SonomaCountyRecovers: Official recovery information for Sonoma County fires

Debris Removal

The Sonoma County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program (Program) has two phases: removal of household hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris.

Phase I: Household Hazardous Waste Removal

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 I of the Program is required for all residential properties.

Phase II: Debris Removal and Property Clean-up

  • Option 1: Sonoma County Consolidated Debris Removal Program

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 II debris removal by USACE is optional. (DEADLINE FOR OPTION 1 HAS PASSED) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (USACE) has established a Debris Removal Information Line for property owners affected by last month’s devastating wildfires in Northern California. The number for the USACE Debris Removal Information Line is 877-875-7681, and is intended for residential property owners who have signed up for the government-sponsored debris removal program. Residential property owners who are registered for the program can also e-mail: USACESupportToSonoma@usace.army.mil

  • Option 2: Private Debris Clean-up

Property owners who do not qualify for, or who chose not to participate in, the Sonoma Consolidated Debris Removal Program, must hire a private contractor to remove fire debris and clean up their properties. 

A Private Clean-up Application form must be submitted to the County of Sonoma or City of Santa Rosa, depending on location of the property, prior to the commencement of work. Private debris removal is done at the homeowner’s expense and 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.

For more information on debris removal choices, click below:

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Due to the public health emergency, property owners are required to clean their property of all ash and burn debris in a timely manner. If property owners choose not to participate in the Consolidated Debris Removal Program described above (or if their properties are ineligible for the program), they may undertake the clean-up at their own expense with work performed by qualified personnel as set forth in the documents below.

For City of Santa Rosa Residents:

Forms updated 11/7 to include Guidelines, Templates, Resource List for Property Owners, Contractors and Consultants 

Turn completed forms into:

Permits Counter, Planning & Economic Development Department
100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 5
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Public counter hours:
Mon:  8am – 4:30pm
Tue:  8am – 4:30pm
Wed:  10:30am – 4:30pm
Thu:  8am – 4:30pm
Fri:  8am – 12pm

For County of Sonoma Residents:

County of Sonoma Private Clean-up Application Forms (English)

Turn completed forms into:

Right-of-Entry (ROE) Processing Center
625 5th Street (between Riley and Humboldt)
Santa Rosa, CA
Phone: (707) 565-6700

Hours: 
Monday –  Friday
7:30am – 4:30pm

Landfills Accepting Ash and Debris

Contractors or individuals need to contact the facility prior to delivery to confirm facilities are currently accepting waste. Click here to view the list.

Health Screening Level Guidance

Th summary tables in this document provide updated health screening level guidance and cleanup goals for the Sonoma County Complex Fires Alternative Program. Click here to view the document.

I submitted a Right-of-Entry (ROE) form but now I want to cancel, what do I do?

To cancel a previously-granted Right of Entry Permit, this cancellation form must be signed by the Owner(s), and either delivered to the Sonoma County Environmental Health at 625 5th Street, Santa Rosa CA 95404, or emailed to EHROE@sonoma-county.org as a signed PDF. Sonoma County Environmental Health must receive this form on or prior to November 22, 2017.

All owners who signed the Right of Entry Permit must sign this request. Phone-in and verbal cancellations cannot be accepted. Cancellations can only be accepted up until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attempts to notify the property owner 24-48 hours in advance of Ash and Debris Cleanup (as described in the Right of Entry Permit). Please note that the Director of Environmental Health may deny requests for cancellation after November 22, 2017 (the deadline for private cleanup application submission).

Right-of-Entry (ROE) Cancellation Form

The period to apply for the Sonoma County Consolidated Debris Removal Program closed on Monday, November 13th, 2017.

If you have circumstances that prevented you from submitting your Right-of-Entry form by the deadline, please call 707-565-6700. Late Right-of-Entry form submissions will be considered on a case by case basis for inclusion in the Program.

Refer to the document below to learn about the types of debris that are eligible and not eligible for removal.

State/Federal Wildfire Debris Removal Program Eligibility

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, LLCetc.
    • Signature Authorization page
    • Power of Attorney signature page
    • Any other relevant pages

Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Permit Form

Available either:

Home Owned by 1 or More People

All owners listed on the title of the home must:

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.

Insurance Policy

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.

For non‐residential structures less than 120 SQFT, fences, and non‐structural wood material, no work plan is required so long as the structures contained no paint, pesticides, herbicides, propane, or other similar hazardous substances, and so long as the requirements listed in the document below are followed. This exemption does not apply to parcels with asbestos or parcels that the EPA has flagged as potentially not cleared of household hazardous waste (HHW).

Click here to view requirements for minor burn debris removal and cleanup.

Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Processing Center

The County of Sonoma is operating a Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Processing Center at the Department of Health Services building in downtown Santa Rosa. Environmental Health staff will be on hand to assist residents with filling out the appropriate paperwork for the voluntary debris removal program. Residents living in unincorporated Sonoma County can apply for a debris re-entry permit with the Department of Health Services’ Environmental Health section.

What: Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Processing Center
When: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: 625 5th Street, Santa Rosa, between Riley and Humboldt

Phone #: (707) 565-6700

Abatement of Hazardous Material and Debris

Due to the Sonoma Complex Fires, the Governor of the State of California has proclaimed a State of Emergency under Government Code section 8265. The Health Officer and Director of Environmental Health have proclaimed a Local Health Emergency and the County Administrator has proclaimed a Local Emergency. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors also passed the Sonoma Complex Fire Cleanup Emergency Ordinance to provide for an orderly response to the disaster.

The Sonoma Complex Fire Cleanup Emergency Ordinance requires that impacted property owners in the unincorporated areas of the County clean up their properties either through the Office of Emergency Services clean up or through the Alternative Program.

Properties that have not entered either the Office of Emergency Services clean up or the Alternative Program by November 21, 2017 are subject to summary abatement

Emergency Order

Emergency Order (English)

Emergency Order (Spanish)

County of Sonoma Abatement Notice and Appeal Form

Summary Abatement Notice and Order (English)

Summary Abatement Notice and Order (Spanish)

Appeal of Notice Form (English)

Appeal of Notice Form (Spanish)

Phase III: Debris Removal Completion

The final step in the debris removal process is obtaining a certification of completion before you can start the rebuilding process. Click on the options below based on which Debris Removal Program you participated in.

Submit Certification of Completed Work
After implementation of the approved Work Plan, the owner must submit a certification showing that all work has been completed as specified. The work must be completed pursuant to standards set forth by the City and the State. Documentation of adequate clean-up and proper disposal will be required. Property owners will not be allowed to build on their property until there is a certification that the property cleanup and removal of all hazardous waste has been completed in accordance with applicable standards and approved by the City.

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