Resilient City Permit Center & Rebuilding Information


The City of Santa Rosa is committed to helping residents recover from the October 2017 wildfires. This unprecedented disaster requires a dedicated response, therefore, the City has created the Resilient City Zoning Areas. Building and home owners within six identified neighborhoods affected by the fires will be directed to the Resilient City Permit Center for assistance expediting the process of design, permitting and review. To help review an estimated 3,000 rebuilding permits over the next few years, the City has contracted with an outside firm to support the workload, ensure rebuilding applications are given priority and allow other review work to continue without added delay.

Resilient City  Recovery  Maps
Resilient City  Parcel Report Search
Rebuild Data Tracker
FEMA Public Assistance Projects Dashboard


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

NOTICE:  Priority staff time is given to property owners who have lost their homes or business. If you are a real estate agent, developer, investor, or other such party, please make an appointment to get your questions answered. Appointments are limited to 15 minutes and can be scheduled from 8:30am to 11:30am Monday through Friday by calling 707-543-4649.


Removal of Hazardous Trees (Updated 1.15.19)
The City of Santa Rosa has contracted with American Tree Medics to assess 3,000-5,000 trees throughout Santa Rosa’s fire-impacted neighborhoods. The company is using a method prescribed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine which trees in the public right of way are hazardous and should be removed, as well as assessing trees that are on private property and have the potential to fall into the public right of way. American Tree Medics began work in December and their report is due in February. The company is on track to meet that schedule. Once the arborist report is completed, the City will contract for tree removal service. Removal of hazardous trees is expected to begin 2-3 months after completion of the arborists report. Additional information on the schedule for tree removal within specific neighborhood areas will be provided to residents in advance of initiating the project.

Fountaingrove Water Quality Advisory Cancelled (Updated 10.17.18)
Santa Rosa Water has lifted all water restrictions in the Fountaingrove area after working with state and federal regulators. With the water restriction lifted, a certificate of occupancy may now be granted after the home has been inspected and has passed the required conditions of the building permit. The below links to a letter for Fountaingrove residents whose lenders on the property require notification of the water quality advisory cancellation.
Official Letter

Input Needed from Coffey Park Residents and Property Owners on Design/Rebuild of Neighborhood Park (Updated 8.13.18)
Recreation & Parks held the first neighborhood meeting for the rebuilding of Coffey Neighborhood Park on August 4, 2018. Information on testing, debris removal, construction and funding was provided. The meeting was videotaped and is available for viewing online. Participants were also asked to complete a written survey to provide input on design and rebuilding of the park. Residents and property owners who did not attend the meeting or who did not submit a survey in person may do so online by November 16, 2018.  
Complete Survey

Street Sweeping Service Expanded in Fire-Impacted Neighborhoods (Added 7.8.18)
The City has finalized plans with the street sweeping contractor, Recology, to add one additional day per month of street sweeping service in fire-impacted neighborhoods to accommodate the abnormal demands created by intensified construction activity. The service expansion begins in July for the Coffey Park area and in October for the Fountaingrove/Hidden Valley areas.  2018 Sweeping Schedule  |  2019 Sweeping Schedule

New Process for Addressing Over Excavation During Debris Removal (Updated 5.17.18)
Fire survivors who believe that too much soil was removed from their property during debris removal should call the Sonoma County Recovers Information Line at (707) 565-1222 by May 31, 2018 to request a site assessment. Cal OES has committed to addressing over excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government-sponsored fire debris removal program. For properties that are determined to be over excavated, the State’s contractor will work quickly to return excess soil that should not have been removed. More Information

Coffey Park Underground Utilities Replacement 
PG&E crews will begin building new underground electric and gas utilities in the Coffey Park neighborhood starting Monday, April 2 and aims to complete construction and have permanent gas and electricity turned on by the end of the year. More Information


On October 24, 2017, to facilitate and expedite reconstruction following the October 2017 wildfires, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance establishing the Resilient City (-RC) Combining Zoning District, to be applied to the base zoning of each property most severely impacted by the fires. As field surveys and new information became available, 21 additional properties with destroyed or damaged structures were identified outside of the -RC District boundaries. City Council unanimously adopted an urgency ordinance to add the -RC District to these properties. The ordinance went into effect immediately.

At the April 3, 2018 City Council meeting, a resident of the Coffey Park area requested that the Council consider amending the -RC Combining District to allow lots smaller than 6,000 square-feet to use the residential small lot development standards, which include reduced setbacks, among other standards. The Council directed staff to meet with residents of the area and bring a proposal back.On May 8, 2018, a motion was made to adopt the urgency ordinance, however, that motion failed by a vote of 3-2 (3 members voting in favor, with 2 members voting against the motion.)  Because 5 affirmative votes are required to adopt an urgency ordinance, the motion failed and the ordinance was not adopted.

For additional information, please contact Jessica Jones, Supervising Planner, at (707) 543-3410 or


To get every individual back into their homes and return the community to its health and vibrancy, the City has created new policies, which include:

  • Expediting review process for hillside development and design review
  • Waiving fees for discretionary planning, demolition and temporary housing permits
  • Allowing residents to live in temporary housing units, such as manufactured, tiny homes, and RVs, on their properties while rebuilding
  • Allowing residents to build detached accessory dwelling units to live in while they are rebuilding their main residence and offering incentives for such units


Resilient City Guide
Smoke Damage Assessment, Procedures, and Information
Process for Addressing FIre Damaged Structures
Permit Requirements for Installing Temporary Housing
Fence, Wall and Screening Guidelines thumbnail
Residential Permit Checklist
Your Rebuilding Journey
Rebuilding for an Efficient and Resilient Home
Rebuilding Code  Upgrades & Increased Cost of Residential  Construction
Fire Sprinkler Permits & Guidelines
Construction Guidelines in City Right-of-Way During Rebuild
Backflow Device Requirements