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Frequently asked questions from City of Petaluma

What is the billing cycle for water in Petaluma, CA?

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The City of Petaluma bills for water and wastewater (sewer) services on a monthly basis. Both of these services are included in your monthly utility bill.

Who needs a business license in Petaluma, CA?

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The City of Petaluma requires that any business that is either, located in, or doing business in Petaluma file a written application prior to commencing business and pay the minimum tax applicable to the business classification. A business tax certificate (aka, business license) will be issued as evidence of payment of the business tax.

If you are located in Sonoma County and generating receipts (doing business) within the City of Petaluma, you are required to get a Business Certificate and pay the Business Tax in Petaluma.

How much is the Business Tax in Petaluma, CA?

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For the first year, the City of Petaluma assesses business taxes based on the type of business. After the first year, the taxes are assessed based on the business’s gross receipts. 

Can I pay Petaluma parking tickets in person?

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The City of Petaluma does not accept parking ticket payments at any of its physical locations.

When are tax statements mailed out?

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Property tax bills are paid in two installments but the bill is mailed out just once. You will receive your tax bill by November 1. If you don't receive the tax bill till November 10, please contact the Collector's office at (707) 565-2281 during business hours. When you will call, you will be required to provide a fee parcel number written on the previous tax bill or the address of the taxed property.

When are my property taxes due?

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Property taxes can be paid in two installments. The first installment is due November 1 to December 10 till 5 P.M. While the second installment is due February 1 to April 10 till 5 P.M. 

You can also pay all of your tax bill amount in the first installment.

Why did my tax increase this year?

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Property taxes depend on market value. You might have made some changes to your property which have increased the market value of your property. That's why the tax increases for this year. 

OR

The prices of properties have increased in your areas which increases the market value of your property and so the tax.

Where can I find the list of all guidance documents issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)?

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You can find all the guidance documents issued by CDPH here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx

Where can I find daily updates issued by the CDPH?

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You can follow the daily updates on COVID-19 issued by CDPH here.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Will a minor need a REAL ID card to board a domestic flight?

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TSA does not require children (under 18) to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. The companion will need acceptable identification. For a current list, visit TSA’s website at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.

Is REAL ID mandatory?

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No. The federal compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card is optional.

If you have a valid U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, military ID, or other federally approved identification, you may use this it as your form of identification to board a domestic flight or enter certain federal facilities after the new federal requirements begin October 1, 2020.  

If you know you will not be boarding a domestic flight or visiting a secure federal facility or military base, you do not need a REAL ID driver license or ID card.

You do not need a REAL ID driver license or ID card to do any of the following:

  • Apply for or receive federal benefits (Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.)
  • Enter a post office or other federal facility that does not require identification.
  • Visit a hospital or receive life-saving services
  • Ride Amtrak or other public ground transportation

You will need a REAL ID driver license or ID card if you want to continue using your driver license or ID card to do any of the following:

  • Board a domestic flight starting October 1, 2020.
  • Enter secure federal facilities or military bases starting October 1, 2020. (Note: Check with the federal facility/military base before your visit to verify their identification requirements.)
  • Purchase firearms or ammunition. (Note: Check with the firearms dealer you plan to visit to verify their identification requirements)

Who can register to vote?

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To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  • Not prohibited from voting by a court because of mental incompetency 

What do I need to register online?

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To register online, you will need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

What are the eligibility requirements to file Unemployment Insurance Claim in the State of California?

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To receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit payments in California, you must meet all eligibility requirements when filing a claim and when certifying for benefits. 

When filing for UI benefits in California, you must have earned enough wages during the base period to establish a claim, and be:

  • Totally or partially unemployed.
  • Unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • Physically able to work.
  • Available for work.
  • Ready and willing to accept work immediately.
  • Actively looking for work.

A base period is a specific 12-month term the EDD uses to see if you earned enough wages to establish a UI claim. 

How much UI claim can I receive in the State of California?

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In the state of California, your weekly UI benefit amount can range from $40 to $450 per week. The California Economic Development Department will verify your eligibility and wage information to determine your weekly benefit amount (WBA).

You can also get an estimate using this UI calculator

How to Pay Water Bill Online in the City of Petaluma?

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How to Renew Business License/Tax Certificate Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Business License/Tax Certificate Online here.

How to Pay for Parking Citation Online in the City of Petaluma?

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How to Purchase Sonoma County Transit Pass Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Purchase Sonoma County Transit Pass Online here.

How to Purchase a Pet License Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Purchase a Pet License Online here.

How to Apply for a Fire Permit Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for a Fire Permit Online here.

How to Renew Pet License Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Pet License Online here.

How to Residential Building Permit Application Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Residential Building Permit Application Online here.

How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Pay for Traffic Citation Online here.

How to Pay Property Taxes Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Pay Property Taxes Online here.

How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Corona COVID-19 Response Online here.

How to Apply for SNAP Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for SNAP Online here.

How to Apply for Real ID Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Real ID Online here.

How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Register to Vote Online here.

How to Pay State Income Taxes Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Pay State Income Taxes Online here.

How to Apply for Medical Marijuana ID Card Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Medical Marijuana ID Card Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

How to Renew Drivers License Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Drivers License Online here.

How to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Claim Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Unemployment Insurance Claim Online here.

How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Renew Vehicle Registration Online here.

How to Apply for Medicaid Online Online in the City of Petaluma?

You can access all the information on how to Apply for Medicaid Online Online here.

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