Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
Show All Answers
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.
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 $.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. Pricing: 1 year altered $7.25 1 year unaltered $21.75 3 year altered $21.75 3 year unaltered $65.25 Penalties: If late less than one year $5.00 If late greater than one year $10.00
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.
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.
It is the duty of the owner of any animal that dies to dispose of the carcass within a reasonable time by cremation, burial, or other lawful means. Animal Control may be contracted to pick up the body for a fee if manpower and time permits.
Superior Court County of Tuolumne Records:County Court, Court Sessions, Justice Court, Naturalization, Probate, Superior/ District Court
Private Collections:De Ferrari/Hartvig Collection, Dwain McDonald Collection, Tuolumne County Newspaper Collection.
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.
Our services are $25.00 annually if we have successfully collected more than $500.00 during the preceding year (October through September). However, if you have previously received public assistance the fee is waived, so there is no cost.
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.
CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CCCTA)Office of Civil Rights2477 Arnold Industrial WayConcord, CA 94520-5327Phone: (925) 676-1976Fax: (925) 686-2630cccta.org
CITY OF FRESNOFinance Department, Purchasing Division, DBE Program2600 Fresno Street, Room 2156Fresno, CA 93721-3622Phone: (559) 621-1182Fax: (559) 488-1069fresno.gov
S.F. BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT (BART)Office of Civil Rights300 Lakeside Drive18th FloorOakland, CA 94612Phone: (510) 464-7580Fax: (510) 464-7587bart.gov
SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY (SFMTA)Contract Compliance Office 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: (415) 701-4436Fax: (415) 701-4347sfmta.com
SAN MATEO COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT (SAMTRANS)/PENINSULA CORRIDOR JOINT POWERS BOARD (JPB)DBE Office1250 San Carlos AvenueSan Carlos, CA 94070Phone: (650) 508-7939Fax: (650) 508-7738samtrans.com
SANTA CLARA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (VTA)Small & Disadvantaged Businesses3331 North First Street, Bldg. ASan Jose, CA 95134-1906Phone: (408) 321-5962Fax: (408) 955-9729
Show All Answers
When do I need an Encroachment Permit?
A permit will be required when work is done within a County Maintained Road right-of-way. Also, certain building permit projects require existing non-conforming encroachments to be brought up to current county standards.
What part of my driveway am I required to pave?
A typical residential driveway is to be paved 12 feet wide by 20 feet in length, with a 10 foot radius at the edge of the traveled way.
Can I use concrete for my driveway?
The first 5 feet of a driveway from the road is generally required to be asphalt, after which you may use either concrete or asphalt for the remainder of the driveway.
What am I required to submit for a large project encroachment on a county maintained road?
Prior to submittal of the encroachment permit application please visit our office, where staff will assist you in determining what will be required for your project.
When does my encroachment need to be inspected?
Please refer to the Encroachment Permit Information Packet
When does an Encroachment permit expire?
A permit is good for one year from the date of issuance.
What if I cannot complete the work on my encroachment before the expiration date?
A written request for an extension on your encroachment permit must be sent or faxed to our office prior to the expiration of date of your permit. Please state the reason that you feel an extension is warranted and how much additional time you will need to complete your project.
What is a Grading Review Permit?
A Grading Review Permit (GRP) is issued when grading is greater than 50 cubic yards (cy) and is proposed in conjunction with a sewage disposal permit or well permit. A GRP is required in conjunction with a building permit if the grading exceeds 50 cy and the parcel size is greater than 3.0 net acres.
When do I need a Grading Permit?
If you are grading more than 50 cubic yards, you must first obtain a Grading Permit or obtain an exemption from the Community Resources Agency.
How is a GRP different from a Grading Permit?
The main differences between a GRP and a Grading Permit, is the GRP is not subject to CEQA review and is less expensive.
I need a Grading Permit, how do I go about obtaining one?
By filling out and submitting a Land Development Application along with a Site Plan. For additional information please consult the Grading Permit Information Packet.
I need to calculate the amount of grading, how do I do that?
The grading amount shown on the application form is intended to be the largest amount whether it be cut or fill not the combination of the two. Information on how to calculate the quantity of anticipated grading can be found in the Grading Information Packet.
What is a “stockpiling” permit?
Stockpiling is the temporary storing of earth material on a site for future use. In order to obtain a permit to stockpile the applicant should anticipate placing the stockpile on a natural slope that is 10% or less, in a manner that does not create a nuisance or a hazard to the general public. The length of time that a stockpile is allowed is specified in the Tuolumne County Ordinance Code section 12.20.390 (D).
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)
• 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.
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.
The family planning program offers gynecological and reproductive health screening for income eligible women of all ages. Services offered include family planning and birth control for minimal or no cost. Also, sexually transmitted disease testing and confidential HIV testing to anyone 12 years of age or older is available. Services provided by Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant. Medi-Cal and private pay clients gladly accepted. Call 533-7401 for appointment or information.
Childhood and limited adult immunizations as well as tuberculosis skin testing are available on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays from 1-4 pm. Children who have Medi-Cal , children with no insurance are eligible for low or no cost vaccinations through a federal program. Adult vaccines available include; Flu, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis). Medi-Cal and/or private pay accepted. For more information call 533-7401.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Recorder@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov.
If your child is not immunized due to personal/religious beliefs, an immunization exemption form must be completed before the start of the program.
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