SonomaCountyRecovers: Official recovery information for Sonoma County fires

Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment (RESA) Map

Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment, also known as RESA, is an important step in assessing the damage and safety concerns of structures after a natural disaster. The assessment allows people to use safe homes and businesses, and ensures that people are prohibited from entering unsafe structures after a disaster. RESA Inspectors are experienced building construction and engineering professionals who have been certified through the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

This map shows the final results of both field and aerial safety assessments on parcels in unincorporated Sonoma County affected by the October 2017 wildfires. In addition to unincorporated Sonoma County, the map now includes assessment information for parcels within incorporated Santa Rosa.

Please contact us to schedule a re-inspection if at least one of the following applies to your property:

  • You believe a parcel was incorrectly labeled and needs to be evaluated
  • The parcel has a status of "Orange - Inspection Complete, No Access"
  • The parcel contains structure(s) that are damaged, but the parcel is labeled as "Green - Lawful Occupancy Permitted" or is not represented with a color on the map.

Contact Us: Please use the Sonoma County Report It tool (or call Permit Sonoma at (707) 565-1900) to schedule a re-inspection.

Map Color Codes Explained

The three colored tags (green, red and yellow) match placards posted on inspected structures. Each type of placard is used by inspectors under the following circumstances:

Green (Inspected) - Buildings can be damaged, yet remain safe – the safety of the building was not significantly changed by the disaster. *

Red (Unsafe) - Buildings are damaged and pose an imminent threat to life or safety under expected loads or other unsafe conditions.

Yellow (Restricted Use) - There is some risk from damage in all or part of the building that does not warrant red-tagging. The extent of damage may be uncertain or cannot be ascertained within the time and resources available to a Rapid Evaluation team. *

The map includes parcels labeled as orange, which is not a tag color, but is used only on the map to indicate the following:

Orange (No Access) - An inspection was performed on the property however the inspector was not able to access the structure(s). This could be due to a number of issues including downed power lines, locked gates, debris blocking the roadway, damaged bridges, or other similar items. If your property is shown as orange on the map, please use the Sonoma County Report It tool (or call Permit Sonoma at (707) 565-1900) to schedule a re-inspection.

***Important Note: Although a building may be placarded “Inspected” or “Restricted Use”, specific areas in and around the building could be further identified as unsafe.

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