City Attorney FAQs

Employees who believe they are not being paid in accordance with the Petaluma Living Wage ordinance or the Petaluma Minimum Wage Ordinance should contact the City’s Economic Development Division at [email protected]

Employers subject to Living Wage Ordinance and the Minimum Wage Ordinance are required to compensate employees at the higher applicable rate.

The Petaluma living wage ordinance applies to employees of the City or for-profit entities that contract with the City. The Petaluma Living Wage must be paid for hours worked on behalf of the City and/or work funded by City monies, regardless of where that work happens.

The Petaluma minimum wage ordinance applies to anyone who qualifies as a non-exempt employee under State minimum wage laws, for hours worked within the Petaluma City limits. Most employers, including businesses and nonprofits, are subject to Petaluma’s minimum wage ordinance; the exceptions are federal and state agencies. Tips and benefits cannot be considered when calculating the Petaluma minimum wage. Click HERE for more information (link to minimum wage page).

The Ordinance provides for an annual increase based on the average Cost of Living Adjustments for City employees but no more than the most recent December to December Consumer Price Index for San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (CPI-U), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” The Ordinance also provides that the City Council may review the impact of the cost of living adjustment (COLA) on an annual basis to assess any potential adverse impact and may modify or suspend adoption of a COLA otherwise allowed by this subsection. Pursuant to the Living Wage Ordinance, any adjustment would be effective on July 1.

The Petaluma Living Wage for 2021-2022 is $16.90 Per Hour (with an Employer Contribution of $1.50/hr toward medical benefits) and $18.94 Per Hour (without a $1.50/hr Employer Contribution Toward Medical Benefits).

  • city employees 
  • employees of city service contractors 
  • Subcontractors 
  • employees of recipients of city financial assistance  

Staff have reviewed the Petaluma City Charter and it is clear from the Charter that it requires seven council seats. It is Council’s direction to draw a map with six districts and a mayor to be chosen at large, which would not require an amendment to our Charter.

Yes, but only residency requirements for 30 days. Legal residence is defined as physical presence combined with an intent to remain.[1] Durational residency requirements imposed as a precondition to candidacy for public policy have been found to implicate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, specifically the fundamental rights to vote and to travel. Five-year, three-year, two-year, and even one-year durational residency requirements have been struck down as a denial of equal protection of the laws, even for charter cities.[2] The California Supreme Court has stated that an entity may constitutionally require that the prospective candidate be a resident at the time that they file their nominating papers and for a period of not more than 30 days preceding their filing date.[3] It is not believed that anything in the Petaluma City Charter currently restricts Council from including in the district elections ordinance a durational requirement that prospective candidates must reside in their district as a precondition to run for City Council in their district; however anything beyond 30-days preceding when the candidate filed their election papers would likely be found unconstitutional.

It should be noted that an elected City Council member who moves their residence outside their district from which they were elected, immediately vacates their office.[4] As part of the ordinance that determines the district boundaries, City Council will also determine the sequential timing of when each district will be elected. For instance, in the first election the even numbered districts will be up for election and in the following election the odd numbered districts.

[1] Government Code Section 244

[2] See Smith v Evans (1974) 42 Cal. App. 3d 154, where the city of Chico’s one year residency requirement for City Council members charter provision was struck down as unconstitutional and a violation of equal protection.

[3] Thompson v. Mellon (1973) 9 Cal. 3d 96

[4] Government Code Section 34882

Yes, as explained in detail below, because the Petaluma Charter defaults to “plurality” voting pursuant to Elections Code Section 15452, to change Council member elections to ranked choice voting would require a charter amendment.

RCV allows the electors to select in addition to their first choice, a second and third choice as backups. All first choices on the ballots are counted and if a candidate receives 50% + 1 votes than that candidate will be elected. If not, the candidate with the fewest first choices is defeated. The ballots for that candidate go to those voters’ second choices. Next, the votes will be counted again to determine if a candidate received 50% +1 votes. If a candidate has still not received a majority of the votes, this process of the defeated candidates’ votes going to the remaining candidates will repeat until there is a candidate with a majority of the votes. Below is an illustration of this process.

ranked choice voting graphic

First, it is doubtful that just switching from an “at-large method of election” to a “ranked choice vote election” system would satisfy the California Voters Rights Act and would leave the City vulnerable to litigation. “District-based Elections” is defined in Elections Code Section 14026(b) as “a method of electing members to the governing body of a political subdivision in which the candidate must reside within an election district that is a divisible part of the political subdivision and is elected only by voters residing within that election district”. To remain in the statutory safe harbor provision and limit the City’s exposure to only $30,000 in attorney’s fees, Elections Code Section 10010(a) requires a political subdivision to “change from an at-large method of election to a district-based election.” Therefore, to limit the City’s exposure the City still needs to transition from an at-large election system to a district-based election system. However, the CVRA would likely be satisfied with a transition to district-based elections where each district has ranked choice voting.

Article III, Section 4 of the Petaluma City Charter states, “Except as herein otherwise specifically provided, all regular and special municipal elections of this city are to be held in accordance with the provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California, including all amendments thereto.”  Elections Code section 15452 provides:

“The person who receives a plurality of the votes cast for any office is elected or nominated to that office in any election, except:

  • An election for which different provision is made by any city or county charter.”

Accordingly, under the Petaluma City Charter, City Council members are elected by “plurality” voting as opposed to “majority” voting like runoff or RCV. In plurality voting, the candidate who receives the most votes, even if it is not a majority of the votes cast, is elected. As an example, if Candidate A receives 45% of the total votes cast, Candidate B receives 35%, and Candidate C receives 25% of the votes, in this scenario Candidate A has a plurality of the votes and would be elected under a plurality voting system.

Again, As the Petaluma Charter defaults to “plurality” voting pursuant to Elections Code Section 15452, to change Council member elections to ranked choice voting would require a charter amendment.

Everyone! We want everyone in our Petaluma community to help us determine the best way to map out these district-based election boundaries. This means we need you to tell us what make sense when drawing a district. Does your neighborhood have shared concerns? Is there a park, school, major road, or intersection that would define your district? You know your community best!

The City of Petaluma will be working with the community to draft maps that meet the requirements of the law regarding districting while also reflecting our community in ways that support communities of interest.  This process requires input from you to better understand our community and where districts would make sense.  There will be three public hearings next year between January and April to review options, draft maps and to vote on a final district map by April of 2022.

A Community of Interest is a connected population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single City Council district for purposes of its effective and fair representation as a potential voting bloc in current or future elections. Such groups include (but are not limited to) groups with cultural or historical bonds, shared economic interests, shared racial, ethnic or religious identities, neighborhoods, school districts, media markets, transportation districts, opportunity zones, business improvement districts, communities concerned about environmental hazards, or a shared vision of the future of a community.

How to Submit a Community of Interest (COI)s?

  1. Fill out the Community of Interest Form online
  2. Complete a printable community of interest form (HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para español) and return it by email to [email protected] or drop off/mail a hard copy to the Office of the City Clerk at 11 English Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Petaluma currently uses an at-large election system, which means all voters in the city cast a ballot for all six councilmembers and our Mayor.   In our new district election model, voters from a specified area will vote directly for one of six Councilmembers to represent them. For example, if you live near a park or a school, you and your neighbors could vote directly for a Councilmember who lives in your district and represents everyone in your neighborhood. The entire city will be mapped into six distinct districts of nearly equal population that equitably represent all people who live in Petaluma, whether they are eligible to vote or not. The Mayor will continue to be selected with the at-large election system.

Mapping tools will be made available for members of the public to draw their own district maps and submit them for consideration.

Download a City Boundary Map to start thinking about how you would draw districts in Petaluma.

Initial draft maps will be posted seven days in advance of Public Hearing #3, and changes to any draft maps will be posted seven days in advance of subsequent hearings.

The City is required to follow a prescribed schedule when considering a transition to district elections under threat of a lawsuit. The following schedule is subject to change and will be updated as needed.




Received Demand Letter8/23/2021
Adopt a Resolution of Intention, effective 10/7/2021, to transition from at-large to district-based elections10/04/2021
Launch Districting Website Page10/26/2021
Public Hearing #1 to gather input from communities of interest (no draft maps are drawn until these are complete)11/01/2021
Public Hearing #2 to gather input from communities of interest (no draft maps are drawn until these are complete)11/15/2021
Launch mapping tools on website for public to submit proposed maps12/10/2021
All Initial draft maps posted on website at least 7 days prior to public hearing01/24/2021
Public Hearing #3 to gather public input on draft maps and election sequencing01/31/2021
Changes to initial draft maps posted on website at least 7 days prior to public hearing02/07/2021
Public Hearing #4 to gather public input on draft maps and election sequencing02/14/2021
Final map posted on website at least 7 days prior to public hearing02/28/2022
Public Hearing #5 to introduce Ordinance establishing district-based elections03/07/2022
Adopt Ordinance establishing district-based elections03/21/2022
205 days prior to next regular election the Ordinance must be adopted (Elections Code §21602(a)(3))04/17/2022
First district-based election to be held11/08/2022


Community input is needed! Petaluma is seeking community input to determine how to best map district-based election boundaries. Now is your chance to have your voice heard.

  • What would districts mean to you?
  • What would you consider to be your district within Petaluma?
  • What “communities of interest” or “neighborhoods” do you feel should remain intact?
    • Is there a park, school, major road or intersection nearby or within what you consider to be your district?
    • Does your neighborhood have shared concerns or is it within a particular development?
  • Should districts be drawn that have a broad range of different land uses?
  • Are there any locations of growth that Council should consider that you feel are important in how the boundaries are drawn?
  • Are there any natural or man-made geographical boundaries that are important for consideration?

The City Council will be holding hearings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Ways to participate in the public hearings and to provide public comments are listed on the top of each meeting agenda, posted at: The schedule for those hearings is listed below.

We will continue to provide timely updates on this web page throughout the district elections transition process. You can sign up to receive updates on our District Elections Updates email list.

To sign up to remain informed, to ask a question, to provide a comment, or to share your thoughts on the questions above, please fill out the form located on the bottom of this webpage.

The City will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. All districting materials will be provided in English and Spanish, and live Spanish translation will be available for all public hearings. The City will notify the public about districting hearings, post maps online before adoption, and host this dedicated web page for all relevant information about the districting process.

The legally required criteria that apply to the creation of voting districts are as follows:

  • Each council district shall contain nearly equal population, with any deviations justified by other traditional redistricting criteria.
  • A districting plan shall be drawn in a manner that complies with the state and federal Constitutions, the Federal Voting Rights Act and state other applicable law, including the CVRA.
  • Each council district shall not be drawn with race as the predominant factor in violation of the principles established by the United States Supreme Court in Shaw v. Reno, 509 U.S. 630 (1993).
  • Each council district shall be contiguous, meaning that there can be no islands or parts of the district that are not attached to the whole.

Districting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a City Council member. The City Council is seeking input on the district voting map for Petaluma. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

The California Voting Rights Act requires cities to elect their council members from districts if certain conditions are met. As a result, we are changing our election process. Currently we elect our 6 council members and mayor by voters citywide. In the future we will elect our council members by voters from six distinct districts. We will continue to elect our mayor by voters citywide. To meet legal rules, we will need to approve the new district maps by April of 2022. Working backward, we will need to review draft maps by January 31, 2022. This is a significant change in how Petalumans vote for council representation.


On August 23, 2021, the City received a certified letter from Kevin Shenkman, an attorney based in Malibu, which alleged violations of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) (Elections Code §§14025-14032). The letter alleged that the City’s at-large election system has impaired the ability of Latinx voters to elect their preferred candidates and demanded that the City convert to district-based elections for choosing City Council members. The letter requested that the City inform Mr. Shenkman by October 8, 2021 whether the City would discuss a voluntary change to its current at-large election system.

The City of Petaluma currently uses an at-large election system in which all voters in the City have the opportunity to vote for candidates for all seven seats on the City Council. A “district-based” election is one in which the city is divided into separate districts, each with one Councilmember who resides in the district and is chosen by the voters that reside in that district. The CVRA generally requires jurisdictions with “at-large” elections to convert to “district-based” elections if racially-polarized voting is found to exist in the jurisdiction. Racially-polarized voting exists where a protected minority group prefers an issue or candidate that differs from the preference of the majority. At the October 4, 2021, City Council Regular Meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2021-164 N.C.S. declaring its intent to initiate procedures to consider transition from at-large to district-based elections. On October 8, 2021, the City informed Mr. Shenkman of the adoption of Resolution 2021-164 N.C.S. and provided him a copy.

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection. Whether you select a unit that requires yearly changing of batteries, or a 10-year unit that you change out at the end of the 10 years, either will provide protection.

CO alarms also have a battery backup. Choose one that is listed with a testing laboratory. For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement). Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you even realize something is happening to you. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1, and let the professionals check your home.

Desarrollos urbanos:

  • Todo nuevo desarrollo urbano está sujeto a los códigos de construcción que requieren eficiencia en el uso del agua (interior y exterior).
  • Actualmente, los nuevos desarrollos urbanos no pueden colocar elementos de paisajismo en su jardín (no se permite colocar césped, plantas o árboles).

Parques e instalaciones de la Ciudad:

  • Instalación de inodoros y grifos de bajo consumo de agua
  • Riego reducido a 1-2 veces por semana
  • Riego manual de árboles
  • Se detuvo el riego en todos los campos de juego de césped que usan agua potable (no reciclada)

Programas de conservación de agua:

  • Planes de reducción – los clientes con un uso elevado de agua son incluidos en un plan de reducción obligatorio.
  • Programa “Mulch Madness” – los residentes que reúnan los requisitos recibirán suministros gratuitos de mantillo y kits de conversión de riego.
  • Programa de visitas a domicilio “Water-Wise Housecalls” – un experto en conservación del agua visitará su propiedad y le brindará consejos sobre cómo ahorrar agua.
  • Reembolsos – se ofrecen reembolsos especiales para la adquisición de inodoros y lavadoras de ropa de alta eficiencia (residenciales y comerciales).
  • Patrullajes para controlar el desperdicio de agua – patrullas diarias/respuesta a reportes de desperdicio de agua.

Programa de agua reciclada:

  • Estamos dando con formas de almacenar más agua reciclada para su uso durante todo el año (a través de la propiedad de Ellis Creek de la ciudad, granjas locales, etc.).
  • Continuamos explorando oportunidades para usar agua reciclada en toda la ciudad, compensando aún más el uso de agua potable.


  • All new development is subject to building codes that require water efficiency (indoor and outdoor).
  • Currently, new development is not allowed to install landscaping.

City Parks and Facilities:

  • Installing water-efficient toilets and faucets
  • Reduced Watering 1-2x per week
  • Hand-watering trees
  • Cut irrigation to all grass playfields that use potable (non-recycled) water

Water Conservation Programs:

  • Reduction Plans – Customers with high water use placed on a mandatory reduction plan.
  • Mulch Madness – Qualified residents will receive free sheet mulching supplies and irrigation conversion kits.
  • Water-Wise Housecalls – A water conservation expert will visit your property and provide advice on how to save water.
  • Rebates – Special rebates are offered for high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers (residential and commercial).
  • Water Waste Patrol – Daily patrols/response to reports of water waste.

Recycled Water Program:

  • We are finding ways to store more recycled water for use throughout the year (the City’s Ellis Creek Property, local farms, etc.).
  • We continue to explore opportunities for using recycled water throughout the City, further offsetting potable water use.

If you are interested in learning more about DST, we encourage you to attend one of our Weekly Success Meetings every Thursday at 1pm on the lawn of Petaluma City Hall.

If you have questions about the program, please email [email protected] or email:

Tatiana Mora Liautaud, Project Manager, DST Petaluma – [email protected]

Karen Strolia, Senior Director of the North Bay – [email protected]

Donations to support the Downtown Streets Team program can be made by sending a check to the address below with “Petaluma Team” in the memo field or by contacting Karen Strolia, Senior Director of the North Bay by email at [email protected].

As with many things in life, working to end homelessness takes a village. The City of Petaluma and DST are eternally grateful to the amazing partners in our community who make our work possible and supplement services for this population that is so often overlooked. We are proud to work with:

We are also in the process of expanding our regional partnerships with organizations like Nation’s Finest, dedicated to creating better lives for veterans and their families.

“Homelessness” is a complex problem – and severe mental illness, addiction and/or major life events are not the most common cause. Often, economic hardship or family issues (such as divorce or running away from an unsafe home) are factors on one’s path to losing housing. What’s more, the experience of homelessness itself can be traumatic. For some, these events continue to stack until finding a way out feels impossible.

Because each person’s path to homelessness is unique, the services offered are tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Participants join the program with a desire to find support with the employment and housing search, but are offered much more:

  • A daily meaningful activity to participate in each day of the week
  • A community of peers and mentors
  • A goal-oriented structure through which to gain lifelong skills
  • A sense of commitment to giving back to the larger community
  • A feeling of pride in the results they create (cleaner streets, new relationships)
  • An opportunity to demonstrate leadership

These elements come together to help create confidence, dignity and a stronger sense of self for program participants. In addition to the practical and emotional benefits DST provides, the program offers the following services:

  • Case management
  • Employment support & opportunities with local companies
  • Community Outreach
  • Additional support offered through partnerships:
    • Substance use support, therapy, legal services, etc.

You will see our DST Team’s brightly colored shirts around town weekdays from 8am-12pm as they both clean and beautify our City, with Team Leads providing their singular approach to homeless outreach and services.

Many participants begin as residents of well-known encampments around town (Steamer Landing, Cedar Grove, Lynch Creek Trail), spend their mornings volunteering to give back to their community, eventually transitioning to interim or permanent housing and employment as a result of the skills and support gained through the program.

DST is different from other work experience programs in that participants are engaged 20 hours per week to help clean and beautify our city. In contrast to counseling or case management services that might provide 1-2 hours of interaction each week, the DST model works to establish a deep connection with participants, which allows for understanding of their unique stories and specific needs in ways that make meaningful support possible.

The program focuses on reacclimating individuals who have not been engaged in the workforce in a long time, refamiliarizing them with being accountable to a set schedule, showing up on time, and learning valuable soft skills that translate into rich employable skills, including collaboration, team work, and leadership. This lays a foundation which participants can then build upon on their journey toward long-term employment and housing.

Downtown Streets Team (DST) is an organization that works in partnership with the City of Petaluma to provide tailored, individualized support for people striving to overcome the challenges that contribute to experiencing homelessness. DST offers a step-by-step approach, understanding that lasting change takes time.

Program participants volunteer their time beautifying our community and receive access to employment and case management services to support them in achieving their goals.

While the end goal of DST is to provide a path to long-term employment and permanent housing, the program also offers participants case management services, a caring community, and a sense of purpose.

 Item #


123Fund and support a Downtown Streets Team to assist in beautification of Downtown and outreach to Petaluma’s unsheltered population.
126Begin planning for update of the City’s General Plan 2025.
210Identify location, select artists, and safely install a Black Lives Matter Mural.

 Item #


44Consider and move forward to adopt City’s participation in Sonoma Clean Power’s Evergreen program.
48Adopt an ordinance creating and empowering a City Climate Commission.
190Make permanent the moratorium on new gas stations and develop a plan for building out publicly available EV charging infrastructure and capacity to meet projected needs.
195Enact a prohibition on new gas stations throughout the City.
198Adopt 2030 as the City’s target for carbon neutrality.
202Develop a plan and timeline to source 100% renewable energy for use in City facilities, and advocate and work with regional partners to ensure 100% clean renewable power for all City residents in order to meet Petaluma’s 2030 carbon neutrality target.

 Item #


105Establish City minimum wage ordinance.
184Establish a Free Range, outdoor dining program that allows merchants impacted by the Covid Shelter in Place regulations to operate their business outdoors.
185Reach out to individual businesses to determine how Covid shutdowns are affecting them and to see how staff could support them.
187Develop a ShopPetaluma website, supported with marketing and a dedicated gift card program.
188Develop and issue loans to businesses to support their cashflow needs during COVID Stay at Home regulations.

 Item #


80Assess and identify traffic needs and develop organizational structure to support needs, including the possibility of restoring a full-time City Traffic Engineer position.
81Promote emergency preparedness and resiliency strategies to our residents and businesses.
83Consider a firework and use sales ban, or other modification to current ordinance; assist the non-profits who rely on these sales to identify alternatives for fund raising.
99Secure designation as an Age Friendly City
180Provide safety support and shelter during two significant fires in County, concurrent with COVID-19.
181Establish a CAHOOTS program.
182Complete an updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.


 Item #


1Develop a fiscal sustainability plan with the community that balances City services with available revenues and integrates policies and identifies potential revenue sources that can ensure long-term financial health and effectiveness of the City.
2Continue implementing strategies to reduce pension costs and unfunded liabilities.
3Develop a budget-in-brief to provide the City’s financial information in an understandable, accessible format.
17Upgrade traffic signal management by re-establishing full-time traffic engineer position.
25Inventory and promote all road paving and reconstruction projects with funding sources and dates of completion, made in the last five years.
33Develop and publish public record request guidelines on City website
35Develop a citywide IT Masterplan that identifies and prioritizes City technology needs, funding, and implementation strategies.
38Complete the roll-out of an updated City website that creates a more user-friendly, accessible, and interactive information resource and online experience for the community.
160Implement participation in Council, Committee, Commission, and Board meetings through online platforms.
172Complete identified CIP Program projects: D St. Bridge emergency repairs; Runway Electrical lighting upgrades; Denman Reach Flood Mitigation Project completion; Water Service repair project; Petaluma Boulevard South Water main replacement; McNear Park Neighborhood water and waste water replacement; Country Club and Victoria water pump station upgrades
173Install voter ballot boxes at City facilities.
176Procured and implemented FPPC Campaign Statement and Statement of Economic Interest filing software through which filers and treasurers can more easily file statements in a timely manner without error, reducing liability for both filers and the City

Las sequías periódicas son parte de la vida en el estado de California. Debido a esto, la ciudad de Petaluma tiene un Plan de Contingencia de Escasez de Agua de múltiples etapas, listo para funcionar cuando surjan condiciones de sequía, tales como las que estamos experimentando ahora.

En este momento, la Ciudad ha promulgado la Etapa 4 de este Plan la cual está diseñada para ahorrar un 30% del uso de agua a través de los restricciones obligatorias.

 Item #


127Work with Fair District board and agricultural stakeholders to find creative ways to promote and support Petaluma’s agricultural heritage.
136Ensure ongoing and proactive maintenance of Petaluma’s public art.
154Prioritize completion of all phases of the Petaluma Community Sports Field project.
214Explore the potential to acquire Cedar Grove in collaboration with representatives from the Federate Indians of Graton Rancheria for creation of passive recreation and open space.


129. Identify partners and funding for developing the fairground property.
128. Engage the community to envision and adopt a master plan for the fairgrounds property.
130. Celebrate existing public art by completing an inventory and develop promotional materials.
134. Continue to look for opportunities for smaller, community-oriented public art projects.
139. Develop a rehabilitation/reconfiguration plan for City Hall which includes a lobby area, expansion into County-wing, and wayfinding signage.
144. Finalize Certified Local Government designation process and recommend next steps.
149. Develop a plan to prioritize playground upgrades/replacement and accessibility improvements.
150. Repurpose existing amenities to promote recreational opportunities, including initial phases of tennis court rehabilitation citywide and pickleball courts.
155. Refine proposed trail network and begin guided tours for interim access on Lafferty Ranch; consider incorporation into City.
208. Complete a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Assessment for parks maintenance to establish a baseline assessment of city facilities and adopt best practices for future maintenance.
209. Open the Paula Lane Nature Preserve to the public, including agricultural demonstration activities, trails, interpretive signage, and educational research.
212. Parklets – create a permanent parklet program that includes clear guidelines on how parklets can be installed in Petaluma’s public right-of-way areas.
213. Develop objective design standards to guide review of streamlined ministerial housing development as required by the State of California.
224. Develop a scope and plan to initiate a vision for City parks and open space for Council consideration.
225. Execute contract for skatepark community outreach and complete re-design.

 Item #


42Find ways for City operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, decrease waste, and minimize use of fossil fuels and investigate and pursue options for carbon sequestration.
49Install solar panels on city-owned properties where appropriate and work with Sonoma Clean Power on a solar program for potential revenue generation.
50Engage the Regional Climate Protection Agency, City Council, staff, and community members in the development of a city-wide Climate Action Plan.
52Develop a framework to move the city and transit vehicle fleet from fossil-fuel based to hybrid, renewable compressed natural gas, and/or electric vehicles and continue pursuing grant funding opportunities for electric vehicles.
71Revisit flood plain management practices to address climate change and sea level rise.
192Ensure equitable new development, including affordable housing and shelters, by revising the General Plan, building and development codes, and other relevant City policies to apply climate-action equity priorities fairly across the board.
197Inform and invite local California Native peoples into our ongoing dialogue as part of cultivating respectful and collaborative relationships with indigenous communities with the intention to understand, highlight, and integrate their community needs, climate action priorities, and ecological insight and values into our climate actions.
200Use the Climate Emergency Framework as a foundation for the new General Plan update, including all guiding principles.
201Integrate climate action, environmental justice and public health improvements throughout the General Plan document and include elements and/or extensive discussion (including community and expert discussion) and metrics for Environmental Justice, Climate and Healthy Communities so that all planning and land use related CEF goals and objectives are fully developed and embodied in the General Plan. As part of the General Plan process develop and adopt a Climate Action Plan that contains the action the City shall take and ask the community to undertake over the life of the General Plan towards meeting the CEF Goals. Ensure equitable new development by revising building and development codes, and other relevant City policies to apply climate-action equity priorities fairly across the board concurrently or in advance of the General Plan update process.
204Evaluate the process to divest from all fossil-fuel investments including pension funds and the costs/benefits of developing a new carbon neutral and green economy investment portfolio.
207Adopt a natural gas ban for new construction and adopt a policy to phase in building energy retrofits for existing buildings to meet climate targets. Provide resources and programs to ensure retrofits are available and affordable to low-income residents and do not cause rent increases for tenants over and above monthly savings on utility bills from the upgrades and include tenant protections to avoid displacement and eviction.

46. Establish and promote a citywide sustainability program leading with exemplary environmental practices.
47. Adopt a Zero Waste ordinance.
56. Update Implementing Zoning Ordinance (IZO) to ensure ability to provide full environmental review for all discretionary projects.
60. Adopt a citywide single-use plastic and polystyrene ban.
64. Create tool / dashboard that tracks City progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration.
66. Educate our community and provide sustainability tools for City staff, developers, employers, property owners and all residents.
191. Develop an initial outreach and engagement plan that the city funds as part of resourcing and educating Petalumans, including outreach campaigns and events to increase knowledge of energy efficiency and building electrification benefits and ensure that local energy providers or businesses that sell home energy equipment provide up-to-date and climate-smart options.
193. Identify funds to support Storm Water program and infrastructure.
194. Adopt a VMT policy that is consistent with the 2030 carbon neutrality goal. In order to meet these targets, prepare policy recommendations for rapidly implementing alternative clean, safe, accessible, and affordable and active and public transportation modes to meet the rising community need for climate-friendly transportation.
196. Update the City’s Integrated Pest Management Plan and formalize a policy of how the City maintains its parks, trails, open spaces, streetscape, creeks, landcape assessment districts, and other City’s properties in a more sustainable way that is better for the environment, the community, and the health of the public and staff.
203. Impose a moratorium on City purchases of fossil fuel powered vehicles, power equipment, and appliances, with limited exceptions for emergency vehicles and equipment where no low climate pollution causing alternatives are reasonably available.
206. Develop an assessment of climate change impacts by neighborhood and demographic group to assess where and for whom environmental justice and equity work needs to be focused.


 Item #


120Robust focus on the riverfront and river-oriented development, including redevelopment potential of the Golden Eagle Shopping Center and Water Street.

114. Identify potential parking and transportation alternatives for downtown.
186. Work with local businesses who need support during COVID recovery.
221. Revisit Cannabis Ordinance and consider storefront options.

73.1. Prioritize youth safety through education, safe routes to school, enforcement, traffic calming, and community resource officers.
73.2. Restore the Homeless Outreach Services Team.
76. Adopt a Care and Shelter operations manual to improve City logistics planning during emergencies.
88. Facilitate construction of Accessory Dwelling Units.
92. Adopt a Tobacco Retail Licensing ordinance and re-evaluate the City’s smoking policy to include e-cigarettes/vaping.
95. Adopt a “visit ability” ordinance to provide accessibility in new single-family home construction.
179. Complete needed facility upgrades to meet safety standards regarding COVID-19.
235. Just Cause, Ellis Act Implementation.

 Item #


15Identify funds and develop plan to improve Petaluma’s streets and roads.
22Complete the second SMART station at Corona.
30Engage and support all City committees and commissions, allowing opportunities to cross-pollinate with each other and to better integrate and provide recommendations for improved City decision-making.
159Update the Citywide Records Retention Schedule whereby reducing the City’s exposure and liability and reducing the cost of storing outdated records.
217Establish metrics to review who receives services with the goal of increasing services to underserved populations.

4. Review and update the City’s Development Impact Fees where appropriate.
9. Study the feasibility of developing a City-wide Fellowship Program with Sonoma State and/or other institutions of higher education.
13. Establish a new employee orientation program.
14. Identify funding options to complete Petaluma’s planned cross-town connectors.
18. Establish and improve paths, as useful transportation options, and make walking and biking easy, fun and safe.
19. Implement community bike share system and explore other multi-modal transportation offerings.
26. Update the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian plan and realize opportunities for crosstown connections for all modes of transportation.
36. Implement an online permitting system.
37. Implement agenda management software system to improve the efficiency of electronic meeting packet preparation and to increase public engagment.
158. Engage the community to improve race relations and make recommendations on City and policing policies.
161. Increase community engagement through programs that attract new followers. Complete Latinx outreach strategy and begin implementing recommendations from the strategy.
163. Review and finalize five (5) existing city-wide administrative rules.
165. Update the City’s Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan to reflect City’s most current needs, the climate crisis, and expected increase intensity of wet and dry weather.
167. Complete a Public Safety Facilities Assessment.
169. Develop guidelines and policies to reopen city facilities in a way that supports safety and flexibility for city staff.
170. Complete a thorough update of the City’s Telecommunications regulations including cell tower rules.
171. Complete a thorough review and update of Wastewater and Water regulations, benchmarking with other municipalities and agencies, reviewing latest state requirements and codes to verify City’s regulations are not in conflict and provide an equitable application of requirements on businesses and residents while providing safeguards for the utility systems.
174. Complete 2022 Utility Rate Study to ensure rates support sustainable and resilient water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and recycled water systems.
177. Procure board management software to streamline the application and appointment process, increase community engagement, and to track ethics and anti-harassment training, for City committees, commissions, and boards.
178. Reconstitute a cohesive Community Development Department.
231. Develop activities and events to promote teamwork, collaborative relationships, celebrating staff successes and City of Petaluma years of service to rebuild in-person workplace culture.
233. Update City’s purchasing ordinance and policies.

Según los mandatos actuales de restricción de agua de la Etapa 4 está permitido utilizar el lavado a presión para limpiar su hogar. Sin embargo, actualmente está prohibido lavar la acera o pavimento.

Power washing your home is allowed under the current Stage 4 water restriction mandates. Washing down pavement, however, is currently prohibited.

Sí. Estos mandatos se harán cumplir y quienes los infrinjan estarán sujetos a multas de hasta $1,000. Consulte a continuación nuestro manual de procedimiento por una infracción y las multas aplicables (Sección 15.17.100 del Código Municipal de Petaluma). 

  1. Los clientes que incumplan con los requisitos de la 3 Etapa o del Capítulo 15.17 del Código Municipal de Petaluma recibirán una advertencia escrita o verbal y se les ordenará que la corrijan lo que hayan incumplido dentro de un tiempo razonable. Un plazo de setenta y dos (72)  horas desde la notificación de la infracción será considerado un tiempo razonable para volver a estar dentro de la ley.
  2. La Ciudad podrá instalar un dispositivo de restricción de flujo en la línea de servicio.
  3. La Ciudad podrá imponer una multa por desperdicio de agua al cliente. La 1 infracción: $100, 2 infracción: $500, 3 infracción: $1,000.
  4. La Ciudad podrá cortar el servicio de agua y cobrar a los clientes por la reconexión. El servicio no se restablecerá hasta que la Ciudad verifique que la violación ha sido corregida y que se han pagado todos los cargos y tarifas adicionales. 

Yes. These mandates will be enforced and violations are subject to fines of up to $1,000. Please see our violation procedure and fine schedules below (Petaluma Municipal Code Section 15.17.100).

  1. Customers in violation of Stage 4 requirements or PMC Chapter 15.17 will receive a written or verbal warning and order that the violation be corrected within a reasonable time. Seventy-two hours from notice of violation shall be considered a reasonable time for correction.
  2. The City may install a flow-restricting device on the service line.
  3. The City may levy a water waste fine to the customer. 1st violation: $100, 2nd violation: $500, 3rd violation, $1,000
  4. The City may shut off water service and charge the customer for reconnection. Service shall not be reinstated until verified by the City that the violation has been corrected and all charges and fees have been paid.

The launch of our SAFE program was made possible by $1 million in seed funding from Measure U, a sales tax increase voted in by the people of Petaluma. To continue to provide programming, both the City and PPSC are working to secure additional funding.

The SAFE program is managed by the Petaluma City Manager’s office, and is a collaborative partnership with the City, Police, Fire, and PPSC. PPSC is leveraging its existing partnerships with healthcare providers, community-based programs, and their 70 existing human services programs to access services currently provided. PPSC has the contract to provide this program to our community.

The SAFE program launched July 4, 2021 and has been working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week since. The program continues to grow in personnel and capacity and aims to be operating 24/7 by October 2021.

Individuals may access SAFE services as follows:

  • Call 9-1-1 – an emergency dispatcher will answer and determine if your situation requires the SAFE team, first responders such as police, fire, or paramedics, or a combination of both.
  • Call 707-781-1234 – you will reach a directory where you can choose to speak with a 9-1-1 operator or a non-emergency staff member to help.

Services are available in both English and Spanish.

To access PPSC or to find out more about the program, email [email protected]

El programa de agua reciclada de Petaluma no ofrece actualmente servicio a clientes residenciales. El agua reciclada que creamos está totalmente contratada a clientes existentes a largo plazo que brindan un servicio crítico a la ciudad durante los años lluviosos. Para implementar un programa residencial, primero tendríamos que ajustar nuestro programa, obtener las aprobaciones de los órganos de supervisión y expandir nuestra planta para generar más agua reciclada. Sin embargo, podemos brindar asesoramiento y apoyo para ayudar a nuestros residentes a mantener sus jardines durante esta época de restricciones obligatorias de uso del agua.

Seguramente usted habrá notado que el césped en algunos parques alrededor de la ciudad se vuelve marrón mientras que en otros permanece verde. ¿Por qué?

  • Hemos cerrado el agua en más de 26 de nuestros parques de mayor uso (el césped en ellos se volverá marrón)
  • Hemos reducido drásticamente el uso en muchos parques para conservar el agua y al mismo tiempo preservar los árboles (el césped en estos parques puede permanecer parcialmente verde)
  • Estamos utilizando agua reciclada para regar 5 parques (estos parques permanecerán verdes)

All-digital permitting is much more efficient than paper-based permitting. Staff will no longer need to spend time on tedious, low-value tasks like physically date-stamping plans. Instead, they’ll be able to focus on high-value tasks, like answering applicant questions. With all permit-related information in one online hub, staff will be able to work in tandem, with better accuracy. On the applicant’s side, the self-service portal brings convenience, allowing applicants to complete permit tasks from desktop, mobile, or other device, 24×7. The portal will even be the place where staff and applicants communicate. All of this translates into better service to the community.

A second benefit has to do with transparency–the ability of the public to see into the City’s processes. Transparency is an important component to our democracy, and it’s also vital to City staff and project applicants. Applicants and staff will be able to see where projects are in the review cycle, which will help applicants manage their budgets and timelines.

Finally, all-digital permitting is better for the environment. No paper and no need to drive to City Hall–two ways to support the local and global environment, a priority for our City as we work toward becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The Permits & Planning Hub is Petaluma’s new web portal for applying for most permits and planning approvals that the City requires through the Building, Planning, Public Works, Fire and Police Departments.

You will be able to track the progress of your application through a personalized dashboard that will show the status of all the permits you have applied for, any additional documentation is requesting, and any fees that are outstanding.

Yes. All fees for applications will be payable through the Hub.

In addition to being able to apply for a permit, you will also be able to upload any required supporting documents such as plans, reports, or authorizations.

Petaluma is hoping to have CSS available to the public before the end of August 2021.

Petaluma’s recycled water program does not currently offer service to residential customers. The recycled water we do create is fully contracted to long-term existing customers that provide a critical service to the City during wet years. To implement a residential program, we would first have to adjust our program, get approvals from oversight bodies, and expand our plant to generate more recycled water. However, we can provide advice and support to help our residents maintain their landscaping during the mandatory water restrictions.

Some water agencies are offering their recycled water to residential customers. Unfortunately, Petaluma is not able to do that at this time. 

Petaluma’s recycled water program is fully contracted to long-term, existing customers that provide a critical service to the City during wet years. Implementing a residential program would involve adjusting our program, getting approvals from oversight bodies, and then expanding our plant to generate more recycled water. This process would take many months, if not years.

With this in mind, we encourage our residential water customers to try other ways to reduce their landscape water use, while still keeping their garden and (hopefully, drought-tolerant) yards looking beautiful. This includes putting in an efficient drip irrigation system, watering in the evening or early morning, and choosing plant varieties that need less water.

You may notice some parks around town turning brown while some stay green. Why?

  • We have turned off water at 26+ of our highest usage parks (these will turn brown)
  • We have drastically reduced use at many parks to conserve water while preserving trees (grass at these parks may remain partially green)
  • We are utilizing recycled water to irrigate 5 parks (these parks will stay green)

After Aug 23, 2021, the City will no longer accept paper applications, including plans, filled out forms, etc.

Applicants will need to convert their materials to a digital file that can be uploaded via the portal. We recommend high resolution, professional scanning for plans; for forms and supporting materials we prefer scanned over digital photos. The file types we will accept include:


Los Mandatos de la 4 etapa del plan de contingencia por la sequía estarán en vigor a partir del 13/09/21.

The Stage 4 Drought Mandates are in effect beginning9/13/21.

Any further questions can be directed to Ken Eichstaedt at [email protected]

To report issues including potholes or sidewalk concerns click here.

The Petaluma Bike and Pedestrian Master plan provides a thorough glimpse into City plans which can be accessed here. Sign up here to stay informed and share your thoughts!

Electric bikes and scooters are treated as bicycles and are subject to the same regulations and provisions within the city. For more information click here.

If you are interested in joining the PBAC or any other commission, committee, or board click here.

The Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee makes walking and biking safer and more enjoyable by developing new bike and pedestrian projects, providing recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, reviewing development applications and more. Additional information about the PBAC can be found here.

Registering your bike with the Petaluma Police Department helps you get your bike back if it gets lost or stolen. For more information on why you should register your bike and to access the registration form click here.

Access the proposed and existing bike facilities maps here.

La población en el estado de California (como en el resto del mundo) está creciendo. Con el fin de garantizar que haya suficientes viviendas para que todos vivan de manera asequible, el estado de California determina las cifras de población proyectadas y después estima cuántas unidades de vivienda deben crearse para satisfacer la demanda de vivienda. Luego, el Estado pide a las ciudades que ayuden, asignando a cada ciudad una cantidad de unidades de vivienda que deben crear para apoyar a la población en crecimiento (esto se conoce como Asignación de Necesidades de Vivienda Regional). 

En pocas palabras, el estado exige que Petaluma, como todas las demás ciudades de California, cree unidades de vivienda. El número de unidades cambia a medida que cambian las proyecciones de población del Estado, pero siempre debemos seguir su dirección o corremos el riesgo de que el Estado revoque nuestros poderes de uso de la tierra, lo que significaría que el Estado podría decidir qué se puede y qué no se puede construir aquí. 

El Plan General y el Plan de Gestión del Agua Urbana de Petaluma nos ayudan a proyectar y prepararnos para el uso futuro del agua, incluido el uso asociado con nuevas unidades de vivienda. Planeamos con mucha anticipación y contamos con planes de respaldo para las sequías, que es una condición recurrente en nuestra región. Algunos de estos planes de respaldo incluyen pedir a nuestra comunidad que ayude a conservar el agua, expandir el tratamiento y la distribución de agua reciclada y contar con los suministros de agua subterránea cuando se reducen las asignaciones de agua superficial. 

Por otra parte, para asegurar que la ciudad de Petaluma tenga suficientes suministros de agua para satisfacer el aumento de la demanda de agua, el Plan General (la hoja de ruta de Petaluma para el crecimiento) requiere un monitoreo de rutina de los suministros de agua en comparación con el uso real, y la evaluación para cada nuevo proyecto de desarrollo (Política 8-P- 4). 

Además, todos los nuevos desarrollos están sujetos a los últimos estándares del código de construcción, que requieren la implementación de eficiencia del agua para usos de agua en interiores y exteriores. La Ciudad también impone una Ordenanza de Eficiencia en el Uso del Agua para Jardines, que minimiza el uso de agua para riego. 

Actualmente estamos actualizando nuestro Plan de Gestión del Agua Urbana del 2020 (UWMP, de sus siglas en inglés). Puede ver nuestro UWMP final del año 2015, el borrador de UWMP del 2020 y la contingencia de escasez de agua aquí: Entrega y calidad del agua de la ciudad de Petaluma – Obtenga más información.

Estos mandatos se harán cumplir y quienes los infrinjan estarán sujetos a multas de hasta $1,000. Consulte a continuación nuestro manual de procedimiento por una infracción y las multas aplicables (Sección 15.17.100 del Código Municipal de Petaluma). 

  1. Los clientes que incumplan con los requisitos de la 4 Etapa o del Capítulo 15.17 del Código Municipal de Petaluma recibirán una advertencia escrita o verbal y se les ordenará que la corrijan lo que hayan incumplido dentro de un tiempo razonable. Un plazo de setenta y dos (72)  horas desde la notificación de la infracción será considerado un tiempo razonable para volver a estar dentro de la ley.
  2. La Ciudad podrá instalar un dispositivo de restricción de flujo en la línea de servicio.
  3. La Ciudad podrá imponer una multa por desperdicio de agua al cliente. La 1 infracción: $100, 2 infracción: $500, 3 infracción: $1,000.
  4. La Ciudad podrá cortar el servicio de agua y cobrar a los clientes por la reconexión. El servicio no se restablecerá hasta que la Ciudad verifique que la violación ha sido corregida y que se han pagado todos los cargos y tarifas adicionales. 

Las siguientes restricciones del uso del agua se aplican durante todo el año. Para obtener una lista completa de las restricciones del uso del agua, consulte la Sección 15.17.070 del Código Municipal de Petaluma (Código Municipal de Petaluma). 

  • Lavado de áreas de superficie dura con manguera directa,a menos que esté equipado con una boquilla de cierre.
  • Desperdiciode agua a través de roturas o fugas dentro del sistema de plomería o distribución privada del cliente, durante un período de tiempo considerable. 
  • Riegode un modo, o en la medida que permita el escurrimiento de agua, o el rociado excesivo de las áreas que se están regando. 
  • Lavar automóviles, botes, remolques u otros vehículos, equipos y maquinaria directamente con una manguera que no esté equipada con una boquilla de cierre en el extremo de la manguera.
  • Riegodel jardín durante o dentro de las 48 horas de lluvia mensurable. 
  • El riego con agua potable de césped ornamental en medianeras de vía pública.
  • Usar aguapara cuestionesdel agua que no sean de reciclaje. 
  • Cubiertas para piscinas y spas: las piscinas y spas al aire libre deben cubrirse fuera del horario comercial o mientras no estén en uso.

Si sabe dónde está la fuga, llame a un profesional o repare la fuga de manera oportuna. Según la EPA, el 10% de los hogares tienen fugas que desperdician 90 galones de agua o más al día. Las fugas comunes suelen ser por “flappers (placas) de inodoro desgastadas, grifos que gotean y otras válvulas con fugas. Arreglar estas fugas o contratar a alguien para que lo ayude puede ahorrarle al menos un 10% en su factura de agua y evitar que el agua se desperdicie. 

Si no sabe de dónde proviene la fuga, el mejor lugar para comenzar es revisar su medidor de agua. Para obtener instrucciones paso a paso sobre cómo verificar su medidor, haga clic AQUÍ

Alentamos a los residentes a reportar los casos de desperdicio de agua en su área. Ejemplos comunes de desperdicio de agua son los sistemas de riego como: riego roto, exceso de pulverización, escorrentía y sincronización incorrecta. Si ve desperdicio de agua, háganoslo saber. Para reportar algún caso de desperdicio de agua, comuníquese telefónicamente al 707-778-4507 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]

En caso de grandes fugas y emergencias relacionadas con el agua, llame al 707-778-4546. 

También puede informar estos problemas y otros en línea ingresando al sitio web a continuación:

Petaluma compra agua de Sonoma Water. Para obtener más información sobre el suministro de agua de Sonoma y los niveles de los reservorios en caso de escasez de agua, visite el siguiente sitio web

Apagar su sistema de riego o reducir significativamente el riego es una manera fácil de ahorrar grandes cantidades de agua. Si no puede dejar de regar su jardín, los siguientes pasos pueden ayudar a reducir el uso de agua en exteriores: 

  • Revise minuciosamente su sistema de riego para asegurarse de que no haya roturas, fugas o desperdicio de agua cuando esté encendido o apagado.
  • Programe su riego para que solo funcione entre el nuevo horario de riego restringido: por las noches de los martes y sábados desde las 7pm hasta las 8am del día siguiente.
  • Revise su programa de riego semanalmente. Apague el riego cuando haga frío o llueva.
  • Utilice tiempos de riego más cortos para permitir que el agua penetre completamente en el jardín y para reducir la escorrentía. 
  • Use mantillo para una mejor retención dela humedad. 
  • Riegue a mano cuando sea necesario en lugar de utilizar un sistema de riego automático.
  • Para obtener recomendaciones gratuitas sobre el programa de riego semanal durante los períodos en que no hay sequía, visite

La ciudad de Petaluma ofrece muchos programas, reembolsos y recursos para ayudar a los residentes de Petaluma a contribuir y ahorrar agua. Para obtener información sobre cualquiera de los siguientes programas, reembolsos o para solicitar cualquier artículo, por favor comuníquese telefónicamente al 707-778-4507 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]

  • Dispositivos de conservación de agua gratuitos: la ciudad ofrece dispositivos de conservación de agua gratuitos a todos losusuarios de agua de Petaluma. Para obtener más información sobre los artículos disponibles, por favor visite el siguiente sitio web: 

Reembolsos por ahorro de agua:

  • Reembolsos por la adquisición de inodoros residenciales de alta eficiencia (HET, de sus siglas en inglés): si tiene un inodoro que descarga 1.6 galones por descarga (gpf) o más, puede calificar para solicitar un reembolso de hasta $150 para reemplazar su inodoro antiguo con uno de alta eficiencia (HET). Para obtener más información, por favor visite el sitio web a continuación:
  • Reembolsos para inodoros y urinales comerciales de alta eficiencia: las empresas pueden calificar para solicitar un reembolso de hasta $260 por cada accesorio de baño antiguo que se reemplace por un inodoro o urinal de alta eficiencia. Usted puede comunicarse telefónicamente al 707-778-4507 o enviar un correo electrónico a conservació[email protected], para obtener más información. 
  • Reembolsos para lavadoras de ropa de alta eficiencia: reemplace una lavadora de ropa de carga superior con una lavadora de carga frontal que califique y reciba un reembolso de $75. Para obtener información sobre lavadoras que califican y una solicitud de reembolso, puede visitar el siguiente sitio web: 

Programas de ahorro de agua:

  • Programa Mulch Madnessse trata de un programa gratuito de reemplazo de césped, para residentes y negocios que desean transformar sus céspedes sedientos de agua en un jardín cubierto de mantillo tolerante a la sequía. Este programa incluye suministros gratuitos de mantillo en hojas (abono, cartón, mantillo) y su entrega, así como kits de conversión de riego para residentes. Para saber cómo calificar, por favor visite el sitio web a continuación: 
  • Programa de visitas a domicilio HouseCall Water-Wise: este es un programa personalizado para ayudarlo a usar el agua de manera más eficiente, tanto dentro como fuera de su hogar. Con cada visita a domicilio de Water-Wise HouseCall, un profesional capacitado en eficiencia del agua evaluará su uso actual de agua y describirá las mejores y más prácticas formas de maximizar el ahorro de agua. Debido a las restricciones de Covid-19, nuestro personal de conservación no puede ingresar a las casas, pero puede ayudar con las áreas al aire libre (verificaciones de riego, horarios de agua, verificar su medidor) y también guiarlo a través de cómo realizar una inspección de fugas en interiores. Las inspecciones de HouseCalls Water-Wise se pueden realizar en persona o por teléfono. Para obtener más información, puede ingresar al siguiente sitio web:
  • Kits de fugas DIY (hágalo usted mismo): aprenda a comprobar si hay fugas en su hogar con un kit de fugas DIY GRATUITO. Cada kit incluye instrucciones fáciles de usar, un práctico manual de plomería, tabletas de tinte para inodoro y más. Disponible para los usuarios de agua de Petaluma a pedido, los kits se entregan semanalmente sin contacto. Para obtener más información, por favor visite el siguiente sitio web:

La Etapa 4 estará en vigencia hasta que se recuperen los niveles de suministro de agua o hasta que las condiciones de escasez de agua empeoren y la Ciudad deba implementar la Etapa 5 o superior del Plan, para reducir la brecha en el suministro de agua y el uso del agua por parte de los clientes. 

No. El objetivo de reducción del 30% para Petaluma es para toda la ciudad. Petaluma reducirá su uso total de agua en un 30% en comparación con el consumo promedio del período comprendido entre los años 2020. El objetivo de Petaluma no se aplica a cada cliente individual, sino a la Ciudad en su conjunto. A los clientes individuales de agua se les pide que sean prudentes con el uso del agua, cumplan con las restricciones obligatorias, aprovechen los programas de reembolso por conservación de agua de la Ciudad, y eliminen y denuncien el desperdicio de agua.

The population of California (like the rest of the world) is growing. In order to ensure there is enough housing for everyone to live affordably, the State of California determines projected population numbers then estimates how many housing units must be created to meet the housing demand. The State then calls upon cities to help, allocating each city a number of housing units they must create to support the growing population (this is known as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation). 

Simply put, Petaluma, like all other cities in California, is required by the State to create housing units. The number of units changes as the State’s population projections change, but we must always follow their direction or we run the risk of the State revoking our land use powers – which would mean the State could decide what can and cannot be built here. 

Petaluma’s General Plan and Urban Water Management Plan help us project and prepare for future water use, including use associated with new housing units. We plan far in advance and have back-up plans in place for droughts, which is a recurring condition in our region. Some of these back-up plans include calling on our community to help conserve water, expanding treatment and distribution of recycled water, and reliance on groundwater supplies when surface water allocations are curtailed. 

Furthermore, to assure that the City of Petaluma has sufficient water supplies to meet increased water demand, the General Plan (Petaluma’s roadmap for growth) requires routine monitoring of water supplies against actual use and evaluation for each new development project (Policy 8-P-4). 

Additionally, all new development is subject to the latest building code standards, which require water efficiency for indoor and outdoor water uses. The City also imposes a Landscape Water Use Efficiency Ordinance, which minimizes water use for irrigation.   

We are currently updating our 2020 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). You can view our Final 2015 UWMP and the Draft 2020 UWMP and Water Shortage Contingency here: City of Petaluma Water Delivery and Quality – Learn More.


  • El programa de riego limitado al aire libre se ha reducido a dos veces por semana –  por las noches de los martes y sábados desde las 7pm hasta las 8am del día siguiente.
  • La Administración Central de la Ciudad puede cambiar las reglas de riego, si es necesario.
  • Todas las mangueras deben estar equipadas con una boquilla en los extremos de las mismas.
  • Se recuerda a los usuarios del servicio de agua que deben reparar cualquier fuga y eliminar cualquier desperdicio de agua (este paso es necesario incluso cuando no estamos en una sequía, según el Código Municipal de Petaluma).
  • No se podrá utilizar agua para lavar la acera, excepto por cuestiones de saneamiento.
  • El lavado de vehículos solo está permitido en instalaciones comerciales.
  • Apague las fuentes de agua y todo artefacto que use agua.
  • No se permite el llenado de piscinas y spas.
  • No rellenar piscinas y spas existentes. El código municipal de Petaluma exige que se utilicen las cubiertas para piscinas y spas, deben estar cubiertas fuera del horario comercial o mientras no estén en uso.
  • No colocar o replantar nuevo césped o plantas de alto consumo de agua.
  • Los nuevos desarrollos urbanos deberán esperar para darle forma a sus jardines, no se permite colocar césped, plantas y árboles en ellos hasta nuevo aviso.


  • Los restaurantes servirán agua a sus comensales solamente cuando estos lo pidan.
  • Los operadores de hoteles y moteles deberán ofrecer a sus huéspedes la opción de no lavar las toallas y la ropa de cama todos los días.
  • La frecuencia y el tipo de riego con agua potable en parques, campos de golf, distritos de evaluación del paisaje, escuelas, medianeras y fachadas serán determinados por la Administración Central de la Ciudad, quien podrá modificar la frecuencia de riego de cada espacio verde según lo determinado.
  • Deberá usarse agua reciclada para la limpieza de las calles.


  • Cuando esté disponible, se deberá usar agua reciclada para controlar el polvo.
  • El número de transportistas de agua reciclada a los que se les permite usar agua reciclada para fines distintos de la construcción será determinado por el Administración Central de la Ciudad.
  • Los medidores de agua potable para la construcción están limitados al uso para pruebas hidrostáticas y cloración de líneas de agua. El uso de medidores de agua para la construcción se evaluarán caso por caso.


  • No se permitirán nuevas cuentas de transportista de agua para comprar agua potable (o según lo determine la Administración Central de la Ciudad).
  • Los transportistas de agua potable que ya tienen cuentas no podrán transportar más de la asignación actual, y las cargas de agua serán monitoreadas para el uso mensual.
  • Los transportistas de agua potable no tendrán permitido tomar nuevos clientes (o según lo determine la Administración Central de la Ciudad). El Proyecto de Resiliencia a la Sequía en la Llanura de Santa Rosa está exento de esta disposición.

These mandates will be enforced and violations are subject to fines of up to $1,000. Please see our violation procedure and fine schedules below (Petaluma Municipal Code Section 15.17.100).

  1. Customers in violation of Stage 4 requirements or PMC Chapter 15.17 will receive a written or verbal warning and order that the violation be corrected within a reasonable time. Seventy-two hours from notice of violation shall be considered a reasonable time for correction.
  2. The City may install a flow-restricting device on the service line.
  3. The City may levy a water waste fine to the customer. 1st violation: $100, 2nd violation: $500, 3rd violation, $1,000
  4. The City may shut off water service and charge the customer for reconnection. Service shall not be reinstated until verified by the City that the violation has been corrected and all charges and fees have been paid.

The following water use restrictions are enforced year-round. For a complete list of water use restrictions please refer to the Petaluma Municipal Code (Petaluma Municipal Code) Section 15.17.070.  

  • Washing of hard-surfaced areas by direct hosing unless equipped with a shutoff nozzle. 
  • Escape of water through breaks or leaks within the customer’s plumbing or private distribution system for any substantial period of time. 
  • Irrigation in a manner or to the extent that allows runoff of water or over-spray of the areas being irrigated. 
  • Washing cars, boats, trailers, or other vehicles, equipment, and machinery directly with a hose not equipped with a hose-end shutoff nozzle. 
  • Irrigating landscape during or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall. 
  • The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians. 
  • Using water for non-recycling water features. 
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Covers – Outdoor swimming pools and spas are to be covered during non-business hours or while not in use. 

If you know where the leak is, call a professional or fix the leak in a timely manner. According to the EPA, 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more a day. Common leaks include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. Fixing these leaks or hiring someone to help you can save you at least 10% on your water bill and save water from being wasted. 

If you do not know where the leak is coming from contact the Water Department at (707) 778-4546 and one of our Water Customer Service Representatives can check your meter for leaks.  For step-by-step instructions on how to check your meter, please click HERE


We encourage residents to report water waste in their area. Common examples of water waste are from irrigation systems such as: broken irrigation, overspray, run-off, and improper timing. If you see water waste, please let us know. To report water waste please call 707-778-4507 or email [email protected] 

For large leaks and water emergencies please call 707-778-4546. 

You can also report these issues as well as others online at

Petaluma purchases water from Sonoma Water. For more information on Sonoma Water supply and water shortage reservoirs levels, please visit

The City of Petaluma offers many programs, rebates, and resources to help Petaluma residents save water. For information on any of the below programs, rebates, or to request any items, please call 707-778-4507 or email [email protected] 

Water Saving Rebates: 

  • Residential High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) rebates – If you have a toilet that flushes 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) or more you can qualify for up to a $150 rebate to replace your older toilet with a HET. For more information, please visit: 
  • Commercial High-Efficiency Toilet and Urinal rebates – Businesses can qualify for up to a $260 rebate for each older bathroom fixture that is replaced with a high-efficiency toilet or urinal.  Please call 707-778-4507 or email [email protected] for more information.  
  • High- Efficiency clothes washer rebates – Replace a top- loading clothes washer with a qualifying front- loading washer and receive a $75 rebate. For information on qualifying washers and a rebate application please visit: 

Water Saving Programs: 

  • Mulch Madness Program – A free turf replacement program for residents and businesses who want to transform their water thirsty lawns to a drought tolerant mulched landscape. This program includes free sheet mulching supplies (compost, cardboard, mulch) and delivery, as well as irrigation conversion kits for residential accounts. To learn how to qualify please visit: 
  • Water-Wise HouseCall Program – This is a personalized program to help you use water more efficiently both inside and outside your home. With each Water-Wise HouseCall, a trained water efficiency professional will assess your current water usage and outline the best and most practical ways to maximize water savings. Due to Covid-19 restrictions our conservation staff cannot enter homes but can help with outdoor areas (irrigation checks, water schedules, check your meter) and also walk you through how to do an indoor leak inspection. Water-Wise HouseCalls can be performed in-person or on the phone. For more information, please visit: 
  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Leak Kits – Learn how to check for leaks in your home with a FREE DIY Leak Kit. Each kit includes easy to use instructions, a practical plumbing handbook, toilet dye tablets, and more. Available to Petaluma water customers by request, kits delivered contact-free weekly. For more information, please visit:
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