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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Permitting and Inspections Essential Services

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The City of Santa Rosa has temporarily limited its operations to provide essential services ONLY to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our community. This means the City of Santa Rosa has reduced staffing during the pandemic and is focused on providing inspection and support services just for projects with immediate health & life-safety or regulatory needs, fire-recovery rebuilding, new housing construction (especially affordable housing and construction for sheltering/housing individuals experiencing homeless).

The Department has developed a guide to the City’s Permitting and Inspections Essential Services. Read this document for a full list of available services.

Below is a summary of current offerings:

Building Permits

  • Inspections for existing permits that involve the construction of a new housing unit or project that supports homeless services and includes private or public infrastructure*. This includes fire recovery-rebuilding, immediate health or life-safety projects, residential subdivisions and multi-family housing projects, custom single-family dwellings, and any other residential project that would otherwise delay its occupancy.

*Infrastructure includes items such as grading, paving, sidewalk, curb/gutter, water and sewer work

Right of Way (Encroachment Permits) Inspections

  • Inspections on existing permits associated with residential remodels or commercial projects will be limited to those with health and life-safety needs, unless the delayed inspection would otherwise prohibit occupancy of the dwelling unit.
  • Dry utility (gas, electric, communication) work and replacement of associated public sidewalks, curb, gutter and asphalt including traffic and pedestrian controls.
  • City Right-of-Way Compliance Inspections to maintain pedestrian and vehicular safety and adequate emergency vehicle access within the fire rebuild areas.
  • Industrial Lift Truck enforcement to insure safe operation on City streets.
  • Stormwater Compliance inspections on active commercial and residential State Construction General Permit projects.
  • Stormwater Inspections only on active residential projects that are in violation (discharging or significant housekeeping problems) of City Stormwater Ordinance.

Water System Shutdowns, Disinfection, Hot Taps, and Sewer Cut-In Requests

  • A minimum of 4 business days’ notice will be required prior to the requested date for all water main shutdowns, loads for disinfection, hot taps, and sewer cut-ins.
  • Shutdowns and hot taps for residential projects will be limited to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only.
  • Shutdowns and hot taps for essential commercial projects will be limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

View the Permitting and Inspections Essential Services document for more detailed information. For information on the City of Santa Rosa’s response to COVID-19, please visit

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