives.  Programs include Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loans, Intermediary Re lending Program Loans, Rural Business Enterprise Grants, Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants, and Rural Cooperative Development Grants.

Central California Small Business Development Center (CCSBDC) – Grow your business here.  Programs are part of the United States Small Business Administration's national network of SBDC’s.  As such, the programs leverage local, state and federal dollars to strengthen small businesses, and thus, positively impact the state's economy.  The SBDC’s facilitate the success of small business through business management counseling and training, resulting in economic impacts such as the creation and retention of jobs increases in sales and profits, new business starts and more.

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) protects consumers by licensing and regulating California's construction industry. There are more than 310,000 licensed contractors in the state, in 43 different licensing classifications. In addition to educating consumers about contractors and construction law, CSLB activities include administering examinations to test prospective licensees, issuing licenses, investigating complaints against licensed and unlicensed contractors, issuing citations, suspending or revoking licenses, and seeking administrative, criminal, and civil sanctions against violators.

Sonoma County Bar Association- The association provides lawyer referrals and attorney resources in the San Francisco North Bay Area.

The Sonoma County Chamber of Commerce - The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of local business and a key community partner since 1909, helping to ensure a thriving economy providing business advocacy, promotion, networking, education, and economic development services.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

* Sonoma County, CA

Is comprised of 8 Cities and 1 Town all of which are responsible for creating and maintain their own municipal codes and ordinances.
Please contact the local municipality for any recent changes, additions or modifications to their codes.

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UTILITIES

Water & Sewer Referral List (.pdf) - This is a referral list of agencies and companies in Sonoma County that provide water and/or sewer services. Properties not served by these entities may be on a small well or served by a septic system. The California State Department of Health Services, Drinking Water Field Operations, monitors the small water systems.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.

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