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Santa Rosa after the fire

Rebuilding Santa Rosa - Recovery Resources and Updates

Nov 30, 2017


As Santa Rosa recovers from the unprecedented wildfires disaster, it is our top priority to help those affected by the rebuilding process. We’d like to share a few updates and new resources that provide assistance and answer questions regarding the fire recovery efforts.

What We Are Doing…

Sonoma County Recovery Website

The Sonoma County Recovers website continues to be the go-to source for information regarding the recovery effort. includes information and resources regarding debris removal, financial assistance, safety updates, rebuilding assistance, support services, and much more to assist the affected community.

Rebuilding Efforts

As the fire debris removal process continues and eventually comes to completion, homeowners may have questions regarding the next steps in the rebuilding process. The new Resilient City Rebuilding Permit Center is ready to answer any questions and help guide homeowners, contractors, and designers with submitting plans and obtaining the necessary permits to begin construction. This Permit Center is exclusively for those affected by the fires and has been set up to ensure an expedited process is in place to help our community members rebuild. If your project is ready for permit submittal, our team is ready to work with you to review design drawings and projects to issue a permit for construction.

Resilient City – Rebuilding Permit Center

The Resilient City Permit Center is now open in Room 6 at City Hall (100 Santa Rosa Avenue) from 8am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday, and is staffed with individuals who will answer questions and conduct plan review and permit processing specifically related to fire damage. Staff are also available to answer questions and assist property owners as they navigate through each phase of the rebuilding process. The separate center will allow for an efficient process enabling projects to move forward quickly and collaboratively, while focusing on safety and building code compliance.

This new permit center is in addition to the existing permit center and provides similar services, but is exclusively dedicated to fire recovery.This will have no impact on the existing permit center and all permits for unrelated projects will continue going through Room 3. All permits for projects unrelated to the wildfire damage will continue to go through the permit center in Room 3. Existing projects and plans currently submitted for plan review and permit issuance should experience no impact in processing resulting from the influx of fire-related permitting needs.

For more information about building permits and the rebuilding process, please visit You may also contact the Rebuilding Permit Center by phone at 707-543-4649.

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Dec 11, 2017: Registering with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Assistance_is required for federal aid. Disaster assistance may be able to fill insurance gaps.

Valid through Dec 31, 2017: SMART (train) has launched two programs to help individuals and businesses impacted by the Sonoma County fires

Dec 18, 2017: Disaster Unemployment Assistance - Provides unemployment benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a disaster declaration and are ineligible for regular state unemployment insurance.

Helping Our Community Rebuild


Instituting the Resilient City zoning will assist all building owners in Santa Rosa’s city limits impacted by the fire.  To get every individual back into their home as quickly as possible, we’re instituting this approach so our community can return to the health and vibrancy we love.

In the process, we will continue to uphold the highest standards of building that will ensure this recovery sets a foundation for long-term safety and success.


  • Address:  100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 6, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm
  • Email:
  • Phone:  707-543-4649


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