City Attorney FAQs

The County of Sonoma has published a page about evacuating safely in the era of COVID-19. Read the page so that you and your family members can respond in the safest way in the event of an emergency.

Staying Safe in Emergencies During COVID-19

The City works with Petaluma People Services Center to coordinate donations and volunteers during a wildfire or other emergency.

PPSC is a trusted partner in our community. It has good working relationships with other nonprofits, including faith based organizations, that serve our community.

For information about how to donate/volunteer, please contact PPSC at Phone (707) 765-8488 or petalumapeople.org.

 

If an alert or warning needs to be issued for a potential threat to the City of Petaluma, community members can receive these messages by subscribing to Nixle or SoCo Alerts. As part of our emergency management and preparedness, the City of Petaluma provides this alert and warning service free to our community. To subscribe to Nixle text your Zip code to 888777. We encourage all of our community members to also sign up for SoCo Alerts if you have not already done so.

Like the County of Sonoma, the City of Petaluma also has the ability to activate the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system for situations that present an imminent threat to life or property. This notification does not require subscription and is typically received through a wireless device like a mobile phone or tablet. You may have already seen this type of alert before as it commonly used for AMBER alerts.

For more info and access to the evacuation map, go to our Evacuations Page.

The City will continue to keep the community informed about Measure U. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to receive a presentation on Measure U please contact Ingrid Alverde at 707-778-4549 or ialverde@cityofpetaluma.org. You can also find additional Measure U background and voting information in the links below.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To check your registration or get registered to vote, visit registertovote.ca.gov.

Measure U is a one cent locally controlled sales tax that would generate local funding for vital city services. Measure U is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries, and out-of-town visitors to our City also pay the cost. Measure U is not a tax on your property or home.

Measure U was placed on the ballot after months of community engagement. Over 3,000 residents participated in workshops and survey responses. Residents identified top priorities, including:

  • Emergency public health, wildfire, and natural disaster preparedness
  • Maintaining 911 emergency response times and fire prevention and protection
  • Ensuring 24-hour police and fire staffing
  • Keeping public areas safe and clean
  • Repairing streets, roads, and potholes
  • Supporting local businesses through recovery

Yes. In keeping with our tradition of prudent fiscal stewardship, Measure U requires Independent Citizen Oversight, spending priorities based on community input, financial audits, and public disclosure of all spending. All Measure U funding stays in Petaluma and none can be taken by the State.

Yes. Petaluma’s 396 miles of roads are rated the worst in the Bay Area and are pitted with potholes and cracks and in dire need of maintenance. Measure U will repair existing hazards and properly maintain our streets, which will only get more expensive to fix the longer they go without repair and repaving. Measure U will fix our streets and potholes and make our roads safer, including for first responders who need to reach people quickly that need help.

Petaluma has been fortunate and spared from recent fires but calls for emergency response to the Fire Department continue to increase to record levels – an increase of 95% in the past decade which has also increased emergency response times. Measure U will ensure our firefighters can respond quickly to any emergency with adequate staffing and equipment that protects our city and residents.

If enacted, Measure U funding would stay local to address Petaluma’s local needs. It’s more important than ever to maintain fiscal stability and be prepared for any future wildfire, public health and safety, or other natural disaster. We cannot depend on the state or federal government to adequately address our local needs, recovery efforts, and community priorities for a safe, prepared, and well-maintained city.

The Petaluma City Council unanimously placed Measure U on the November 3, 2020 local ballot. Measure U would enact a one-cent sales tax to address community priorities with reliable, locally controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State.

PG&E operates drop-in Community Resource Centers during the day in counties impacted by a PSPS.

All centers provide ADA-accessible restrooms and hand-washing stations, medical equipment charging, device charging, Wi-Fi, bottled water and snacks.

Indoor centers also offer air-conditioning or heating, seating and ice.

For more information, go to PG&E’s community resources web page.

People who rely on a medical device that requires electricity or who take medicine that must be refrigerated must take special care to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Here are steps to take NOW so that you are ready when a PSPS is called:

Register with PG&E’s medical baseline program
Click HERE for more information. Medical Baseline customers may receive extra notifications as part of this outreach which may include additional phone calls or a door knock to ensure they’re aware and can make preparations to stay safe. It is important that Medical Baseline customers acknowledge receipt of a notification by answering the phone and speaking or replying to the text message.

Consult your Health Provider
Because each situation is unique, we recommend that you ask your health care provider or pharmacist for advice on how to properly store your medicine during a power outage.

Get Help from an Independent Living Center (ILC)

If you rely on power to operate life-sustaining medical devices, an ILC may be able to cover the costs associated with accessible transportation to and from PG&E Community Resource Centers. They may also provide funds for hotel expenses, use their offices as charging stations, and provide loaner backup battery power. Get more info HERE.

Investigate Backup Power
To learn about backup power options, go to PG&E’s backup power web page and/or read this handout.

Tips for Keeping Medication Cold
Read this handout.

You can find out if your power will be turned off in several ways:

PGE Alerts:
When possible, PG&E will email, phone, or text to customers who will be impacted by a PSPS, before power is turned off. In 2020 season, PG&E is striving to send alerts 48 hours, 24 hours, and immediately before the scheduled PSPS.

Note: PG&E will send alerts using the information on file. If your contact information and address are not in the PG&E system, you may not receive an alert. Update your contact information online or call 1-866-743-6589.

PG&E Outage Map
Go to PG&E’s main web site and link to the PSPS outage map. There you should be able to view a map that shows where the PSPS will be and type in your address and get information about whether you will be impacted by the PSPS.

A “Public Safety Power Shutoff” or “PSPS” is an intentional shut off of the electricity grid for safety reasons, such as to reduce fire risk during gusty and dry weather. The electricity utility that serves the area–PG&E, for Petaluma–is the entity that calls for the PSPS.

Go to the PG&E website for information about how to plan for and respond to a PSPS.

Dredging will begin on Friday, September 4, 2020, and will end no later than October 29, 2020. Under the terms of the contract, the contractor has 89 days to complete the project.

The contractor is allowed to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a big project with a short timeline so we expect to see crews working day and night, 7 days a week.

Important information about D Street Bridge Closure

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for funding and managing the dredging project. The City of Petaluma is a partner agency on this project; however, we are not managing this project and have not been part of the decision-making in terms of the contractor chosen, project timeline, or hours of operation.

Dredging will begin at Shollenberger and then work downstream (towards the Bay) to address some spots of shoaling along the channel. Once that is complete, work return to Shollenberger and then go upstream (towards the City core), finishing with the Turning Basin.

Important Info about D-Street Bridge Closure Oct. 4 – 11.

The dredging project will have the following impacts:

Shollenberger Park Access
The loop trail around Shollenberger will need to be closed for the duration of the project, to allow safe equipment access and to help ensure public safety.

Noise
Dredging can be noisy work. Those who live and/or work along the river should be prepared to hear noise (similar to heavy construction work) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The noise will be most apparent from mid- to late-October, when dredging occurs along the City’s River Front and downtown areas.

Vehicle Traffic
When dredging occurs in the Turning Basin, the D Street Bridge will be opened multiple times a day, thereby, impacting the traffic along D Street.

Access to the Petaluma River/Boat Traffic
During the project, the areas undergoing dredging will not be accessible to the public, and marine traffic will likely be affected as well. Obstructions such as docks that are currently encroaching on the federal channel will need to be relocated during the project.

 

Over the past decade, silt has built up in the Petaluma River, making it impossible for tourists and locals to boat down the river, whether as part of a day’s excursion for shopping and lunch in Petaluma or as part of one of the many water-based events such as the Holiday Lighted Boat parade.

Removing this silt through dredging will result in a deeper river that will accommodate a wide variety of boats. This means more recreation opportunities, the return of river events, and a revitalized riverfront economy and experience.

Dredging also will offer more flood protection.

The City has been pursuing additional funding and project partners to make a push for beneficial reuse of the dredge materials. Beneficial reuse could include the use of the dredge material to enhance the resiliency of the Petaluma Marsh and help protect additional vulnerable locations along the Petaluma River.

This project is following strict Fish & Wildlife protocols and other measures to protect the environment.

Project Timing & Deadlines
The US Fish & Wildlife Agency has issued a permit for this project, with the condition that the project be completed during a certain time of year and within a certain time frame. The project must run on a 24×7 operation in order to meet these permit requirements.

Water Quality Tests
California Regional Water Board – San Francisco Bay Region issued Waste Discharge Requirements for this project. These include requirements for sampling and observation through and a self-monitoring program conducted by the City’s Water Quality team.

Safe Silt Disposal
Dredged material will be disposed of at a designated disposal site in the Bay.

The work in this Upper River portion will be completed with a 74’ suction dredge, Sandpiper. A 24” pipe will be connected to the dredge and material will be pumped through the pipeline into the Shollenberger disposal site. The longest length of pipeline will be ~14,000 ft when the dredge is working in the turning basin.  The pipeline will be submerged for most of it’s length but marked with buoys.

At the disposal site in Shollenberger, a bulldozer and other equipment will be used to spread the material as needed and reposition the discharge pipe.

There will be a second, clamshell dredge that will be removing material ‘out in the flats’ from the channel in San Pablo Bay.  This material will be loaded into a hopper barge, which will dispose of the material  at a designated in bay disposal site.

The City of Petaluma is wrapping up the process for obtaining 10-year maintenance dredging permits to support future maintenance dredging events, including the tentatively scheduled Marina dredging in 2021. The City will also be applying for the Measure AA Grant to provide additional funding for upcoming dredging. In addition, the City has been pursuing additional funding and project partners to develop a long term, sustainable plan to have the Marina regularly dredged

The banners hung across D Street and Kentucky Street are managed by the City Manager’s Office. You must submit a permit application with the appropriate fee and meet the following guidelines:

  • Only nonprofit or community events can be advertised.
  • No political campaign advertising is permitted – this includes local races such as school board, hospital board, city or county elections.
  • Reservations may be made up to one year in advance. Call 707–778–4345 for assistance.
  • Banners may be hung for a maximum two-week period, on a space-available, first come/first served basis.
  • Banners must have slits cut in them to allow the wind to pass through.
  • Only one banner may be hung at each location at any one time. Banners may be printed on both sides, however, if nonprofits choose to share banner space.
  • No banners may be hung the week before Thanksgiving through the first week in January to allow for downtown holiday decorations.
  • It is the permittee’s responsibility to arrange for the hanging of the banners. Location of hooks for the banners are on private property, and property owners do not permit ladders placed against their buildings. The City does not hang banners. You must arrange to have your banner hung by a sign company or by a company who has a bucket truck.  Check the phone directory for licensed companies providing this service.
  • The cost for a banner changes each new Fiscal Year based on the CPI and the City of Petaluma Fee Schedule.  The current cost is $42 and will be effective until June 30, 2020.

Banners May Be Hung Across the Following Streets and Locations:

  • Location #1 – D Street – 149 C Street and 200 First Street
  • Location #2 – Kentucky Street – 140 Kentucky Street and 141/143 Kentucky Street

A medida que usted lleve adelante sus preparativos para enfrentar los riesgos del Coronavirus (COVID-19), queremos que siga confiando que contamos con una fuente de agua potable segura, limpia y de buen sabor.

La red municipal de agua de la Ciudad de Petaluma llega a sus clientes proveniente de la “Sonoma County Water Agency” (Agencia de Agua del Condado de Sonoma) y se purifica utilizando técnicas modernas de tratamiento para eliminar patógenos, incluyendo las bacterias y los virus. El agua se controla regularmente para garantizar que supera todos los estándares estatales y federales de salud y de seguridad. Para conocer más información sobre la calidad del agua, por favor ingrese a la página web que informa la calidad de nuestra agua.

CITY ATTORNEY SUMMARIES OF ORDERS AND ORDINANCES

SONOMA COUNTY

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

UNITED STATES

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has announced new action and relief through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The purpose is to help families, workers and employers as we face the effects of COVID-19. Review Employee Rights as a result of the FFCRA. Additional information can also be found at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Key information regarding current services and operations within the City of Petaluma:

  • Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, the City limited operations to “essential services only” through May 3, 2020. Check out the listing of city departments and services.
  • All public-facing City facilities, including City Hall and the Petaluma Community Center, are closed through May 3, 2020.
  • City first responders are on the job prioritizing the health and safety of the community. To help limit the spread of coronavirus, we encourage the public to utilize our online police reporting services at https://cityofpetaluma.org/departments/police-department/ or call the 24/7 police non-emergency line at (707) 778-4372. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.

SHOPPING HOURS FOR SENIORS

  • Oliver’s and Petaluma Market are reserving the first hour they are open every day, from 6-7 a.m., for seniors and individuals with suppressed immunity systems. So is Whole Foods, which offers a window from 8-9 a.m.
  • Safeway and Lucky designated 6-9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for those same groups, as well as pregnant women. Target in Santa Rosa and Petaluma are reserving the first hour on Wednesdays, 8-9 a.m., for at-risk shoppers.

 

TRANSIT

  • Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is reducing services in response to changes in ridership demand. Learn more on the SMART website.

NEED HELP WITH MEALS?

  • Petaluma City Schools (PCS) will start a free meal program on March 23. This program is for students and their siblings of PCS, Two Rock School, and Wilson School. More info here.

 

ISSUES WITH PRICE GOUGING

  • California’s price gouging law prevents business from wrongfully profiteering on essential goods, supplies and services during an emergency. If you are the victim of price gouging due to the coronavirus, or if you have information regarding potential price gouging, you can file a complaint through the Sonoma County’s District Attorney’s office or by calling (707) 565-5317. 

As you make any preparations to deal with the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) know that your tap remains a safe and reliable source of clean, good-tasting drinking water.

Water served by City of Petaluma to customers comes from the Sonoma County Water Agency and is purified using modern treatment techniques to remove pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. Water is continuously monitored to ensure that it surpasses all state and federal regulations for health and safety. More information on water quality can be found on our water quality page.

Información clave sobre los servicios y operaciones actuales dentro de la Ciudad de Petaluma:

  • A partir del martes 17 de marzo, la ciudad limitó las operaciones a “sólo servicios esenciales” hasta el 4 de mayo de 2020. Puede leer el artículo completo aqui.
  • Todas las instalaciones públicas de la ciudad, incluyendo el ayuntamiento y el Centro Comunitario Petaluma, estarán cerradas hasta el 4 de may de 2020.
  • Animamos al público a utilizar nuestros servicios de denuncia policial en línea en https://cityofpetaluma.org/departments/police-department/ o llame a la línea de no emergencia de la policía 24/7 en (707) 778-4372. En caso de emergencia, marque el 9-1-1 para asistencia.

RESUMEN DE LAS ORDENANZAS MUNICIPALES Y ÓRDENES DE OTROS ESTAMENTOS GUBERNAMENTALES

  • Revisión del resumen del Secretario(a) de la Ciudad acerca de la Orden del Condado Shelter-in-Place” (Refugiarse en el Lugar o Quedarse en Casa). (City Attorney’s Summary)
  • Revisión del resumen del Secretario(a) de la Ciudad acerca de la Orden Estadual que pone una moratoria en los desalojos. (City Attorney’s Summary)
  • Revisión del resumen del Secretario(a) de la Ciudad que compara las Órdenes del Condado de Sonoma sobre la Urgencia Defensa de Inquilinos que enfrentan un Desalojo por causa del COVID-19 y la Orden Ejecutiva N-37-20 del Estado de California que pone una moratoria en los desalojos. (City Attorney’s Comparison)

 

CONDADO DE SONOMA

  • Obtenga las últimas novedades de las Órdenes o Mandatos, Actualizaciones y Comunicados de Prensa del Condado. (Orders, Updates and Press Releases)
  • Haga clic aquí para obtener más información sobre cómo recibir alertas del Condado
  • La Junta de Supervisores aprobó la Ordenanza Municipal “Eviction Defense Ordinance” (Defensa contra Desalojos). Conozca más sobre el Memorándum de la Ciudad de Petaluma.

 

ESTADO DE CALIFORNIA

  • Manténgase informado(a) con las últimas noticias, Órdenes o Mandatos y las actualizaciones del Estado de California. (News, Orders and Updates)

 

ESTADOS UNIDOS

  • El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos anunció qu nuevas acciones para traer alivio a las familias a través de la ley nacional “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”, FFCRA). El propósito de esta ley es ayudar alas familias, trabajadores(as) y empleadores a sortear los efectos provocados pro la pandemia del COVID-19. Revise el resultado del la ley FFCRA en el documento que tiene por título “Derechos Laborales del Empleado/a” (Employee Rights) que también puede ser consultado en el Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos. (U.S. Department of Labor)

 

 

HORAS DE COMPRAS PARA LOS ANCIANOS

  • Oliver’s y Petaluma Market reservan la primera hora que están abiertos todos los días, de 6 a 7 a.m., para personas mayores e individuos con sistemas inmunológicos suprimidos. También lo es Whole Foods, que ofrece una ventana de 8 a 9 a.m.
  • Safeway y Lucky designaron las 6-9 a.m. todos los martes y jueves para esos mismos grupos, así como para las mujeres embarazadas. Target en Santa Rosa y Petaluma reservan la primera hora de los miércoles, 8-9 a.m., para compradores en riesgo.

TRÁNSITO

  • Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) está reduciendo los servicios en respuesta a los cambios en la demanda de pasajeros. Aprenda más en el sitio web de SMART.

¿NECESITAS AYUDA CON LAS COMIDAS?

  • Las escuelas de la ciudad de Petaluma (PCS) comenzarán un programa de comida gratis el 23 de marzo. Este programa es para los estudiantes y sus hermanos de PCS, Two Rock School y Wilson School. Más información aqui.

 

PROBLEMAS CON LA ESTAFA DE LOS PRECIOS

  • La ley de estafa de precios de California impide que las empresas se aprovechen indebidamente de los bienes, suministros y servicios esenciales durante una emergencia. Si usted es víctima de la estafa de precios debido al coronavirus, o si tiene información sobre una posible estafa de precios, puede presentar una queja a través de la oficina del Fiscal de Distrito del Condado de Sonoma o llamando al (707) 565-5317.

Petaluma’s City Charter can be found here.

Petaluma is a Charter City, meaning it was incorporated by a Charter that acts like a constitution for the City.  Cities that have not adopted a charter are general law cities. General law cities are bound by the state’s general law, even with respect to municipal affairs. Of California’s 478 cities, 108 of them are charter cities.

The charter city provision of the State Constitution, commonly referred to as the “home-rule” provision, is based on the principle that a city, rather than the state, is in the best position to know what it needs and how to satisfy those needs.  The home-rule provision allows charter cities to conduct their own business and control their own affairs.

A charter maximizes local control. A city charter, in effect a city’s constitution, need not set out every municipal affair the city would like to govern. So long as the charter contains a declaration that the city intends to avail itself of the full power provided by the California Constitution, any city ordinance that regulates a municipal affair will govern over a general law of the state.

Petaluma has a local minimum wage that is higher than the State minimum wage. This minimum wage applies to hours worked within the city limits. Effective January 1, 2021, the Petaluma minimum wage will be $15.20 per hour for all employers, regardless of size.

In 2020, the Petaluma minimum wage was $15.00 per hour for Large employers (26 or more employees) and $14.00 per hour for Small employers (25 or fewer employees).

Check out our minimum wage web page for more info about the Petaluma minimum wage ordinance.

To receive city notifications, please go to cityofpetaluma.org/subscribe and then complete and submit the form there. If you are not able to complete the form online, please send your contact information to cityclerk@cityofpetaluma.org.

To report a crime that is an emergency and in progress, dial 911.

For non-emergency crimes, including those that are in progress and those that have already taken place, read our tips here.

The City issues parking permits in the following situations:

  • Reserved parking in ‘A’ Street and Keller Street parking facilities: currently there is a waiting list for these permits.
  • Temporary construction parking permits: you need this permit for  parking construction-related equipment or vehicle in a timed parking zone.  A timed zone is usually in the downtown area where parking is only permitted certain days and hours. These permits are issued for a maximum of thirty days at a time, after which they may be renewed.
  • Residential parking permits may be issued for areas where “Permit Only” restrictions are in effect, or as designated by City Council.

Parking permits are handled by the Finance Department. Please contact financeemail@cityofpetaluma.org for assistance.

If you are a City Council or Commission/Committee member with questions about conflicts of interest, ethics, open meetings, or records, please contact the City Attorney by phone (707-778-4362) or email (cityatty@cityofpetaluma.org).

 

For zoning-related questions, please contact the Planning Department. If you are a business, you can also use our online zoning check tool at petaluma.opencounter.com.

Another option is to refer to the Implementing Zoning Ordinance document.

For code-related questions, please start by viewing the City of Petaluma Municipal Code online. If you still have questions, please contact the appropriate department, e.g., Building for Building-related codes. For questions about nuisance-related codes (noise, parked cars, etc.), please contact Code Enforcement. For landscape/water conservation codes, please contact the Water Conservation team.

 

Report a water leak by calling the Public Works & Utilities Water Department at (707) 778-4546.  A City employee is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

Contact Code Enforcement at 707-778-4469, via email (codeenforcement@cityofpetaluma.org) or via their online form (available on the Report Nuisance Code Enforcement page).

If you  need assistance with a legal matter in Sonoma County, please visit Sonoma County Community Services for information or the Sonoma County Bar Association for a referral. The City Attorney’s Office does not, and cannot, represent members of the public or offer them advice.

The City Attorney’s Office is responsible for providing, coordinating and managing the provisions of all of the City’s legal service needs. The office provides legal services and support for the City Council, all City subordinate bodies (commissions and committees), the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and all City departments.

The City Attorney’s Office does not, and cannot, represent members of the public or offer them advice. If you need legal assistance, please contact the following agencies for assistance:

Sonoma County 2-1-1: Call 211 or visit 211sonoma.org.

Sonoma County Courts: Sonoma.courts.gov

Sonoma County Bar Association: Sonoma County Bar Association

You will receive an Order of Suspension/Revocation from the officer. If you hold a valid California driver license, the officer will pick it up and send it to DMV. The Order of Suspension/Revocation serves as a temporary license which expires 30 days from its issue date. Then the suspension/revocation action goes into effect.

The temporary license does not allow you to drive if you do not have a valid California driver license or there is another driver license action in effect.

Learn More

You have rights as a victim.  Marsy’s Law assured that.  Learn more.

 

By law, qualifying victims of crime may receive financial assistance for losses resulting from a crime when these losses cannot be reimbursed by other sources. The State Board of Control (Board), Victims of Crime Program (Program), administers California’s Crime Victim Compensation Program.  Learn More.

You will need to obtain a park use permit if your event involves:

  • Organized activity in which 20 or more persons are expected to participate or attend
  • Having exclusive use of an area
  • The event is publicized prior to the date of the activity
  • For the sale of goods
  • Activity involving the use of amplified sound
  • Activity involving the placement of structure, stages or booths
  • Use of alcohol
  • Requires special City Services

Read our Park Rental Book for more info or contact Parks and Recreation by email at parksnrec@cityofpetaluma.org or by phone at 707.778.4380.

All new residential and commercial construction requires the installation of fire sprinklers. Some existing buildings, both residential and commercial, without fire sprinklers may require a fire sprinkler retrofit as a result of major remodels, additions or renovations. There are exceptions for some Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). Detailed fire sprinkler requirements can be found here.

The Petaluma Fire Dept. does not offer CPR classes. However, the Petaluma Health Care District offers training and classes for CPR, AED, and other lifesaving skills, through its HealthQuest program. Go to the PHCD website for upcoming classes, or call Tami Bender, Healthquest CPR Program Manager, by phone (707-766-9226) or email.

Many times a fire engine with medically trained firefighters can arrive much faster than an ambulance. Thus,  lifesaving treatment immediately. Firefighters on an engine also respond with the ambulance to ensure there are personnel available to assist not just with the patient but also to manage other hazards that may be associated with the incident. Many times medical aids are not as straight forward as dealing with just one patient and we don’t know the extent of the incident until we arrive on scene.

Firefighters make their own meals in the fire house and therefore need to shop groceries. This is an on duty activity which means when an emergency is dispatched we drop everything and respond no matter where we are and we need to have the fire engine with us.

Petaluma enforces the current California Fire Code. Amendments to this code adopted into local law can be found in the Petaluma Municipal Code.

You can request a fire incident report from the Fire Prevention Bureau through our online form, via email, or in person at 22 Bassett Street, Petaluma, CA, 94952.

Smoke alarms should be placed as follows:

  • one in each bedroom
  • one in the hallway or common area serving the bedrooms
  • in multi-story homes a smoke alarm shall be placed on each level.
  • one carbon monoxide alarm shall be located on each level of the home.

Refer to the manufacturer’s installation instructions for the placement of individual smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.

 During some flood events sand and sandbags are made available from an unmanned station located at the end of Hopper Street.  Shovels are provided for you to bag your own sand.

Poisoning because of lead paint is a serious issue. If you suspect a lead paint hazard in your home or business, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau to learn about safe abatement procedures and complaint options. You can contact Fire Prevention via phone (707-778-4389), email (firemarshal@cityofpetaluma.org) or in person at 22 Basset Street, adjacent to City Hall.

For more information about lead paint, go to the EPA’s web page on the topic.

As part of the business license process, the City’s Fire Prevention and Building Divisions need to inspect your business to ensure that you business meets minimum requirements for safety and emergency access. To schedule a business license inspection, send email to bizcheck@cityof petaluma.org.

You can prepare for the inspection by reviewing this checklist of items.

To find out whether your residence or business is located in a high fire hazard zone, review the City’s High Fire Hazard Severity Zone map.

Fill out and submit the Weed Abatement Complaint form online. Or download the paper form then submit to the Fire Prevention Bureau in person or by mail (22 Basset Street), or via email to firemarshal@cityofpetaluma.org.

There are two types of fire department permits: Construction and Operational.

Construction permits are needed for the installation of fire protection systems (such as fire sprinklers) and high-piled storage systems and for construction that involves hazardous materials and processes.

Operational permits are required for certain business types or business activities, such as businesses involving hazardous materials or hazardous operations, day care and residential care facilities, tent installations, tire storage, and other uses.

To clarify whether you’ll need a permit and which kind you’ll need, contact Fire Prevention Bureau via email at firemarshal@cityofpetaluma.org or by phone (707-778-4389).

The City of Petaluma’s Domestic Partnership Registry allows unmarried couples to formally declare and record their self-described status as domestic partners and to obtain written certification. Review the Domestic Partnership page and registration forms below. 

Domestic Partnership Form 

Domestic Partnership Termination Form

To request City Public Records, please complete the Request for Public Records Form online. Or download and print the paper Request for Public Records Form, then complete and return to the City Clerk in person or by postal mail (11 English Street, Petaluma, CA 94952) or by email to cityclerk@cityofpetaluma.org. Turnaround times and copying charges are listed on the form.

You can search, browse, and read documents in the City’s archives using the City’s online records management system.

Check out our dog park map and dog run flyer to find out more about hours, locations, and rules related to City-run dog parks/dog run areas.

Appointments to the City’s 15 citizen boards, commissions, and committees are made annually in June. The recruitment process begins in mid-May. Read the info sheet about serving on City Boards, Commissions, and Committees to learn more. You can also download the Board, Commission & Committee Application, as well as supplemental questions for the Planning Commission.

The City of Petaluma offers benefits, including but not limited to health, dental, vision, life insurance, and employee assistance, flexible spending, and deferred compensation programs. The City participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to provide retirement and health benefits.

We frequently update our salary schedule to reflect applicable changes throughout the year.

Applications can be submitted only for open recruitments for the classification being recruited. You can submit an “interest card” via our page on GovernmentJobs.com to be notified by email when we begin recruiting for a position in an area you are interested in, within one year.

Resumes are typically recommended as part of your application but they will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Another thing to keep in mind: when you submit an application, be sure to provide answers to the supplemental questions and any other information required. Do not state “see resume” as a response to a supplemental question or request for other information (such as list of certifications). This is considered an incomplete response and would invalidate your application.  

We offer a variety of classes for all ages.

View what’s available and sign up for all classes through our online portal.

All open recruitments are posted online on our career page located at GovernmentJobs.com.

We offer a variety of fun and inclusive summer camp programs.

View what’s available and register your child through our online portal

We offer multiple adult sports programs throughout the year.

For more information, call 707-778-4519 or check out our adult sports website.

 

The City has its own Transit division, which offers regular bus service as well as specialized transportation, called Paratransit, for individuals who do not have the functional ability to ride public transit.

There are eligibility requirements to ride Partransit. Please visit the City’s Paratransit website, or call (707) 541-7180 or TDD (707) 541-7184, for more information and to request an application and interview.

Petaluma Paratransit operates generally within the city limits of Petaluma, regardless of the existence (or lack) of Petaluma Transit (PT) fixed route service. It also includes areas outside the city limits that are within a ¾ mile of an active PT fixed route.

 

The City of Petaluma’s Senior Center is a great place for seniors and active adults to socialize, learn, and play. The Senior Center is located at 211 Novak Street in Petaluma, which sits within Luchessi Park. Membership is $30 per year and includes a newsletter mailed to you each month.

To learn more, visit our Active Adults page, or contact Sandra Kraus, the Senior Center Recreation Coordinator, at 707-778-4349 or skraus@cityofpetaluma.org.

There are several resources in Petaluma that offer free or low-cost transportation:

1. Petaluma Transit has bus stops on North McDowell Avenue and Maria Drive, which may be within walking distance for some seniors.  Visit the Transit website or call 707-778-4460 for more info.

2. Petaluma Transit also offers Paratransit services for qualified riders. You must apply and be deemed eligible. Visit the Transit website for more info or call (707) 541-7180 to receive an application and schedule an interview.

3. Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC) offers free rides for seniors through its iRIDE program. Click here or contact PPSC via phone (707-765-8488) for more info.

The City of Petaluma maintains two pools: The Petaluma Swim Center at 900 East Washington Street and the Cavanagh Pool at 426 Eighth Street.

For information about hours of operation and programs offered, visit the Petaluma Swim Center website.

For a description of our Tiny Tot preschool program and guidance on how to sign up, read our Tiny Tot Info Guide.

Follow the directions and guidelines in the City’s Park Reservation Book.

For info about facilities rentals and to view the application, go to our Facilities Rental Book.

Get info about field availability, fees, and reservation procedures in our Athletic Field Rental Booklet.

Call 707-778-4519 for more information.

The City needs to assure safety and accessibility on all public property and right-of-way, such as streets and sidewalks.  For that reason, it requires an encroachment permit any time a property owner, service provider, business, construction company needs to use part of the sidewalk, street, or other public right-of-way. You’d need an encroachment permit for:

  • Dumpsters, scaffolding, storage bins or other structures placed on a sidewalk or in the street (e.g., for a construction project or a move)
  • Outdoor dining, furniture, and awnings for a restaurant
  • Installing a bike rack (near your business, for example)
  • Construction on or repair of sidewalks or streets
  • Underground utility work
  • Tree trimming or removal
  • Transporting a wide load (transportation permit)

Learn more about encroachment permits and download necessary forms here. For personal assistance, contact the Encroachment Permit Counter by phone (707-778-4303, option 6); email (encroachmentpermits@cityofpetaluma.org); or in person at 11 English Street (East wing, lower basement floor).

Info about the Turning Basin and Marina can be found in our Turning Basin/Mooring FAQs document.

To report a clogged storm drain, contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at (707) 778-4546 or submit a storm drain report online or via our mobile app (search in Apple Store or Goole for engagEPetaluma).

Click here to download the most recent water quality report. To learn more, visit our Water Delivery and Quality page.

The City of Petaluma does not add fluoride to its water.

Cloudy water is caused by air bubbles in the water and is completely harmless. You can tell if it is air if the cloudiness clears first from the bottom of a glass with the small air bubbles moving up towards the surface.

If you’d like, you can draw tap water into a bottle/glass and store it in your fridge or let it sit in an open container until the bubbles naturally disappear. It takes only a few minutes for the air bubbles to clear.

Sometimes air enters the water pipes when the water service has been interrupted due to repairs.

To release air from your water pipes:

  • Run cold water for several minutes in order to release air and remove debris from the system
  • Use bathtub faucets and hose bibs when possible for flushing your system, as they generally have a larger capacity and do not have aerator screens to trap debris.
  • Clean faucet screens to remove debris that might clog the water fixture.

Occasionally the tap water in your home may look brown. Discolored water is the result of the minerals and iron in the water main being stirred up from increased water pressure.  Discolored water is SAFE to drink and does not pose a health risk.  The main causes of brown/discolored water are:

  • Work being done on the water system
  • Water main flushing
  • An unexpected event like a water main break

If you find dirty water in your home or business, you should not use any hot water.  Run the cold water in the bathtub or outside hose bib for a minute or two, until the water runs clear.

Replacing the sewer lateral line on your property benefits you and the City. It can significantly reduce your monthly sewer costs as well as reduce sewage back-ups on your property. Improving the way sewage is collected on your property helps the system as a whole, which is good for the City and its sewer customers.

The City offers a Sewer Lateral Replacement grant program to help you offset the costs of this replacement. Read the brochure to learn more and/or download the application.

The City’s Water Resources and Conservation Program provides rebates for installing high-flow toilets and washing machines, and for replacing your lawn with mulch. For more info, visit www.SaveWaterPetaluma.net.  

To report a water leak:
Report a water leak by calling the Public Works & Utilities Water Department at (707) 778-4546.  A City employee is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist you.

To check for a water leak:
Read our Water Leaks Tip Sheet for info. Or get help from a trained technician during a FREE Water-Wise House Call. To schedule, call (707) 778-4507. 

 

 

If you observe water waste, please either call our Water Conservation Hotline at (707) 778-4507, or use our online reporting form

Water/Sewer/Storm bills can be paid in person or by mail (Finance Department at City Hall, 11 English Street), or online at https://www.onlinebiller.com/petaluma. Payment drop-boxes are available at City Hall to submit payment when City Hall is closed.

Contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at (707) 778-4303, email publicworks@cityofpetaluma.org or submit a report online or via the EngagePetaluma mobile app (download engagEPetaluma in Apple Store or Google).

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