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Over Excavation

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have committed to addressing over excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government-sponsored debris removal program after the October 2017 wildfires.

Cal OES will work in coordination with the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa to examine sites of concern and determine if over excavation occurred. For properties that are determined to be over excavated, the State’s contractor will work to restore the property to appropriate elevations. The amount of soil that was over excavated will be replaced on the site in a manner that is compliant with Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa building standards.

The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have established a local phone number to receive concerns from property owners who believe that too much soil was removed from their home sites and to coordinate the process for the State to assess these properties.

To report over excavation concerns:

  • Property owners can call the Sonoma County Recovers Information Line at (707) 565-1222 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.
  • Email
  • Or visit the County Administrator’s Office located at 575 Administration Drive Suite 104A.

Property owners must report concerns by 5pm on September 21, 2018, to receive a site assessment.

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