As of 12:01 AM on May 4, 2020 building construction in Rohnert Park involving the following has been deemed essential as per "No. C19-09 Extending the Shelter-in-Place Order No. C19-05 Beyond May 3, 2020" issued by the County of Sonoma Health Officer:

VI. Businesses providing construction services, in compliance with the Construction Field Safety Requirements at Appendix B to this Order.

1. Construction services, means services to build, expand, maintain, operate, repair, replace, remodel, retrofit or refurbish the exterior of any structure, or the interior of any unoccupied structure, and includes services needed to support construction activity including, for example, environmental review work, land-surveying, painting, plumbing, electrical, roofing, drywall, fencing, paving, fixture installation, inspection, and similar services;

2. Unoccupied structure, means a new or existing structure that no person inhabits or accesses for the duration of the construction activity, except for persons performing the construction or construction support services.

Additionally, building construction involving the following has been deemed exempted:

VII. Construction in an occupied structure necessary to ensure that a structure is safe, sanitary, or habitable when in strict compliance with the Construction Field Safety Requirements at Appendix B to this Order. This subsection does not limit the construction services allowed under Subsection 16.f.vi above. Repair or construction in an occupied structure to make the structure safe, sanitary, and/or habitable, must comply with applicable federal, state, and local code requirements, and may not involve expansion of a structure. Such work, includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

1. Provision of a working bathroom.

2. Provision of an operable kitchen.

3. Heating and ventilation work necessary to maintain operable systems.

4. Electrical work needed to supply electricity and to maintain a safe electrical system.

5. Plumbing work needed for use of bathroom or kitchen or to correct any hazardous plumbing conditions.

6. Painting needed to maintain clean and sanitary walls and ceilings free from mildew, mold, dampness, and vermin, and this painting work may address damage, including smoke damage.

7. Carpet or flooring replacement needed to maintain sanitary floor coverings or address damage from mildew, mold, dampness and vermin.

8. Work needed to repair weather protection of roof and exterior walls, including fixing or replacing broken windows and doors.

9. Other repair work to fix damage or address health hazards, including vector control and life safety work.

10. Construction or repair work necessary to ensure access for individuals with a disability or other physical limitations.

In both of the above instances appropriate safety measure must be taken and all projects are required to have posted Social Distancing Protocol (Appendix A to Order No. C19-09) that implements COVID-19 Construction Field Safety Requirements (Appendix B to Order No. C19-09). Please note the above list of exemptions reflects the most relevant sections covered by the current order. For the full list, please reference the County Order No.C19-09. Note the status of these projects are based on the County of Sonoma Health Officer order in effect at the time and these status can be changed.

Permit issuance and inspections will continue for projects deemed essential or exempt from the current order. Additionally, the City continues to accept electronic permit applications for projects. These applications will be processed as soon as possible. If you would like to speak with someone directly the City has a number of ways to work with you, including web and phone based conferences and scheduled appointments. Please call 707-588-2240 to speak with one of our building staff.

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The City of Rohnert Park's Building Division is charged with enforcement of the Title 24: California Building Standards Codes. These are state laws that regulate the construction of all buildings and structures on private property, and all City owned buildings on city-owned property. The Building Division also administers local municipal ordinances pertaining to building construction. (The Building Division does not have jurisdictional authority for mobile home parks or public schools.)

The Building Division coordinates permit applications and construction requests with the Fire, Planning, and Engineering Divisions and other agencies, in order to ensure the protection of public health. The Building Division reviews and approves plans, issues building permits and conducts inspections of field construction. Upon completion of construction and approval from all overseeing agencies, the Building Division and specifically the Building Official is charged with the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy.

Building permit records and copies of approved plans are kept on file as required by state law. These records are available for public access at the Building Division office. The Building Division is also available to answer any questions regarding Building Division processes, building construction, or building standards code compliance. Numerous guides and guidelines are available online, as well as in the office of the Building Division to help provide additional direction.