On Tuesday, August 8, 2023, the Santa Rosa City Council approved a recommendation by the Housing and Community Services Department that Council introduce an ordinance repealing and replacing Chapter 11-22 of the Santa Rosa City Code (Camping on Public Streets and Public Property). The decision followed the first reading of the proposed ordinance and a public hearing at which community members offered input on the proposed ordinance. The purpose of updating the ordinance is to eliminate a blanket ban on camping on public property to align with Martin v. City of Boise, a 2019 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to establish standards for camping on public or private property that protect the health and safety of the community. Click here to read more.
Santa Rosa City Council approved the ordinance following a second reading at the Tuesday, August 22, 2023 Council meeting. The ordinance became effective on September 22, 2023.
For questions, concerns, or to report encampments on public property, please continue to email [email protected], submit the issue online, or call 707-543-3311. Homeless Services continues to coordinate the response by the City’s Encampment Team (which includes the Santa Rosa Police Department). To report an encampment on private property, please contact the City's Code Enforcement division at [email protected], 707-543-3198, or submit a complaint.
If you witness or know of other Illegal activity occurring, it should be reported to the Santa Rosa Police Department’s 24/7 non-emergency line at 707-528-5222. For urgent matters call 911.