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Humane Society is a non profit organization that is funded by donations and grants. They have a limited entry shelter that accepts surrendered animals from the public. They also transfer some animals from the Animal Control shelter to their facility. The Humane Society provides spay/neuter assistance and humane education. Their phone number is 984-5489.
Both Animal Control and the Humane Society have animals available for adoption.
We are currently CLOSED to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Tuolumne County Animal Control is accepting licensing by mail only until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. We are not charging any penalties for late pet licensing due to the inconvenience.
All dogs in the State of California are required to obtain a rabies vaccination by the age of 4 months. They are also required to be licensed in the jurisdiction in which they live. In Tuolumne County all dogs must be licensed within 30 days of the following: turning 4 months; moving to the county; or ownership. A late penalty will apply if not done within this time frame. The only exception is that there will be no penalty for young dogs up to 6 months old if they have been spayed or neutered. Licensing can be done in person at the shelter office (10040 Victoria Way, Jamestown) Monday – Friday 9:00-1:00.
There is no licensing during shelter hours on Saturday.
Licensing can also be done via mail to 2 South Green Street, Sonora, CA 95370. Be sure to include a legal size Stamped Self Addressed Envelope with $0.70 postage. To obtain a license provide a rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinarian. To obtain the discount price for altered dogs, include a spay/neuter certificate first time licensing or if the status of the dog has changed. One or three year licensing is available. The rabies vaccination must be valid for the duration to qualify for three year licensing.
Be sure to seek medical aid if bitten by an animal. Rinse wounds as quickly as possible even if you only have access to water. If there is no animal to quarantine then rabies post exposure treatment will be recommended. Rabies is a fatal disease.
Animal Control handles all legitimate complaints but priority is given to threats to public safety and animal welfare. In cases where a violation has occurred but it was not witnessed by the Animal Control Officer we cannot write a citation or submit a case to the District Attorney. It is up to the citizen witness to be willing to testify in these cases. It is also important to report problems when they first start to occur so that the history is documented.
Everyone has personal opinions about the right way to treat and maintain animals but keep in mind that Animal Control can only intervene if the law is being broken.
When reporting a barking dog to Animal Control it is important to have the correct physical address and be as detailed as possible as to when precisely the barking is occurring. A history check will be done and if this is the first complaint or there has not been one in 6 months, a letter will be sent to the dog owner. It will not include the name of the complaining party but will give specifics about the complaint and ideas for addressing the problem.
If the problem continues then we will need at least two different households willing to document dates and times of barking. A complaint will be submitted to the District Attorney office and they will determine if charges are to be filed based on the witness testimony.
Due to staffing cut backs Animal Control does not routinely go out on barking dog complaints. The exception is that if there are at least three reporting parties being disturbed. When time permits Animal Control will send an Officer to the neighborhood to park a discreet distance from the residence and listen for barking. If the ACO witnesses the dog barking for 30 minutes then a citation can be issued and/or the dog impounded.
Please note- if you have your own trap call first before trapping so that we can reserve a space for you. If you are planning on trapping, neutering and releasing please make sure that all residences and businesses that will be affected are in agreement that they want a feral cat colony in the area. You must also make a commitment to care for these animals by providing resources and retrapping should a cat become injured or ill.
For sick or injured wildlife call Animal Control at 694-2730.
For orphaned or injured juvenile or small animals call Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue at 588-1335 or 484-1928. For birds and squirrels call Mother Lode Wildlife Care at 677-7249.
Make sure your pets are wearing identification (license tag, personal ID tag, microchip tag) and consider having a microchip implanted. All shelters in California scan for microchips.
Prior to adoption we do conduct a background check to verify good pet ownership. We talk with your veterinarian, check our records, and make sure the landlord is on board if you rent.
If the animal you are adopting is not neutered there is a $40.00 spay/neuter deposit redeemable at the veterinarian’s office. If it is a dog greater than 4 months and it does not have a rabies vaccination there is a $10.00 rabies deposit. There are also applicable license fees and an adoption fee of $23.00.
If you know you must give up a pet do not wait until the last minute. Contact the Humane Society of Tuolumne County (984-5489), Friends of the Animal Community (768-3630), or search for one of the many breed rescues available on line.
Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations and heartworm preventive. This will make them much more adoptable. Also be honest about any problems that the pet may have.
If the dead animal is on the highway call Cal Trans (984-4438 or 586-3851). If the dead animal is located on a County maintained road, call Animal Control to remove the carcass. Deceased animals are usually picked up on Wednesday afternoon. You can request your deceased domestic animal (dogs and cats) be picked up for a fee of $98.75, depending on staffing availability.
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California Law prescribes a yearly ad valorem tax based on property as it exists at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 (tax lien date). The Form 571L or 571A constitutes an official request that you declare all assessable business property situated in this county which you owned, claimed, possessed, controlled or managed on the tax lien date. The form is approved by the State Board of Equalization (BOE) but forms are administered by the county.
An annual filing of a Business Property Statement is a requirement of section 441(d) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. Statements are sent in order to gather the most up to date information on the business property so that an accurate value can be determined.
Yes, the filing laws that apply to business also apply to non-profit organizations. Non-profit organizations many, however, qualify for exemptions.
California Constitution Article XIII and Revenue and Taxation Code section 201 state that all property is taxable unless it is stated that it is exempt. Business personal property is not exempt.
Sales tax and property tax are two different types of taxes.
Business property includes all property, unless exempted by state or federal law, and real estate owned and/or used by a business. Examples of business personal property include operating supplies, office furniture, computers, machinery, and hand tools. Business property also includes leasehold fixtures and leasehold structures (tenant improvements.)
This is a requirement of section 441(d) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. An Assessor’s request for the filing of an annual statement is sent in order to gather the most up to date information on the business property so that an accurate value can be determined.
It is important that the statement be returned even if you no longer own the business property. If a statement is not returned, an estimated assessment will be made using the best information available, equipment is not depreciated, and a 10% penalty on the assessed value will be added for failure to file as mandated by the California Revenue and Taxation Code section 463.
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for making reasonable assessments based on available information. If you do not file a property statement, the assessor will estimate the assessable value. In addition, a 10% penalty for failure to file will be added to your assessment and equipment is not depreciated.
Yes. If you are using the equipment for business purposes, it is reportable, assessable, and taxable as business personal property.
Due to the uniqueness of each business, please contact the Auditor-Appraiser at (209) 533-5535 to discuss your business needs and operation.
Yes. All True Leases, Capitalized Leased Equipment, and Lease to Purchase Option Equipment, where the final payment has not yet been made, are reported in Part III on the front of the property statement, or as an attached listing if more space is required.
Capitalized or Purchase Option Leased Equipment, where the final payment has been made, must be reported in Schedule A at the original cost and original year acquired, not the buyout cost or year the final payment was made.
Business property not in use but located within the county is still assessable. If you have received a Business Property Statement you should complete it for the remaining property and add a letter of explanation as to where and what the remaining assets are.
Examples of reportable supplies are ordinary office, janitorial, manufacturing, fuel and chemical supplies; fuel, insecticides and fertilizer used by agricultural taxpayers; and medical supplies held by a doctor’s office to be given to patients, incidental to service, even if the samples were provided at no charge.
Put in the total amount of the retail value of supplies you had on hand on January 1st. If you are not sure, make an estimate of the amount you normally keep on hand.
When signing, please remember that it is important to complete all the areas of the “Declaration by Assessee” in order to validate a signature.
The declaration must be signed by either the assessee/owner, a duly appointed fiduciary, or a person authorized to sign on behalf of the assessee such as: a member of the bar, a certified public accountant, a public accountant, an enrolled agent, a partner, corporate officer, LLC manager or managing member, or other person as defined by the State of California Board of Equalization.
In the case of a corporation: the declaration can be signed by an authorized employee or agent who has been designated to sign on behalf of the corporation, by the Board of Directors, by name or by title, only if a valid Agency Authorization has been filed with the Assessor.
In the case of a partnership, the declaration can be signed by an authorized employee or agent who has been designated to sign on behalf of the partnership, by name or by title, only if a valid Agency Authorization has been filed with the Assessor.
In the case of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), the declaration can be signed by an authorized employee or agent who has been designated to sign on behalf of the LLC manager or by the members, by name or by title, only if a valid Agency Authorization has been filed with the Assessor.
When a declaration is signed by an employee or agent, other than a member of the bar, a certified public accountant, a public accountant, an enrolled agent or a duly appointed fiduciary, the assessee’s written Agency Authorization form to authorize the employee or agent to sign the declaration on behalf of the Assessee must be filed with the Assessor. The Assessor may at any time require a person who signs a property statement and who is required to have written authorization to provide proof of authorization.
A Business Property Statement that is not signed and executed in accordance with the foregoing instructions is not considered a valid filing. The penalty imposed by section 463 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code for failure to file is applicable to non-valid or unsigned Business Property Statements.
Depreciation tables are set for different types of equipment and are based on the annual Equipment and Fixtures Index, Percent Good and Valuation Factors approved by the California State Board of Equalization, Assessor’s Handbook 581. Equipment is depreciated based on the equipment’s original cost and type and year of acquisition to arrive at the fair market value.
Equipment Factors and Classifications.
You may call, email, or write the Assessor’s Office to discuss the value and make a written request for an informal review. Please note that if the value was the result of an estimated assessment made by the Assessor for failure to file a property statement by May 7, of each year, you will need to complete and return a Business Property Statement with your request for an informal review.
You can file an Assessment Appeal Application online or by calling (209) 533- 5521. In order to appeal an assessment, you must file an Assessment Appeal Application with the Clerk of the Board between July 2nd November 30 (or the next business day if the November 30 falls on a weekend or holiday).
Should your value notice be the result of an Escape Assessment, you have 60 days from the date of the Notice of Enrollment of Escape Assessment to file an Assessment Appeal Application.
You are responsible for all bills while the appeal is in review which can take up to two years.
Please complete, sign, date, and return a Business Property Statement to the Tuolumne County Assessor’s Office. Under California Law, the owner of assessable business property at 12:01 a.m., January 1st (lien date) is responsible for taxes and must be assessed at full value. Sale, closure, or disposal of property after the lien date does not relieve the Assessee of the obligation to report and pay taxes. Proration is not determined by the Assessor’s Office; this should be determined between the buyer and seller.
Please complete, sign, date, and return a Business Property Statement to the Tuolumne County Assessor’s Office. Based upon that statement, a review of your assessment will be completed. If business property is still located within the county, it may still be assessable. Non-use or storage of a business asset is not the determining factor for its assessability.
No. Unsecured bills are never prorated regardless of the disposal date. Proration of taxes should be done between the buyer and seller at the time of sale.
Bankruptcy does not relieve the Assessor of determining a fair market value. Assessed value and payment of taxes are separate issues. Please contact the Tuolumne County Tax Collector at (209) 533-5544 for issues regarding whether payment is required after bankruptcy.
The bill is not for real property such as the land or building. It is for the business personal property and fixtures used in the operation of a business such as desks, computers, counters, tables, stoves, and racking.
For additional information on Business Property, please visit the California State Board of Equalization.
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If the person needs to be hospitalized for mental health reasons, they will be sent to an appropriate psychiatric facility somewhere in California, usually within a few hours from Tuolumne County, for a 72 hour hold (often called a “5150”). During this time, the person is evaluated by a psychiatrist and provided treatment if appropriate; case managers keep in contact with the facility during this time to develop an after-care plan for the person. Whether or not a person is hospitalized for their condition, follow-up resources and after care plans help to get the person to the care they need.
If you are not a current client, we strongly encourage you to follow-up with your previous psychiatrist or physical health care doctor if possible. Psychiatric medications are prescribed through Behavioral Health, but the referral process may take a few weeks, especially for new clients just entering into services.
If a practitioner intends to provide any permanent cosmetic services outside of those directed by a physician or surgeon, then they will need to have a practitioner registration and the site will need a body art facility permit.
Glad you asked. High infrastructure costs have discouraged Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from expanding into many rural areas, leaving pockets of unserved or underserved residents. This came into sharp focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuolumne County, like other areas in the country, suddenly had areas where parents, kids and seniors needed high-speed internet but couldn't get it.
The state and federal governments identified these problems and began funding broadband infrastructure in rural areas. Funding was included in COVID-19 relief legislation and, more recently, in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This funding is primarily allocated to local governments through the state based on the number of residents and businesses with available service speeds of less than 25 Mbps. But that need is consistently under-reported by ISPs and each mistake could mean a loss of up to $4,200 in grant funding.
The County needs your input to prove where who needs service. You can help by checking your service or by testing your mobile service with the FCC Speed Test app so the County can work with the FCC to correct the data.
There are two important actions you can take. Check your existing service (what ISPs claim to offer) and let us know if it differs from what is available to you. Then download the FCC Speed Test app and routinely test your internet service.
A location is considered "unserved" if the fastest available speed is less than 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. A location is considered "underserved" if the fastest available speed is less that 100 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. Many grants require new infrastructure to achieve minimum speeds of 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload, sometimes called “100 Mbps symmetrical.” That's enough to simultaneously participate on multiple video calls and download streaming video on multiple devices.
Mbps (megabits per second) are units of measurement for network bandwidth and illustrate how fast a network or internet connection is. A bit is the smallest measure of binary data, either a single 0 or 1. A megabit is 1 million bits. The measure of Mbps is how many millions of bits a network can theoretically transfer each second.
Absolutely. Internet access is critical infrastructure. During the pandemic, that became more apparent than ever as children attended virtual lessons, remote work became more prevalent and telehealth became the first line of service for many. Additionally, high speed internet has been proven to increase economic development and boost local economies.
100 Mbps symmetrical is the minimum required for new connections under most grants. But the easiest way to achieve this is with fiber optic cable, and the majority of state and federal projects are focused on fiber infrastructure. Fiber can reach speeds of 1,000 Mbps symmetrical and has the potential to be a better long-term investment.
No. Your address is considered "served" if available speeds are 100 Mbps down and 25 Mbps up. In that case, your service will likely remain the same unless other improvements affect your network. Residents should check the service at their address.
The priority population is unserved residents and business but we expect some funds to be available to address underserved areas as well.
Possibly. While the County hopes to vastly improve broadband coverage, ISPs are responsible to address connection speeds on infrastructure they own. The County encourages improvements but does not mandate changes on private infrastructure.
There are several available in the county.
Line-of-sight services: Internet is beamed from a tower directly to an antenna on your house
Mobile internet services (e.g. cell phone service)
Hybrid systems: Internet beamed from one tower to another connected to homes by cable or fiber
Yes. The Broadband Projects page is updated as work progresses so that we can provide transparency to the process.
We have a special page just for partners. It's currently a work in progress but we hope to provide information about the permitting process and a guide to working with the County.
The effort spans across multiple County departments, including Administration, IT, Community Development, Public Works and more – each doing their part to contribute to various projects. The County is part of a regional consortium to pool resources and strengthen our negotiation position. Stakeholders of all types, including community members and business, Tribes, non-profits, ISPs and others will partner with the County as well.
Use the FCC app first. The FCC’s Speed Test app generates the only data that the FCC uses to challenge ISP claims of service and available speeds. Additionally, the data can be acquired for free by the public, governments and researchers.
Other apps consider test result information proprietary, charge fees for access and often don’t share the raw data. The FCC will consider this information but it carries lest weight since it's much harder for them to verify.
Making data available for free will reduce County expenses. It also increases the likelihood that the public or researchers will study broadband access. The data is anonymized to that no one will be able to identify you.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) report their coverage information to the FCC twice each year, which includes the advertised speeds offered at different locations. These reports frequently overestimate coverage and affect rural communities more frequently. If your speeds are slower than advertised, please check your service and we will report your problem to the FCC.
Additionally, some grants that the County plans to pursue use “delivered” or “available” speeds instead of advertised speeds to determine eligibility. Logging real-world speeds with the FCC Speed Testing app will provide a more accurate snapshot of service and may open avenues for more funding.
Building infrastructure is significantly more expensive in rural areas with rough terrain than in urban areas. This makes it more difficult for ISPs to profit from those investments. Providers sometimes perform minimal network maintenance and upgrades for the same reason, leaving customers with slower speeds and older technologies.
It's critical that you check your service, which only takes a few moments. This will allow us to report a lack of availability at your location and challenge an ISPs claims of service at your address with the FCC. We understand how important high-speed internet access is for all County residents and are working to expand service.
Absolutely. Connection speed is essential to many residents’ professional, academic and personal lives. The COVID-19 pandemic made reliable and fast internet even more of a necessity. Additionally, high speed internet has been proven to increase economic development and can boost our local economy.
Both. The FCC Speed Test app will check your Wi-Fi by default if you if you are connected to your home network. Otherwise, it will check your mobile connection. You can switch back and forth at any time in the app.
Test weekly if possible, which is the default on Android devices. Most people test when they are experiencing a slowdown and that can skew the data. Regular testing provides a more accurate snapshot of your internet speeds.
Ultimately, you can use any app you choose. However, the FCC considers data from other companies less reliable and only uses FCC Speed Test data. In addition, other apps require the County to purchase the data, diverting funding away from other broadband projects.
The FCC Speed Test app is not available on laptops or computers. It only works on Apple and Android mobile devices. If your device is connected to a home network, the app will test that by default.
The FCC web site has a lot of additional information, including a more detailed description of the app, privacy policies and tips on how to use the app.
A recreational vehicle may not be used for human occupancy for more than 30 days in a calendar year. However, with approval from the Building and Safety Division, one may reside in a recreational vehicle while they have an active permit for the new construction of a residence or business.
The Tuolumne County Law Library is located at the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Their address is 12855 Justice Center Drive, Sonora.
If you are currently renting out your home you will still qualify for the program. Please make tenant aware of the Defensible Space Program and if possible, please give our office the tenants information so we can contact them if need be at (209) 533-6395.
If there is a protective animal on the property please contact our office at (209) 533-6394 so that we are aware.
We have an inspector that will be on the property first and will be inspecting the property. With this visit there will not be a notification. Once the inspection is complete and we have determined there is work to be done, we will then contact all home owners and make them aware of the scheduled work date.
Our Inspector will be inspecting the entire property. If there is a tree that we are recommending be taken down, we will then contact the home owner and that will be owners decision on how to proceed.
For the general public we suggest subscribing to Notify Me News Flash: Engineering to stay up to date on the latest reports and press releases about Tuolumne County's roads. Additionally, these updates can be found on the bottom of the Engineering-Capital Improvement Projects webpage.
For contractors and potential bidders we suggest subscribing to Notify Me Bid Postings: Roads and Engineering to be alerted when the county has released a Request for Proposals. You can view projects that are currently accepting proposals on the Bid Posting webpage.
You can report the pothole by calling 209-533-5601 during Public Works business hours or via the Citizen Request Tracker. If you live along a County maintained road, we will send a crew to repair the pothole. County Service Area roads will be referred to Special Districts Administration to be addressed. Residents of privately maintained roads are responsible for their own road maintenance.
Funding availability limits major reconstruction to major or minor collector roads.
Tuolumne County itself is not a certifying agency. However, businesses located in Tuolumne County wishing to become certified should contact one of these certifying agencies serving our area:
CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CCCTA) Office of Civil Rights 2477 Arnold Industrial Way Concord, CA 94520-5327 Phone: (925) 676-1976 Fax: (925) 686-2630 cccta.org
CITY OF FRESNO Finance Department, Purchasing Division, DBE Program 2600 Fresno Street, Room 2156 Fresno, CA 93721-3622 Phone: (559) 621-1182 Fax: (559) 488-1069 fresno.gov
S.F. BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT (BART) Office of Civil Rights 300 Lakeside Drive 18th Floor Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: (510) 464-7580 Fax: (510) 464-7587 bart.gov
SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY (SFMTA) Contract Compliance Office 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: (415) 701-4436 Fax: (415) 701-4347 sfmta.com
SAN MATEO COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT (SAMTRANS)/PENINSULA CORRIDOR JOINT POWERS BOARD (JPB) DBE Office 1250 San Carlos Avenue San Carlos, CA 94070 Phone: (650) 508-7939 Fax: (650) 508-7738 samtrans.com
SANTA CLARA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (VTA) Small & Disadvantaged Businesses 3331 North First Street, Bldg. A San Jose, CA 95134-1906 Phone: (408) 321-5962 Fax: (408) 955-9729
If you are grading more than 50 cubic yards, you must first obtain a Grading Permit or obtain an exemption from the Public Works Department.
Medical, vision, and dental coverage is provided to foster youth through the Medi-Cal program.
In addition, foster parents are required to have age appropriate CPR and First Aid certification.
Foster parents may also select to be a “Fost-Adopt” home where they are only contacted if a child is projected to be or has been freed for adoption.
If you are interested in becoming a respite care provider, please contact Tuolumne County Foster Care Licensing at 533-5773 for more information.
The Earth Resource Facility 14959 Camage Ave, Sonora 533-0445
209 928-4251 Burns Refuse Service (Tuolumne City area) 209 962-7224 Moore Bors. Scavenger Co, Inc (Groveland area) 209 532-1413 Cal Sierra Disposal / Waste Management (Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown, Pinecrest, Don Pedro and surrounding areas)
The GIS webpage gives you links to the map viewers that are currently available. We are working to add new ones and improve the existing viewers and will post the new/improved map tools as soon as they are ready. Within each of the viewers are icon-based toolsets, and help in using those is found by clicking the info icon.
We work with the datasets constantly and strive to make the data as accurate as we can. However, we understand that there are limitations to how the information should be used because of the variable accuracy and completeness of the data, and hope that reading the disclosure information will cause the public user to understand the limitations. Actively checking the results with this Department prior to making a further investment of time or money is strongly recommended.
Like all of the major webpages for Tuolumne County, the GIS page has contact information on the side. Ways of using the contact information to ask a question include a phone number, address, and a link that allows the user to send an email to us. We try to answer any inquiry in a complete and timely fashion.
• Complete and sign an IHSS Provider Enrollment Form (SOC 426). The provider must submit the form to the Tuolumne County Department of Social Services at 20075 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370 and present original documentation of a current photo identification and social security card to verify their identity.• Complete the Independent Provider Orientation.• Complete and sign the Provider Enrollment Agreement (SOC 846). This form is completed at the Provider Orientation. • Submit fingerprints and pass a criminal background check from the Department of Justice. Once this process is completed, the Independent Provider will receive a notice stating they have completed the enrollment process. After the Independent Provider has been assigned to the IHSS recipient, the Independent Provider will receive time cards to begin claiming service hours.
The timecard hours are processed and submitted to the State payroll contractor. State payroll has 10 days to issue payment.
The ILP Aftercare Program continues to offer support and assistance to youth who have left the foster care system to help them make the transition into independent living.
For more information about the Extended Foster Care Program, please contact Tuolumne County Child Welfare Services at (209) 533-5717.
A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often the culprit. Having your septic system inspected regularly is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system. Your system will need pumping depending on how many people live in the house and the size of the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property value and could pose a legal liability.
Other good reasons for safe treatment of sewage include preventing the spread of infection and disease and protecting water resources. Typical pollutants in household wastewater are nitrogen, phosphorus, and disease-causing bacteria and viruses. If a septic system is working properly, it will effectively remove most of these pollutants.With one-fourth of U.S. homes using septic systems, more than 4 billion gallons of wastewater per day is dispersed below the ground’s surface. Inadequately treated sewage from septic systems can be a cause of groundwater contamination. It poses a significant threat to drinking water and human health because it can contaminate drinking water wells and cause diseases and infections in people and animals. Improperly treated sewage that contaminates nearby surface waters also increases the chance of swimmers contracting a variety of infectious diseases. These range from eye and ear infections to acute gastrointestinal illness and diseases like hepatitis.
You should have a standard septic system inspected at least every 3 years by a professional and your tank pumped as recommended by the inspector (generally every 3 to 5 years). Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected more often, generally once a year. Your service provider should inspect for leaks and look at the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank. If the bottom of the scum layer is within 6 inches of the bottom of the outlet tee or the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet tee, your tank needs to be pumped. Remember to note the sludge and scum levels determined by your service provider in your operation and maintenance records. This information will help you decide how often pumping is necessary.
• Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Deep rooted plants such as trees or shrubs may clog and damage the drainfield.
• Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drainfield or damage the pipes, tank, or other septic system components.
• Keep roof drains, basement sump pump drains, and other rainwater or surface water drainage systems away from the drainfield and limit your water use. If the amount of wastewater entering the system is more than the system can handle, the wastewater may back up into the house, emit foul odors or surface above ground in the yard.
No, Tuolumne County is currently in the process of researchingcommercial cannabis activities.
No, Tuolumne County is currently in the process of researching commercial cannabis activities.
No. A qualified patient who cultivates, possesses, processes, or transports medical marijuana exclusively for his or her personal medical use is not required to get a license.
No. Proposition 64 does not allow the sale of homegrown cannabis, whether whole plant, clones, clippings, or any product derived from the plant.
The Act establishes a dual licensing system between local cities and counties and the State. Businesses will be required to obtain a city, county, or city and county license, permit, or other authorization, before a business can apply for a state license.
Adults 21 years or older can possess up to one (1) ounce of cannabis and up to eight (8) grams of cannabis concentrates.
No. AUMA (Proposition. 64) prohibits smoking or consumption of medical and recreational cannabis in public places or in places where smoking tobacco is prohibited, which includes but is not limited to hallways and lobbies or apartment buildings and hotels, on the street, in schools, public parks and places of business open to the general public. Additionally, consumption or smoking of cannabis is prohibited within 1,000 feet of a school or youth area while children are present, except on private residential property provided smoking is not detectable by children.
No, Once the court has taken this action it is final.
Tuolumne County does not have a noise ordinance. Many land development projects have been conditioned to restrict days and hours when construction can occur and to require that operations adhere to specific noise standards. Please check with the Community Development Department to see if such conditions apply to a specific development.
The Zoning Ordinance allows up to four dogs or any combination of six dogs and cats (with not more than four dogs) to be kept on any parcel. If you want to keep more than this number of pets, you must obtain a Use Permit for a kennel. Kennels are allowed only in certain zoning districts and only with a Use Permit. Therefore, you should contact the Planning Division of the Community Development Department to determine if a kennel is allowed in your zoning district.
Can I expunge my adult record?
After successful completion of probation or conviction of a misdemeanor, you may be able to petition the Superior Court to dismiss charges pursuant to Sections 1203.4 et seq. of the Penal Code. You or your attorney may petition the court directly for dismissal, or you may apply through the Probation Department. A fee of $150.00 will be assessed per case, unless your fees are waived based on an inability to pay as determined by the Office of Revenue and Recovery. To apply, please complete the "Change of Plea Application" on this website and submit to the Superior Court, or contact the Probation Department at 209-533-7500.
To enroll in the Community Service Program, take your Courtorder to the probation office located at 465 S. Washington St., Sonora, Mondaythrough Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; Staff there willassist you with the enrollment process. Thereis a fee for community service. The feecan be paid at the Probation Department or at the Office of Revenue Recoveryand must be paid prior to your Court ordered completion deadline.
You may apply for the Electronic Monitoring Program byobtaining an application packet at the probation office located at 465 S.Washington St., Sonora. Staff there willassist you with the enrollment process and schedule an appointment for you tomeet with a Probation Officer. The Probation Officer will assess youreligibility for the program. You will be advised of your eligibility status ina sentencing report, or depending on the circumstances of your case, by theofficer who assessed you. You will be advised of all program fees and paymentdeadlines during the assessment.
To enroll in the Work Release Program, you must first reportto the Office of Revenue Recovery (ORR) at 2 S. Green St., Sonora, for afinancial assessment and to pay required program fees; ORR will need a copy ofyour Court order. After you have completed the financial assessment and paidthe required fees, take your Court order and any documents from ORR to theprobation office located at 465 S. Washington St., in Sonora, Monday throughFriday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; staff there will assist youwith the enrollment process. Programfees must be paid before you can enroll in the program.
There are many options available: Internet: https://benefitscal.com/ (all assistance programs) In-person: 20075 Cedar Rd North, Sonora (all assistance programs) Mail: Call 209-533-5725 or 209-533-7312 to request an application (medical assistance) Fax: 209-533-5714 to request an application (medical assistance)
45 calendar days for cash assistance and medical assistance. 30 calendar days for food assistance
10 working days
Public Health has a variety of programs available for children, adults and families. Resource referral and linkage is also a large component of the services provided. Some of the programs available include:
•Communicable Disease Investigation, Prevention and Control
•Immunizations for adults and children
•Lead Poisoning Prevention Program-offers education and surveillance
•Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for supplemental food, nutrition education
•Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP)- referrals and follow ups for periodic health screening
•Keep Baby Safe Child Car Seat Program- education on proper use of car seats, current laws
•California Children’s Services (CCS)-assists with medical expenses for children 0-21 with qualifying medical conditions
•Targeted Case Management (TCM)-Public Health Nurse makes home visits to referred families to provide health assessments, resources and referrals, health and life skills teaching
•Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)-offers support and home visits to affected families
•Emergency Preparedness (EP)- emergency response planning and preparation
•Tobacco Prevention and Education-provides a comprehensive approach to prevention, education, quit smoking and chewing strategies
•Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-provides oversight services to maintain efficient emergency medical services
Please follow this link for information on how individuals, families, businesses, schools, community-based and faith-based organizations, event planners, and others can prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
The most common form of lien is a tax lien recorded by a government agency to indicate an outstanding tax obligation. Such liens can be for unpaid income or payroll taxes or for unpaid property taxes on a boat, manufactured home or business equipment. The other common form of lien is a mechanic’s lien which is recorded by a supplier or contractor to show that they have delivered materials or services to a property for which they have not been paid. These liens are placed on the public record to alert anyone who is planning to do business with the person, such as a purchase, lease or loan that they may become subject to an outstanding obligation if they proceed.
Once a lien is recorded, as is true with any recorded document, it always remains “of record” under that person’s name. When a lien is satisfied, i.e. the taxes or debt is paid; a release of lien is recorded which has the effect of notifying the public that the person or property is now free of that obligation. Unfortunately, credit reporting agencies often have a hard time matching up the release with the original lien and the credit of the person against whom the lien was recorded may suffer long after the obligation was released. Tuolumne County Recorder does NOT notify credit reporting agencies of releases.
If you have a question or dispute with regard to a lien, you may contact the person or firm that recorded the lien to attempt to resolve the matter, or consult your own attorney to advise you of your rights or obligations. You can obtain records of liens yourself by visiting the Recorder’s Office at 2 South Green Street, 3rd Floor, Sonora, California, or, if real property is involved, obtain a preliminary report from a title company as part of the escrow process.
Should you have any questions please contact Tuolumne County Assessor-Recorder, Carol Jackson at 209.533.5531 or by e-mail email@example.com or Recorder@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov.
Children are required to be current on age appropriate childhood immunizations. We request a copy of the child's record no later than the first day of the first session the participant attends.
Streetlight repair is done by PG&E but Public Works staff can report the outage to PG&E for you. Please provide the number on the pole (if possible) and a cross street. Please note that if the light is not in an established lighting district, the light may be privately owned and there is a possibility the owner of the light has terminated the service contract with PG&E. If you want to report the outage yourself to PG&E you can do it
First, informally check with your neighbors to see if they feel the same way as a PRD zone of benefit special tax for road maintenance requires a 2/3 approval and there are setup and administrative charges involved. If they seem positive regarding the basic idea, circulate a petition with the property owners and submit it to Public Works so that staff can prepare some preliminary estimates regarding how to proceed and what the costs would be.
NOTE: Musical events that anticipate a 1,000 or greater attendance will also require a special event permit from the Community Development Department.
a.Non-profit events (501c) are “No Fee” b.For profit events please refer to the Fee Schedule
A new property owner’s regular secured tax bill is sent to the previous owner because the Tax Collector’s Office is unaware the property has been sold. Regardless of the reason, if you do not receive a secured property tax bill by November 10th, contact this office at (209) 533-5544. A substitute bill may also be obtained by going to https://common3.mptsweb.com/mbc/tuolumne/tax/search
The following reasons for late payment are common examples which are NOT sufficient enough for the Tax Collector as prescribed by state law to cancel penalties:
• I did not receive a tax bill• I’ve never missed a payment• My bank returned the check in error• Your website rejected my payment• I was out of town or Country• The mailman did not pick up • Bad weather