- Departments & Services
- Rebuilding Process
STEP 1: DEBRIS REMOVAL
The initial step in rebuilding is debris removal, which occurs in two phases; removal of household hazardous waste, followed by removal of other fire-related debris. Please visit sonomacountyrecovers.org/debris-removal for FAQ’s, forms and other debris removal-related information.
STEP 2: REBUILD DESIGN
After debris removal is complete, the next step will be for you to create rebuild design plans. Working with a design professional, you will create a set of plans for your new home. The City’s top priority is to assist those affected by the fires with the rebuilding process.
STEP 3: PERMITTING & REVIEW
Once you have created new plans for your rebuilt home, you’re ready to apply for your building permit. A new Resilient City Permit Center, exclusively for property owners affected by the fire, will guide you through the permit and review process. New structures within the Resilient City Zoning Areas that would typically be subjected to discretionary review with the public, will now be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Director of Planning and Economic Development.
STEP 4: CONSTRUCTION & INSPECTIONS
Once your permits and review are approved, it’s time to start building your new home! Your selected contractor will help guide you through the building process, which includes grading and ground work, foundation work, framing and wall work, and details and landscaping. During the building process, you should prepare for your new home to undergo a series of inspections that typically cost about $2,000. Work with your contractor and inspectors to help the process move forward. As your rebuilt home nears completion, a final inspection and activation of your sewer and water utilities will be conducted.
STEP 5: WELCOME HOME
Upon the successful completion of your final inspection, you will be granted an occupancy permit and allowed to move into your new home. Your permit will be finalized and closed out by the City of Santa Rosa, which will issue a Certificate of Occupancy. Once you have received this certificate, you can come home to your new rebuilt home.