Sonoma County planning officials have announced a new series of lunchtime meetings to familiarize people with land-use permitting requirements.

The hour-long sessions are being billed as a "citizen's academy" and will be held at the county Permit and Resource Management Department starting next month through December.

They will cover topics including green building, grading, well and septic systems, and storm water drainage.

The sessions are part of a push to improve customer service at the division, a chief county regulatory arm often targeted by critics who say its rules are excessive and burdensome.

The department plans to kick off the lunchtime series with an open house at noon on Friday.

The department is at 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa. For more information, call 565-1900.