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.
Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Processing Center
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
County of Sonoma Abatement Notice and Appeal Form
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.