Permitting & Building Seminars


Sonoma Valley Engineering Corp. offers a FREE seminar approximately every 90 days which provides the public with information pertaining to the Permitting and Construction of Backyard Cottages.  The venue of the seminars varies, as each seminar is aimed at providing advice specific to the Municipality at which the event is held.  Topics discussed in these seminars include:

  • The Permitting Process for Your Municipality
  • The Documents Required for Permitting
  • How to Permit a Backyard Cottage Yourself
  • Layout of Your Cottage
  • How & When to Hire Contractors
  • Worker's Compensation and Liability Insurance
  • How to Use our Materials Pricing Sets
  • What to Include in your Budget
  • What Tools You Will Need
  • Where to Find DIY Assistance

If you're interested in attending an upcoming Cottage class,  Send us a note so that we can register you for an upcoming seminar.  Please use our "Contact Us" link above to provide us with your contact information. The minimum class size is 10 registered participants.


Date: August 17th, 2016
  • Location: City of Sonoma
  • Time: 6:00-8:00pm
  • Site: To Be Announced
Date: November 16th, 2016
  • Location: City of Santa Rosa
  • Time: 6:00-8:00pm
  • Site: To Be Announced
Date: February 15th, 2017
  • Location: City of Petaluma
  • Time: 6:00-8:00pm
  • Site: To Be Announced

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