Phase I: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will inspect your property and remove any Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, asbestos siding, and paints. Click here to view the progress of Phase 1.
Phase II: The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local officials are coordinating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to conduct fire-related debris removal from your property. This will include removal of all burnt debris, foundations, hazardous trees, and some soil to ensure the site is clean and safe for building.
Phase I of the Program is required for all residential properties. Phase II debris removal by USACE is optional. Removal by a private contractor is authorized but will be done at the homeowner’s expense and work done must meet or exceed the standards set by local, state and federal agencies. This includes compliance with all legal requirements for disposal, authorized disposal sites, best management practices for activities on site, proper transportation and documentation of waste, and erosion control.
Deadline to submit the alternative program form: November 22, 2017
Debris Removal Program Information
Community Meeting Recording: Sonoma - November 2, 2017
Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Processing Center
Where: 625 5th Street, Santa Rosa, between Riley and Humboldt
Phone #: (707) 565-6700
Right-of-Entry Permit Checklist for Property Owners
Sonoma County Environmental Health and the Public Works Department are working with CalOES and other federal and state partners in a program to facilitate safe removal and handling of burn debris and ash. To obtain this service a homeowner must complete the proper paperwork to allow these agencies to clean up their property.
Documents needed for submittal of the Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Permit:
- Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Permit form English / Spanish
- Government Issued ID
- Insurance Policy
- Declaration page
- Debris Removal Coverage page
- Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN)
- Signatures of All Owners, Trustees or Power of Attorney
- Trust or LLC Documents
- 1st page of Trust, LLC, etc.
- Signature Authorization page
- Power of Attorney signature page
- Any other relevant pages
Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Permit Form
- Online: Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Permit Form English / Spanish
- Visit the Environmental Health Office
625 5th Street
- Call: 707.565.6700
Home Owned by 1 or More People
All owners listed on the title of the home must:
- Sign the Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Permit form.
- Show government issued ID.
Home Owned by a Trust, LLC or other Legal Entity
If a home is owned by a trust, LLC or other legal entity, please bring:
- The first page of the trust, LLC or other agreement.
- The Signature Authorization page.
- The Power of Attorney Signature page.
- Any other relevant pages.
All trustees or signatories must sign the Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Permit form.
If the home is insured please bring a copy of the homeowner’s insurance policy. Especially important are the declaration page and the debris removal coverage page.
A copy of your insurance policy is needed because it contains a section outlining your debris removal coverage. Per CalOES part of the right-of-entry and debris removal process includes securing insurance reimbursement for the agencies if any is available after a homeowner rebuilds.
Application Process is Subject to Change
The County is working diligently with agency partners to finalize this process. Additional requirements may be necessary at a later date to complete the right to enter application process.
Current Debris Removal Questions & Answers
Health Risks of Burn Debris and Ash Removal
We understand the desire for people to start rebuilding and to “clean up” the burn site. However, improper handling and disposal of hazardous ash and materials may impact you, your children and the general public, for the following reasons:
- Ash and debris contain hazardous materials, which may include asbestos, heavy metals, by-products of plastic combustion and various other chemicals.
- Ash that isn’t handled properly can impact people who are handling and transporting it. Ash that is transported can become airborne, which could impact the general public, including schools and other public areas.
- Because of its hazardous nature, ash and debris cannot be taken to the landfill, and it is ILLEGAL to dispose of ash and debris along road sides or on public or private lands.