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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my permit has expired?

Don't let your permit expire.

We have a simplistic approach to extend permits.  Permit-Plan Check Extension Application Form

Once a permit has expired, a new permit will be required to be issued to resolve the expired permit.

  • The following will be required:
  • Obtain all department/division re-approval; there may be additional fees from other departments/divisions:
    • Planning, Environmental Health, Public Works, Air Pollution, etc.
  • New plans and related documents may be required (this will be reviewed at the time of submitting the new permit application)
  • Fees (current Fee Schedule):
    • 1-hour minimum fee for any applicable Plan Check. New codes will apply to unfinished work, if applicable
    • Inspection fee multiplied by the number of inspections to complete the project
    • Administrative fee
    • Records fee

What should I do if my permit is going to expire and I cannot complete the project before it will expire?

If no other extension has been granted, complete a "Permit-Plan Check Extension Application" form. Sign, date, and submit it to the Building Division before the expiration date for approval.

What should I do if my first extension is going to expire and I cannot complete the project?

Request a second extension. Second extensions require justifiable cause. Complete the "Permit-Plan Check Extension Application" sign, date and submit to the Building Division with payment of the $108.69 Administrative Fee, before the permit expiration date for approval.

What should I do if my second extension is going to expire?

Most communities afford six (6) month permits, with a one-time extension. Placer County recognizes the diverse building climate, and therefore affords two permit extensions for a possible permit validity of 4 years. No other extensions can be granted. A new permit must be applied for before it has expired, with the following requirements:

  • The owner completes and submits a new Building Permit Application Form (must be printed on legal size paper: 8-1/2x14)
  • Obtain all departments re-approval; there may be additional fees from other departments/divisions:
    • Planning, Environmental Health, Public Works, Air Pollution, etc.
  • New plans and related documents may be required (this will be reviewed at the time of submitting the new permit application)
  • Fees (current Fee Schedule):
    • 1-hour minimum fee for any applicable Plan Check. New codes will apply to unfinished work, if applicable
    • Inspection fee multiplied by the number of inspections to complete the project
    • Administrative fee
    • Records fee

Do I need to apply for a Minor Use Permit to continue the use of the temporary dwelling when extending my building permit?

Yes. A Minor Use Permit (MUP) is required to continue the use of the temporary dwelling if the project has not been completed within the first two (2) years of the building permit. The MUP is issued through the Planning Division and may take 6-8 weeks for approval; please verify the time line with the Planning Division. The MUP approval must be completed before the building permit can be extended. The Building Permit-Plan Check Extension Application must be filed before the building permit expires.

Do I need a permit for a storage shed or small building?

No. Per CBC 105.2 work exempt from Permit. One-story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet. However, if the structure has electrical or plumbing a permit would be required for these items. Please contact Planning Division for required setbacks from property lines for such structures.

What are the minimum stairway requirements?

Residential Stairs, The minimum width of stairways is 36”.

  • Rise and Run: The rise of steps and stairs shall not be less than 4 inches nor more than 73/4 inches. The greatest riser height within a flight of stairs shall not exceed the smallest by more than 3/8 inch. The run shall not be less than 11 inches. Stair treads shall be of uniform size and shape, except the largest tread run within any flight of stairs shall not exceed the smallest by more than 3/8 inch.
  • Headroom: Every stairway shall have a headroom clearance of not less than 6 feet 8 inches.

Is a permit required to replace a deck?

Yes. If the deck is attached to the structure and is part of the egress components. If the deck is free standing and away from the structure a permit would not be required unless the deck is elevated 30” or higher above grade.

Does the County require engineering when replacing composition roof covering with tile?

Yes. An engineer’s letter would be required to verify the existing structural framing of the roof. This is to assure that the existing roof framing is adequate for support of the new tile roof.

Pressure testing requirements for PE, Iron, or Copper water distribution systems?

Polyethylene gas pipe pressure test requirements shall be no less than 1.5 times the proposed maximum working pressure, but not less than 3 psi irrespective of design pressure for 15 minute time period.

Iron (ferrous gas piping) Pipe shall be protected from corrosion by approved coatings, or wrapping materials, or by any other approved manner.  Pressure test requirements shall be no less than 1.5 times the proposed maximum working pressure, but not less than 3 psi irrespective of design pressure for 15 minute time period.

Copper water pipe pressure test is 50psi or operating pressure.

What are the driveway construction requirements?

See Fire Safe Driveways Handout

How do I determine setback requirements?

The Planning Division determines allowable setbacks from property lines to structures. If a setback variance is needed, the Fire Department and Building Division may have special conditions applied to the construction of proposed structure.

How do you locate leach lines for septic systems?

Please contact Environmental Health Department for requirements.

What can be installed in an easement?

Please contact Planning Division for requirements.

Minimum depth requirement for sewer, gas, water, and electrical lines/conduits?

Sewer line depth: 12” of cover measured from the top of pipe.
Gas line depth iron pipe: 12” of cover measured from the top of pipe.
Gas line depth poly pipe: 18” of cover measured from the top of pipe.
Water line depth: 12” of cover measured from the top of pipe.
Electrical line depth: 18” of cover measured from the top of pipe.

Can water, sewer, gas, or electrical be placed in the same trench?

If in a utility trench consult with utility district for requirements. All other trenches can be grouped with water, sewer, gas, and electrical lines.

How do you abandon a septic system?

Most septic abandonment’s are replaced with new ones which Environmental Health handles through there Department process. If a septic is to be abandoned a permit is required from the Building Division. The septic tank is required to be pumped and a pumper’s receipt will be collected from the field inspector. The septic tank is to be filled with an approved method such as gravel, sand, slurry, etc.

How do I check my plan review status?

Refer to the CDRA web page "Online Resources”  Enter information into the system to determine status of permit. If any questions, please call 530-745-3010 and staff will be able to assist you in the permit status process.

How do I know what time my inspection will be?

Go to the Daily Inspection Sequence List webpage

What qualifies as an agricultural building?

Please review the agricultural building permit application to determine qualifying uses for ag structures.

Who can provide the requirements for a secondary residence/guest house/in-law quarters?

The Planning Division has special requirements for these types of structures.

Where do I find the requirements for swimming pool fencing/barriers?

The Building Division has an informational handout available for swimming pools.

What are the plan checking turn-around (time to complete review) standards?

The Placer County plan check turn-around goal is to complete the first plan check review process within 4-6 weeks from the date of application.

Subsequent reviews, due to such things as corrections required, are to be completed within 2-3 weeks from re-submittal date.

Turn-around time is defined as "the time elapsed from date of application, or re-submittal, to the date plan check comments are generated or permit issued."

Please be aware that turn-around times are impacted by the quantity of applications or re-submittals. The process is an "in-line" theory, meaning the date of application, or re-submittal, defines the placement of project for review amongst other submittals (i.e. a submittal date of 7/12/07 would fall "in-line" between submittal dates of 7/14/07 and 7/9/07. In this case the 7/12 submittal would be reviewed after the 7/9 submittal and before the 7/14).

How do I schedule an inspection?

Please contact the inspection line at 530-745-3020. The automated system will assist the applicant in this process.

When can I talk to a Plan Checker or Building Inspector?

Plan Reviewer Availability: Plan reviewer is available from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. If applicant would like an appointment outside of the noted time lines, please call and schedule one with your plan reviewer.

When will the new code go into effect and how will it effect my plan submittals?

Plans submitted prior to January 1, 2011 will be reviewed under the 2007 CBC with the exception of "master" plan homes where the site specific application is obtained after January 1, 2011.

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