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Placer County is divided among three different air basins, Sacramento Valley, Mountain Counties, and Lake Tahoe. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), uses specific criteria (California Code of Regulations-Title 17) to determine the burn day decisions. The Placer County Air Pollution Control District provides this information, on permissive burn days, to the public each day by 8 a.m.
The criteria are based on a meteorological value called 500-millibar (mb) heights.
Rainy days are usually associated with lower 500-millibar heights. Good smoke dispersion with smoke rising upward. Rain-washes smoke particles out of the air.
Burning is allowed only on a permissive burn day and in those areas of Placer County that allow burning.
On days when the fire danger is increased, the Air District works very closely with local fire officials to include their information in the burn day message. For more information, contact the Placer County Air Pollution Control District at 530-745-2330.
Complaints may be submitted to the District via our online form.
The following information is requested when filing a complaint:
The District may elect to not investigate complaints that are submitted anonymously, or that do not contain a phone number at which you can be contacted, or which lack the location and a brief description of the problem. This information is required to conduct an effective and efficient investigation, and allow for appropriate enforcement action.
The District has limited resources to respond to and investigate complaints. For this reason, the District will only investigate those complaints where the problem location is clearly identified or we can seek additional information by contacting the person who submitted the complaint (the complainant). The District wishes to prevent wasting resources on incomplete, vague, or fraudulent information.
In addition, if District staff do not observe a violation of District rules it may be necessary to base enforcement upon the nuisance complaints of a number of persons, in which case your testimony may be required. The identity of complainants will be kept confidential by the District to the extent possible, unless identities must be disclosed due to litigation. However in neighborhood situations or where there are existing conflicts the identity of the complainant might be assumed or guessed. Complainants may bring suit in private nuisance cases where the District and other public agencies are unable to remedy the situation.
For complaints which are chronic and on-going, the District has provided a log that can be used to document the time, duration, and conditions that you observe. The log may be downloaded (PDF) and may be filled out electronically or by hand.
A District inspector will be assigned to investigate the complaint. Investigations will be conducted as soon as reasonably possible, considering the severity and nature of the complaint, whether the problem is occurring at the time the complaint is received, and District resources and priorities. The investigation often will involve a visit to the location to independently document the situation, evaluate potential sources, and as appropriate, seek actions to correct the problem. In the course of the investigation, the inspector may call you to get clarifying information.
We will take enforcement action on violations of District rules as appropriate during the investigation. After the investigation has been completed, the inspector will contact you to discuss our findings and outcomes.
If your comfort or health is being impacted, a complaint should be reported as quickly as possible after the air quality problem has been observed. The District may be able to respond in time to halt or minimize an on-going problem odor or dust situation. If your report can only be made after the problem has halted, but there is a possibility or even likelihood that it may re-occur, you can contact the District to investigate after the fact. Through our outreach we may be able to stop the reoccurrence of the problem.
Also, if the problem does re-occur, contact the District as soon as possible so that we may respond and our staff are able to verify the problem. Our ability to verify, identify the source of, and potentially resolve a complaint is significantly aided by being able to observe the problem while it is taking place.
For many years, citizens in the Granite Bay area have been concerned with smoke impacts from residential burning. As our population has increased, there are more homes on smaller lots with closer neighbors resulting in more smoke impacts. Numerous complaints have been filed with both the Air District and the South Placer Fire Protection District regarding nuisance smoke. This has decreased with the changes that took place in 2003.
In March of 2002, the Air District made a presentation to the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC) regarding smoke from residential backyard burning. As a result of this presentation, the MAC formed the Residential Burn Compromise Committee to determine the desire of the community and to recommend a compromise policy that would satisfy citizens on both sides of the issue (suburban and rural). Air District and Fire District staff worked with the Committee to provided technical support. The final report of the committee was presented and endorsed by the MAC in March 2003 with recommended changes in burn permit issuance, the burn hours and the burn season. These changes were implemented by both the Air District and the South Placer Fire District.
In April 2005 the Residential Burn Compromise Committee reconvened in order to review the burn hours. A recommendation to the MAC was made and approved to extend the burn hours for the month of May.
The changes affects residents who live in the 95746 and 95661 zip code areas.
The burning season begins the day when the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s summer Burn Ban is lifted and ends June 15th.
Residents must obtain a year round burn permit from the South Placer Fire Protection District in order to burn. Burn permits are not required from the Air District for residential burning, however for Non-Residential burning please contact the Air District to obtain a burn permit or for burn permit information.
Residential burning is allowed only during the first half of each month, from the 1st to the 15th, on those days that are authorized as burn days. There is no burning allowed on Easter or on federal holidays. The 16th through the end of each month are designated no burn days.
Burning must be conducted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. except for the month of May in which the burn hours are between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. There is no burning on Easter or on federal holidays. The 16th through the end of each month are designated no burn days.
The Air District maintains a daily burn day message system that has a specific message for Granite Bay residents. Burning is allowed only on a permissive burn day.
The Air District has established a policy in making federal holidays no burn days in Placer County. On days when the fire danger is increased, the Air District works very closely with local fire officials to include their information in the burn day message.
Stumps or vegetation greater than 12 inches diameter, at the cut end, shall not be included in the burn unless they are split in half and free of dirt.
All vegetation must be dry and reasonably free from dirt. If you burn pile is wet let it dry before burning. Before it rains, cover your burn pile with a tarp to keep it dry. Only burn vegetation that can be reasonably burned before the next day. Avoid causing a smoke nuisance to neighbors or nearby businesses.
CAL FIRE has put together an educational fact sheet (PDF) on safety when burning vegetation.
The Placer County Air Pollution Control District works together with the South Placer Fire Protection District to enforce the burn regulations.
All other open burning requires a year round Burn Permit from the Air District. This includes:
Contact the Air District at 530-745-2330, if in doubt about the burning requirements.
The Placer County Air Pollution Control District works together with the South Placer Fire Protection District to enforce burn regulations in the Granite Bay area.
It is the use of open outdoor fires for the disposal of vegetation grown on property being developed for commercial or residential purposes.
An air district burn permit is required for land development burning. An air district burn permit is only issued for vegetation removed for residential development purposes from the property of a single or two family dwelling or when the burn permit applicant has provided a demonstration. A demonstration needs to be made that there is no practical alternative that can be used in lieu of burning to dispose of the vegetation. In addition to other information provided in the application, the demonstration shall include a discussion of the availability and feasibility of the alternatives to open burning, including:
Fire Agency Burn Permits may also be required. Contact your local fire agency for further information.
Only vegetation originating on the premises and reasonably free of dirt, soil, and visible surface moisture can be burned. The burning of poison oak (toxicodendron diversilobum) or oleander (nerium oleander) may be subject to additional permit conditions. You cannot move material from one location to another location for burning.
These are some of the materials which are illegal to burn. Smoke from burning them can contain harmful chemicals, which may cause illness.
View more information on alternatives to burning.
All material must be dry and reasonably free from dirt, soil, and surface moisture. Burning dry material takes less effort, creates less smoke, and may not cause a nuisance or complaints.
Only material that amount of vegetation that can be reasonably expected to burn before the next day. Before it rains, prevent your material from getting wet by covering it with a tarp. If you pile is wet, let it dry a few days. Burn in a manner to prevent excessive smoke. Excessive smoke is that which causes a nuisance.
Vegetation shall be stacked in such a manner to promote drying and ensure combustion with a minimum amount of smoke. Burning shall be curtailed when smoke is drifting into a nearby populated area or when it is or may become a nuisance or hazard. Vegetation to be burned should be ignited as practicable with applicable fire control restrictions.
Vegetation or stumps greater than 12 inches in diameter shall not be burned unless they are split smaller than 12 inches in diameter and are free from dirt. The drying time for vegetation greater than 6 inches applies.
All burning must take place on a burn day. All Federal Holidays are no burn days. For Burn Day information, please call:
Contact the Placer County Air Pollution Control District.
Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) deposits are most often found in ultramafic rock formations, often NOA is found in serpentine rock. Geologic maps prepared by the California Geologic Survey (formerly the California Division of Mines and Geology) show areas of higher probability for asbestos-containing rock within the broad zone of faults that follows the low foothills and lay in a south-east to north-west band. The Placer County communities of Auburn, Colfax, Meadow Vista, and Foresthill are among those that are within this fault band. Generally, the areas in Placer County that lay to the west of Folsom Lake and to the south of Wise Road are geologic areas that have a lower probability for the presence of NOA such as:
There are some isolated areas of higher probability for the presence of NOA within the Tahoe National Forest.
The identification of locations in Placer County that have the potential to contain NOA has been improved with the development of an enhanced 1:100,000 scale map by the California Geological Survey. This map denotes areas of Placer County that are more or less likely to contain NOA based on available soil and geologic studies, with some field verification. The enhanced map and accompanying report, Special Report 190, and information on how to purchase paper copies of the report are available at the California Geological Survey website. Enlarged maps have been prepared for different areas of Placer County where NOA may be found. These maps are available on the NOA Maps and Resources page.
The characterization of an area as having a lower overall probability of NOA presence means that although the likelihood is slight, in some instances NOA might be found within such an area. Similarly, locations in areas identified as being most likely to have NOA may not contain NOA.
NOA deposits have been found in rock other than ultramafic and serpentine rock; for example NOA deposits have been found in metavolcanic rocks such as the Copper Hill Volcanics in the Folsom vicinity. Metavolcanic rock formations are prevalent in areas to the northeast, north, and west of Auburn. Finally, in areas with sedimentary alluvial rock deposits such as those existing in western Placer County; it is possible that analytically detectable NOA may be found.
For several reasons, the District does not believe that activity-based monitoring by the District is necessary at this time. Currently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not plan to conduct monitoring of this type in Placer County. Learn more on the Activity-Based Air Monitoring page.
The District believes that the best and most effective approach to minimizing and preventing impacts from naturally-occurring asbestos is a proactive program designed to minimize and control soil disturbance and thereby limit the release into the air of fine particulate matter, including any asbestos fibers that may be present. This approach is one that is endorsed by the conclusions of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Health Consultation for El Dorado Hills, El Dorado County, and through the State Air Resources Board’s adoption of regulations that the District enforces to control and manage dust in areas where Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) may be present.
Learn more on the Minimizing and Preventing NOA page.
Ultramafic or serpentine rock, which often contains asbestos, has been used in surfacing applications subject to pedestrian, vehicular, and recreational use. Activity in areas with asbestos-containing rock or soil may create dust emissions containing asbestos fibers. Asbestos exposure primarily results from breathing in asbestos fibers, and less commonly from ingesting asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are too small to be seen by the naked eye. All types of asbestiform minerals are considered hazardous with no safe exposure level established for non-occupational exposures.
While exposure to low levels of asbestos for short periods of time is thought to pose minimal risk, asbestos fibers can penetrate body tissues and remain in lung or abdominal areas for a long time. Asbestosis is widespread scarring of lung tissue caused by breathing air contaminated with asbestos dust or fibers. Asbestos inhalation also can cause the two layers of membrane covering the lungs (the pleura) to thicken. The more a person is exposed to asbestos fibers, the greater the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases including lung cancer and rarely, mesothelioma - a rare cancer, mostly caused by asbestos, which may affect the pleura or peritoneum. The illnesses caused by asbestos may not be noticed for twenty years or more, with mesotheliomas usually developing 30 to 40 years after exposure. (Merck Manual of Medical Information, 1997, page 182)
For further information, visit the Health Effects of Asbestos website.
Because there is no level of asbestos exposure established that is deemed to be without risk, and because of a latency period of 10 to 20 years or more for any signs or symptoms of asbestos-related disease to appear, precautions should be taken to minimize exposure to dust that potentially contains asbestos fibers. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recommends these steps to reduce or prevent asbestos exposure in areas of naturally-occurring asbestos.
Air Quality Permits, like building and other business permits are a part of doing business in California. In Placer County, these permits are issued by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, a local governmental agency responsible for protecting the air quality in our area. Information on Outdoor Burning can be found under Burning Information and Requirements page.
Permits are required by state and federal law for any operation or equipment that has the potential to pollute the air. Permits are required of both small and large businesses. They are generally required:
View a questionnaire (PDF) which can be used to determine if a permit is required.
The District issues permits to ensure owners and operators of all equipment and processes that causes or controls the discharge of air contaminants are aware of and follow federal, state, and District rules. View Placer’s air quality attainment status (PDF). Before anyone builds, alters, replaces, operates, or uses machinery or equipment which may cause the issuance of air contaminants, the person must obtain a permit to do so from the Air Pollution Control Officer of the District (California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 4, Article 1, 42300). The permits include administrative requirements and limitations on operation (i.e. “Conditions”) that if violated would result in non-compliance with District, State, or federal emission limitations.
Since Placer County does not meet some of the air quality standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board, the District must have a strategic plan to improve air quality. Air Quality Planning requires a thorough knowledge of the current emission inventory as well knowing where additional reductions can or cannot be achieved. Issuing permits allows the District to do better air quality planning, to improve compliance with established control measures, and to work with businesses to assure that their operations follow federal, state and local regulations and are coordinated with the District's air quality strategy.
The District issues two permits for a stationary source. The first - issued before construction begins - is an Authority to Construct. When construction is completed and Authority to Construct permit requirements are met, the District issues a Permit to Operate.
The A/C permit allows construction of a new facility or the installation or the modification of equipment at an existing facility.
Following construction, installation, or modification, District staff inspects the facility to ensure proper installation of all equipment. A temporary operating period is allowed for testing, calibration, and demonstration of compliance with conditions of the A/C.
The P/O allows continued operation in accordance with all permit conditions and local, state, and federal air pollution requirements.
The P/O is re-evaluated every year and is updated as necessary to ensure compliance and to reflect any changes to local, state, or federal requirements.
The Authority to Construct (A/C) is the first permit issued. A facility owner must file for the permit before construction begins to ensure compliance with all applicable District rules and regulations. This permit does allow changes during the planning stage, if it's necessary to alter the design to comply with the District's rules. A District engineer evaluates the project based on the information supplied in the permit application and any other equipment or process information made available.
Applicants must demonstrate that they can operate in compliance with the District rules and regulations. When the District engineer is satisfied that the project will comply, an Authority to Construct/Temporary Permit to Operate is issued.
After construction is completed, operation begins to demonstrate compliance with the authority to construct conditions. District staff inspects the facility to ensure that all the necessary equipment has been installed in accordance with the Authority to Construct. When the District is satisfied that the operating facility does not violate District rules and regulations, a Permit to Operate will be issued. The Permit to Operate contains the parameters within which the facility may operate. This permit must be renewed annually and may be reviewed and modified as needed.
Contact the District to receive a Permit Application Package. The application form and instructions are also available online. Applicants must submit:
View a fact sheet (PDF) which provides assistance in submitting a complete and accurate permit application.
The District charges permit fees (PDF) to cover the cost for reviewing applications, issuing permits and ensuring compliance. Different fees apply to different types of permits and equipment.
Permits are renewed annually. An invoice for annual fees will be mailed to the company approximately 45 days in advance of the expiration date for existing permits, with 30 days for payment. Once the invoice is paid, the permits will be renewed. The District’s intention is that the renewal permit will be issued prior to the expiration of the existing permits.
If there are no changes to a permit, only a one page coupon indicating payment and renewal will be provided. Companies should keep copies of the original permits and all coupons on file.
If you are concerned that you may have missed the receipt of the renewal invoice or the new permit, you are welcome to contact the District to inquire concerning the status of your permit.
The Placer County Air Pollution Control District requested the California Air Resources Board (ARB) study on behalf of Placer county residents to learn the levels of diesel emissions from the J.R. Davis Rail Yard and their relative impact. The District requested the study because of residents' concerns and because the ARB had identified "diesel particulate matter" as a toxic air contaminant.
Diesel engines emit a complex mixture of air pollutants, composed of gaseous and solid material. The visible emissions in diesel exhaust are known as particulate matter (PM), which includes carbon particles or "soot." In 1998, ARB identified diesel PM as a toxic air contaminant. Health risks from diesel PM are highest in areas of concentrated emissions, such as near ports, rail yards or freeways.
The study results indicate high concentrations of "diesel particulate matter" which can cause cancer, in an area surrounding the rail yard. The level of cancer risk associated with diesel emissions from the rail yard depends on length of exposure and proximity to the yard.
The District is committed to working with Union Pacific to reduce emissions at the rail yard. The Air Resources Board (ARB) is also involved in this effort. Both the District and ARB have formalized agreements with Union Pacific to take specific actions to reduce emission from the rail yard.
There are no practical personal protective measures recommended for healthy individuals. Individuals with unique sensitivities such as chronic lung disease or asthma may consider indoor air filtering units such as those described on the Air Resources Board website.
In Placer County, residential burning is allowed, in a burn pile, at a single or two family residences under specific conditions. All burning must be done in a pile as burn barrels/containers were eliminated in 2004.
Residential burning is defined as burning of dry vegetation originating from property, limited to the following natural vegetation (with no dirt):
The burning of lawn clippings is prohibited. Do not burn oleanders or poison oak as the smoke can be hazardous. Know what is in your burn pile as you are responsible if illegal materials are burned.
The Air District encourages the use of alternatives instead of burning. Using an alternative to burning can be an excellent way to dispose of the annual growth of vegetation and to also eliminate nuisance smoke.
Burning is allowed only on a permissive burn day and in those areas of Placer County that allow burning. For the Greater Auburn Area (within 12 miles) or for all cell phones, call 530-889-6868 or for all other areas of Placer County (land lines only), call 800-998-BURN (2876) toll-free.
It is the policy of the Air District that federal holidays are no burn days in Placer County. If you live next to a school, daycare, playground, ball field, etc, consider burning only when children or students are not present. On days when the fire danger is increased, the Air District works very closely with local fire officials to include their information in the burn day message.
An Air District Burn Permit is not required for residential burning, however a fire agency burn permit may be required. Contact your local fire agency before you burn at your residence to find out their requirements. Information on CAL FIRE's Burn Restrictions and Burn Permits can be found at their website.
Burning on or at a vacant lot, parcel or a business is not considered residential burning and requires a burn permit from the Air District, if not otherwise prohibited.
The following areas in Placer County have additional requirements with regards to burning.
The following cities and locations do not allow burning:
Many larger developments in Placer County have no burning through the land development process where burning has been restricted through Codes, Covenants, and Restrictions.
On January 1, 2004 the California Air Resources Board’s Toxic Control Measure-Outdoor Residential Waste Burning became effective. This measure prohibits the use of a burn barrel and the burning of cardboard and paper for disposal, however non-glossy cardboard and non-glossy paper can still be used to start a fire. The community of Iowa Hill was granted an exemption in Placer County and can continue to use their burn barrels and burn clean, dry non-glossy paper as there is no garbage service at this time.
View the Proper Disposal of Deceased Animals and Waste (PDF).
The following appliances are subject to the emission requirements:
The following appliances are not subject to the emissions requirements:
Also, gas and alcohol burning appliances are not subject to Rule 225.
Download a copy of Rule 225 (PDF).
Yes, you can contact the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) at 530-745-2330, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Also, information about all of the APCD’s wood burning appliance programs and requirements can be found on the APCD’s page.
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. Personal property is not exempt.
Sales tax and property tax are two different types of taxes.
The filing of an annual Aircraft Property Statement (PDF) 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 property so that an accurate value can be determined.
It is important that the statement be returned every year. If you no longer own the aircraft, you are still required to notify the Assessor in writing. If a statement is not returned, an estimated assessment will be made using the best information available, and a 10% penalty on the assessed value will be added for failure to file a statement as mandated per California Revenue and Taxation Code, section 463.
Whenever the due date for filing an Aircraft Property Statement falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the statement may be filed by the close of business (5 p.m.) on the next regular business day with the same effect as if it had been filed on the specified due date.
The aircraft should be assessed where habitually situated. The location where an aircraft is habitually situated is the airport at which the aircraft is usually present when not in flight. If an aircraft spends a substantial amount of time at multiple airports, it is habitually situated at the airport where it spends the most ground time.
The value is determined by reviewing the annual Aircraft Property Statement, confirmed sales of similar aircraft, and value guides such as Aircraft Blue Book.
California Revenue and Taxation Code, Property Tax Rule 10, mandates that the Assessor include within the value all components of the full economic cost of placing property in service. An aircraft value may typically include an adjustment to the average retail base to add sales or use taxes, freight or shipping cost, labor and materials, or after-market additions.
For the purpose of California property taxation, aircraft are valued at their fair market value each and every year as of the January 1 lien date. Values determined for previous years cannot be used as a factor in determining the current year’s value. Values can increase as well as decrease from year to year because of fluctuations in the market. Aircraft, unlike real property, are not subject to a base year value or a minimum inflationary factor. The fair market value of an aircraft on lien date is unrelated to its net book value (purchase price less depreciation).
You may call, email, or write to the Assessor’s Office to discuss the value. When making 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, you will need to complete and return an Aircraft Property Statement (PDF) with your request for an informal review.
When writing to request an informal review, please provide the following in support of your opinion of value:
You can file an Assessment Appeal Application (PDF) with the Assessment Appeals Board online or by calling 530-889-4020. In order to appeal an assessment, you must file an Assessment Appeal Application with the Clerk of the Board, between July 2 and September 15 (or the next business day if September 15 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.
Either the Assessor’s request to file a valid statement was not received by May 7th or no statement was received. California Revenue and Taxation Code section 463 mandates that a late filing penalty of 10% of the assessed value be added for statements not timely filed by May 7th. The Assessment Appeals Board is the only authority with the ability to abate a penalty for late filing.
Contact the Federal Aviation Administration, and notify the Assessor’s Office in writing with information regarding the sale or file an Aircraft Affidavit (PDF).
Please complete and return an Aircraft Affidavit (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. Under California Law, the owner of an aircraft at 12:01 a.m, January 1 (lien date) is responsible for taxes and must be assessed at full value. Sale or disposal of property after the lien date does not relieve the Assessee of the obligation to pay taxes.
Please complete and return an Aircraft Affidavit (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. Based upon that affidavit, an informal review of your assessment will be completed.
No. Unsecured bills are never prorated regardless of disposal date. Any 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. You should contact the Placer County Tax Collector at 530-889-4120 for issues regarding whether payment is required after bankruptcy.
"Availablefor display to the public" means actual display or documented willingnessto display at either (a) an organized air show, (b) a museum, or (c) a specialdesignated area set aside for historical aircraft open to the public.
To qualifyas available for display to the public under any situation, other than (a),(b), or (c) above, an individual must document that the aircraft is displayedin such a manner that the general public may reasonable be assumed to be awarethat public viewing is clearly invited, and that there are reasonableaccommodations to allow public viewing of the aircraft.
To qualify as available for displayunder any situation also means that (1) there must be a reasonable effort tomake the general public aware of the display and (2) there must be reasonableviewing hours.
No. Making the aircraft available by appointment only is not a clear invitation for viewing issued to the general public. Also, an owner's home site will lack reasonable accommodations for public viewing in most instances.
No. Theplane must be displayed in a place where deliberate public viewing can beaccommodated during reasonable viewing hours.
As used in the statute, "available" means that if an aircraft was formally scheduled for display at a qualifying site and the display was canceled (e.g., because of rain), the date would count as a day available for display.
No. There is no requirement that the aircraft display site be in California.
No. For anticipated display in the initial qualifying year, the applicant need only certify that the aircraft will be made available for display at least 12 days in order to qualify for the exemption. The assessor can request additional information at a later date to verify compliance. If, at a later date, it is determined that the owner did not meet the exemption qualifications, an escape assessment can be issued.
Conveyance of passengers or goods for any business reason or use of the aircraft for any revenue-producing activity would constitute commercial purpose.
Yes. Owner recognition of business-related aircraft use is factual documentation that the aircraft is used for commercial purposes.
"General transportation" means conveyance of or travel from one place to another. Use of an aircraft for general transportation means flight of the aircraft from one place to another, for the primary purpose of transporting passengers, self or goods from one location to another. To constitute general transportation there must be flight from one place to another, not flights that originate and end in the same place with no intervening stop. Recreational flying, maintenance-related flying, and flights necessary to maintain the owner's pilot's certificate would not constitute general transportation unless the flights are primarily for the purpose of transporting goods or persons to another location. Flights to and from historical aircraft shows or displays do not constitute general transportation.
Yes. If an ownerremoves an aircraft from the taxing jurisdiction of a county and then returnsthe aircraft at a subsequent lien date, the fee is not required for asubsequent application filed for the same aircraft.
A separate application and fee is required for each aircraft. If an individual owns multiple potentially qualifying aircraft, then separate applications are required for each of the aircraft, with a fee charged for each application.
Yes. The application filed in the second county is the initial application in that county.
Please complete and return a Aircraft Affidavit (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. Based upon that affidavit, an informal review of your assessment will be completed.
No. As a resident of California, your boat would be subject to taxation in the county the aircraft is located. The exemption would only apply if your residency is in the other 49 States and you are temporarily stationed in California. Should you change your residency to California then the exemption would cease.
No, you must be active duty assigned to California. Once you retire, you are no longer assigned to or required to reside in California.
No, only the servicemember would be qualified for the exemption. 66.6% of the assessed value would be exempt.
Yes. Since it is expected for active duty servicemembers to be temporarily away, the claim for exemption can be filed at any time without a penalty. However, without an annual filing, the aircraft will be assessed, a bill issued and due by the delinquent date. If you receive a bill and then file the claim, a correction to the tax roll will need to be submitted. Since the correction involves multiple offices, you will want to pay the bill to avoid any delinquent penalties, interest or liens. Once the correction is complete, you will receive a refund for any taxes paid. The Assessor’s Office has no authority to abate any penalties, interest or liens charged by the Tax Collector’s Office for delinquent taxes.
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. Personal property is not exempt.
Sales and/or use tax and property tax are two different types of taxes.
The situs of a vessel can be determined in a variety of manners. We look at the following to determine the situs of a vessel:
1. Where is the vessel registered?2. Where is the boat primarily located? – (i.e. In your garage, at a facility). a. If located at a facility within Placer County, situs is established at that facilities principal location. i. If the facility you contract with is full and your vessel is sent out of State or County temporarily for the winter season to a secondary location, situs has not changed. 3. Where is your primary residence (domicile)? a. If applicable, where is your secondary residence (domicile)?4. Where is the vessel primarily used?5. Has situs been established elsewhere?
1. Where is the vessel registered?2. Where is the boat primarily located? – (i.e. In your garage, at a facility). a. If located at a facility within Placer County, situs is established at that facilities principal location. i. If the facility you contract with is full and your vessel is sent out of State or County temporarily for the winter season to a secondary location, situs has not changed.3. Where is your primary residence (domicile)? a. If applicable, where is your secondary residence (domicile)?4. Where is the vessel primarily used?5. Has situs been established elsewhere?
Either the Assessor’s request to file a valid statement was not received by May 7th, or no statement was received. California Revenue and Taxation Code section 463 mandates that a late filing penalty of 10% of the assessed value be added for valid statements not timely filed by May 7th. The Assessment Appeals Board is the only authority with the ability to abate a penalty for late filing.
No. Unsecured bills are never prorated regardless of the disposal date. Any proration of taxes should be done between the buyer and seller at the time of sale.
File a release of liability with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and notify the Assessor’s Office in writing with information regarding the sale. Please complete and return a Vessel Affidavit (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor's Office.
Please complete and return a Vessel Affidavit (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. Under California Law, the owner of a vessel at 12:01 a.m, January 1 (lien date), is responsible for taxes and must be assessed at full value. Sale or disposal of property after the lien date does not relieve the Assessee of the obligation to pay taxes.
Please complete and return a Vessel Affidavit (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. Based upon that affidavit, an informal review of your assessment will be completed.
No. As a resident of California, your boat would be subject to taxation in the county the boat is located. The exemption would only apply if your residency is in the other 49 States and you are temporarily stationed in California. Should you change your residency to California then the exemption would cease.
Yes. Since it is expected for active duty servicemembers to be temporarily away, the claim for exemption can be filed at any time without a penalty. However, without an annual filing, the boat will be assessed, a bill issued and due by the delinquent date. If you receive a bill and then file the claim, a correction to the tax roll will need to be submitted. Since the correction involves multiple offices, you will want to pay the bill to avoid any delinquent penalties, interest or liens. Once the correction is complete, you will receive a refund for any taxes paid. The Assessor’s Office has no authority to abate any penalties, interest or liens charged by the Tax Collector’s Office for delinquent taxes.
Value is determined by reviewing the Vessel Property Statement, current market data, confirmed sales of similar vessels, and value guides such as NADA.
California Revenue and Taxation Property Tax Rule 10 mandate that the Assessor include within the value all components of the full economic cost of placing property in service. A vessel value will typically include an adjustment to add sales or use tax.
For the purpose of California property taxation, vessels are valued at their fair market value each and every year as of the January 1 lien date. Values determined for previous years cannot be used as a factor in determining the current year’s value. Values can increase as well as decrease from year to year because of fluctuations in the market. Vessels, unlike real property, are not subject to a base year value or a minimum inflationary factor. The fair market value of a vessel on lien date is unrelated to its net book value (purchase price less depreciation).
You may contact the Assessor’s Office to discuss the value. When making 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, you will need to complete and return a Vessel Property Statement (PDF) with your request for an informal review.
You can file an Assessment Appeal Application (PDF) online or by calling 530-889-4020. In order to appeal an assessment, you must file an Assessment Appeal Application with the Clerk of the Board, between July 2 and September 15 (or the next business day if the September 15 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.
This 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 property so that an accurate value can be determined.
It is important that the Vessel Property Statement (PDF) be returned even if you no longer own the vessel. If a statement is not returned, an estimated assessment will be made using the best information available, 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.
Whenever the due date for filing a Vessel Property Statement falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the statement may be filed by the close of business (5 p.m.) on the next regular business day with the same effect as if it had been filed on the specified due date.
Any physical activities on the property that result in visible changes such as clearing and grading land, excavation, layout of foundations, installation of temporary structures, and demolition of existing structures or fixtures.
Builders only need to notify our office within 45 days of the earliest date that any of the following occur:
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.
Unsecured property is a personal liability of an Assessee, generally the owner of a business, which has not had the tax payment secured by the ownership of real property.
An annual filing of a Business Property Statement (PDF) 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.
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, 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.
Whenever the due date for filing a Business Property Statement falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the statement may be filed by the close of business (5 p.m.) on the next regular business day with the same effect as if it had been filed on the specified due date.
Refer to the instructions provided. If you still have questions, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 530-889-4300 or visit our office.
For your convenience, the Assessor’s Office offers access to a free online filing program (E-File) from mid-January until May 7th at 5 p.m. annually. E-Filing is quick and secure, with an immediate confirmation that your filing has been accepted. The E-Filing program replaces the need for a printed submission of the Business Property Statement to be mailed to the Assessor’s Office.
The E-Filing program is not available after May 7th at 5:01 p.m. All statements filed after May 7th at 5 p.m. must be submitted by mail.
The Business Identification Number (BIN) is a unique access code that provides private and secure access to your property statement through the E-File program. A new BIN is issued each year and is included with the Notice and Assessor’s Request to File a Business Property Statement letter sent in January. Because the BIN is unique each year, the BIN you received last year will not work to grant you future access to the E-Filing program. If you require a new BIN, you will need to email the Assessor’s Office.
Statements returned to the Assessor by fax or email must be accompanied by a cover letter on company letterhead. This cover letter must include a description of the information being submitted, contact name and telephone number, email address, and be signed and dated by the taxpayer or taxpayer’s authorized agent. All emailed statements must be in a PDF format and emailed to the Assessor's Office.
Yes. If you are using the equipment for business purposes, it is reportable, assessable, and taxable as business personal property.
Movable property has situs where it is located on the lien date of January 1 if it has been in the county for more than 6 of the 12 months before the lien date and is expected that it will remain or return to the county for:
If the property does not meet the qualifications, the location of the property is the location where it normally returns or is stored when not in use, such as a construction or rental yard, or the principal place of business of the owner if no such location exists.
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.
If you have not received a Business Property Statement, you should complete and return a Business Property Affidavit (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. There is a section regarding property remaining after a business closure. Based upon the information you provide, a review of your assessment will be completed.
Examples of reportable supplies are:
Put in the total amount of the retail value of supplies you had on hand on January 1. 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.
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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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. View Equipment Factors and Classifications (PDF).
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 (PDF) and attach a Federal Depreciation Schedule with your request for an informal review.
You can file an Assessment Appeal Application (PDF) online or by calling 530-889-4020. In order to appeal an assessment, you must file an Assessment Appeal Application with the Clerk of the Board between July 2 and September 15 (or the next business day if the September 15 falls on a weekend or holiday).
Please complete, sign, date, and return a Business Property Affidavit (eFile) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. Under California Law, the owner of assessable business property at 12:01 a.m, January 1 (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.
Please complete, sign, date, and return a Business Property Affidavit (eFile) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. Based upon that affidavit, 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 Placer County Tax Collector at 530-889-4120 for issues regarding whether payment is required after bankruptcy.
Either the Assessor’s request to file a valid property statement was not received by May 7th, or no statement was received. California Revenue and Taxation Code section 463 mandates that a late filing penalty of 10% of the assessed value be added for statements not timely filed by May 7th. The Assessment Appeals Board is the only authority with the ability to abate a penalty for late filing.
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:
For additional information on Business Property, please visit the California State Board of Equalization website.
Business property owners must file a Business Property Statement (PDF) each year detailing the acquisition cost of all supplies, equipment, fixtures, and improvements owned at each location within Placer County.
For your convenience, the Assessor’s Office offers access to a free online filing program (E-File) from mid-January until June 1st at 11:59 p.m. Business Property Statements received after June 1st are late and subject to penalty. E-Filing is quick and secure, with an immediate confirmation that your filing has been accepted. The E-Filing program replaces the need for a printed submission of the Business Property Statement to be mailed to the Assessor’s Office.
On-Line Business Property Statement Filing offers a convenient and secure option that we encourage you to take advantage of today. You will be guided through the electronic version of your property statement, with help screens available. You will be able to leave and return to your e-file statement for completion or corrections until the earlier of June 1st at 11:59 p.m., or statement submission to the Assessor. Business Property Statements received after June 1st are late and subject to penalty. After an initial filing, previously submitted information will be carried forward and only updating of information will be necessary.
Important: Proper settings are required to access all the features of the e-filing website. If you experience problems entering data or saving your Business Property Statement, you may need to make changes to your Trusted Sites (PDF).
Placer County also participates in a statewide program for multi-jurisdictional businesses called Standard Data Record (SDR). The SDR system allows filing of Business Property Statements for a multitude of locations in different counties in a single standardized XML data format.
The E-Filing program is not available after June 1st at midnight. All statements filed after June 1st must be submitted by mail.
If you have not received a Business Property Statement, you should complete and return a Business Property Statement (PDF) to the Placer County Assessor’s Office. There is a section regarding property remaining after a business closure. Based upon the information you provide, a review of your assessment will be completed.
The Placer County Community Development Resource Agency has a website with Placer County Assessor Parcel Data that is updated twice a year and can be downloaded at no cost.
The fields available are:
All data requests are processed on an individual request basis. You may order by completing a Request For Data Form (PDF). Please see our Fee Schedule (PDF) for pricing information. Data is available in the following electronic formats only: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or comma separate values (CSV). The data can be provided via email attachment, FTP transfer, or CD depending on payment method. The fields available are:
Yes, please provide full parcel numbers in an Excel spreadsheet. The parcel number(s) must be 12 digits with no dashes.
Yes, a selection can be done based on Assessor’s map book pages (first three digits of parcel number), Assessment District (tax code), or Group Code (sometimes helpful in identifying an area).
Yes, a list is available for purchase. You may order by completing a Request For Data Form (PDF). Please see our Fee Schedule (PDF) for pricing information.
We can do a selection based on Assessor’s map book pages (first three digits of APN), Assessment District (tax code), or Group Code (sometimes helpful in identifying an area).
We do not supply labels; however, we can provide electronic data in the following formats: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or comma separate values (CSV) that you can use to generate labels.
You can purchase the Placer County Assessment Master by completing the Request for Data Form (PDF). There are instructions on the back of this form as well as an informational sheet (PDF) that will provide information regarding: cost, media type, format, ordering, payment, files available, and file layouts.
We can provide you with data regarding people who have moved to Placer County; however we do not offer monthly subscriptions. All data requests are processed on an individual request basis.
Annual Assessed Valuation Reports are located on our website.
You can purchase Assessor Data for any of the 58 California Counties from Parcel Quest.
If your property has been damaged by a calamity, you need to file a disaster relief claim with the county assessor. This will allow your current property taxes to be reduced for that portion of the property damaged or destroyed. This reduction will be from the first of the month in which the damage occurred, and will remain in effect until the property is rebuilt or repaired. Some county assessors have the authority to reduce a property's value for damage without a disaster relief claim. Please check with your county assessor's office to verify whether a claim is required.
In addition, if your property has been substantially damaged or destroyed in a Governor-proclaimed disaster and you have either filed a disaster relief claim with the county assessor to reduce your taxes or have been granted disaster relief by the assessor, you may file a claim to postpone the next installment of property taxes that occurs immediately after the disaster. If you file a "property tax deferral claim" with the county assessor before the next property tax installment payment date, that payment will be postponed without penalty or interest until the county assessor has reassessed the property and you receive a corrected tax bill.
To qualify for deferral, for property receiving a homeowners' exemption, "substantial disaster damage" means damage amounting to at least 10 percent of its fair market value or $10,000 whichever is less. For all other property, the damage must be at least 20 percent of value. However, tax deferral is not available where property taxes are paid through impound accounts.
Property tax relief is available to owners of real property, business personal property, agricultural crops, boats, aircraft, and certain mobile homes. Unassessed items such as household furnishings are not eligible for relief.
Qualifying damage resulting from calamity would be due to fire, flood, earthquake, storm, vehicle or other means of disaster through no fault of the property owner(s).
To qualify for property tax relief, you must file an application with the countyassessor within 12 months from the date of damage or destruction. The lossestimate must be at least $10,000 of current market value to qualify.
Youmay obtain an application by calling the Assessor’s Office, by downloading itfrom our website, or by visiting any of the assessor office locations.
Afterthe application is processed by the Assessor’s Office, a Notice of SupplementalAssessment will be sent to you detailing the amount of any reduction. Therefund will be prorated from the date of destruction to the end of the fiscalyear.
Ourappraisers will determine the market value of the property before and after thedamage. The percentage of loss is then applied to the assessed value of theproperty and a refund or reduced bill is issued.
No.Property owners will retain their previous taxable value if the house isrebuilt in a like or similar manner. However, any new square footage or extras,such as additional bathrooms, will be added to the previous base year value attheir full market value.
If you disagree with the value established by the Assessor’sOffice, you must file an assessment appeal within six months from the date onthe Notice of Supplemental Assessment. An appeal can be filed with the Clerk ofthe Assessment Appeals Board.
Yes. Temporary absence from a dwelling for repairs made necessary by a natural disaster will not result in the loss of your homeowner's exemption as long as you have not established permanent housing elsewhere.
You may, subject to a late-penalty, file a claim for the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption. The law limits the refunds to the current year plus 7 prior years.
A copy of your DD214 and the formal notification of ratings decision from the VA. For surviving spouse, also submit a copy of the death certificate, marriage certificate and letter of Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC). For the Low Income Level, also attach the Low Income Worksheet itemizing all taxable and non-taxable household income.
The Basic disabled veterans exemption requires a one-time filing. Upon approval of an initial filing an annual eligibility claim will be sent for subsequent years. If there is no change to your eligibility, then no action is required. The Low Income disabled veterans exemption requires an annual filing. Upon approval of an initial filing a claim form and income worksheet will be sent annually and must be filed before 5:00pm February 15th (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend holiday).
Charter Schools are an extension of the California Public School system. The Charter School must have approval from the California State Department of Education, Placer County Office of Education and an active charter with a Unified School District. Charter Schools are exempted from taxation if a claim form is filed annually, they are not automatically excluded from taxation.
A Private, Nonprofit School, regardless of receiving public grants is not considered a Public School. A Public School is any school publicly funded, governed by the State Department of Education and Placer County Office of Education. The instruction extends past Pre-K – 12 to include: Community Colleges, State Colleges and State Universities.
Community Colleges and Universities are governed by the State Department and Placer County Office of Education and are considered Public Schools. The College Exemption is afforded to Non-Profit Colleges or Seminary Schools and confers upon its graduates at least one academic or professional degree based on specific courses. For-Profit Colleges are not eligible to file for any exemption in California.
Real and personal property owned by a Public School or College, used exclusively by the entity may qualify for an exemption. Any use by another operator may be subject to taxation. The exemption is considered based on both the owner of the property and the use thereof.
A For-Profit owner can file for a Lessors’ Exemption if the property is leased to a Public School and the lease or rental agreement specifically provides that the exemption will fix the terms and Lessor will pass any tax savings to the Lessee in the form or reduced rents, refund of market rents paid or a reduction of Common Area Maintenance (CAM) fees in a triple net (NNN) lease, equal to the reduction in taxes. If the Lessor does not claim the exemption on the property, the Lessee may file a claim for refund with the Auditor Controller’s Office as the Lessee shall be deemed to be the person who paid the tax through rents or CAM fees. The Lessee shall be refunded for the portion of the property eligible for the exemption even though the actual bill was paid by the property owner.
Yes. A claim form is required to be received by our office or postmarked before 5:00 p.m. February 15th every year. The only exception is if the 15th falls on the weekend, then the next business day at 5:00 p.m. is the due date.
Information regarding Educational Exemptions can be found in Revenue and Taxation Code: 202, 202.2, 202.5, 202.6, 202.7, 203, 203.1, 203.5.
An organization may, subject to a late-penalty, file a claim for the Welfare Exemption. The law limits the refunds to the current year plus 3 prior years.
The Welfare Exemption Claim Form is subject to filing deadlines based on the date of eligibility for the first-time filing, and due before 5:00 pm February 15th every year (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday) for the annual filing. The claim form and supplemental claim forms cannot be processed without a valid Organizational Clearance Certificate; however, if the claim form is filed timely, the full eligible exemption will be enrolled without a late penalty once the certificate is issued regardless of how long it takes to receive the certificate.
Denial or partial denial of an exemption has no formal appeal process. You may file a claim for refund with the County Board of Supervisors. If the refund claim is denied, you may file a refund action in Superior Court.
The content of a religious belief is not a matter of governmental concern and should not be subject to an inquiry concerning its validity. The county assessor, however, is required to administer the exemption. The courts have defined "religion" by enumerating the elements of a religion to simply include:
The courts have defined “worship” as the formal observance of religious tenets or beliefs activities eligible for Church/Religious type exemptions are limited to “traditional ceremonial functions”.
Traditional ceremonial functions include regularly scheduled services attended by the full congregation of the church. They also include services attended by only some members of the congregation, such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, confirmations, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and similar ceremonies.
Contrary to a common belief, not all activities engaged in by religious organizations qualify for property tax exemption. Some non-qualifying uses are:
Any frequent or exclusive space used by a non-qualifying operator, even if the same space is also used by the Church would be eligible for an exemption. There is no proration of exemption based on time.
Proposition 19, The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act, was passed by California voters on November 3, 2020. The provisions of Proposition 19 that relate to Base Year Value Transfers for victims of wildfires and natural disasters become operative on April 1, 2021. Please visit the State Board of Equalization’s website at https://boe.ca.gov/prop19/ for the latest information available on Proposition 19 and its impact on this exclusion.
If your property has been substantially damaged or destroyed in a Governor-proclaimed disaster, you may be eligible for a reinstatement of your home’s previous base year value. To be eligible, you must file a disaster relief claim with the county assessor to reduce your taxes and rebuild the property in a like or similar manner. Alternatively, you may choose to buy another comparable property and transfer your base year value to the new property. You will not be able to do both.
Can I buy another house in the same county and transfer the base year value of my damaged house to my new house?
Yes, section 69 provides for this relief to you under certain circumstances:
The damaged property must amount to more than 50 percent of its full cash value immediately prior to the disaster. This applies to any type of real property, not just residences.
The property must be transferred to a comparable replacement property, acquired or newly constructed, within the same county and within five years after the disaster.
Comparability is crucial – the replacement property must be similar in size, utility, and function to the property which it replaces.
The replacement property must not exceed 120 percent of the full cash value of the property damaged or destroyed. Any amount of the full cash value of the replacement property that exceeds 120 percent of the full cash value of the damaged property (immediately prior to the damage) shall be added to the adjusted base year value of the damaged property. The sum of these amounts shall become the replacement property's replacement base year value.
Please contact your county assessor's office for an application.
Can I buy another house in a different county and transfer the base year value of my damaged house to my new house?
Under section 69.3, a principal residence that was damaged in an area that was a Governor-proclaimed disaster that occurred on or after October 20, 1991 may have its base year value transferred to a replacement residence in a different county only if the county has adopted an ordinance that allows such taxable value transfers. At this time, there are 11 counties that have such an ordinance: Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Modoc, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, and Ventura. The replacement residence must meet the following criteria:
Yes,Section 69 of the Revenue and Taxation Code provides for this relief. Certainrules apply, so please contact us if you are considering this option.
Yes,under Section 69.3 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, but only if you are movingto a participating county. Please contact our office for a list ofparticipating counties.
There is no charge to apply for the Homeowners’ Exemption.
Disregard the notice. This is not an official mailing from the Assessor’s Office. There is never a charge to file a Homeowners’ Exemption form (PDF). If you are not receiving a Homeowners’ Exemption, contact the Assessor or access the application form (PDF) to apply for the exemption.
California property tax law provides for an exemption of up to $7,000 of the assessed value of a dwelling that is used as a principal place of residence on January 1 of each year. This is a property tax savings of approximately $70 per year. In order to qualify for the exemption you must either:
If you qualify for this exemption under option number 2, the first year of the exemption will only apply to a Supplemental Assessment (if any).
New property owners will usually receive an exemption application within 90 days of recording a deed. If you acquired the property more than 90 days ago and have not received an application, please email the Assessor’ Office, call 530-889-4300, or download the Homeowners’ Exemption form (PDF).
The deadline to file for the full exemption is February 15 of each year. A partial exemption (80%) is available if filed between February 16 and December 10. The full exemption is also available on a supplemental assessment (up to the amount of the supplemental assessment), providing the full exemption has not already been applied to the property on the regular tax roll or on a prior supplemental assessment for the same year. The deadline to file for the full exemption on a supplemental assessment is within 30 days of the Notice of Supplemental Assessment. A partial exemption (80%) is available if filed after the 30th day of the Notice of Supplemental Assessment, but on or before the date on which the first installment of taxes on the supplemental tax bill becomes delinquent.
No, once you have filed for a Homeowners’ Exemption and you continue to own and occupy the residence, you will automatically receive the exemption.
A Homeowners’ Exemption will appear as a $7,000 reduction in assessed value on your property tax bill.
No. If you do not own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence, you must cancel your Homeowners’ Exemption by writing our office. Please include the date you moved and your new mailing address.
No. The exemption is available for only one principal place of residence. If the dwelling is used as, or intended for use as, a vacation or secondary home, a rental property, or is vacant and unoccupied, it will not qualify for the Homeowners’ Exemption.
Yes, by using one person as claimant on each residence. Separate claims must be filed and the reason for having separate residences needs to be stated on the form. The attributes of residence may be determined by: the intention to remain there is not temporary; where you are registered to vote; where vehicles are registered; where you return after work and between trips; and where personal belongings are kept.
Yes, if each person living in each residence is on title. Separate claims must be filed.
Yes, the owner may be living on the property in other ways than a conventional house.
No, only one exemption can be claimed.
Yes, if the trust is for the benefit of the person living on the property, while they are alive.
No, the exemption is processed as of our “received” date.
No, your social security number is necessary for tracking purposes to ensure that only one Homeowners’ Exemption is being claimed per person.
Yes, you may claim the exemption without it until you obtain a social security number. Please write “none” where the form asks for your social security number. You will need to verify this fact by supplying a copy of one or more of the following:
Also needed, will be a copy of a Medicare or Medi-Cal card or a California Drivers’ License or California Identification card to provide to the State Board of Equalization in lieu of a social security number.
No, the Homeowners' Exemption form is not public information; only the amount of the exemption that shows up on the tax roll is public information.
Yes, it can be used to track child support information.
Yes, as long as the house is not rented.
For additional information on the Homeowners’ Exemption, please visit the California State Board of Equalization at: https://www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/homeowners_exemption.htm, or download the Homeowners’ Property Tax Exemption Form (PDF).
No. All transfers between spouses during the marriage are excluded from reassessment regardless of the vesting on title. The vesting may be joint tenants, tenants in common, community property, community property with right of survivorship or in the family trust.
No. Transfers of ownership as a result of dissolution of marriage do not trigger reassessment.
No. Your ex-spouse or you, may buyout each other or sell the property in the open market as long as it is stated in the divorce settlement. Regardless of how title is held, the transfers between spouses pursuant to a property settlement agreement do not trigger a reassessment.
No. There is no excludable relationship and there is no divorce marriage settlement agreement. Even though you have a 50% mutual agreement, and if your ex-spouse decides after you are divorced to give up 50% interest, it will result in a reassessment of that 50% if you did not obtain a divorce marriage settlement agreement.
No. If you received a Proposition 8, declined in market relief during the transferred date, or the fair market value of the property is lower than your Proposition 13 factored base year value, it will be better for you to accept a new Proposition 13 base year value for the transfer. This will result in a lowered factored base year value in the long run.
Although they may generally have the same meaning, for California property taxation purposes, the term mobile home is now obsolete and was changed to manufactured home in California Revenue and Taxation Code section 5801 in January 1992.
Yes. Whenever there is any change in ownership of real property or of a manufactured home, the transferee must file a Change in Ownership Statement in case of Death[PDF] with the county assessor in the county where the manufactured home is located. If the property is subject to probate proceedings, the Change in Ownership Statement in case of Death[PDF] must be filed prior to or at the time the inventory and appraisal is filed with the court clerk.
In all other cases in which an interest in real property is transferred by reason of death, including a transfer through a medium of a trust, the Change in Ownership Statement in case of Death[PDF] must be filed with the county assessor by the trustee, if the property was held in trust, or the transferee within 150 days after the date of death.
Manufactured homes in California are generally subject to two taxes:
If your manufactured home was originally purchased new on or after July 1, 1980, it was automatically subject to local property taxes. If purchased new prior to that date, you or the prior owner could voluntarily convert the annual vehicle license fee to local taxation. The general property tax rate throughout California is limited to 1 percent of a property's assessed value. However, depending upon where your manufactured home is located, there may be other taxes or fees necessary to pay off any voter-approved general obligation bonds or other indebtedness which could result in a slightly higher overall property tax rate.
You can request a voluntary conversion to local property taxes by contacting the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the county assessor. You may find HCD contact information at: http://www.hcd.ca.gov[External]. Once manufactured homes have been changed to local property taxation, it is not possible to reinstate the vehicle in-lieu license fees.
Manufactured homes are subject to Proposition 13 under which the county assessor determines the base year value of a manufactured home, which is generally the market value at the time of purchase. Thereafter, annual increases to the base year value are limited to the inflation rate, as measured by the California Consumer Price Index, or 2 percent, whichever is less. Any new construction will have its own separate base year value. When the manufactured home is sold, it will be reassessed at its current fair market value and a new base year value will be established. If your manufactured home is located on land that you own, the land will be assessed separately. If you live in a tenant-owned mobile home park, a different valuation rule may apply.
The basic structure is assessable. Also assessable are all accessories, including, but not limited to: awnings, fences, windbreakers, storage cabinets, heaters, carport, water coolers, cabanas, porches, and skirting.
Yes. The first $100,000 or $150,000 of the full value of a manufactured home may be exempted from local property taxation if the manufactured home is owned by a blind or disabled veteran, or the veteran's unmarried surviving spouse, with the exempt amount depending on the annual income of the veteran. For additional qualification requirements visit the Disabled Veterans' Exemption page for more information.
Once the manufactured home has been installed on an approved permanent foundation, the entire manufactured home and all attached accessory improvements become assessable as real property and are valued in the same manner as a conventional home. The home is no longer classified as a manufactured home.
Yes. To be eligible for the Homeowners' Exemption, a person must own and occupy a dwelling as a principal place of residence on the January 1 lien date. The exemption applies to qualified manufactured homes assessed for local property taxation purposes. If manufactured homes are subject to the vehicle license fee, the exemption can be applied to land, accessories, and/or other improvements for the manufactured home that are owned by the person claiming the exemption.
A person who owns a manufactured home subject to local property tax on rented land is eligible for either the Homeowners' Exemption or the Renters' Credit, but not both.
If you do not agree with the value determined by the Assessor, or if your request did not result in a lower value, please contact the Assessor's office to learn more about and review your assessed value. You may also file a formal appeal with the Placer County Assessment Appeals Board which is an independent board established to resolve differences in property value opinions between the county assessor and property owners. In Placer County, you must file your formal appeal on an "Application for Changed Assessment" between July 2 and November 30 of the fiscal year that you are disputing.
For more information on how to file an Assessment Appeal, visit the Placer County Assessment Appeals Board's website.
Manufactured homes that are subject to local property taxation are subject to supplemental taxes.
There may be advantages, but each case should be evaluated individually. One possible advantage is that property taxes are payable in two annual installments. You may also be entitled to the $7,000 Homeowners' Property Tax Exemption or other exemptions administered by the county assessor. It should be noted, however, that if you receive the Homeowners' Exemption, you cannot apply for the Renters' Credit on your California State Income Tax return. Additionally, manufactured homes subject to local property taxation are exempt from any sales or use tax upon resale. Therefore, you may enhance the marketability of your manufactured home by voluntarily converting it to local property taxation prior to selling it. Once you convert to local property taxation, you or any subsequent owners cannot revert back to vehicle license fees.
There may be several reasons:
The Mapping Division processes all deeds/Maps in the date order they are recorded. You may contact our office and a member of our staff will provide an estimate of when the new number(s) will be available.
In most cases, the reason is due to a public road/access. If the parcel includes a portion of a public road, this area is subtracted from the gross acreage of the parcel.
A split is a separation of one Assessor’s parcel into two or more Assessor’s parcels, resulting in separate tax bills for each. A combination merges two or more current assessor parcels into one tax bill. This action is for property assessment purposes only. It does not imply legal lot status nor does it constitute legal lot approval by any Planning/Building authority. If you have questions regarding legal lots, you should contact the Planning Division of the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency (CDRA) at 530-745-3000.
Only the property owner or legally authorized agent can request to have a parcel split or combined for property tax purposes. The following is a summary of the requirements, all new parcels will be created for the future roll:
The most common reasons are:
The Assessor's Office is not involved with special assessments (direct charges). We suggest you contact the Placer County Auditor-Controller at 530-889-4160 or call the phone number associated with the direct charge(s) on your tax bill.
Learn how you may obtain maps on our Assessment Inquiry page.
The Assessor’s Office does not provide copies of these maps to the public. We suggest you contact the Placer County Clerk-Recorder’s Office at 530-886-5600.
You will need to contact the city building department where your property is located. If your property is located in an unincorporated area of Placer County, you may contact the Community Development Resource Agency (CDRA) Building Services at 530-745-3010.
You will need to contact the city building department where your property is located. If your property is located in an unincorporated area of Placer County, you may contact the Community Development Resource Agency (CDRA) Building Services at 530-745-3010. Our office can provide building record information from our property files. You will need to provide identification (driver’s license, identification card) to verify you are the owner of the property.
Reassessment of a property is required any time new construction occurs (Section 71, Revenue and Taxation Code). Thus, new construction, when not considered normal maintenance or repair, is assessable if it adds value to the property. The market value (not necessarily the cost) of the addition or other "new construction" is determined by the assessor and added to the existing property assessment. The value of the existing property is not affected.
New construction that adds value to the property represents the incremental value added to the existing property and will generate a supplemental assessment. The previously existing property, however, is not reappraised; its assessed value will not change except for the annual inflation adjustment of up to 2%.
It is important to note that the county assessor, by law, is required to value all new construction, even if a building permit has not been issued. However, not every building permit for new construction results in reassessment. In general, the Placer County Assessor’s Office processes thousands of building permits annually, yet less than half result in supplemental assessments.
The county assessor becomes aware of such new construction because copies of all building permits issued by a county or city are required to be sent to the county assessor. Discovery of new construction can also occur in a variety of other ways, such as that reported at the time a property transfers ownership, information volunteered by the public, or personal observation by county assessor's staff performing routine field checks.
You may request an informal review of the assessment from the Placer County Assessor's Office. If the review does not result in a satisfactory conclusion, you may pursue an assessment appeal.
Proposition 19, The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act, was passed by California voters on November 3, 2020. The provisions of Proposition 19 that relate to the Parent-Child Exclusion and the Grandparent-Grandchild Exclusion become operative on February 16, 2021. The provisions of Proposition 19 that relate to base year value transfers become operative on April 1, 2021. Please visit the State Board of Equalization’s website at https://boe.ca.gov/prop19/ for the latest information available on Proposition 19 and its impact on these exclusions.
For property tax purposes, a change in ownership in real property is the transfer of a present interest in real property, including the transfer of the rights to the beneficial use thereof (Revenue and Taxation Code 60). Often a change in ownership occurs upon the purchase, sale, gift, or inheritance of real property. Generally, a change in ownership will initiate a reassessment of any property; however, certain exclusions may apply as outlined:
No. An interspousal transfer will not result in a reassessment.
Generally, refinancing will not cause a reassessment of the property as long as you do not add or delete someone from the title. If you add or delete someone from title, the person contending that the change in ownership is only for refinancing purposes has the burden of proving that assertion.
In general, the transfer of any interest in real property to a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other legal entity is a change in ownership of the interest transferred and will be reassessed.
Exceptions: Transfers between individuals and legal entities or between legal entities which result solely in the method of holding title and in which the proportional ownership interest remained the same before and after the transfer are not subject to reassessment. If this applies, the property owner will be required to provide documentation to the Assessor’s Office such as but not limited to, corporation papers listing all stockholders and/or all stock certificates issued with voting rights, articles of organization; or partnership agreements listing all members and their percentages of interest; or the operating agreement listing all members and their percentages of interest in the limited liability company.
If you want to add, change or remove a name from the property tax records, you must submit for recording appropriate deeding type documents with the County Clerk-Recorder in Auburn. Concurrently, with the document(s) submitted, an appropriate Change in Ownership Statement for the Assessor’s Office must be attached or additional fees may be charged. Change in Ownership Forms are available on the Assessor’s website.
Before you record any document, speak with your tax advisor or seek legal counsel for information about any potential reassessment (tax increase) or legal implications that may result from your recordation.
Generally, yes. However, the property may qualify for a reassessment exclusion, if one of the following conditions applies:
A Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner (BOE-502-D) form (PDF) must be filed with the Assessor’s Office within 150 days after the property owner’s death. Additional documents may be needed:
No. State law excludes from reassessment property transferred between husband and wife, and registered domestic partners. Registered Domestic Partners are two people who have filed a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of the State.
Yes. However, the co-tenant may qualify for reassessment exclusion. In order to qualify a claim for an Affidavit of Cotenant Residency (BOE-58-H) (PDF) must be filed with our office.
Yes. A change in ownership occurs upon the date of death of the owner of the property, also referred to as the trustor, or present beneficiary of the trust. Generally, the change in ownership and, if applicable, the date of reassessment, is the date of the death of the property owner, not the date of distribution to the heirs, or successor beneficiaries.
No. In order to receive reassessment exclusion, a Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer between Parent and Child (BOE-58-AH) (PDF) must be filed with our office within a specified time frame. A claim must be filed within three years after the date of transfer (event), or prior to transfer to a third party, whichever is earlier, or within 6 months after the mailing of the notice of supplemental or escape assessment.
If the time requirements have expired, and the property has not been transferred to a third party, a claim can still be filed, however, the exclusion will only apply to future tax years.
Yes, A claim must be filed within three years after the date of transfer (event), or prior to transfer to a third party, whichever is earlier, or within 6 months after the mailing of the notice of supplemental or escape assessment. If the time requirements have expired, and the property has not been transferred to a third party, a claim can still be filed, however, the exclusion will only apply to future tax years.
In some cases, yes. Transfers from grandparent to grandchild are eligible for reassessment exclusion only if all the parents of the grandchild, that qualify as children of the grandparent, are deceased. In order to receive an exclusion, a Claim for Reassessment Exclusion Transfer from Grandparent to Grandchild (BOE-58-G) (PDF) must be filed with the Assessor's office within a specific time frame. A claim must be filed within three years after the date of transfer (event), or prior to transfer to a third party, whichever is earlier, or within 6 months after the mailing of the notice of supplemental or escape assessment.
The Assessor’s office does not provide owner name information on their website. However, you may contact the Assessor’s office at 530-889-4300 or submit a Contact Us Inquiry via Assessor’s Contact Us page. Be sure to provide the Assessor’s Identification Number and/or complete address of the property you are inquiring about.
A Possessory Interest (PI) is created when a private party has the beneficial use of tax-exempt (government owned) property.
The California property tax laws allow for the users of the property to be assessed when the owner is tax-exempt because it is government owned.
Possessory Interests (PI) are only those rights held by the private possessor. PIs do not include the value of any rights retained by the public owner or any right that will revert back to the public owner at the end of the term of possession. PI assessments are normally less and often significantly less than fee simple assessments of similar, privately owned property.
For a Possessory Interest to be taxable it must be:
Government entities do not pay property tax and thus their rent charges do not include an increment to recover such taxes. At the same time, the private possessor still receives the services and benefits (fire and police protection, schools and local government) that other similar taxable properties enjoy and the Possessory Interest property tax helps to pay the holder’s fair share of those costs.
The income approach is the most commonly relied upon method. The value is typically based on the lease payments made to the landlord of the term of possession by the occupant.
Possessory Interests (PI) are normally assessed on the Unsecured Tax Roll because the property is not owned by the assessee and cannot provide security for the taxes owed. The county cannot lien the property in order to satisfy a delinquent property tax. PIs are assessed as real property on the Unsecured Roll but still fall under the umbrella of Proposition 13. Although PIs appear on the Unsecured Roll, they are still assessed according to the laws pertaining to secured real property.
Unsecured tax bills are due and payable in full no later August 31st each year. If paid after August 31st, a penalty of 10% plus costs will be added to the amount due. Unsecured tax bills are not split into two installments with two different delinquency dates, as is true of Secured Roll tax bills.
The assessee is determined on January 1st each year for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1st through June 30th. Tax bills for unsecured property become delinquent if not paid by August 31st each year. Contact the Assessor if you vacate the property between January 1st and June 30th.
View the Assessor’s Hand Book AH-517, The Appraisal of Possessory Interests (PDF).
Proposition 19, The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act, was passed by California voters on November 3, 2020. The provisions of Proposition 19 that relate to the Grandparent-Grandchild Exclusion become operative on February 16, 2021. Please visit the State Board of Equalization’s website at https://boe.ca.gov/prop19/ for the latest information available on Proposition 19 and how it will affect the Grandparent-Grandchild Exclusion.
Yes. For example, a mother and a father could combine their individual $1 million benefits to exclude from reassessment a transfer to their children of $2 million of value in real property that is not the parents' principal residence.
No. The residence need only qualify as the principal residence of the transferor.
A principal residence is a dwelling for which the owner/claimant has been granted, in the name of the parent or the child, either a homeowner's exemption (claimant owned and occupied as principal residence at the time of sale or within two years of the acquisition of the replacement property) or a disabled veteran's exemption (claimant a veteran with service-related disability and a California resident on January 1 of claim year). Only a reasonable portion of the land will be considered a part of the principal residence if the land exceeds the area reasonably necessary as a site for the residence.
The exclusion claim must be filed either
Let's explain these terms. The base year is the year when the property or portion thereof was purchased, newly constructed, or underwent a re-appraisable change in ownership by the current transferor. The base year value (also called 'original base year value') is the full market value of the home in that base year, typically either the purchase price or the 'Proposition 13 value.'
Proposition 13 was a 1978 Constitutional amendment to control rising property taxes. It limited the assessed value of existing real property to the1975-1976 assessed values, limited tax rates to one percent of assessed value (plus voter-approved surcharges), and limited inflation-based value increases to no more than two percent annually. Proposition 13 value is the full market value, adjusted by these limits. The factored base year value is the original base year value, adjusted by the annual inflation factor for each taxable year of the current transferor?s ownership.
Your claim must be filed with the County Assessor within three years of the date of transfer, or prior to the subsequent transfer of the property to a third party, whichever is earlier.
Proposition 19, The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act, was passed by California voters on November 3, 2020. The provisions of Proposition 19 that relate to the Parent-Child Exclusion become operative on February 16, 2021. Please visit the State Board of Equalization’s website at https://boe.ca.gov/prop19/ for the latest information available on Proposition 19 and how it will affect the Parent-Child Exclusion.
The value used is the Proposition 13 value (also called factored-base-year value) immediately prior to the transfer date. Basically, this would be the taxable value on the assessment roll.
There is no limit. However, each transferred residence must qualify as a principal residence.
Proposition 58 applies to any transfer of real property between parent and child on or after November 6, 1986, and to transfers between spouses on or after March 1, 1975.
The transferor is the current owner of property being transferred. The new owner is the transferee.
Proposition 19, The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act, was passed by California voters on November 3, 2020. The provisions of Proposition 19 that relate to Base Year Value Transfers for severely disabled homeowners become operative on April 1, 2021. Please visit the State Board of Equalization’s website at https://boe.ca.gov/prop19/ for the latest information available on Proposition 19 and its impact on this exclusion.
One time only.
Yes. Homeowners' exemptions are not automatically granted.
If qualified, the value of the improvement, addition, modification, or feature that specially adapts a home's accessibility for a severely and permanently disabled person is excluded from property tax assessment.
Yes, as long as the total amount of your purchase and the new construction does not exceed the market value of the original property at the time of its sale.
A system that uses solar devices, which are thermally isolated from living space or any other area where the energy is used, to provide the collection, storage, or distribution of solar energy.
No. “Active solar energy system” does not include solar swimming pool heaters or hot tub heaters.
The first purchaser of a building with a solar energy system may qualify for the Solar Energy Exclusion.
The State Board of Equalization Property Taxpayers’ Advocate is responsible for reviewing and distributing property tax information and for the prompt resolution of taxpayer inquiries, complaints, and problems. The Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office may be reached by phoning 888-324-2798.
The Assessor is elected to a 4-year term. As an elected department head, the Assessor is required by the State Constitution to locate and assess all taxable property in the County.
Since any increase in assessed value will increase the amount of taxes you pay, it is very important to contact the Assessor’s Office if you feel that the new assessment value differs from the market value of your property. We welcome the opportunity to review any information you may have relating to the value of your property. If you have any questions concerning the valuation, please call the Assessor’s Office at 530-889-4300.
Taxable property includes both real and personal property.
Article XIII-A of the California Constitution (Proposition 13) requires the Assessor to reappraise real property at its full market value when either of the following occurs:
When real property is reappraised due to the above, a new “base year” is established. This base year value must be adjusted annually by an inflationary factor, not to exceed 2% per year. In any year, your assessment, adjusted for inflation, is referred to as the “factored base year value.”
Unlike most real property, business personal property is reappraised annually. Assessments are based on reported acquisition years and costs, which are adjusted annually to reflect market value. When statutorily required or otherwise requested, business owners must annually file a Business Property Statement with the Assessor, detailing acquisitions and disposals of equipment in order for the Business Property Division to derive appropriate values. Manufactured Homes, although classified as personal property, are treated, for valuation purposes, in the same manner as real property, and therefore, are not reappraised annually.
Revenue and Taxation Code Section 51 requires the assessor to enroll either a property’s Factored-Base-Year Value (established under Proposition 13) or its market value as of the lien date. This reduction is temporary and the assessor is required to review the market value of the property each lien date after the reduction until such time as the Factored-Base-Year Value is less than or equal to the market value.
When the Factored-Base-Year Value is again enrolled, the property is no longer subject to the annual review, and will receive indexing not to exceed 2% per year.
No, there is no charge to have your value reviewed for a decline in value.
Yes, all real property qualifies.
The assessor is required to review and increase the value to market or the Factored-Base-Year Value as of each lien date following the initial reduction. Just as there is no limit on the amount of reduction, there is no limit to the amount being restored to the Factored-Base-Year Value.
Yes, just as there is no limit to the amount of reduction when arriving at market value, there is no limit to the amount being restored when market value increases, up to the factored Proposition 13 base year amount.
No, once you have been granted a reduction pursuant to Proposition 8 your next year's value will automatically be reviewed. A Notification of Assessed Value will be sent to you in July, which will indicate our findings.
If after review of the Notification of Assessed Value you disagree with the value, you have until September 15 (or the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday) of that year in which to file an Assessment Appeal Application (PDF) with the Assessment Appeals Board.
Proposition 8 (now California State Revenue and Taxation Code Section 51) requires the Assessor to compare each property's Factored-Base-Year value with the current market value, and enroll the lesser of the two each year.
Once a property value has been lowered for Proposition 8, your next year’s assessed value will be automatically reviewed. The lower of current market value and Factored-Base-Year Value will be enrolled.
Your taxable value reduction to market value is temporary and the assessor is required to review the market value of the property each lien date after the reduction, until such time as the Factored-Base-Year Value is less than or equal to the market value.
Unless there is a change in ownership or new construction, this increase in value cannot exceed the original assessed value plus the annual inflationary factor not to exceed 2% per year.
No, the total property value must be considered. Only total assessed value can be compared. The lower of total property current market value and total property assessed value is enrolled.
1. Where is the vessel registered?2. Where is the boat primarily located? – (i.e. In your garage, at a facility). a. If located at a facility within Placer County, situs is established at that facilities principal location. i. If the facility you contract with is full and your vessel is sent out of State or County temporarily for the winter season to a secondary location, situs has not changed.3. Where is your primary residence (domicile)? a. If applicable, where is your secondary residence (domicile)?4. Where is the vessel primarily used?5. Has situs been established elsewhere?
The purpose, as set forth in state law, is an effort to preserve agricultural land despite increasing conversion of such land to urban uses.
Farmers enter into an agreement with the County of Placer to restrict the use of their land to the production of agricultural commodities for commercial purposes. This restriction would eliminate the potential subdivision uses of the land, which would reserve this land for future production of food and fiber.
An Agricultural Preserve is a specifically described area, or areas, of the County devoted to agriculture and other compatible uses. It is established by a Resolution of the Board of Supervisors prior to, or at the time the agreement is signed with the landowner.
Any landowner actually using their land for the production of agricultural commodities for commercial purposes, and which meet the minimum qualifications established by the Board of Supervisors, has the potential to be in the program. The basic minimum needed to qualify is 20 acres in size and the production of $4,500.00 in gross income annually. The County Agricultural Commissioner can provide more specific information regarding whether a property is likely to qualify for the program.
In most cases, yes, but each case must be considered individually by the Assessor. You should contact the Assessor’s Office at (530) 889-4300 for further information regarding tax reductions.
No, any reduction would apply only to the next year’s and future taxes, provided the agreement is signed by the landowner and the Board of Supervisors prior to the lien date, January 1st.
They agree to use their land only for agricultural and related compatible uses. All residences on property covered by Williamson Act contracts are limited to residences for people who labor full time on the agricultural preserve. This limitation is irrespective of how many parcels of land may exist in the preserve.
The agreement runs for an initial period of ten (10) years and is automatically renewed at the end of each year for an additional year so that the agreement always has ten years to run.
The agreement can be terminated by either the County or the landowner serving the other party with a Notice of Non-Renewal. The agreement will be terminated nine (9) calendar years after serving of this notice with that nine (9) year period beginning on the renewal date of the contract, which is January 1. The penalty clause in the agreement does not apply to a Notice of Non-Renewal.
Yes, if they are contemplating selling a portion of it in the near future, or if they are contemplating giving a portion of it to their children who are not connected with the farming operation in any way. Withholding land does not divide the property as required by the Subdivision Map Act. That is through a separate subdivision process. They should consider the zoning’s minimum parcel size requirements when withholding land.
Yes, but the land will remain subject to the agreement and the new owner is bound by it. The same is true of heirs, in the case of inheritance.
The first step is to submit an application to the Planning Department along with the appropriate filing fee. The County’s Agricultural Commission will review the application and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, based upon the agricultural operation. The application will also be reviewed by the Planning Commission; their comments will address potential land use conflicts. The Board of Supervisors will then hold a formal public hearing and decide whether to enter into a Land Conservation Agreement with the property owner. If the Board approves the application, an Agricultural Preserve will be established, and the agreement will then be entered into with the landowner.
For further information regarding the Land Conservation Act, please contact the Planning Department at (530) 886-3000.
Under the Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 and Improvement Bond Act of 1915, 1915 Act bonds can be issued by an assessment district to raise money needed to build improvements, such as streets, curbs, gutters and underground sewer and water infrastructure that generally enhance land value and give land utility. The properties that directly benefit from the improvements are then assessed an annual amount on the property tax bill. The direct charge you pay is used to make the payments of principal and interest on the bonds. If a 1915 Act Bond direct charge on the annual property tax bill is not paid in full by June 30th, the property may be subject to foreclosure by the levying taxing entity.
For a complete current-year list of all direct charges, please visit the Direct Charge Contacts (PDF). 1915 Act Bonds are identified by either a single or double asterisk. If any of those are on your tax bill, then you have a 1915 Act Bond on your property.
This charge is used to make the payments of principal and interest on the bonds and will stay in effect until the bonds are paid off. Only the levying entities have the maturity information, so please contact them directly with any questions. The phone number for each is shown on your tax bill and on the Direct Charge Contacts (PDF).
See the various assessed value information links on our office’s main Property Tax Information page. These links will also show you the TRAs within a taxing entity.
See the Distribution of Tax Dollars Levied chart in the Final Budget, which can be accessed through the Financial Reports page. You can also access the 1% Property Tax Rate Allocation to Taxing Entities (AB8) schedules for the last 10 years.
See the AB8 Tax Increment by Taxing Entity within TRA schedules for the last 10 years on our office’s main Property Tax Information page.
Beginning in 1993 to 1994, Placer County implemented the alternative method of apportionment commonly referred to as the Teeter Plan. The basic concept of the Teeter Plan is that the County apportions to taxing agencies 100% of their secured (and supplemental secured) levy (adjusted for roll changes), with the County owning the delinquent receivables. Placer County “Teeters” all secured ad valorem taxes as well as all direct charges (with the exception of 1915 Act Bond and Mello Roos charges). 55% of the current secured roll is apportioned in December, 40% in April and 5% in June. We also distribute any adjustments due to roll changes processed during the year in June.
Direct charges are flat amounts levied by various taxing entities on a per parcel basis. They are for services or benefits provided directly to a property and are non-ad valorem (not based on value). The Auditor-Controller performs the ministerial duty of placing these charges on the annual tax bills. Each year, in accordance with state law, the levying entity provides our office with a listing of the parcels and amounts to be charged, along with a resolution from their Board.
The calculation of the charges is the responsibility of the levying entity. Please contact them directly with any questions. The phone number for each is shown on your tax bill. View a complete current-year list of direct charges (PDF).
Direct charges are levied for a number of purposes. For questions regarding any of these charges, please contact the levying entity directly. The phone number for each is shown on your tax bill and on the Direct Charge Contacts (PDF).
Our office is aware of two direct charges currently offering some adjustment for senior citizens. These are:
Our office does not have any specifics about these exemptions. Please contact the levying entity directly with any questions.
Please contact the Internal Revenue Service or an income tax professional for this information.
You would have to officially form a County Service Area (CSA) or Permanent Road Division (PRD) in order to have road maintenance fees placed on the tax roll. For information on this process, contact the Department of Public Works at 530-745-7591.
The Mello-Roos Act of 1982 provides a method for local governments to finance public facilities. This legislation allows taxing entities to designate specific areas as “Community Facilities Districts” (CFDs) and, with the approval of two-thirds of the qualified voters, allows these entities to issue bonds and collect special taxes (in the form of direct charges) to finance such projects. The direct charge you pay is used to make the payments of principal and interest on the bonds.
If a Mello-Roos direct charge on the annual property tax bill becomes delinquent, the property may be subject to foreclosure by the levying taxing entity.
The last two characters of the tax code description on your tax bill will be MR.
Before the Auditor’s Office can process a roll correction, we need to receive the revised assessed value information from either the Assessor’s Office or the Assessment Appeals Board. Once we have received accurate data from the appropriate office, we are usually able to process the change within two weeks. If the change results in a refund, it will be at least an additional week before the refund check is created.
If you are expecting a refund due to an overpayment or duplicate payment of property taxes, please contact the Tax Collector’s Office.
Per California State Law, interest is paid when it is $10 or more, but it is not paid on negative supplemental assessments.
A supplemental assessment is created each time property is revalued by the Assessor due to a change in ownership or completion of new construction. The date either of these occurs is called the “date of event.” Supplemental taxes are calculated for the portion of the fiscal year for which the change in value applies. A factor based on the date of event is set by state law and this factor is applied to the tax rate calculation. The Auditor issues refunds when supplemental assessments result in a decreased value.
The value of a supplemental assessment is the difference between the prior and the new assessed values. The taxes are prorated based on the date of event on which the change of ownership occurred or the new construction was completed to the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Depending on the date of event, either one or two supplemental assessments may be generated. If the event date was between January 1st and June 30th, there are two supplemental assessments because two different tax years are affected. The following show examples of how two assessments might occur. Please remember that taxable property is assessed by the Assessor each year as of the January 1st lien date to generate tax revenue for the fiscal year that begins on the upcoming July 1st.
For additional information on the assessing of supplemental values, contact the Placer County Assessor. For additional information on paying supplemental taxes, contact the Placer County Treasurer-Tax Collector.
Property taxes for the various tax rolls are calculated as follows:
In California, Proposition 13 was passed in 1978. It limits the property tax rate to 1% of assessed value, plus any additional ad valorem (based on value) tax rate necessary to fund local voter-approved general obligation bonds and other indebtedness. Therefore, any tax rate you see on your tax bill in addition to the 1% represents a debt or debts approved by the voters.
Prior to Proposition 13, tax rates set to cover an entity’s general obligation bonds and other indebtedness could be passed by a majority vote. Proposition 13 changed this by requiring a two-thirds vote. In the November 2000 election, voters approved Proposition 39 allowing the voting threshold for school general obligation bonds to be lowered to 55%, if the school board so chooses.
In California, Proposition 13 was passed in 1978. It limits the property tax rate to 1% of assessed value, plus any additional ad valorem (based on value) tax rate necessary to fund local voter-approved general obligation bonds and other indebtedness. Therefore, any tax rate you see on your tax bill in addition to the 1% represents a debt or debts approved by the voters. In addition, direct charges (non ad-valorem items) may be placed on the tax bill at the express written direction of various local taxing entities.
The tax rates for voter approved debt are computed yearly. Several components are used to make this calculation. Generally, the two primary factors are the amount of money needed for the annual repayment to the bondholders and the assessed value in the district for the tax year. In addition, other components are used, such as the prior year balance and revenue from other sources.
Please see the Maturity Dates for Voter Approved General Obligation Bonds (PDF).
Tax rates for local voter approved general obligation school bonds are levied on all properties within the school district boundaries pursuant to the California State Constitution.
The property tax/tax rate area structure provides information as to what school district (not individual school) your property is in. It does not determine the specific school that your children would attend. That information and the intra-district boundaries are maintained by the school system. Please contact the school district or the Placer County Office of Education to confirm the appropriate school for your children.
Some school districts are located in more than one county. The “primary” county (County of Control) is the one responsible for calculating the tax rate to be levied throughout the school district’s boundaries. Since that primary county has the specifics about the calculation, it is necessary to contact them. For example, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) is in El Dorado, Nevada and Placer counties. Placer is the County of Control, so our phone number appears as the contact number for TTUSD tax rate data.
There are no long-term or living accommodations at BRCG. The longest stay at our campgrounds is 7 days in a row, and no more than 14 days total within a calendar year.
There are no hook-ups for RVs, electricity, or running water provided at the campground.
There is no running water, showers, sinks, or flushable toilets provided at the campground.
RVs can be accommodated only in sites 5 & 7-23.Sites 1-4 are walk-ins, tent only. Site 6 is not large enough to fit an RV.
RVs can be no larger than 30'.
You can check in at whatever time you'd like; however, you must book your reservation online ahead of time.Note that check-in time begins at 2:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm on the final day of your reservation.
Group campground reservations are made online beginning at 8:00 am the first business day following January 1st for the camping season that begins April 1st of the same calendar year. Camping season ends October 31st each year (for example, if January 1st falls on a Friday, reservations would be accepted beginning Monday, January 4th at 8:00 am). You must have special event insurance to have a group reservation.
We allow fires in designated barbecues and fire pits up to July 1st each year. No open fires are allowed at the campground after July 1st. Cooking is only allowed on portable propane-type camp stoves after July 1st. This measure is made in order to protect our nearby residents from wildfire risk. The July 1st fire ban date is subject to change during abnormally dry years.
Yes, but it is pursuant under Fish and Game laws and regulations. Please visit this page for more information.
No. Off-roading vehicles are not permitted.
Yes. There is limited parking, so please plan ahead. Hours are sunrise to sunset.
You must call at least 5 days in advance at (530) 886-4901 for the family campsites, and at least 30 days in advance for the group campgrounds.
No. Hunting is not allowed in the Bear River Campground.
No person shall possess a weapon unless possession is authorized under the California Penal Code. No person may shoot, discharge, or fire any bullet, arrow, or other projectile into, over, or on the Bear River Campground.
Please view state codes for mining. Click here. We do not allow any motorized equipment or other methods that can potentially cause erosion.
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11459 F AvenueAuburn, CA 95603
Offset printing jobs require up to 10 business days and digital copy work can be same day service depending on quantities and complexity.
Yes. PDF format is preferred.
Yes. We offer the current versions of InDesign, Illustrator, PageMaker, digital photography, and a wide array of clip art to complete any design requests.
Yes. We can design custom logos or modify existing logos.
Yes. We provide proofs for all projects.
Yes. We can design interactive forms.
Yes, but call the Child Support Services Department right away, and ask them to review your case. The court can modify the child support order if you lost your job through no fault of your own.
Yes. When there is a change in visitation or custody of the child, you can either go to the court to ask for a change in the child support order, or you may ask the department for a modification from the court.
The amount of the child support order may be decreased if the parent paying support must also support children from another relationship.
A blank Answer Form is supplied with the Summons and Complaint; fill it out and file it with the Superior Court Clerk within 30 days. The Child Support Services Department or family law facilitator in your county can help you fill out the necessary forms.
If the obligor does not respond, the estimated child support payment sent with the Summons and Complaint will be the amount of child support ordered by the court. When the court enters the order, the obligor will need to ask the court for permission to challenge it.
Yes, if you respond to the Summons and Complaint and contest paternity or the amount of child support requested, you will be given a court date.
The amount of child support is based on various factors, including the income of both parents and the amount of time each parent cares for the child. The court uses child support guidelines found using the California Guideline Child Support Calculator. Consult the California Guideline Child Support Payment Calculator User Guide (PDF) for assistance or to seek advice from an Attorney or Family Law Facilitator.
After the court decides the amount of child support, a document called an Order/Notice to Withhold is mailed to your employer with instructions on how much to deduct and where to send the payment.
Yes. You can avoid going to court by signing a legal agreement (stipulation). The obligor and the department can agree (stipulate) on the amount of child support if the obligee is receiving public assistance benefits. If neither parent is receiving public assistance benefits, then both parents may sign a legal agreement (stipulation) about the amount of child support.
Stipulations vary with circumstances, but the usual stipulation contains the agreement that the obligor is:
Yes. Health Insurance must be included in any child support order. Even if it is not available immediately, the court order will order both parents to provide insurance when it does become available. This applies to all cases.
Your child has every day needs that cannot be subject to the parent's willingness to pay when they feel like it. Children receive more support from parents who have an active child support order in place.
Yes. But the longer parents are gone, the harder it may be to find them.
Child support case information is confidential and not open the public, but documents in court files or County Recorder files are public records.
The process to obtain child support begins with opening a child support case, and your help and cooperation are required. A caseworker will ask for information about you, your children, and the other parent. The more information the caseworker has, the faster a child support order can be obtained.
Be sure to tell the Child Support Services Department when you move. The child support case follows the obligee to any new county or state of residence.
You can ask that information about your case not be shared with other agencies or with any other party. If you receive CalWORKS or Medi-Cal, you can ask that the department not act on your case.
No. Paternity must be established before child support can be ordered. Paternity gives your child many rights, including child support, access to medical records, government benefits, and more.
If you don't establish paternity, your child won't be able to get child support or health insurance, even after the alleged father gets a job. Proving he is the father as soon as possible makes collecting child support easier later on, including possible government benefits.
Yes. The Child Support Services Department will ask for a genetic test from the court in the other state. Also, a man can sign a Declaration of Paternity voluntarily declaring he is a child's father even if he lives in another state or another country.
The Child Support Services Department can use a variety of enforcement tools available to collect the payments. Also, the court may find an obligor in contempt of court, or in rare instances, guilty of a misdemeanor and/or felony.
Notify the Child Support Services Department as soon as possible; child support can be enforced anywhere in the U.S. Also, if you have custody and move away, your child support case can be transferred to your new county or state.
Laws known as the "Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act" and the "Uniform Interstate Family Support Act" may prevent a state from changing another state's court orders. If the child lives here and an order is issued in California, only a California court can change it in most cases.
Yes, you may see the records of all payments made by the obligor on your case. If you have custody, and you think the Child Support Services Department made a mistake, you have the right to ask for a review or audit.
Unless the parent in jail has assets or other income, child support will be nearly impossible to collect. An obligor who goes to jail should contact the Child Support Services Department to modify the child support order. Otherwise, past-due child support will add up plus interest, and the obligor will be responsible for paying it when released.
In every month that a child support payment is made, a notice will be mailed to the obligee showing how much money the obligor paid. Each month, the first $50 of current child support (a disregard) is paid to the obligee. The remainder goes to repay the County for any CalWORKs payments received.
New federal law may change the disregard payment amount. Contact the Child Support Services Department or County Welfare Office for more information.
Yes. If you are eligible and cooperate with the Child Support Services Department, you can receive CalWORKs or Medi-Cal benefits while the Department tries to find the obligor.
Current support and arrears owed to you is paid to you. Anything collected above current support and the arrears owed to you are kept by the Child Support Services Department to pay for past-due child support when you received CalWORKs payments in the past.
Yes, the Child Support Services Department typically hosts three monthly information seminars for the purpose of providing education and answers to the public about all aspects of the child support program. Participants may remain anonymous and can simply listen in, or they can ask specific questions to gain the information they are seeking. No reservations are necessary, and we encourage you to drop in to one of the workshops held at:Placer County Department of Child Support Services1000 Sunset BoulevardSuite 200Rocklin, CA 95765
Please contact Child Support Services or visit the Child Support Services page to confirm the dates and times of each event.
We cannot directly assist you with these areas, but we can supply you with resources for these needs.
The Clerk will file any appropriately completed fictitious business name statement. Thus, there may be more than one person(s) with the same fictitious business name. However, Business and Professions Code Section 14411 states "The filing of any fictitious business name statement... shall establish a rebuttable presumption that the registrant has the exclusive right to use as a trade name the fictitious name, as well as any confusingly similar trade name, in the county in which the statement is filed, if the registrant is the first to file such a statement." Our office is not staffed to search records, but the public is welcome to come in and do a name search at no cost or search online.
Fees for Fictitious Business Name Statements are as follows:
Yes, you must publish in a Placer County newspaper of general circulation, in the area you're conducting business, once a week for four consecutive weeks. The newspaper will send us a Proof of Publication. Fees vary with each newspaper. Your first publication must appear in one of the newspapers listed below within 30 days from the date you filed your Fictitious Business Name statement with the County Clerk's Office. Contact the newspaper at least one week in advance of your 30-day deadline.
The license is valid the same day it is issued and usable for up to 90 days.
No. As of January 1, 1995, blood tests are no longer necessary.
Marriage license fees are:
Please see the Fee Schedule for more information.
County Clerk-Recorder's Office2954 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA 95603
The Carnelian Bay Office (by appointment only). Please call 530-886-5610 to make an appointment.
No. You may purchase a certified copy at the Recorder's Office for a fee of $15 for a public and $20 for a confidential.
The Recorder’s Office is located on the left-hand side of the first floor the Larry Oddo Finance Administration Building in the DeWitt Center in Auburn. If you are coming from Sacramento, Roseville and Rocklin:
If you are coming from Colfax or Lake Tahoe:
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. Recording hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays.
Any document affecting title to real property that is authorized or required by law to be recorded. This includes, but is not limited to:
The recording requirements for documents are established by the codes for the State of California. Documents presented for recording must meet certain basic requirements.
Documents are recorded Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can bring your document to our office between those hours. If the document meets recording requirements, the staff will record it while you wait. Documents can also be mailed to our office. The mailing address is:
Placer County Clerk-Recorder's Office2954 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA 95603
The basic recording fee is $14 for the first page of a document and $3 for each additional page. This is for a standard 8.5-inch by 11-inch letter-sized document. If any page of a document is larger or smaller than 8.5 inches by 11 inches, or if a page has anything stapled, taped or glued to it, the document will require a $3 non-conforming fee for each and every page. Therefore, the fee for a non-conforming document is $17 for the first page and $6 for each additional page. There also may be additional fees for Documentary Transfer Tax, debtor notification on involuntary liens and additional indexing.
For a complete list of our fees, please see our fee schedule. If you need assistance calculating the recording fees for your document, you may contact our office at 530-886-5600.
The Recorder’s Office can only provide you with the recording requirements for a document. This office is prohibited by law from providing you with legal advice. We recommend that you contact a legal advisor or title company for assistance in preparing your document.
Since it is the responsibility of the Recorder’s Office to preserve these records, images of the original documents are placed on roll film for archival purposes. Once a roll of film is completed, it must be examined to make certain that all the images are clear and complete. If the images on a roll of film are acceptable, the original documents are returned to the address shown in the upper left corner of the document approximately four to six weeks after recording.
Documentary Transfer Tax is 55 cents per each $500 of the sale price or value of the real property being transferred. It is due at the time of recording on any transfer of real property, unless an exemption from Documentary Transfer Tax under the California State Revenue and Taxation Codes is provided.
To find out what documents have been recorded for a certain property requires a search of our records. Searching records is not within the legal scope of this office. However, our records are open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, and you or your representative are welcome to search our records. Because the grantor/grantee index is a name index, the property owner’s name is required in order to search.
The Recorder’s Office does not keep a record of sale prices. Sale prices can be estimated from the amount of Documentary Transfer Tax shown on a deed. However, the Documentary Transfer Tax amount may not accurately reflect the true purchase price, since Documentary Transfer Tax is not charged on assumed loan amounts.
You will need to search our records under your name to find out if a lien has been placed against you or if a recorded lien has been released. The Recorder’s Office cannot remove any liens placed against you. To have a lien released, you will need to contact the party who placed the lien and acquire a proper release document.
The Placer County Clerk-Recorder only has vital records for Placer County. For births and deaths, you will need to contact the county or state where the event occurred. Copies of marriage licenses may be obtained from the issuing county or state.
Adoption records are sealed at the time of adoption. If there is no birth record in the county where you were born, you must contact the California State Office of Vital Records for a copy. For information on how to order a copy from the state, you may call their information line at 916-445-2684. If you wish to obtain a copy of your original birth certificate, you must obtain a court order. For further information on how to obtain that court order, you should contact your legal advisor.
Some incorrect information on a vital record can be corrected by amending the record. To amend a record, a "Request to Amend a Vital Record" may be completed and mailed to the California State Office of Vital Records. If the amendment is filed within a year of the event, there is no charge. If more than a year has passed since the event, there will be a $20 processing fee. Once the request has been processed, you may purchase a new certified copy of the record from the County of which the event occurred or the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records.
The "Request to Amend a Vital Record" form is available from the Vital Statistics Division of the Placer County Health Department, the Placer County Clerk-Recorder or the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records. For further information on what information on a birth or death record can be amended, please contact the Vital Statistics Division of the Placer County Health Department at 530-889-7158.
Please Note: It can take from 7 to 12 months for an amendment to be processed by the State.
To legally change a name or change a parent on a birth record requires a court order. For further information, contact the Placer County Court Clerk at 916-408-6000, a legal advisor, or the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records at 916-445-2684.
The Lake Tahoe area encompasses two states, California and Nevada. The California part of the area is serviced by three counties: Placer and Nevada Counties to the north and El Dorado County to the south. To obtain a certified copy of a birth or death, you will need to know in which state or county the event occurred. For certified copies of marriage licenses, you will need to know in which state or county the license was issued.
For copies of naturalization papers, you should contact the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at 800-375-5283. It may take up to a year to obtain copies. For naturalization papers issued prior to 1930, the INS may direct you back to the county. If so, you will need to contact the Placer County Archives.
The Placer County Clerk-Recorder does not maintain divorce records. That is a function of the Placer County Court Clerk. For family law information regarding how to file for divorce or how to obtain copies of Placer County divorce records, you can contact the Placer County Court Clerk at 916-408-6000 or go to the Placer County Superior Court website.
An Accessory Home is permitted in single and multiple family residential zones.
Yes, in all cases a building permit is required. Property owners interested in constructing an Accessory Home on their property are encouraged to speak with our Accessory Home team prior to preparing construction documents, to discuss your concept and verify what permits will be needed. Please call (530) 745-3075 or e-mail at [email protected].
No, accessory homes cannot be sold separately from the primary dwelling unit.
Yes, however, rental of the Accessory Home for thirty (30) days or less is prohibited.
An attached Accessory Home may be up to fifty percent of the existing living area of the primary residence. A detached Accessory Home is limited to a maximum total floor area of 1,200 square feet.
Tiny homes are permitted in Placer County if they are on permanent foundations and meeting California Residential Building Code.
Yes, provided the structure was legally constructed with building permits and the structure can be upgraded to meet the building code requirements for a living unit. When an existing garage or other accessory structure is converted to an Accessory Home, no additional building setback is required. The Accessory Home must have independent exterior access from the existing residence.
Yes, provided the garage was legally constructed with building permits and the structure can be upgraded to meet the building code requirements for a second story and a living unit. An Accessory Home constructed above a garage must meet the setbacks required for that parcel.
An Accessory Home must provide one parking space. The parking space may be covered or uncovered and can be provided on an existing driveway. If the required parking for primary residence is displaced by Accessory Home and one additional parking space is provided for the Accessory Home, then the replacement parking spaces for the primary residence may be covered, uncovered, tandem, or spaces created by mechanical automobile parking lifts.
Parking for an Accessory Home may be waived in any of the following instances:
a. The Accessory Home is located within one-half mile of public transit, including transit stations and bus stations.
b. The Accessory Home is located within an architecturally and historically significant historic district.
c. The Accessory Home is part of the existing primary residence or an existing accessory structure.
d. When on-street parking permits are required but not offered to the occupants of the ADU.
e. When there is a car share vehicle located within one block of the ADU.
A Junior Accessory Home is a living unit of 500 square feet or less contained completely in a single-family dwelling or an accessory dwelling.
An Accessory Home can be attached or detached from the primary dwelling. A Junior Accessory Home needs to be built with the framework of the primary dwelling or Accessory Home.
A Junior Accessory Home is permitted in single and multiple family residential zones.
Yes, in all cases a building permit is required. Property owners interested in constructing a Junior Accessory Home on their property are encouraged to speak with our Accessory Home team prior to preparing construction documents, to discuss your concept and verify what permits will be needed.
No, junior accessory homes cannot be sold separately.
The maximum square footage of a Junior Accessory Home is 500 square feet.
Homeowner associations (HOAs and CC&Rs) must allow the construction of Accessory Homes according to recent state legislation.
At this time building inspections may be scheduled using the normal processes - https://www.placer.ca.gov/2220/Inspections.
Don't let your permit expire. We have a simplistic approach to extend permits; submit a Permit-Plan Check Extension Application Form (PDF).
Once a permit has expired, a new permit will be required to be issued to resolve the expired permit. The following will be required:
If no other extension has been granted, complete a Building Permit Application Form (PDF). Sign, date, and submit it to the Building Division before the expiration date for approval.
Request a second extension. Second extensions require justifiable cause. Complete the Permit-Plan Check Extension Application (PDF) and sign, date and submit it to the Building Division with payment of the current Administrative Fee before the permit expiration date for approval.
A new permit must be applied for before your second extension has expired. The following will be required:
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 years of the building permit. The MUP is issued through the Planning Division and may take 6 to 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 (PDF) must be filed before the building permit expires.
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, do not require a Building Permit (per California Building Code 105.2 "Work Exempt from Permit"). 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.
Requirements for residential stairways are as follows:
If the deck is attached to the structure and is part of the egress components, a permit is required. If the deck is free-standing and away from the structure, a permit would not be required unless the deck is elevated 30 inches or higher above grade.
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.
View the Driveway Standards Handout (PDF).
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 conditions for the proposed structure.
Please contact the Environmental Health Department for requirements.
Please contact the Planning Division for requirements.
If in a utility trench, consult with utility district for requirements. All other trenches can be grouped with water, sewer, gas, and electrical lines.
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.
Refer to the Placer County Online Permits Portal. 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.
For information regarding inspection times, visit our Inspections page.
Please review the Agricultural Buildings Application (PDF) to determine qualifying uses for agriculture structures.
The Planning Division has special requirements for these types of structures.
You can schedule an inspection using our Online Portal or by calling our inspection line at 530-745-3020. The automated system will assist the applicant in this process.
The Building Division has an Informational Handout (PDF) available for swimming pools.
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." The Placer County plan check turn-around goal is to complete the first plan check review process within 4 to 6 weeks from the date of application. Subsequent reviews, due to such things as corrections required, are to be completed within 2 to 3 weeks from re-submittal date.
Please be aware that turn-around times are impacted by the quantity of applications or re-submittals. The date of application, or re-submittal, defines the placement of project for review among other submittals.
Please make an appointment with the building inspector or plan check staff by calling (530) 745-3000.
The Building Division has Inspectors available to answer your detailed questions by calling 530-745-3150. In the event they are assisting another caller, please leave a detailed message so an Inspector can get back with you as soon as possible. To schedule a Building Inspection, please call 530-745-3020.
The Environmental Health Division is available to assist you with abatement of solid waste by calling 530-745-2300. If you witness the dumping, please report it to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 530-889-7800. Try to provide a vehicle description and license number.
Code Compliance Services offers an abandoned vehicle abatement program, and we can remove, at no charge to the property owner, up to five passenger vehicles (one ton or less) from a parcel. Beyond five, cases are reviewed individually and may incur additional charges. Please call our office regarding vehicles other than standard passenger cars/trucks, etc, as the County may still be able to remove for an additional charge. Complete the Abatement Form (PDF) and submit it to Code Compliance Services.
For vehicles abandoned on public streets, please contact California Highway Patrol at 916-663-3344.
While many types of home-based businesses are allowed in a residential zone district, the ability to protect the integrity of the neighborhood is very important to Placer County. Please call us at 530-745-3050 or visit the following links for more information:
Code Compliance Services is complaint driven and responds only to written complaints (Complaint Form (PDF)). Placer County encourages voluntary compliance realizing that some issues are not the same and timelines may vary. It is our intent to work with property owners within negotiated timelines to a mutually satisfactory resolution. If you have questions about a possible code violation, please email Code Compliance or call 530-745-3050.
Placer County also offers a dispute resolution service available to County residents. It may prove useful, especially in resolving disputes between neighbors. For more information please contact the Placer Dispute Resolution Service at 916-771-0108.
Woody biomass is composed of trees, including wood from the tree's bole (trunk), limbs, tops, roots, and even the foliage. Woody biomass can include shrubs and other woody plants. The principal sources of woody biomass for energy production have historically been:
Woody biomass also includes wood wastes from urban areas (e.g. construction wood, tree trimmings) and products derived from trees such as lumber, paper and byproducts of wood manufacturing (e.g. sawdust and bark).
A renewable resource is one that naturally replenishes itself after it has been used or which is never depleted by use. Examples of renewable resources that are used to produce electricity include:
Renewable energy technologies harness the energy in renewable energy resources. In the cases of solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, use does not deplete the resource. Biomass resources can be replenished as trees can be propagated naturally or with the help of foresters.
There are three ways in which biomass resources can be utilized for electricity:
A biomass power plant utilizes woody biomass for the production of electricity and/or heat. The wood is combusted in boiler systems and fitted with air emissions controls which create steam used to spin a turbine that produces electricity. Or, in cogeneration, the wood is used to generate both electricity and heat. Once steam is used to spin the turbine, it is extracted to provide heat for other processes (e.g, drying, heating). Finally, wood can be used in combination with other fuels such as coal, oil or natural gas to fire boilers and create electricity (also known as co-firing).
The intended end use of the energy and the availability of fuel/feed stock determine the capacity of a biomass power plant to generate electricity. In the U.S., most biomass power plants are associated with forest industries such as sawmills. These produce electricity and heat or steam using biomass wastes (e.g. sawdust and bark) from the sawmill operations. Electricity and heat or steam generated can be utilized for the sawmill. Excess electricity can be sold to the electrical grid.
Generally, biomass power plants are larger than 15 megawatts (MW) (one megawatt is enough to service about 1,000 households for a year), but can range from less than 1 MW to over 50 MW. It takes about 8,000 bone dry tons (2 big trucks a day) of woody biomass to produce one MW of electricity on an annual basis. The eastern Placer County biomass facility is proposed to generate between 1 and 3 MW of renewable electricity.
Biomass power plants produce ash (about 3% to 5% of the fuel input by weight). Depending on the source of biomass and the combustion process, power plant ash can be used as a soil amendment or in masonry and cement products. Water used to create steam for electricity production can be recycled.
Biomass power plants are designed with air pollution controls for minimizing discharges of regulated air pollutants. Biomass power plants are subject to regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and local air quality management districts. Biomass power plants can eliminate 95 to 99% of pollutants that would otherwise be produced by open burning of that same biomass.
Throughout the western U.S., a large potential source of biomass for power production is fire hazard reduction projects. Removing biomass from the forest during the course of fuel reduction treatments will reduce the threat of wildfire and decrease the area burned in catastrophic fires. Properly executed fire hazard reduction projects can also improve forest health and make the forest less susceptible to drought, insect attacks and disease. Utilizing biomass for energy production will make fuel treatments more economically feasible by creating a market for such biomass material that currently has little or no value. Biomass power plants therefore pose little or no risk to forests from over-cutting and actually can contribute to improvements in forest health and reduced fire hazard.
A biomass power plant does produce carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas. However, if the fuel supply is obtained as a byproduct of reducing fire hazard in natural forests, the plant emissions may be offset by the reduced emissions that would have occurred if the forest burned. Wildfires are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. For example, it has been estimated that the 2007 Angora fire in the Lake Tahoe Basin released 141,000 metric tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere within a period of a few days. This is equivalent to the emissions from over 28,000 cars in one year.
By utilizing fuels derived from forest management, that reduces the probability of wildfire, and, considering the natural growth patterns of biomass, a biomass power plant can be considered “carbon neutral.” Biomass is a unique fuel in that it is derived from a resource that is naturally replenishing by taking in carbon from the atmosphere. Also, using biomass for electricity production may offset the use of fossil fuels, further reducing greenhouse gas production.
As previously discussed, sources of wood for biomass power generation do not have “higher and better” uses such as conversion to lumber. They mainly consist of materials that would not be used otherwise, such as residues (e.g. small stems, brush) from fire hazard reduction. Consequently, there would be no impact on lumber prices. Unlike activities such as biofuels production (e.g. ethanol) that currently consume biomass usable for food (such as corn), production of electricity from woody biomass would not have an impact on food supply or prices.
When compared to the direct monetary costs of power production from fossil fuels and hydroelectric power, biomass power is currently more expensive. Biomass power requires fuel that has considerable collection, processing and handling costs. However, rising coal and natural gas costs, which in turn drive up the price of electricity, are allowing biomass energy production to become much more competitive. In addition, when the currently non-monetized societal benefits of biomass use, such as reduced catastrophic wildfire, improved air quality, forest health, reduction of greenhouse gases, and renewed rural community development are factored in, biomass-based electricity provides significant benefits over fossil fuel-based electricity.
Scientific and technical processes are being developed in order to convert the cellulosic material of woody biomass into usable fuels. Significant research and development is currently underway to make such conversion processes technically and economically viable. However, conversion technologies are not yet considered economical and are not used on an industrial scale (e.g. corn to ethanol). Synthetic gas fuels (syngas - similar to natural gas) and liquid fuels (ethanol and synthetic diesel) have been created in pilot-scale facilities in Europe and in limited quantities in the United States.
The primary challenge of developing liquid or gas fuels from woody biomass is breaking down the complex cellulosic structure of wood into simple hydrocarbons and sugars that can be converted into liquid fuels. Because of the promise that biofuels may have for reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, significant private and public sector resources are being devoted to support research, development and commercial deployment of biomass to fuels conversion technologies.
The Regional Plan Update included two locations for the Resort Recreation designation at Edgewood and the Heavenly Ski Resort. A potential third allowance of the Resort Recreation designation was included in the December 2012 Lake Tahoe Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP, or 208 Plan).
Section 10.2 of the 208 Plan states the following: "Prior to January 1, 2017, and absent a WQMP amendment, the “Resort Recreation” land use designation shall in addition to including the Heavenly and Edgewood parcels, allow for no more than one additional area of a comparable size to be added to that designation. If the subdivision amendment procedures of the WQMP do not sunset after January 1, 2017, pursuant to Section G below, at that time the States will caucus in a manner similar to Section G to further address the 'Resort Recreation' designation. The Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan proposes to locate the third Resort Recreation designation within the 112.8 acres covered by the Area Plan, subject to Placer County and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approval."
No. The proposed Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan and associated Area Plan would not rely on a “transfer of development rights” from outside the Basin. Rather, the Area Plan would provide for development within the Basin, pursuant to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Code of Regulations Chapter 13 (Area Plans) and Chapter 51 (Transfer of Development). Transfer of development for the 112.8 acres in the Basin would comply with Chapter 51 and would occur entirely within the Basin. In other words, units proposed for the 112.8 acres within the Basin would have to be transferred from other locations within the Basin.
For the Specific Plan as a whole, there is no formal transfer of units within Placer County. The discussion of retirement or “transfer” of development potential in Placer County is practical. That is, the East Parcel would be rezoned to non-developable designations, and the West Parcel would be rezoned to allow development. Because the East Parcel is zoned to allow up to 1,360 units, and the proposed rezone of the West Parcel would allow only 760 units, there would be a net reduction (600 units) in residential development potential within the Martis Valley Community Plan in Placer County.
Clustered development refers to locating residential and associated amenities in close proximity to ensure they share resources and minimize impacts (for example, the use of common roadways and infrastructure).
The East Parcel has an active timber harvest permit. There is no timber harvest permit on the West Parcel.
The Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan (MVWPSP) would preserve the 6,376-acre East Parcel as permanent open space. The property would be conveyed to conservation groups for fee simple ownership or placed in a conservation easement. The entire East Parcel would be designated Forest and remain undeveloped. In addition, 352 acres of the West Parcel would be preserved as open space, designated as Forest, and undeveloped, and 65 acres in the northwest corner of the West Parcel would remain designated Forest and undeveloped except for utility infrastructure. A map of the MVWPSP proposed open space areas is provided on Page 7 in the September 23rd Presentation (PDF).
Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan policies require that where access to public trails exists today, such access will be provided in the future. Whether or not private trails on the East Parcel become public will ultimately depend upon land ownership. Trails are likely to become public if the land is owned by a land trust or conservation group and are likely to remain private if the land is owned by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI).
Fibreboard Freeway is a paved roadway that extends approximately 9 miles through forested lands from Tahoe City to Brockway Summit at State Route 267. The roadway crosses public and private lands and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Fibreboard Freeway at Brockway Summit is a key recreational access point and will remain open to the public. The Specific Plan proposes to designate Fibreboard Freeway, which lies immediately south of the proposed development area, as a seasonal emergency vehicle access route. This designation would not result in any change in ownership, nor would it preclude existing and future public use.
Under the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan, there would be public and private hiking, biking, cross-country ski, and snow shoe trails on both the East Parcel and the West Parcel, as well as community swimming pool(s), tennis courts, fitness facilities for resident and visitor use on the West Parcel. No golf course or other major destination recreation facility would be developed under the Specific Plan.
A Specific Plan is a tool for the systematic implementation of a General Plan. A Specific Plan essentially establishes a link between implementing policies of a General Plan and individual development proposals in a defined area. A Specific Plan must comply with Sections 65450 - 65457 of the Government Code. These provisions require that a Specific Plan be consistent with the adopted General Plan of the jurisdiction within which it is located.
The Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan is located in Placer County and must therefore be consistent with the Placer County General Plan, the Martis Valley Community Plan (MVCP), and Section 17.58.200 of the Placer County Zoning Ordinance. Amendments to the General Plan and MVCP may be required to approve the Specific Plan. For example, the land use designations for the East and West Parcels in the Placer County General Plan and MVCP would be amended if the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan (MVWPSP) is approved.
An Area Plan is an instrument of the planning and permitting system within the Tahoe Basin, initially devised through adoption of the 2012 Regional Plan. An Area Plan is a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) planning document prepared pursuant to the TRPA Code of Ordinances, Chapter 13, and is a mechanism to address multiple regulatory requirements (TRPA, local, state, and federal) for a specific geographic area.
The proposed MVWPSP covers a 7,568 acre plan area, including the 6,376-acre East Parcel and the 1,192-acre West Parcel. Of the total acreage, 269.8 acres are located within the Tahoe Basin and within the jurisdiction of the TRPA, and a 112.8-acres subset of that (all of which is on the West Parcel) is proposed to be rezoned to Resort Recreation. The Area Plan is included as Appendix C to the MVWPSP.
Placer County is responsible for approval of the entire Specific Plan, and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) approval is required for the Area Plan, which addresses the portion of the Specific Plan area proposed for development within the Tahoe Basin. The Specific Plan (including the Area Plan) was prepared by the applicant, East West Partners, and submitted to Placer County for review for consistency with County policies and regulations. The Specific Plan was also circulated for public review and comment. Once approved as to content by Placer County, the Area Plan is submitted to TRPA for consideration. The Area Plan is a component of the Specific Plan, and is included as Appendix C of that document.
The Specific Plan will be the subject of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared by Placer County pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and the State CEQA Guidelines, and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by TRPA pursuant to its Compact, Code of Ordinances, and Rules of Procedure. Ultimately, the Placer County Board of Supervisors will decide whether to certify the EIR and approve the Specific Plan and Area Plan. If approved, the TRPA Governing Board will consider certification of the EIS and approval of the Area Plan. If approved by both agencies, the Specific Plan becomes the County’s plan for the project site.
Please also see this Flow Chart (PDF) of the process.
An initial study and notice of preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR / EIS) for the Martis Valley West Parcel Project (MVWPSP) were issued by Placer County and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) on March 28, 2014. The NOP was sent to the California and Nevada State Clearinghouses, federal, state, and local agencies, and members of the public. An NOP informs the reviewer of the lead agency’s intent to prepare an EIR or TRPA EIS. Four public scoping meetings were held to provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about the Specific Plan and Area Plan and to receive comments from the public and other interested parties and agencies regarding the issues that should be addressed in the EIR / EIS.
The scoping meetings were held in April, 2014 as follows:
At each of these meetings, Placer County and TRPA staff made presentations to describe the proposed MVWPSP for evaluation in the EIR / EIS and identify key environmental issues identified by the TRPA Initial Environmental Checklist and CEQA Initial Study and Checklist.
Interested parties were notified of the availability of the Preliminary Draft Specific Plan and Area Plan on the Placer County website, and that public comments on the preliminary draft plans would be accepted through August 1, 2014. A public workshop on the Preliminary Draft Specific Plan and Area Plan was held on July 17, 2014 in Kings Beach, California.
Additional opportunities for public input will be available throughout the environmental review process.
There are two options for water being studied. Water may be supplied by the Northstar Community Services District (NCSD) using existing or new facilities within the Martis Valley to serve the entire development area, or the applicant may drill on-site wells to serve the Specific Plan development area. No wells would be located within the Tahoe Basin, and no surface water would be obtained from the Basin.
In the Preliminary Draft Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan, the maximum building height varies and is dependent on unit type:
The Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan (MVWPSP) site includes two parcels-the West Parcel and the East Parcel-which total approximately 7,568 acres. Both parcels are undeveloped and forested lands, located on either side of State Route 267 between the Town of Truckee and the north shore of Lake Tahoe within the Martis Valley Community Plan (MVCP) in Placer County.
The approximately 1,192-acre West Parcel is located southeast of the Northstar California Resort, and uphill and east of Sawmill Reservoir. The proposed MVWPSP would allow for development on approximately 775 acres of the West Parcel.
The approximately 6,376-acre East Parcel includes 670 acres designated for residential and commercial development by the Martis Valley Community Plan. The Specific Plan would transfer development potential from the East Parcel to the West Parcel (760 of the 1,360 allowable units), retire development rights for 600 units, and convey the entire 6,376- acre East Parcel to conservation groups for permanent open space preservation via either fee simple or a conservation easement. Maps are available on Pages 2, 5 and 6 in the September 23rd Presentation (PDF).
A total of 269.8 acres of the Martis Valley West Parcel Specific Plan (MVWPSP) area are within the Tahoe Basin: 130 acres of the East Parcel and 139.8 acres of the West Parcel. Of the West Parcel acreage within the Basin, 112.8 acres are proposed to be rezoned as Resort Recreation and are the subject of the proposed Area Plan. The remaining 27 acres of the West Parcel and 130 acres of the East Parcel within the Basin would retain existing zoning. A map of the MVWPSP area that identifies lands within the Tahoe Basin is provided on Page 5 in the September 23rd Presentation (PDF).
If a building is constructed on the site, a building permit (PDF) is required. A list of typical requirements is available for review.
A Pre-Development Meeting (PDF) is required, and County staff will provide you with the standards for a public Tasting Room.
Non-Wine related events including weddings, parties, etc. are limited to no more than two per year with approval of a Temporary Outdoor Event Permit (PDF) (view list of typical requirements (PDF)). No public hearing is held (application fee required).
The same typical requirements (PDF) apply as those above for "Non-Wine related events" that exceed two per year.
No, the Coroner’s Unit is not involved in all Placer deaths; only deaths that are deemed reportable to the Coroner’s Unit by CA Government Code 27491. A variety of reasons can require Coroner involvement in some capacity: deaths as a result of homicide, suicide, accidental, or undetermined means; deaths where someone has not been seen by a physician within 20 days of death; sudden deaths where attending physicians cannot determine cause of death; etc.
The Placer County Sheriff's Office, Coroner’s Unit will reach out to you when the examination of your loved one has been completed. However, our office requests that the legal next-of-kin begins arranging final disposition with a funeral home within 72 hours of being notified of the death to ensure a timely transfer of their loved to a funeral home.
If the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit has determined we will not be taking jurisdiction of an individual for an autopsy, we are unable to complete an examination at the request of a next-of-kin. However, our office suggests speaking to your funeral director to arrange a private autopsy.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit does not typically reach out to the next-of-kin when a report, cause, and/or manner of death is finalized unless specifically requested. That being said, if you would like to receive a copy of the report, which includes the cause and manner of death, please reach out to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Records Unit at (530) 889-7812 to request the report when it is finalized. The Records Unit will notify you when it is available and being mailed to you.
Placer County offers Indigent Cremation for those who cannot afford final disposition of their loved ones. Please contact Placer County Health and Human Services to apply for this program and determine if you are eligible.
Roseville Office: (530) 889-7679Auburn Office: (530) 889-7625
No, the Coroner’s Unit cannot embalm, cremate, or bury your loved one. Even if you are not planning on having a funeral, you will still need to contact a funeral home to arrange a final disposition.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit often starts death certificates, but we do not register or issue copies. Please speak to your mortuary/funeral home regarding status updates of death certificates. You can obtain certified copies of a death certificate through your mortuary or through the Placer County Health and Human Services Department.
For death certificates for the current and previous year, contact the Placer County Vital Statistics OfficeOffice Phone Number: (530) 889-7158Address: 11484 B Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603Website: https://www.placer.ca.gov/2973/Vital-Statistics
For death certificates issued prior to last year, contact the Placer County Clerk-Recorder's OfficeOffice Phone Number: (530) 886-5600Address: 2954 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95603Website: https://www.placer.ca.gov/1722/Vital-Records
Yes, as long as the legal next-of-kin authorizes it, another individual can arrange final disposition. This can be done typically by signing a single form. Please reach out to a funeral home of your choice to arrange this transfer of next-of-kinship.
Yuba, Sierra, and Nevada county have contracted with Placer county for forensic examinations. This means that your loved one will have been brought to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Unit, for an autopsy or external examination, then returned back to Yuba, Sierra, or Nevada county. You should contact the Coroner’s office of the place of death for information about your loved one’s case and to request a copy of their Coroner’s report.
To respect the privacy of the deceased in our care, we do not allow the public to tour our facility or witness autopsies.
Viewing your loved one is not permitted at the Coroner’s Unit. Please contact your funeral director to arrange a viewing.
Coroner reports are typically finalized within 30-60 days after the date of death. These reports will typically include a narrative from the Deputy/Deputies originally on-scene at the time the death was reported, a property receipt form with an itemized list of any property taken into the Sheriff’s Office, a toxicology report, and the forensic pathologist’s report. Copies can be requested through the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Records Unit.
Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Records UnitOffice Phone Number: (530) 889-7812Address: 2929 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95603Website: https://www.placer.ca.gov/2658/Records-Unit
The County Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the development and administration of the budget, which is reviewed and approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The County Executive Officer works with departments to develop the budget in two phases each year to deliver recommendations for proposed and final budgets.
Some say that a Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center (MDIC) is a place. Some say that an MDIC is a process. In Placer County, we believe that our Multi-disciplinary Interview Center is both a place and a process that provides for a coordinated investigation of child abuse cases by professionals from multiple disciplines and multiple agencies, with special emphasis on the child interview.
MDIC is designed to benefit children and families and the systems designated to protect children and prosecute offenders. When allegations of child abuse are made the potential for a child to experience trauma and confusion from the responding systems is extremely high. Multiple interviews, by multiple and/or untrained interviewers create problems for a child who alleges abuse. MDIC addresses these potential problems by reducing the number of interviews to which a child is subjected, reducing the number of unfamiliar interviewers to whom a child must relate, and providing a highly trained interviewer. The quality of the interview and the investigation is consistently enhanced.
The MDIC process broadens the decision making base for the systems that deal with child abuse cases (law enforcement, child protective services, medical services and the courts). It increases the accuracy of the fact-finding process and consistently provides better information for use in court. The MDIC process provides all team members with a level of professional support which allows them to work effectively with these very difficult and complex cases. It also increases the competency level of team members by exposing them to cross-disciplinary learning.
The Placer Multi-disciplinary Interview Center is located in an office building in Roseville which has been specially designed for interviewing children. This office is not used for any other purpose. The Center is a child-friendly facility with furniture, decorations, toys and books designed to make children as comfortable as possible. The interview room is equipped with a video camera and a one-way observation window.
Children are interviewed by a Child Forensic Interview Specialist, who is a member of the multi-disciplinary team. The interview is observed by those team members directly involved in the investigation of the case. All interviews are videotaped. These videotapes are confidential documents used only for the purpose of allowing involved professionals to view the child's interview, thereby minimizing the need for further, repetitive interviews. The videotapes are preserved as evidence and their confidentiality protected by court orders and California law.
Of utmost importance to all MDIC team members is what happens to a child and their family while an abuse case winds it's way through the ever-confusing system. Every interview at MDIC is attended by an Advocate from the Placer County Victim Witness Program. Their role is to assist the victim and family during the process, then make referrals to available programs and resources available throughout the community.
Each family's needs are unique and important. Our goal is to make sure these needs are met by following every case to it's completion. During this process, victims and family's will be introduced to the many resources offered by Placer County Agencies, all dedicated to making our community a safer and healthier place to live. If you or someone you know needs our services, you can contact:
Immediately contact the District Attorney's Witness Notification Unit at 916-543-8016 and provide them with a telephone number where you can be reached for updates on court scheduling and location. Court cases may be cancelled, delayed, or continued, and it is important for Witness Notification to be able to contact you to avoid unnecessary appearances. If you fail to provide Witness Notification with updated contact numbers, you may be required to attend multiple court appearances and be ordered back to court.
Note: You must call in each time you receive a new subpoena to confirm receipt of the updated information.
Failure to appear in response to a subpoena may result in the Court issuing a warrant for your arrest, and may be punishable by fines and/or jail. The Courts do not look kindly at having to reschedule cases and inconveniencing all of the involved parties and other witness because of the failure of a witness to appear as ordered.
Rules of evidence and fair trial procedures require that an accused person must have an opportunity, through his or her attorney, to ask questions of witnesses.
Either the prosecution or the defense may subpoena you because your testimony is important to one or both parties. When you appear and testify truthfully you are not "taking sides" with either the prosecution or the defense, regardless of which party issues the subpoena.
People sometimes believe that they have very little to offer in a case and wonder why they have been subpoenaed. Court cases are governed by rather strict rules of evidence and procedure. Physical evidence and the testimony of witnesses are all pieces of a puzzle. All of the pieces, no matter how small, are important to complete the picture. Your testimony is important and may ultimately affect the outcome of the case.
It is very natural for you to be nervous. The fact is, everybody in the courtroom is nervous to one degree or another. Provided are some tips that will help you to control your nervousness and make your testimony clearer to the Court and jury.
A CFO is an enterprise at a private home where low risk food products are prepared or packaged for sale to and consumption by consumers.
Private home means a dwelling including an apartment or other leased space, where individuals reside.
A CFO can have no more than 1 full-time equivalent employee (not counting immediate family or household members).
Yes, a CFO is limited to $50,000 or less in gross sales.
Only foods that are defined as "non-potentially hazardous" are approved for preparation or packaging by CFOs. These are foods that do not require refrigeration to keep them safe from bacterial growth, which could potentially make people sick. The CDPH has established and maintains a list of approved cottage food categories on their website.
*For those foods not included on the below list, you may petition CDPH to add new items to the list on the CDPH CFO Webpage.
The following food categories are included in the current list:
Foods not included on the above list must be produced in a properly permitted commercial facility, such as a facility with Cannery License or a facility with valid Processed Food Registration (PFR) issued by the California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch. Foods other than those listed above shall not be made or packaged for resale in a home kitchen.
CFO's fall into one of two classification:
"Direct sale" means the consumer purchases the cottage food product directly from the CFO. Direct sales include, but are not limited to, transactions at holiday bazaars, bake sales, food swaps, transactions at farm stands, certified farmers markets or at a community event.
"Indirect sale" means an interaction between a CFO, a third party retailer, and a consumer, where the consumer purchases cottage food products made by the CFO from a third party retailer that holds a valid permit issued by the local Environmental Health agency in their jurisdiction. Indirect sales include, but are not limited to, sales made to retail shops or to retail food facilities where food may be immediately consumed on the premises.
All CFOs must comply with the following:
Note: There will be no water testing requirements for treated, public water supply. If you are on a private water supply such as a drilled well, you will be required to perform some water quality testing to demonstrate if your water is potable. Minimum tests required initially are bacteriological testing (potability test), nitrate, and nitrite. Bacteria testing shall be done every three months thereafter, nitrate every year and nitrite every three years.
A CFO must acquire a valid California Food Handler Card within three months of being registered or permitted. Please submit a copy of your Food Handler's Card or other valid Food Safety Certificate with your application form.
Any expansion or remodeling must be consistent with a residential home kitchen. Contact the county or city building, planning, and fire departments for approval and applicable permitting requirements. All cottage food operations including storage, preparation, assembling, and packaging/labeling shall occur inside the living space of the home. Garages, sheds, backyards, vehicles, and out buildings or any other structure or locations outside the living space are not permissible for use in your CFO.
Yes! The following apply"
Registrations and permits are non-transferable between persons, locations, types of foods, types of food sales (direct vs. indirect).
For current fees please review our fee schedule (PDF). Additional fees may be charged for inspections and/or enforcement activities if the CFO is found to be in violation of California Food Safety Laws.
Yes. Class A CFOs may only sell within Placer County. Class B CFOs may sell in another county only if you have permission from that county's Health Department to sell in their jurisdiction with a Placer County CFO permit. Additional health permits may be required to sell at other locations such as certified farmer's markets, community/temporary events, or swap meets. Please contact us for additional permit requirements.
CFO can accept orders and payments via internet, mail or phone. However, products must be delivered directly (in person) by the CFO to the customer. To deliver products via US Mail, UPS, Fed Ex or any other indirect delivery method requires a state permit/license. Contact the California Food and Drug Branch at 916-650-6500 for more information.
Only Class B CFOs from other counties may sell in Placer County. We will require a copy of your permit from your county of origin when submitting your permit application to sell in Placer County.
Class A CFO kitchens and food storage areas are not subject to initial or routine inspections. Class B CFO kitchens and food storage areas are inspected initially, prior to permit issuance, and then annually after that.
Both Class A and B are open for inspection by Environmental Health on the basis of consumer complaint, or if there is any reason to suspect that adulterated or otherwise unsafe food has been produced, or operations are found to be in violation of Food Safety Laws. Inspection activities may include viewing and copying of records, seizure of products, and taking photos. Both Class A and B are open for inspection of packaging, product handling, and labeling during community events, farmers markets, bake sales, swap meets, or any third party retailer.
All cottage food products must be properly labeled in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. Sec.343 et. seq... The label shall include:
Cottage foods sold in a permitted food facility without packaging or labeling shall be identified to the customer as homemade on the menu, menu board(s), or another easily visible location. An example of a product label can be seen on page 1 of the CFO Permit Application (PDF).
To apply for a CFO Permit or Registration, submit the following to Environmental Health:
An Environmental Health Specialist will review your application and request any changes or modifications, if necessary. Class B CFOs require an initial inspection prior to final approval, which the Specialist will schedule with you after the application is approved. Once the process is complete, the Specialist will provide you with your permit/registration number, which must be applied to each product label. A signed copy of the self certification portion of the application (page 2) will be mailed to you along with your permit or registration. Please keep your permit/registration and self certification form in a safe place as you may be requested to produce them at a later date.
Yes. The Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) are available to print.
Private water wells have a certain structure once complete. A water well cross-section (PDF) shows distinct features.
The well's defenses against contamination are its surface sanitary seal, annular seal, and well casing. If the annular seal is too shallow, the casing ruptured, or the surface seal broken by holes or missing gaskets, contaminants can enter the well. If a well is located too close to a source of contaminants, these may enter through one of these routes or percolate down through the ground, and enter the well at depth.
Lake, river and ditch water - is it legal and safe to drink? Important information on untreated surface water. Ditch Water Pamphlet pdf
During heavy rains or floods, if flood waters or debris are observed around your well casing, the well water becomes cloudy or muddy, or the water tastes "off," your well may have become contaminated. You should check you well's surface sealing characteristics and flush and disinfect the well immediately. Contaminated wells may contain waterborne disease bacteria.
Your well may need to be disinfected. See our disinfection procedure (PDF), or contact our office.
Historically, many properties in Placer County utilized hand dug wells. A hand dug well is not considered a source for potable water supply and can be a threat to your health as well as to the ground water.
The four hour well yield test is used to determine the production or yield of the well in gallons per minute. When required by Environmental Health Services, this test must be performed by a licensed well driller or licensed pump contractor. A current four hour well yield report can be required for a number of reasons.
Depending upon the circumstance, it might be needed prior to building permit issuance or prior to issuance of an Environmental Health Services Final which is needed for a Certificate of Occupancy or as a requirement for a land division. Longer and more detailed testing may be required when there is concern of low well yields.
When a building permit involves plumbing, it is necessary to demonstrate that the water supply meets potable requirements. A water well might become contaminated with bacteria and be unsafe for use. One individual might be less sensitive than others who might use the water.
Only a well driller with a C-57 license can apply for and obtain a well permit.
The bacteriological analysis must be performed by a California State Certified Laboratory. Any California State Certified laboratory which performs this test is acceptable. Environmental Health Services can provide a list of other local laboratories that provide this service. It should be noted that this list is not a recommendation.
All bacteriological analysis results must be accompanied by a chlorine residual test result. The water sample must be collected in a sterilized sample container provided by the laboratory.
“Community Event” is defined as an event that is civic, political, public or educational in nature (Cal Code113755). It includes: state and county fairs, city festivals, circuses and other public gathering events.
An Event Organizer is a person or organization that is responsible for the coordination, sponsorship or arrangement of a community event. An Event Organizer is required when two or more food/beverage booths will be at an event.
Organizers of food events have an inherent responsibility to the public to provide a safe and healthy event. To allow only approved food vendors to setup at the event and to submit a list of vendors to the Environmental Health Department, two-weeks prior to the event. Provide a site plan indicating adequate space for each vendor to meet proper setbacks.
Provide basic sanitation (porta-potty and hand wash stations) for event attendees, Sanitation for vendors is to be within 200 feet of a TFF. Providing, garbage and refuse containers, ice service, potable water, safe electrical hook-ups may also be necessary depending on the event. Monitoring the food vendor’s practices is the most important item. Contact the Environmental Health Department if there are any issues.
Yes, a permit is required even if the food is given away. The requirements apply to all persons participating in food events, regardless of non-profit status, and include sampling.
A food vendor may only operate at a community event.
Yes. See section 114381.2 of the California Retail Food Code. A permit application shall be submitted to the enforcement agency by each temporary food facility operator that includes all of the following:
The Legislature finds and declares that the public health interest requires that there be statewide health and sanitation standards for food facilities to assure the people of this state, that the food provided to consumers is safe, unadulterated and honestly presented through adoption of science-based standards. Regulations are found in the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code).
Yes, a permit is still required. However, certain requirements may not apply if the food is not potentially hazardous (such as candy, canned soda, bottled water).
Yes. Beverages are considered food and a permit is required. The requirements for bottled or canned beverages are the same as for prepackaged food. There are special considerations for non-profit and winery operations.
No. Food intended for public consumption may not be prepared in a home. All food must be obtained from approved sources. Exception: 114339. Non-potentially hazardous beverages and baked goods may be offered for sale, sold, or given away by a nonprofit charitable organization or by an established club or organization that operates under the authorization of a school or educational facility for fundraising purposes at community events. Note: A valid Cottage Food Operation is considered a food facility and may sell food as a vendor.
Yes, a permit is required for all food vendors offering food for sale to the public. The potential risk associated with handling food is the same, regardless of where the proceeds go.
No. Private parties intended only for members of an organization and/or their invited guests do not require a permit. If the event is advertised to the public; however, then a permit is required.
No. A church, private club, or other nonprofit association that gives or sells food to its members and guests, and not to the general public, at an event that occurs not more than three days in any 90-day period.
The permit issued to a temporary food facility vendor may be valid for up to one year, or the vendor may choose to get a permit for only a single event. The permit issued to the event organizer is valid only for the duration of that specific community event. A new application must be submitted, and a new permit obtained for each community event.
No. The permit for your restaurant is site-specific and does not transfer to any other location. However, when you apply for a Temporary Food Facility permit you may also apply for a fee reduction.
Yes. Honorably Discharged Veterans with a DD-214, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) 3 documentation, and Caterers, and Mobile Food Facilities (Food Truck) with a valid permit in good standing, may also apply for a fee reduction.
At least 2 weeks prior to the event to allow adequate time to review the application, vendor list, and make any necessary adjustments and modifications.
Yes, it is available to download (PDF).
The monitoring well installation/destruction fee (PDF) is required for each well.
If the soil boring will be advanced within 10 feet of groundwater or greater than 10 feet below ground surface.
The soil boring fee is required for the first two soil borings per parcel.
Yes, however, the fee is only required for the first two shallow soil vapor sampling wells per parcel (similar to the soil boring fee).
Over drilling and pressure grouting are acceptable well destruction methods in accordance with Department of Water Resources (DWR) well standards (Bulletin 74-81 and 74-90). If pressure grouting is performed, over drilling of the top 5 feet is required in most circumstances. Sparge wells constructed using a micro-porous point are not suitable for pressure grouting and are required to be over drilled.
A mobile food facility is defined as any vehicle used in conjunction with a commissary or other permanent food facility upon which food is sold or distributed at retail. This includes:
All MFFs (including carts) shall obtain approval from the local Planning and Zoning departments to operate on either private and public property, and also the property owner for private property.
All MFFs shall have the business name or name of the operator (3 inches high lettering) and the city, state, and zip code (1 inch high lettering) permanently affixed on two sides of the vehicle.
California Housing and Community Development is a State agency that inspects and certifies vehicles as “special purpose commercial modular.” California Health and Safety Code section 18012.5 defines a special purpose commercial modular as: “…a vehicle with or without motive power, designed and equipped for human occupancy for industrial, professional or commercial purposes…”
This includes any fully enclosed MFF in which the operator occupies the vehicle to cook or prepare food for service. No Environmental Health Permit to operate will be issued to any fully enclosed MFF that does not contain an Insignia from having passed inspection.
The following is a sample Housing and Community Development special purpose commercial modular insignia.
Contact Manufactured Housing at 916-445-3338. For a small fee they will research their records to see if the mobile vehicle has ever been issued the insignia. If it has they will provide you with a duplicate insignia.
Contact the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Northern California Field Office at 916-255-2501. They will have you submit the following items to schedule your inspection:
Once your vehicle contains the HCD insignia, you are ready to complete the permitting process with Placer County Environmental Health.
A commissary is an approved, permitted commercial kitchen which an MFF shall use for storage of food and supplies, cleaning and sanitizing of utensils, sanitary disposal of garbage and liquid waste, filling of the potable water tank, cleaning and maintenance of the MFF, and any food prep that can’t be performed inside the vehicle. An MFF operator is not permitted to do any of these activities at home.
See the following, an excerpt from the definition of limited food preparation, per California Retail Food Code section 113818:
To prepare and serve sausages from a cart (or other unenclosed vehicle) without the requirement of a 3-compartment sink, the sausages are required to meet the definition of a hot dog per CalCode section 113807: “Hot dog means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing…”
Preparation of any sausage that does not meet the definition of a hot dog is considered full prep and will require a fully enclosed mobile facility.
A MFF may only utilize an open-air BBQ or outdoor wood-burning oven at a permitted Community Event. Please speak with the event coordinator or contact Placer County Environmental Health to determine if it is a permitted Community Event.
A MFF may only set up pop-up tents and tables outside the vehicle at a permitted Community Event. Please speak with the event coordinator or contact Placer County Environmental Health to determine if it is a permitted Community Event.
Community events must be temporary in nature to meet Placer County Environmental Health’s requirements for permitting. A local brewery/winery that serves beverages to the public on a daily or weekly basis, year-round, cannot be permitted as a Community Event. As a permitted MFF, you may operate at the brewery/winery, however, you may not set up pop-up tents or utilize an open-air BBQ or outdoor wood burning oven, as those are only allowed at Community events.
The restroom verification form (Section F of the application packet) shall be filled out if your MFF conducts business in a specified location for more than one hour. The owner of the restroom must sign the form stating they are granting permission for your facility to use the restroom, and that they will maintain the cleanliness and the supplies inside the restroom.
Four common types of additives commonly asked about are:
There is no significant evidence of the effectiveness of these additives. Use of items 3 and 4 may actually damage your system (changing the pH and killing microorganisms, or clogging downstream pipes). The introduction of any additive to the septic tank is discouraged.
Ordinary household chemicals should not harm the biological balance of the system when used in moderation, though excessive amounts can be harmful. The disposal of paper products in the system should be limited to those that are absolutely necessary and which fall apart easily when wet (e.g toilet paper).
Any type of poisonous substance such as:
Also refrain from adding cigarette butts, and paper products that do not readily degrade such as disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, facial tissues, or paper towels.
Always attempt to minimize the amount of solids introduced into the septic tank. Use your garbage disposal as little as possible.
Lush vegetative growth over the leach field may indicate imminent failure. Damaged leach line pipes or decreased soil porosity can cause effluent to surface. Visual inspection of the area may reveal an accumulation of sewage.
Dye testing of the system can be helpful in determining if any liquid observed originated from the septic tank. Contact a service provider if you're concerned about the health of your septic system.
Placer County requires that all wastewater must be discharged into an approved sewage disposal system. Even grey water contains high numbers of bacteria, some of which may cause disease.
Hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg odor) is normal by-product of the sewage digestion process which occurs in the septic tank. Noxious odors from the septic tank my become obvious through roof vents on the house, depending on the house location and prevailing wind currents. To help alleviate the nuisance, extend the height of the roof vents.
Every 3 to 5 years, depending on how many people live in the house. Septic pumpers may be found in the Yellow Pages.
The easiest way to determine the condition of your septic tank is to hire a professional experienced with septic systems. However, should you decide to inspect it yourself, follow these steps:
If your leach field has inspection pipes at the end of each leach line, they can be visually inspected for pooling liquid. Accumulation of water in the leach lines is an early indication of problems. Sewage contains disease causing microorganisms! It is important to always exercise caution and good personal hygiene after any contact.
Every 6 to 12 months. This gives the unused leach lines time to "rest," thereby increasing the life of the system. Be sure to rotate the valve back again after the 6 to 12 month resting period.
Both wet weather and increased water usage can increase the amount of water introduced into the leach field soil and cause your septic system to become overloaded. System failure may become evident during periods of over saturation. Clogged or slow moving plumbing is frequently the result of a failing system. Blockages in the distribution system may be removable, but if the failure is due to clogged soil that will no longer accept effluent, then a new leach field is necessary.
Regular cleaning of the tank is part of a complete preventative maintenance program necessary to the life of the system. Solids must be removed from the tank before they become deposited in and clog the leach lines. After the leach lines become clogged, cleaning the tank is of little benefit.
A simple method is to probe in the soil with a metal rod. Or you can follow the pipelines leading from the house. Once found, dig to uncover the manholes on the top of the tank.
Placer County contracts with two haulers to provide service in the unincorporated areas of the county (please check the Franchise Area Map (PDF) to determine which area you live in):
Recycling can be confusing, so we do it for you!
In Placer County, One Big Bin makes it easy for businesses and residents by using a mixed-waste recycling program.
The waste collected in your garbage can goes to one of our two regional Materials Recovery Facilities where we:
Learn more about One Big Bin in western Placer County and One Big Bin in the Tahoe area (PDF).
In order to minimize the number of collection routes and trucks on the road, only certain areas of Placer County have the curbside green waste collection available. Contact your hauler for availability and options (see "Who collects my garbage?").
Yes! No extra bags for sorting and no extra trucks on the road for separate collection routes!
By allowing recyclables to be included with garbage, in One Big Bin, Placer County:
It's recycling and disposal made easy!
After the garbage has been sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility, materials that cannot be recycled are taken to a landfill.
Garbage service rates vary based on where you live. Please check the Franchise Area Map (PDF) to determine which area you live in, then see your Garbage Collection Rates. Residents of cities should contact their local Public Works department.
These items are considered Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) and can be taken to the HHW facility at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority in Roseville (every day, free of charge), or to the Eastern Regional Materials Recover Facility in the Tahoe area during one of their free Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days (PDF) (fees apply for businesses, and disposal limits apply to both residents and businesses).
Sharps and syringes can also be taken to Recology Auburn Placer in Auburn.
Download and print this handy tool (PDF) to help remind you of our free drop-off locations for old medications, home-generated sharps and syringes.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) (PDF) is waste that is illegal to place in your trash can, such as:
In western Placer County, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be taken to the Western Placer Waste Management Authority in Roseville (every day, free of charge). Visit the One Big Bin website for more information on HHW disposal for western Placer County. Depending on where you live, your garbage collection service provider may even provide free curbside pick-up (PDF) service for HHW.
Visit Tahoe's One Big Bin website for more information on HHW disposal options in the Tahoe region.
Some HHW is also accepted at Transfer Stations located throughout western Placer County.
Auburn Transfer Station:
Foresthill Transfer StationMeadow Vista Transfer Station
There are many choices for household battery collection sites in the western part of the county. Your garbage collection service provider may even provide free curbside pick-up service (PDF) for batteries.
Residents in the Tahoe area may also put household batteries in a sealable plastic bag and place the bag on top of their can on collection day.
Mandatory commercial recycling is a California state law (AB 341) by which Placer County must provide recycling services to some businesses, and multi-family housing of five or more units. Placer County provides these services through private contractors in order to provide the recycling services required by state law. Learn more about AB 341.
Mandatory commercial organics recycling is a California state law (AB 1826) by which Placer County must provide organics recycling services to some businesses, in phases. Placer County offers food waste collection service, or businesses can opt to comply by recycling organic waste on-site, self-hauling green and/or wood waste, or donating to food banks. Learn more about AB 1826.
Commercial organic waste bins for customer use are required by California state law (AB 827). Businesses that have food consumed on-site are required to place organics bins or containers next to all trash receptacles on the premises (excluding the restroom). The bins or containers must be clearly marked with labeling indicating which materials are appropriate for each container. A full-service restaurant would be exempt from the law if certain criteria are met. Learn more about AB 827.
Assembly Bill 1826 requires businesses, including public entities and multifamily complexes of five units or more, to recycle their organic waste. The law will be phased in over time.
Placer County already recycles green waste and wood waste delivered to their Materials Recovery Facilities. If businesses have a garbage collection account with one of Placer County's contracted waste haulers (Recology Auburn Placer in the west, and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal in the East) they are already complying with the law for these items, as green waste and wood waste are among the recyclable materials that are recovered from the waste stream with the One Big Bin recycling program.
The requirement to recycle organics can be met by taking one, or any combination of the following, actions provided it’s in compliance with local ordinances and requirements:
Compliance deadlines are dependent on the amount of waste generated per week:
Assembly Bill (AB) 341 requires all businesses, public and private, generating four or more cubic yards of waste weekly to recycle.
These business include, but are not limited to:
The good news is that businesses subscribing to garbage collection services in Placer County are already in compliance with the law. That’s because with the OneBigBin program, garbage is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where most recyclables are separated from the garbage for you! Learn more at OneBigBin.
Businesses can separate recyclables and take them to one of the following:
Or subscribe, free of charge, to separate recycling services:
View a description of the county's abandoned vehicle removal process.
The Placer Adult Literacy Service (PALS) is operated by the Placer County Library.
For more information, visit the Agricultural Commissioner's page.
Visit the Air Pollution Control District's page for more information.
To arrange the removal of a dead animal or nuisance wild animal, contact the Animal Services office.
Placer County has an Assigned Counsel Program to provide public defense resources for indigent defendants in cases where the county's contract Public Defender and first level conflict firms are unable to provide such services.
Visit the Vital Statistics page for a birth certificate issued this year or last year and visit the Vital Records page for a certificate issued before last year.
The Building Department provides a third-party plan review option, for applicants who wish to expedite the building plan check process.
The six Veterans Memorial Halls and other community halls maintained and supervised by Placer County are available for rent. View further information on Memorial Hall or community hall rental.
View further information on residential burning in Placer County.
Visit the Public Works Placer County Transit schedule page, call 530-885-2877 or 530-550-1212 in Tahoe, or your city bus company.
Contact the:Recorder (County Clerk)2954 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA 95603Phone: 530-886-5600
The calendar of events in Placer County is maintained by the Placer County Visitors' Center.
The following members are in the U.S. House of Representatives:
Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Kamala D. Harris are members of the U.S. Senate.
Placer County is represented by:
Placer County is represented by Ted Gaines, 1st Senate District and Jim Nielsen, 4th Senate District.
Children's Protective Services are part of the County's Child and Adult Crisis and Emergency Services (ACCESS) Division.
View a page with information on incorporated cities and towns, and other communities in Placer County.
Code compliance matters are handled by the Building Division.
Placer County was established in April 1851 and celebrated its 150th anniversary from April 2001 to April 2002.
View a list of acronyms commonly used by county officials and staff.
The Museums Department maintains the Placer County Archives and Research Center.
View county budget information.
The Placer County code is now available online.
Apply for a job online.
These are the official county holidays.
Recent county news releases are available on the website.
Register your company to provide goods or services to the County. For assistance with this process, contact the Procurement Services Division at 530-886-2122.
Placer County has a dispute resolution service, Placer Dispute Resolution Service. The service is free to county residents and can help resolve disputes in many areas, including neighborhood disagreements, tenant/landlord disputes, and business problems.
You can access this information from the Superior Court of California, which is a separate state entity.
View information on basic emergency preparation and family emergency planning you can do to protect yourself and your family.
The Placer County Lake Tahoe Film Office can help with information on locations and resources for film and TV producers.
Find fire agencies located in Placer County.
View further information on the Placer County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
Find the garbage disposal sites in Placer County.
View a map showing the location of the Gold Country Fairgrounds at:1273 High StreetAuburn, CA 95603
The fairgrounds are not operated by Placer County.
Visit the Health and Human Services page for health information.
Contact the Housing Authority, in Human Services, at 530-889-7676. Further information on the county's Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly known as Section 8, is available.
Seniors First, a non-profit agency in Auburn, provides information for Placer County senior residents on a variety of matters. Their phone numbers are 530-889-9500 or 800-878-9222. Their office is located at:11566 D AvenueAuburn, CA 95603
Seniors First is not part of county government.
Placer County has a free program for seniors living at home in the county where a trained volunteer counselor, another senior, will visit a senior at home once a week to talk, counsel and provide companionship. It's called Senior Peer Counseling.
In-home care to qualified needy, aged, blind or disabled individuals who prefer to stay in their own homes.
Information on jury duty is available from the Placer County Superior Courts, a separate state agency.
The county has a Mosquito and Vector Control District in Roseville.
Information on Name Change is available from the Placer County Superior Courts, a separate agency.
View the Placer County Code for information on noise ordinances.
Recycle old tires at:Western Placer Waste Management Authority's Material Recovery Facility3033 Fiddyment RoadRoseville, CA 95747
To obtain a passport visit the:Recorder (County Clerk)2954 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA 95603
The Placer County Fairgrounds are located at:800 All American BoulevardRoseville, CA 95678
To provide responsive, efficient and effective public services that promote the health, safety, well-being and prosperity of our citizens while protecting our environmental resources and preserving the rich heritage of our region.
To be a county government known for providing exceptional local and regional leadership, that works in partnership with the community to develop creative solutions to the diverse issues facing our region, and bestows to current and future generations even better communities in which to live, raise families, work, vacation, and conduct business.
The Public Information Office is located at:175 Fulweiler AvenueAuburn, CA 95603Fax: 530-889-4009
Superior Court of California, County of Placer is a separate state entity.
Visit the Probation Department page for more information.
For voter registration information, contact the:Registrar of Voters (County Clerk)DeWitt Center2956 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA 95603
You can report a crime on the Sheriff's Office page.
Report possible child, adult or elder abuse:
Restraining orders are obtained through the court. A restraining order can be on file with the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office can respond when one is violated, but a petitioner needs to first go to the court, which is a separate state entity.
View more information on the Board of Supervisors' revenue sharing funds.
Find information on Sudden Oak Death disease, from the Farm and Home Department.
Contact the Placer County Superior Courts, a separate state agency, regarding temporary restraining orders.
Traffic tickets are handled by the Placer County Superior Courts, a separate state agency.
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View the Planning Commission's latest agenda or summary action.
A calendar showing Board meetings and other events is available.
The audio for Board of Supervisors' meetings held in the Board Chambers is available live during board meetings by calling 530-886-5225.
Access a directory listing active county committees and commissions.
In response to a recent state law, the Board of Supervisors has established Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee to review proposals and suggest grants for local governmental agencies in the county affected by tribal gaming.
Go to the Board's page for the latest agenda or call the Clerk of the Board at 530-889-4020.
Visit the Building Permits page.
Visit the Treasurer-Tax Collector business license page, or call 530-889-4120, or your city offices. A county business license application form (PDF) is available.
The Animal Services Division issues annual dog licenses.
Obtain a marriage license from the Recorder (County Clerk):2954 Richardson DriveAuburn, CA 95603Phone: 530-886-5600
View information on permits commonly issued by Placer County.
Information on filing an assessment appeal for your property tax is available from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.
If you have tax questions please contact:
Further information on filing an assessment appeal for your property tax is available from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.
The Transient Occupancy Tax Form and instructions are available on the Revenue Services page.
Adults 65 or older or a person 18 to 64 years who is dependent due to a physical or mental disability.
APS can only remove a person from an unsafe home on a voluntary basis. If the person is mentally competent, APS has no jurisdiction. If the client is thought to be mentally incompetent, APS will take legal steps to determine if a conservatorship or surrogate decision-maker is necessary.
No, however APS can assess the client for out-of-home care, board and care home, assisted living, etc. and try to facilitate placement and make referrals to placement agencies.
It is not necessary to have proof of one’s suspicions to make a report of a suspected abuse as long as the report is made in “good faith”. There are penalties for making a false or malicious report of abuse.
No, there are many factors to determine if a Conservatorship should be pursued. Other methods are tried first which may alleviate the problem. If warranted, a referral may be made to the Placer County Public Guardian by the APS social worker.
Yes, In Home Supportive Services (a state run program administered by the county for low income individuals) is one of the resources. Referrals to care giving agencies and nursing registries can be provided to the client.
You can expect them to respond in 10 calendar days.
An abuse or neglect incident or condition that is believed to likely result in permanent injury or death. An APS social worker will respond immediately to check on the client’s welfare. Emergency response services are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Please see the Am I Eligible section on the CalFresh page.
Please see the Where Can I Apply section on the CalFresh page.
CalFresh is provided to individuals and families to afford nutritious food. For more information on what can and cannot be purchased with CalFresh benefits please the USDA page on eligible food items.
The amount of benefits you can receive is dependent on your family size, countable income, and monthly expenses such as housing, utilities, and so forth. Review the following allotment chart to see where you fall. These amounts are effective January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021
Yes, if you are receiving SSI/SSP, you may still be eligible to CalFresh benefits.
As a student attending school half time or more, in order to be eligible to CalFresh you must also work at least 20 hours a week, be approved for a state or federally funded work study program or have parental responsibility of a child under age six.
Eligibility to the CalFresh program has temporarily been expanded to include students attending school half-time or more that:
Anyone may refer a child to CCS to determine if the child has an approved CCS medically eligible condition. Most children are referred by the family physician, specialist or hospital. The physician or hospital can supply important medical information necessary in making the CCS medical eligibility determination and may also participate in the child’s CCS treatment program.
You should apply for the CCS program at your local CCS office in the county where you reside. This office should be contacted for assistance as requests for CCS coverage must be made on or before the day services are rendered, except for emergencies. This office can tell you if your child may be eligible for the CCS program. CCS eligibility must be determined before services can be covered by CCS.
The county CCS office or the appropriate State Regional Office will consider your child’s medical condition as well as the family’s residential and financial status to determine CCS eligibility. This is accomplished by completing the necessary application forms and providing the required documentation. Based on this information and completed paperwork the CCS program will approve or deny your application. If your application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decisions.
Children who are Medi-Cal eligible and have approved CCS medical conditions are usually eligible for CCS case management and other services not covered by Medi-Cal. This is also true for children who are enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care plans. This arrangement assures that all children with complex, disabling medical conditions will receive appropriate specialized care.
Your child can be eligible for the CCS program even though you have private health insurance coverage. If your child is a CCS applicant/client and has individual or group private health insurance coverage, you must report it to the office and the child’s health care provider. Private health insurance entitlement is used to help reduce CCS program costs.
Some families may be required to pay an annual assessment and/or annual enrollment fee. These fees are used to help cover the following:
All of these services are provided by the CCS program to ensure that clients receive the best care possible from physicians and specialists who provide medical care to children. The annual assessment fee is $20 and the annual enrollment fee is calculated based on family income and household size.
The application for CalWorks includes completion of eligibility questions that will include forms and an interview with a specialist. Aid cannot begin until all conditions of eligibility have been verified. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
Yes. You must have a child under the age of 18 or a child age 18 who is expected to graduate high school prior to their 19th birthday residing with you. In addition you may be eligible if you are in your second trimester of your pregnancy.
No, CalWorks recipients must be either a U.S. citizen or have legal resident status. Undocumented residents are not eligible to CalWorks.
The Maximum Aid Payment (MAP) level is established by the California State Legislature based on family size. MAP levels vary based on whether or not the adults in the household are able to work. The MAP level for households with adult caretakers who are able to work is lower than the MAP level for households with adult caretakers who are not able to work. This is called the Non Exempt MAP Level.
When the adults in the household are not able to work because of a temporary or permanent incapacity, the family receives a higher MAP. Child only cases, i.e., cases where no adults are receiving aid, also receive the higher MAP level. This is called the Exempt MAP Level. The following chart reflects the current October 1, 2020 Non Exempt MAP and Exempt MAP levels:
CalWorks families must report changes in their income, household composition and property to their specialist every six months on their Semi-Annual Report (SAR7) or annually for their Annual Report (RRR). Some other things must be reported within 10 days of occurrence:
When a cash aid recipient is employed or receives disability based income, CalWorks regulations allow the following deductions from the gross income:
Any income remaining after the deductions are subtracted from the gross earned income is then subtracted from the Maximum Aid Payment amount to determine the amount of the CalWorks grant.
Families who are eligible for CalWorks and who are homeless can apply for a special need payment to meet their costs for temporary and permanent housing. The maximum Homeless assistance payment is based on the size of the CalWorks family. Homeless Assistance is available once every 12 months unless the family is homeless due to domestic violence, natural disaster, inhabitability, or a physical or mental disability and the family qualifies for an exemption.
CalWorks families may be eligible to apply for Homeless Assistance benefits to assist with the payment of rent arrearages. Payment of arrearages is considered to be the family’s once every 12 month Homeless Assistance payment.
From January 1, 1998 through June 30, 2011, the time limit was sixty months. On July 1, 2011, the CalWorks time limit changed to 48 months for adults. Some months can be exempt from the time clock calculation.
Your benefits will be placed on your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card in the beginning of the month. You may request that the cash aid be automatically deposited into your personal bank account. Applications with instructions for this program are available at each office.
Electronic benefit transfer cards do not work for various reasons, such as the card may not be active, or there are no remaining benefits. If your card is not working, please call the Human Services Call Center at 888-385-5160 or call California Department of Social Services at 877-328-9677 or TTY at 800-735-2929.
Call 877-328-9677 to report your card lost or stolen immediately. At this time you may also request a new card be mailed to you. If you need a new card right away contact Placer County at 888-385-5160.
Pregnant or parenting teens who have not graduated from high school are required to participate in the Cal-Learn program. Components of the Cal-Learn program include:
No. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP), you are already receive a cash form of public assistance and are not eligible for CalWorks. You may apply for other household members who do not receive SSI/SSP.
If you have a cash emergency, you may apply for an Immediate Need payment when you apply for CalWorks. Tell your case manager you have the emergency. Immediate Need payments may be available to families in emergency situations while the CalWorks application is being processed. The maximum immediate need payment is $200.
If you are apparently eligible to the CalWorks program you may be eligible for an Immediate Need Payment, within 24 hours, based on an emergency situation that may include, but is not limited to the following:
The Welfare-To-Work Program, also known as Employment Services, helps family members acquire the skills needed to get a job. The County will determine if an individual must participate in Welfare-To-Work activities as a requirement for CalWorks. Family members may also voluntarily participate.
Call 888-385-5160 to access your benefit information automatically or to speak to a Program Specialist.
Yes. CFMs are defined in The California Code as a food facility and therefore are required to have a valid health permit, including those CFMs where only certified agricultural products are sold.
Yes. Cal Code requires temporary food facilities to be organized and controlled by an event coordinator and also requires a separate health permit for the event coordinator.
Only agricultural products (certified and non-certifiable) may be sold within a CFM. Please visit the California Conference of Directors Environmental Health Guidelines website or the Placer County Agricultural Commissioner for the definitions of certified vs. non-certified. Examples of certified include:
Examples of non-certified include processed products from certified agricultural products such as fruit and vegetable juices, shelled nuts, jams and jellies, and wine. Other examples include catfish, trout, and oysters from controlled aquaculture operations, livestock and livestock products, and poultry and poultry products.
Please follow these two steps to put on a CFM:
If a temporary food facility event is to operate adjacent to the CFM, the event must apply for it’s own, separate permit to operate. Fees for temporary events are based on the number of food vendors participating in the event.
Contact Victim/Witness of Crimes in Placer County by calling 916-543-8000 for information and referrals.
Yes, one may remain anonymous. Please call 866-293-1940. For reporting suspected adult abuse, please call 530-886-2900.
Please contact Placer County Family and Children’s Services toll free by calling 866-293-1940 or 916-872-6549.
One must first exhaust all benefits from private insurance before contacting the county for additional services. Priority for county services are given to those who have Medi-Cal coverage and who meet Severely Emotionally Disturbed criteria, and those with no other form of insurance. County services are designed as “safety net” services for those who do not have access to other resources.
Please call Family and Children’s Services toll free at 866-293-1940 or 916-872-6549 to determine if a youth qualifies for county services, or to receive referrals to community resources. One may also contact the school to request assistance for the problems that occur in school if they are interfering with a teenager’s ability to learn.
Contact the Postpartum Support International Depression Helpline at 800-944-4773. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-784-2433 or 800-273-8255. As well as many other resources which can be found on the internet or at a local hospital.
Placer County operates a collaborative with Sierra Forever Families, to recruit, train, and support foster and adoptive families, as well as match children needing a temporary or permanent home with available families. For more information, please call Donna Aleccia at 530-887-9982.
Some are open to community partners depending on the topic. Please use the contact information to question a specific training either via the telephone or via email.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person. It is currently in the United States and many other countries, after originating in China. Health experts are concerned because this new virus has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people — especially people over age 60 or those who have weakened immune systems.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
COVID-19 may also be spread by a person touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. This is not thought to be the main way this virus is spreading.
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads very easily between people in the following ways:
Health experts are still learning more about the spread and severity of illness COVID-19 causes.
Most coronavirus illnesses are mild with fever and cough. The vast majority of people with novel coronavirus infection do not require hospital care. A much smaller percentage of people get severely ill with lung and breathing problems like pneumonia. Elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions are at highest risk.
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Everyone should stay home if they are sick until:
Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. However, at this time, there is no treatment specifically approved for people who have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care
Individuals who develop difficulty breathing, feel extremely tired, or were feeling better but then feel a lot worse should call their health care provider. If they will be going to the provider’s office or urgent care center, they should call ahead so that the health care provider can be prepared to care for them.
If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, the entire household should stay home for at least two weeks.
It’s important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent spread of coronavirus.
If you are traveling overseas, check for the latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance.
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infections.
There are no medications specifically approved for COVID-19. Most people with mild COVID-19 illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
If you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, follow this guidance (Spanish).
Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or other community test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. However, at this time, there is no treatment specifically approved for people who have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care
Starting June 18, all Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here. Face coverings can help prevent transmission of COVID-19 by catching respiratory droplets that can be expelled not just in coughs or sneezes but also through activities like talking or singing. The use of special masks called N95 respirators is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Read some Face Covering FAQs here.
Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support diagnostic testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. OptumServe sites can now test all individuals, regardless of symptoms.
Antibody (serologic) tests should not be used as the only way to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. These types of tests are slowly becoming available through healthcare providers, but only some are FDA-approved. Check with your healthcare provider to see if they offer serologic (antibody) tests. A positive test result shows you have antibodies that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or possibly a related coronavirus. It’s unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against getting infected again. This means that we do not know at this time if the antibodies detected make you immune to the virus. Click here for more information.
Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support diagnostic testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. OptumServe sites can now test all individuals, regardless of symptoms.
Testing is typically conducted by taking a swab at a health care provider’s office. Call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider.
OptumServe sites can now test all individuals, regardless of symptoms.
Testing Sites in Placer County:
Testing Sites in adjacent counties:
There are also at-home kits available (example).
No. If you believe you have the symptoms of coronavirus, call your health care provider to determine whether testing may be appropriate. All testing should be coordinated through your healthcare provider. Your health care professional will work with commercial labs or Placer County Public Health to complete testing if you meet criteria.
Anyone who meets the testing criteria can be tested at one of the county’s OptumServe testing sites. Uninsured and undocumented individuals may use the testing site, and their tests will be paid for by the state. OptumServe will generate a unique identification number for individuals who do not have a driver license. Call 1-888-634-1123 or visit lhi.care/covidtesting for more information.
Quarantine is put into place to prevent the possible spread of an infectious disease from someone who may have been exposed to the disease but is not yet sick. When people are quarantined, they are kept separate from others until they are out of the period when they could get sick.
Yes. Quarantine is for people who are not currently showing symptoms but are at increased risk for having been exposed to an infectious disease. Quarantine is for people who could become sick and spread the infection to others.
Isolation is used for people who are currently ill and able to spread the disease and who need to stay away from others in order to avoid infecting them.
When people are in self-quarantine, they have no symptoms, but because there is a possibility that they might have been exposed, they stay away from others in public settings. For at least 10 days from their last possible exposure, people in self-quarantine cannot go to work, school, or any public places where they could have close contact with others. Public health departments direct them in how to monitor their health so that should they develop symptoms, they can be quickly and safely isolated from all others, including those in their household.
On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring Californians to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, except for essential needs. Find current state information on COVID-19, including case data and resources, here.
The Placer County Health Officer had issued a directive earlier on March 19 followed by an order on April 10 which was amended April 16. The local order was allowed to expire on May 1 at 11:59 p.m.
However, the statewide order still applies to Placer County. For most people, this means you and those you live with should stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized.
Find Placer County case numbers here.
WHAT VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SHOULD DO:
WHAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SHOULD DO
Personal precautions go a long way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Regional data on cases is available here. Placer County is not releasing specific details about COVID-19 cases to protect the confidentiality of individuals.
Since we know there is community spread, it is important to exercise hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette wherever you are.
Casual exposure to those with COVID-19, such as walking by a person, is considered low risk for exposure by the CDC. It’s nevertheless a good policy to clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces at least once a day and encourage all employees to stay home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands frequently.
Serology (antibody) tests are available with many local providers now. Public Health recommends you check with your provider (rather than a pop-up site) as they are most likely to have the FDA-approved tests. FDA approval is one indicator of test reliability.
Learn how you can help Placer County residents by donating to the COVID-19 Response Fund, an effort of the Placer Community Foundation to support local nonprofits serving those impacted by COVID-19.
Learn how you can help eastern Placer County residents impacted by COVID-19 by donating to the Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund, which provides flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working within the Tahoe/Truckee community.
The Placer County Office of Education has developed a list of key resources that can serve residents’ needs during the COVID-19 outbreak, in partnership and consultation with several county departments including Public Health.
Antigen diagnostic tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs.
Negative results should generally be treated as presumptive, do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions. If necessary, confirmation with a molecular assay for patient management may be performed. Negative results should be considered in the context of a patient’s recent exposures, history and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.
Because Governor Newsom’s statewide order still applies to Placer County, residents must continue to stay home except for essential needs.
The expiration of the local order aims to remove any confusion over areas of difference between the state order. This transition will allow a local focus on planning for a phased reopening in partnership with local governments, health care, business and other stakeholders, as well as regional and state partners.
The state order is currently in place until further notice or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the governor.
The health officer has allowed the local county order to expire, but the state order still applies.
The state order is mandatory.
Staying home is a rigorous form of social distancing. Staying at home means:
The other principles of social distancing and mitigative hygiene will continue to be applied whenever feasible. These include washing hands, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting surfaces, not going out if sick, and staying at least six feet away from others.
Yes. Learn more on the state’s website.
Per the state, Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet. This means avoiding crowded trails & parking lots.
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone. If someone in your household gets COVID-19, everyone will need to stay home for two weeks, so it is a good idea to have 2 weeks of food and supplies on hand, but more is not necessary.
No. Visit Reopen Placer for updates and to find guidance for those businesses that may reopen.
Visit the "Can I Reopen?" page on the Reopen Placer website to determine if a business can open.
If you have concerns about businesses that are not adequately incorporating social distancing or adhering with the state Executive Order, please email [email protected] so that the county or our partners can reach out to provide guidance and education. We will evaluate and prioritize response based on risk level. For restaurant or tattoo parlor issues, complete an Environmental Health complaint.
If the State has not yet released guidance for a sector, then that sector cannot yet be reopened at the local level. Officials in counties with attestations, such as Placer, determine when specific sectors of their economy can reopen if state guidance has been posted. It is up to the local jurisdiction to make decisions regarding reopening specific sectors based upon the epidemiology and readiness of the county.
Visit the Reopen Placer website to find guidance and information for those businesses that are currently allowed to reopen.
According to the California Department of Public Health: "Drive in activities are permissible as long as all public health precautions [are taken], social distancing is maintained and only members of the same household are in the same car."
Per the state, preventive care services and other deferred services can now take place if hospitals have enough capacity and protective equipment to do so safely.
Local orders, which have expired, never prohibited health care services of any kind.
Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here. Read some Face Covering FAQs here.
See the state’s Regional Stay Home Order FAQ for travel information.
The California Department of Public Health has released guidance on youth sports.
The guidance for youth sports establishes a consistent set of rules that apply to all youth sports programs — including school-based, club, and recreational programs. Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not permitted at this time. Youth sports and physical education are permitted only when physical distancing of at least six feet and a stable cohort of participants, such as a class, can be maintained. Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.
More information can be found in the youth sports guidance. Find FAQs here.
Members of the public can reach out to the Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/ (phone number included)
The fairgrounds clinic is walk up, primarily due to the location combined with the requisite 15 minute observation period that is required after someone receives a vaccine. There is a ramp for accessibility. The clinic is held in Jones Hall and attention is paid to distancing and ventilation in the building. Masks are required.
Because the clinic is by appointment the lines are quite short – about 10 minutes from the door or 30 minutes from the gate. The lines are distanced and masks are required. If someone has difficulty standing, they can talk to a clinic staff member upon arrival to arrange a chair/wheelchair. Patients can also be accompanied by a helper.
New appointments are added based on vaccine availability. Placer receives its vaccine allotments weekly and the amounts have been variable. When new appointments are available, they are most often posted late in the week. Text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts when large batches of new appointments are made available.
The county will be contacting people by email to direct them to the Placer site when it is time for their second dose. Given the variability of vaccine supply, and ensuring people get their second doses on time, we cannot schedule clinics more than a week in advance. While individuals can get their second dose at another location if they choose, as long as it is from the same manufacturer (Pfizer or Moderna) as the first dose, it is preferred to receive both doses at the same location.
If you haven’t received an email by two (2) days prior to your second dose eligibility date (shown on your vaccine card), check your spam or junk folder.
If you know a senior who isn’t skilled in Internet use or lacks a connection altogether, please help them out by:
If a senior has no Internet access and no family or friends who can assist, 211 is also available to help. Please help us spread the word to preserve our call center capacity!
If someone is an eligible member of a regional health system (Kaiser, Sutter, UC Davis, etc.) we encourage you to check with your provider first. Many multi-county entities such as Sutter and Kaiser receive vaccine allotments that are separate from the county’s. However, if you are unable to book an appointment and there are appointments available through the county, you can book through the county.
Proof of age is required for age-based groups; proof of eligible sector employment is required for employment-based groups; and proof of living OR working in Placer County is required for all groups. Please also have your appointment date and time on hand when you arrive.
Examples of acceptable documentation include:
Proof of age (for 65+) such as:
Proof that you live in Placer County such as:
Proof of eligible employment sector (for employment-based groups such as education, childcare, emergency services, food/agriculture etc.; should show your name and business name or address if in Placer County) such as:
For second dose appointments, please bring your white vaccine record or electronic vaccine record card AND a photo ID.
Please try to arrive shortly before your appointment. Arriving earlier can create unnecessary lines.
If you do arrive early, please remain in your car until your appointment time.
Per the CDC, vaccination of persons with known current SARS-CoV-2 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and criteria have been met for them to discontinue isolation.
If you fall in this category, you can cancel your second dose appointment and email [email protected] to inquire about rescheduling in the future.
If your paystub or other proof of employment shows a different address but you physically work in Placer County (i.e., a paystub for a chain restaurant that shows an address for company headquarters), please ask your supervisor or employer to note the Placer County address on your documentation and sign or initial it.
A verification form for informal childcare providers (who may be relatives, friends, neighbors, or babysitters/nannies, who are not required to have a childcare license) is available on the PCOE website, by emailing [email protected] or calling 530.745.1380.
Individuals meeting these criteria who are unable to make vaccination appointments through their regular health care provider may be vaccinated at the Placer County HHS clinic. Please complete this form in full and bring it to the HHS clinic if you fall in this category. If you do not have a primary care physician or are between providers we recognize that it may not be possible to provide doctor contact information. You must also bring proof of residency in Placer County as described elsewhere in these FAQs.
Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for ages 16 and up. Moderna and J&J’s vaccines are currently authorized for ages 18 and up. Minors should not be registered for Moderna or J&J clinic appointments.
In order to protect others from possible COVID, we have to assume that the student is positive and have them isolate for 10 days from symptom onset AND 24 hours without fever AND improving symptoms. Schools may consider sending cohort members and/or other close contacts home to quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic student.
In cases where individuals are symptomatic; AND known contacts of a confirmed case; AND have been at school while infectious, quarantine of a cohort/close contacts (following Scenario 3) is recommended even in the absence of a confirmatory test, as this meets the CDC definition of a probable case and could pose a risk of undetected wider spread if not addressed.
As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC is monitoring COVID-19 risk in each country and making travel recommendations. Currently there is not a federal requirement for U.S. nationals to quarantine following international travel. If a school wishes to make it their policy, they could choose a consistent approach (e.g., travel to Level 3 Warning areas as listed on the CDC Travel page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html). However, note that there is also community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and locally.
For state travel advisories or restrictions, visit the covid19.ca.gov website.
If a symptomatic student is in the same cohort as a confirmed case or is linked by the case investigation, they should be classified as a "probable" case and follow the same symptom-based clearance as confirmed cases before being released from isolation / returning to school. If the investigation determines it is not the case, it can be treated as a negative and follow return protocol for other illnesses.
According to the COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs, for children between 2 years old and 2nd grade, a face shield is an acceptable alternative for children who cannot wear a face covering properly. For those in third grade and above, face coverings are required unless exempt. Potentially, those exempt due to a medical condition could wear a shield per general state guidance.
No, Public Health does not share results of any person that is not a student or staff member in a particular school. However, we can provide verification that one of their students or staff have been identified as a close contact to a positive case and will need to quarantine, and share the dates of that quarantine.
Many times a school is notified of a positive case before the health department has received the lab result, so we cannot always immediately verify whether it’s a case or not. We recommend that that the school proceed with the contact tracing even without verification of the health department that a case is lab confirmed. They can also ask the case to send their result to the school for verification. Schools should report positive cases to Public Health.
Individuals claiming exemption should note which exemption they are claiming under the CDPH guidance (page 2). Schools can determine their own documentation requirements.
The sibling should quarantine if the close contact tests positive OR develops symptoms. Otherwise, contacts of contacts are not required to quarantine.
Sometimes an inconclusive result means the sample was insufficient to test and get an accurate result. These staff should be retested, but if they are asymptomatic and have not been exposed, they can continue to work in the meantime.
Events not explicitly permitted in the schools guidance would need to adhere to the gatherings guidance for the general public.
The schools guidance says (p. 14): "Indoor physical conditioning and training is allowed only in counties where gyms and fitness centers are allowed to operate indoors."
Per the CDC, if a person has a new exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and meets all of the following criteria:
then that person does not require quarantine or repeat testing for SARS-CoV-2 in the context of this new exposure.
If they do not meet this criteria, then they must quarantine again.
It is Public Health’s understanding that schools that have fully reopened for in-person instruction may temporarily ’pause’ to implement distance learning and resume in-person instruction at any time, regardless of the county’s tier status.
The youth sport guidance states: "Avoid equipment sharing, and if unavoidable, clean and disinfect shared equipment between use by different people to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread."
Where and how you will be vaccinated depends on two factors:
Public and private vaccine administration partners in Placer County are now offering COVID-19 vaccines in limited supply to those eligible. Visit www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics to see a summary of locations offering vaccine and eligibility requirements.
Remember, vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States and Placer County is provided with only small amounts of vaccine each week. Currently these allocations are relatively small and highly variable, but are expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.
To stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases, residents can visit the Placer County website at www.placer.ca.gov/vaccine; text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211; and subscribe to Placer County’s newsletter.
Vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States. There may be vaccine shortages for several months before everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. In the interim, here are three steps you can take to learn when it will be your turn to be vaccinated:
Know your Phase/Tier: Occupation, age, medical history and home environment are factors that the California Department of Public Health considers when prioritizing groups for vaccination. If your occupation is not defined as an essential worker role, then your age and medical history will help you define when a vaccine will be available to you.
Talk with your employer and/or primary care provider: As vaccines become more readily available and vaccinations expand for Phases 1B and higher, you may be able to get a vaccine via your primary care provider or employer, who may refer you to a vaccine location (e.g., pharmacy, public health clinic, or other point of dispensing location).
Stay informed: To stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases, residents can visit the Placer County website at www.placer.ca.gov/vaccine; text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211; and subscribe to Placer County’s newsletter. The state has also piloted a tool called MyTurn to help notify residents when they are eligible.
You can do the following to sign up:
You need the following before you sign up:
Placer County IHSS Payroll will be conducting small group training sessions for current IHSS Providers. If you are interested in an in-person Information Session the County will be conducting them in December 2019 and January 2020. Request notification of upcoming ESP Training and Information Sessions
This service will benefit you in the following ways:
EVV is an additional check-in, check-out step that will be implemented after January 2020. The changes that occur with EVV, will be a lot less confusing and easier to understand for those who sign-up for ESP now, before the EVV changes are added.
Placer County is scheduled to implement EVV in January 2020 -- watch this video to learn more: EVV, ESP and IHSS TTS System Changes
The flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. The viruses in the vaccine are either killed (flu shot) or weakened (nasal spray vaccine), which means they cannot cause infection.
No, they are not. The "stomach flu" is a disease known as viral gastroenteritis and is not caused by influenza viruses. The flu, cause by influenza viruses, is a respiratory (lung) disease, not a stomach or intestinal disease. The main symptoms of the flu are:
Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available and that vaccination continue into December, January and beyond. Influenza activity usually peaks in February most years, but disease can occur as late as May.
Flu viruses change constantly which requires a new flu vaccine to be produced each year. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on worldwide monitoring of influenza viruses. The flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. However, preventative actions like covering your cough and washing your hands often are important everyday steps that can help stop the spread of germs.
Flu virus is mainly spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes.
Flu is a serious contagious disease. Each year in the United States, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and 36,000 people die from flu.
Flu vaccine is also available as a nasal spray (brand name FluMist). The nasal spray flu vaccine is an option for "healthy" people, aged 2 to 49, who are not pregnant. "Healthy" indicates persons who do not have an underlying medical condition that predisposes them to influenza complications.
Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
The application for general relief includes completion of eligibility questions that will include forms and an interview with a specialist. Aid cannot begin until all conditions of eligibility have been verified. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
Your eligibility specialist will calculate the amount of benefits that you can receive. The maximum benefits are as follows:
No, General Relief recipients must be either a US citizen or have legal resident status and not be sponsored. Undocumented residents are not eligible to General Relief.
A person who can work:
Recipients are limited to a time limit of 3 months of benefits in a twelve month period, whether or not the months are consecutive. This includes time on aid in other California counties as an employable person.
A person who states that they are disabled must:
Yes, however your total maximum grant will be reduced due to no rental or utility expenses. The maximum amount a single, homeless person can receive per month on General Relief is $92.
Employable recipients are limited to a time limit of three months of benefits in a twelve month period, whether or not the months are consecutive. This includes time on aid in other California counties as an employable person.
General Relief benefits can be granted the same day as the application is received if all needed forms and documents are provided.
General Relief benefits are issued on a plastic card called an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Money can be accessed by making purchases from stores that have point of sale machines, or at ATMs displaying the “QUEST” logo.
After aid is granted, you must report any changes to your income, household composition, and property to an Eligibility Specialist on your Monthly Eligibility Report (CW7).
No. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP), you already receive a cash form of public assistance and are not eligible for General Relief.
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards do not work for various reasons, such as the card may not be active, or there are no remaining benefits. If your card is not working, please call the Human Services Call Center at 888-385-5160 or call California Department of Social Services at 877-328-9677 or TTY at 800-735-2929.
If you qualify, the Housing Choice Voucher Programs allows you to choose any rental unit (single-family homes, townhouses and apartments) in the private market that meets the program requirements. The voucher covers a portion of your rent and you are expected to pay the balance. The amount you pay is generally between 30 to 40 percent of your monthly income for rent and utilities.
Currently, the Placer County Housing Choice Voucher Program and the HUD-Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing Program waiting lists are closed and we are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back later.
The emergency housing facilities in Placer County include:The Gathering InnEmergency Overnight Housing, Dinner and Support Services201 Berkeley AvenueRoseville, CA 95678
Call Executive Director Suzi DeFosset at 916-791-9355 for more information. The Resource Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Computers and other resources are available
Typically there are waiting lists for transitional housing facilities. You will need to contact the appropriate provider to see if they have vacancies. View an extended listing of available transitional housing options and resources (PDF) or view contact information for transitional housing facilities in Placer County.
There are several local offices in the surrounding communities and counties. View their contact information.
Eligibility criteria for all IHSS applicants and recipients includes:
You can apply for IHSS services by calling the Placer County Adult Intake number at 916-787-8860 or toll free at 888-886-5401. Adult Intake will ask for some basic information in order to send you an IHSS application packet and establish your protected start date. You have the right to file an application and receive a written determination within 30 to 45 days.
Your IHSS funding comes through the California Medi-Cal program. If you do not have Medi-Cal call the Medi-Cal application phone line at 530-880-7610, 916-784-6000 or 1-888-385-5160. Then request a Medi-Cal application. You may also access the application online. Mail or take your application with the required verifications (proof) to one of three Placer County locations:
If you don’t have all your verifications, or are not sure of what you need to submit, please send what you have gathered. You may send the rest later. The earlier we receive your application, the earlier your case will be processed and your Medi-Cal benefits can begin.
If you get SSI/SSP payments, the Social Security administration office automatically establishes Medi-Cal for you. No separate application for Medi-Cal is needed. You should receive your Medi-Cal card (BIC) through the mail. Note that once you’ve been approved for IHSS benefits, it is imperative that you maintain your Medi-Cal eligibility going forward, or you will also forfeit your IHSS services.
As of August 1, 2011, Health Certification, by a Licensed Health Care Provider, must be established. Your health care provider will need to certify that you are unable to independently perform one or more activities of daily living and to verify that one or more IHSS services is required in order to prevent out of home care. The certification document will be mailed to you in the IHSS application packet.
A County Social Worker will interview you at your home to determine your eligibility and need for IHSS. Based on your ability to safely perform certain tasks for yourself, the Social Worker will assess the types of services you need and the number of hours the county will authorize for each of these services. This assessment will include information given by you and, if appropriate, by your family, friends, and/or physician or other licensed health care professional.
A completed Health Care Certification (SOC 873) must be received by the county prior to authorization of services. You will be notified if IHSS has been approved or denied. If denied, you will be notified of the reason for the denial. If approved, you will be notified of the services and the number of hours per month which have been authorized for you.
If you are approved for IHSS, you must hire someone (your individual provider) to perform the authorized services. You are considered your provider's employer and, therefore, it is your responsibility to hire, train, supervise, and fire this individual.
You may select a family member, a friend, or advertise in the community-at-large for a provider. IHSS will pay spouses and parents of minor children to provide care under certain circumstances. Every IHSS case is evaluated separately, so the circumstances under which these services are granted vary greatly. You may select a provider from the Provider Registry maintained by the Placer County Public Authority at 530-889-7115.
While you are going through the IHSS application process, the provider can start his or her IHSS provider enrollment process. Start the process online now. If anyone has questions or needs help, please call IHSS Call Center at 530-889-7115. After registering on the Placer County Registration, Enrollment, Video and Appointment (REVA) website, the provider will:
Once your provider has completed the enrollment process and passed the background check, he/she will be able to access time sheets issued from the State.
There are four ways that you can apply for Medi-Cal in Placer County. You can apply online, by phone, in person at one of the Placer County Human Services offices, or by mail. To apply for Medi-Cal by phone call 1-888-385-5160. If you want to apply by mail, please call 1-888-385-5160 and request an application be sent to your home.
Forty-five days are allowed to process a Medi-Cal application not involving a disability. If you are applying for Medi-Cal based on a disability, your application process may take up to 60 days or longer depending on how quickly you complete the disability information and how quickly your doctors and hospitals submit your medical records.
To avoid delays in the processing of your case, submit all information requested of you as soon as possible. Ask your program specialist for help if you are having trouble obtaining information.
It depends if the following apply:
If one spouse lives in a nursing home, Medi-Cal allows the spouse remaining in the home to keep all of the income he/she receives in his/her name regardless of the amount. You can find more information on the Medi-Cal Information Notice 007 (English) and 007 (Spanish).
Medi-Cal provides medical, vision and dental services for people with full-scope benefits. A person can be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits if she/he is a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident alien and meets other eligibility criteria. Restricted benefits provide emergency services to individuals without satisfactory immigration status. Restricted benefits allow a person to use her/his Medi-Cal for emergency services only.
For a pregnant woman with restricted benefits, Medi-Cal will cover pregnancy-related services only. Based on a person's family size and income, a person may have to pay a share of cost (SOC) to the provider each month if Medi-Cal is used. A person with zero SOC pays no portion of the medical expenses whether or not Medi-Cal is used.
Yes. Individuals who are Medicare beneficiaries may apply for Medi-Cal. If Medi-Cal eligibility is established, the State may begin paying the Part B premium and the Part A and B coinsurance and deductibles. The State will also pay the Part A premium for Medicare beneficiaries who are not qualified for free Part A benefits. Medi-Cal may also provide medical services that are not covered by Medicare.
Yes. Medicare is different from Medi-Cal. Medicare is a federal health insurance program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It is available to most people 65 years of age or older and certain disabled or blind persons, regardless of income. Medicare Part "A" covers hospitalization. Medicare Part "B" covers doctor bills. If you receive Medicare, you may qualify for the following special Medi-Cal programs:
Even if you don't qualify for the above assistance programs, your Medicare A and B premiums can be used as allowable deductions in the Medi-Cal share of costs calculation.
For information about the services Medi-Cal covers:
Yes. Pregnant women and children may have more income and property than other people and still qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal services. The income guidelines are different for children under age 1, children 1 to 6, and children 6 to 19. Your family property, such as savings accounts or cars, is not used to determine eligibility if monthly income falls within certain limits.
The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program is a health promotion and prevention program serving California’s infants, children, and teens. The CHDP Program provides periodic preventive health assessments to:
Children identified with suspected problems after a health assessment are referred for necessary diagnosis and treatment. Many problems can be prevented, corrected, or reduced in severity by prompt diagnosis and treatment. Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) services are a benefit provided through the CHDP Program.
For more information about services, contact:Placer County Child Health and Disability Prevention Program11484 B AvenueAuburn, CA 95603Phone: 530-886-3620Fax: 1-530-889-7140
The Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) provides health care to uninsured pregnant women whose income is too high to qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. Benefits include:
For more information and an application, call 1-800-433-2611 or visit the MCAP website
The WIC program is for low to medium income families who have:
The WIC program provides:
For more information in Placer County, please contact the Placer County WIC Program and the various county offices or by calling 530-889-7211 or 916-784-6447
With Family Planning Services you will:
With Family Planning Services you can:
Family Planning Services can give you:
If you are low-income or are receiving Medi-Cal, Family Planning Services are available at no cost. You can get Family Planning Services from:
To contact the California Office Family Planning Services, call 1-800-942-1054.
Yes. Individuals who are not eligible for Medi-Cal may qualify for a health care program offered by Placer County. Check out information on Placer County’s Medical Care Services Program.
California Children’s Services (CCS) is a statewide program that arranges, directs, and pays for medical care, equipment, and rehabilitation, when these services are authorized by the program. Services can be authorized for children and young adults less than 21 years of age who have eligible medical conditions and whose families are unable to pay for all or part of their care.
CCS defines eligibility and selects the most qualified professionals to treat the child’s CCS-eligible condition. However, it is important for you to know that CCS is not a health insurance program. It will not meet all of the child’s health needs, only those related to the CCS-eligible condition. To find out more information about CCS contact:Placer County CCS11484 B AvenueAuburn, CA 95603Phone: 530-886-3630Fax: 530-886-3613Email CCS
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program helps pay for services which enable individuals to remain safely in their own homes instead of entering a nursing home or board and care facility. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, disabled, or blind, and eligible for Medi-Cal. Disabled children are also eligible for IHSS. The types of services IHSS can help pay for include:
To apply for IHSS in Placer County, call the IHSS office at 530-889-7115.
No. If it is determined that you may be eligible for Medi-Cal or other benefits, you must apply for Medi-Cal or those other benefits as instructed.
Yes you may.
Yes. If you win the litigation, the associated medical bills are paid from the settlement. If you lose the litigation and if the medical providers obtained MCSP prior authorization, then MCSP may pay the medical bills, assuming all billing criteria are met.
Eligibility will be granted for a period of 60 days unless MCSP has reason to believe that the applicant will become ineligible in less than 60 days.
If the amount of your income and assets falls within the guidelines, you may be eligible for MCSP. Based on your income, you may have to pay a share of cost to one or more medical providers.
If you are not currently receiving Adult Services and would like to, call our Adult Crisis and Intake Line at 1-888-886-5401 or 916-787-8860.
Placer County provides outpatient mental health services to Placer County Medi-Cal beneficiaries and Placer County residents with no insurance (other insurance situations may be considered on a case-by-case basis). To be eligible to receive our services, you must have a qualifying mental health diagnosis that is significantly impairing your functioning in at least one of the following life domains:
If you are currently receiving Placer County mental health services and have a concern about your medication, please call 916-784-6473. Please speak clearly and leave the following information:
A nurse will contact you.
If you are currently receiving Placer County mental health services and need a refill, please call 916-784-6473. Please speak clearly and leave the following information:
Yes, if you are not fully covered by Medi-Cal, there is a sliding scale cost developed by the State of California to determine your share of cost.
Submit the AB1424 Family Information form (PDF) to the location where your loved one is receiving services.
As of 3/28/2019, the only exposure location is the Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club in Auburn, anytime after 5:30 pm.
Measles is a highly contagious and potentially serious illness caused by a virus. Measles is spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. The virus can linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.
Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms. People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears.
After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.
Measles is extremely contagious. The virus travels through the air and can stay up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch a contaminated surface, then touch their eyes, noses or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.
Anyone who has been exposed and believes they have symptoms of measles should call their health care provider before visiting the medical office. This will enable the clinic to develop a plan for providing care without exposing others at the clinic.
Immunization is the best prevention for measles. The measles vaccine is very effective. One dose of the measles vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles. Two doses are about 97 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children should receive two doses of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, with the first dose given at age 12 to 15 months and a second dose at age 4 to 6 years.
Adults born after 1956 should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine unless they have other evidence of immunity (see below). Health care personnel, college students and international travelers without other evidence of immunity should receive two appropriately spaced doses of MMR vaccine.
Immunization doses may be different for international travelers. Talk to your health care provider for immunization recommendations.
Persons are considered immune (not susceptible) to measles if any of the following apply:
While measles is rare in the United States, it is still commonly transmitted elsewhere in the world. In 2018, there were 349 confirmed cases of measles in people from 26 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Measles immunization resulted in an 80 percent decrease in measles deaths worldwide between 2000 and 2017 (from 545,000 deaths in 2000 to 110,000 deaths in 2017), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). During that timeframe, measles immunization prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths, according to WHO.
Before the measles vaccination program began in the U.S. in 1963, about 3 to 4 million people in the U.S. got measles every year. Of those, 400 to 500 people died and 48,000 were hospitalized, according to the CDC.
There is no specific treatment for measles.
Senior Peer Counselors have an interest in helping others work through age-related issues. They are Placer County residents who are 55 years old and better. They bring their life experience, have been screened by Placer County, and have completed the intensive 24-hour training.
Once Senior Peer Counselors complete the initial training, they attend weekly group meetings supervised by mental health professional, and monthly in-services and training. Senior Peer Counselors will listen, support, and gently coach each client to reach his/her own solution.
Please note - Senior Peer Counselors are not licensed Mental Health Practitioners, but trained listeners with lived experience.
Senior Peer Counselors may be able to assist with the following topics:
Participation in the Senior Peer Counseling program is voluntary. If you want to make a referral on behalf of someone else, please note that they need to want to participate in the program. You can connect with the Senior Peer Counseling Coordinator by calling: 916-787-8859. All referrals are confidential and subject to approval by the Senior Peer Counseling Coordinator and availability of a Senior Peer Counselor.
Agent Orange was one of the weed-killing chemicals used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam War. It was sprayed to remove leaves from trees that enemy troops hid behind. Agent Orange and similar chemicals were known as “herbicides.” Agent Orange was applied by airplanes, helicopters, trucks and backpack sprayers.
In the 1970’s some veterans became concerned that exposure to Agent Orange might cause delayed health effects. One of the chemicals in Agent Orange contained small amounts of dioxin (also known as TCDD), which had been found to cause a variety of illnesses in laboratory animals. More recent studies have suggested that dioxin may be related to several types of cancer and other disorders.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays disability compensation to Vietnam veterans with injuries or diseases that began in, or were aggravated by, their military service. These are called “service-connected” disabilities.
Monthly payment rates are based on the veteran's combined rating for his or her service-connected disabilities. These ratings are based on the severity of the disabilities. Additional amounts are paid to certain veterans with severe disabilities ("special monthly compensation") and certain veterans with dependents.
In an Agent Orange-based claim by a Vietnam veteran for service-connected benefits, Veterans Affairs requires:
Under the law, veterans who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 (including those who visited Vietnam even briefly), and who have a disease that Veterans Affairs recognizes as being associated with Agent Orange, are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.
These veterans are eligible for service-connected compensation based on their service, if they have one of the diseases on Veterans Affair's list of "Diseases associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents" Veterans Affairs updates this list regularly based on reports from the National Academy of Sciences, an independent research and education institution.
In 1996, President Clinton and Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown asked Congress to pass legislation providing health care, monthly disability compensation, and vocational rehabilitation to the children of Vietnam veterans suffering from the serious birth defect spina bifida, which has been linked to the veterans' exposure to Agent Orange. Congress passed the legislation, marking the first time our nation had ever compensated the children of veterans for a birth defect associated with their parent's exposure to toxic chemicals during their military service. Veterans Affairs is now providing benefits to over 800 children, including minors and adults.
Effective December 16, 2003, Congress authorized these benefits to children with Spina Bifida of certain veterans who served at or near the demilitarized zone in Korea between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971, because Agent Orange is known to have been sprayed in that area.
Survivors of veterans (including spouses, children and dependent parents) who died as the result of a service-connected disease may be eligible for monthly Dependency and Indemnity Compensation benefits. These survivors may also be eligible for education, home loan and medical care benefits.
If the Veterans Affairs Regional Office says your disability is not service-connected or if the percentage of disability is lower than what you think is fair, you have the right to appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals. The first step in appealing is to send the Veterans Affairs Regional Office a "Notice of Disagreement" This Notice of Disagreement is a written statement saying that you "disagree" with the denial. Be sure your Notice includes the date of the Veterans Affair's denial letter and be sure to list the benefits you are still seeking.
In response to the Notice of Disagreement, you will get a "Statement of the Case" from the Veterans Affairs Regional Office. This will repeat the reasons stated in the Veterans Affair's denial letter why your claim was denied and will include the relevant Veterans Affairs regulations. Once you get the Statement of the Case, if you still wish to pursue your appeal, you should file a Veterans Affairs Form 9, "Appeal to Board Veterans' Appeals" which is sent to with the Statement of the Case. You have 60 days from the date on the Statement of the Case, or one year from the date the Veterans Affairs first denied your claim, to file the Veterans Affairs Form 9. Whichever date is later is your deadline.
The Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) is a part of the Veterans Affairs (VA), located in Washington, D.C. Members of the BVA review benefit claims decisions made by VA Regional Offices and issue a new decision. You may have a hearing before the BVA in Washington, DC or at your VA Regional Office.
Anyone appealing to the BVA should read the "Understanding the Appeal Process" pamphlet. It explains the steps involved in filing an appeal and to serve as a reference for the terms and abbreviations used in the appeal process. The Board mails a copy of this pamphlet to anyone who appeals their case.
If the Board of Veteran's Affairs does not grant all the benefits you are seeking, you have four choices:
If you served in Vietnam and believe that you have a disease caused by herbicide exposure, but that disease is not on Veteran Affair's list of diseases associated with herbicides like Agent Orange, you may still apply for service-connection. In these cases, Veterans Affairs requires:
Herbicides were used by the U.S. military to defoliate military facilities in the U.S. and in other countries as far back as the 1950s. Even if you did not serve in Vietnam, you can still apply for service-connected benefits if you were exposed to an herbicide while in the military which you believe caused your disease or injury. If you have a disease which is on the list of diseases which Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes as being associated with Agent Orange, the VA requires:
Even if you decide not to file a claim for VA compensation benefits based on Agent Orange, you can still get a free physical examination at the nearest VA Medical Center. This is called the Agent Orange Registry Exam. This exam consists of four parts: an exposure history, a medical history, laboratory tests and a physical exam of those body systems most commonly affected by toxic chemicals. This exam might detect diseases which can be treated more effectively the earlier they are diagnosed. You may also be entitled to free ongoing medical treatment at a VA medical facility.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers both disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income benefits. Veterans can receive both Social Security disability insurance benefits and VA disability compensation. (The supplemental security income benefit (SSI) is offset for VA pension or compensation.) Unlike VA compensation benefits that are measured in degrees of disability, SSA benefits require a total disability that will last at least one year. If you cannot work because of your disability, contact the nearest district office of the Social Security Administration.
Veterans in the Veterans Affairs health care system will be eligible to receive necessary hospital and outpatient services, including preventive and primary care. These include:
The Department of Veterans Affairs is required by law to charge veterans, in certain income categories, a co-payment for their outpatient visits. Co-payments are based on primary care visits ($15), specialty care visits ($50), and no co-payment designations.
Veterans Affairs health benefits are established by Federal law and regulations and funded through appropriations. They are not the same as an insurance contract. Also, veterans do not pay monthly premiums to receive Veterans Affairs health care. In addition, you are not required to use Veterans Affairs as your exclusive health care provider. If you have health insurance, or eligibility for other programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, or TRICARE, you may continue to use services under those programs. We recommend that you keep any other insurance or HMO coverage.
Yes. Care in private facilities at Veterans Affairs expense is provided only under certain circumstances. To determine if you are eligible for private care at Veterans Affairs expense, you will need to contact the nearest Veterans Affairs health care facility.
Usually not. Veterans Affairs provides care in private facilities at Veterans Affairs expense when Veterans Affairs has a contract arrangement for certain services or, under very limited circumstances, when Veterans Affairs approves the care in advance.
Veterans Affairs provides urgent and limited emergency care in Veterans Affairs facilities. However, Veterans Affairs' ability to pay for emergency care in non-Veterans Affairs facilities is very limited. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act authorized Veterans Affairs to expand emergency care coverage. Refer to the last paragraph for additional details.
You may receive health care at any Veterans Affairs health care facility in the country. To minimize any “out-of-pocket” expenses while traveling, you should familiarize yourself with the location of any Veterans Affairs health care facilities in the area. Veterans Affair’s authority to reimburse you for care in non-Veterans Affairs facilities is very limited.
In general, dental benefits are limited to service-connected dental conditions or to veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes. For specifics, contact the Veteran Affairs health benefits advisor at your local Veteran Affairs health care facility.
Nursing home care in Veterans Affairs or private nursing homes may be provided to certain veterans as space and resources permit. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act has authorized Veterans Affairs to expand long-term care services. Refer to the last paragraph for additional details. To determine if you are eligible for Veterans Affairs nursing home care, you will need to contact the nearest Veterans Affairs health care facility.
Yes, if you are receiving Veterans Affairs care and are service-disabled with a disability rating of 10% or greater or are a former prisoner of war. Otherwise, hearing aids and eyeglasses will only be provided in special circumstances and not for generally occurring hearing or vision loss.
Veterans Affairs provides maternity care, but cannot provide care to a newborn child, even in the immediate aftermath of the birth. The veteran mother must make other arrangements for payment for the care of the child.
No, your treating physician will determine what is considered appropriate and necessary hospital care or outpatient services and will provide such care consistent with current medical care practices.
On November 30, 1999, the President signed Public Law 106-117, the Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act. This legislation authorizes Veterans Affairs to expand long-term care services and to reimburse for the emergency treatment of certain enrolled veterans. The law also requires Veterans Affairs enroll veterans awarded the Purple Heart into Priority Group Three.
Veterans Affairs is currently in the process of drafting regulations required to implement these new authorities. For specifics, call the Health Benefits Service Center at 877-222-8387.
Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who are age 65 or older, or, if under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled. Veterans who are more seriously disabled may qualify for Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits. These are benefits that are paid in addition to the basic pension rate.
Periods of war are:
Generally you may be eligible if the following apply:
As you can see, there are a number of criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits. If you are unsure if you meet all criteria, we encourage you to contact our office if your countable income appears to be near or over the maximum. You can deduct your Medicare premiums, private health insurance premiums and the cost of an assisted living facility or In-Home Care provider from your income to reduce your income.
This includes income received by the veteran and his or her dependents from most sources. It includes the following:
Net worth means the net value of the assets of the veteran and his or her dependents. It includes such assets as bank accounts, stocks and bonds, mutual funds and any property other than the veteran’s residence and a reasonable lot area. There is no set limit on how much net worth a veteran and his dependents can have, but net worth cannot be excessive.
The decision as to whether a claimant’s net worth is excessive depends on the facts of each individual case. All net worth should be reported and VA will determine if a claimant’s assets are sufficiently large that the claimant could live off these assets for a reasonable period of time. VA’s needs-based programs are not intended to protect substantial assets or build up an estate for the benefit of heirs.
Yes, there are exclusions. The following are examples of what may be excluded:
Your annual pension is calculated by first totaling all your countable income. Then any deductions are subtracted from that total. The remaining countable income is deducted from the appropriate annual income which is determined by the number of your dependents, if any, and whether or not you are entitled to housebound or aid and attendance benefits. This amount is then divided by 12 and rounded to the nearest dollar. This gives you the amount of your monthly payment. Your pension is calculated to be an amount equal to the difference between your countable family income and the annual pension limit set by Congress. An example includes:
Net worth, or corpus of estate (the value of your assets) also has a bearing on your pension eligibility. Because VA pension is a needs based benefit, a large net worth may render you ineligible. Net worth and corpus of estate mean the market value, less mortgages or other encumbrances, of all real and personal property owned by the veteran, except the veteran’s dwelling (single family unit), including a reasonable lot area, and personal effects to and consistent with the claimant’s reasonable mode of life.
There are a number of other criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits such as veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance to manage normal daily activities, or who are in a care facility. That is why we encourage you to go ahead and file an application, particularly if your countable income appears to be near the maximum.
Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a benefit paid in addition to monthly pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A veteran may be eligible for A&A when:
Housebound is paid in addition to monthly pension. Like A&A, Housebound benefits may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A veteran may be eligible for Housebound benefits when:
A veteran cannot receive both Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits at the same time.
You may apply for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits by Department of Veterans Affairs (Not recommended) complete information to apply for Aid and Attendance and Veterans Affairs Form 21-2680 Informal Claim. Completed applications can be emailed, faxed or mailed to this office. We are a county office and there are no charges for this service.
In addition you will need to get the following forms completed:
You cannot receive a Veterans Affairs non-service connected pension and service-connected compensation at the same time. However, if you apply for pension and are awarded payments, Veterans Affairs will pay you whichever benefit is the greater.
The rates are set annual by Congress.
No, you cannot receive both the payments and pension benefits at the same time. DIC payments are always higher than pension benefits. If you meet the requirements for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits you can get an additional amount added to your DIC payments. To apply for A&A simply have your doctor complete Veterans Affairs form 21-2680 and submit.
Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 are eligible. They must meet income guidelines, a State residency requirement, and be individually determined to be at "nutritional risk" by a health professional. To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants' gross income (ex. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.
WIC participants receive checks or vouchers to purchase specific foods each month that are designed to supplement their diets with specific nutrients that benefit WIC’s target population. WIC foods include:
The following were recently added to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants:
WIC recognizes and promotes breastfeeding as the optimal source of nutrition for infants. For women who do not fully breastfeed, WIC provides iron-fortified infant formula. Special infant formulas and medical foods may be provided when prescribed by a physician for a specified medical condition.
Only a WIC authorized food store can accept WIC checks. Look for the WIC logo or WIC poster to identify stores that accept WIC checks. You can also consult with your WIC counselor to find a store near you.
The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), established in 1992, provides additional coupons to WIC participants that they can use to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets. The program has two goals: To provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables, from farmers' markets to WIC participants who are at nutritional risk; and to expand consumers' awareness and use of farmers' markets.
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If you arrive on foot, by bicycle, or horse, there is no need to worry about making a reservation. You will only need to make a reservation if you are bringing your vehicle. The purpose of our reservation system is to avoid having to turn away vehicles during popular visitation times when the parking area is full.
If you buy a half-day pass, you may only visit the park during the hours provided on the pass.For example, if you are planning on attending the park from 9:00am-11:00am, you will need a full-day pass as the half-day only covers from sunrise to 9:30am.
There is no camping at Hidden Falls. The gates are locked after sunset.
We do not allow weddings or other special events.
You must call at least 48 hours or more in advance. You can reach us at (530) 886-4901.
We do not provide refunds for poor weather conditions. If there are trail closures, we list them on our website and social media. It is your responsibility to check for closures beforehand and cancel at least 48 hours ahead of your reservation.
You should receive a credit automatically within two business days. If you do not see a credit to your account within that time, contact us for assistance on receiving your credit.
Access the Online Employment Center to apply for a job.
By filling out the Application on File, you are able to maintain a master document that can be copied and modified when applying for different positions. Submitting this practice application will not enter you into any recruitment, but allows you to have an updated application template at hand for immediate use when there is a position for which you would like to apply.
The Human Resources Department will screen your submitted application materials to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. It is your responsibility to identify in your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job announcement. If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to participate in a competitive examination process. The type of exam will be defined on the job announcement. Examinations may include the following:
Please contact the Human Resources Department at least five working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation. Once the exams have been scored, you will be notified of your exam results and an Eligible List will be created. The Eligible List will include the names of all candidates successfully passing the required examinations in rank order. There may be a number of individuals in each rank. When a position becomes available in a department, the Human Resources Department provides the hiring department with a Certified Eligible List of all individuals in the top five ranks. As individuals are hired from the Eligible List, candidates in lower ranks may become eligible to be referred to a department if the upper ranks are cleared.
The hiring department will select people to interview from the Certified Eligible List based on a review of the specific position available, the needs of the department, and the job-related knowledge, skills and abilities of each individual, as determined by list placement and the information provided on the application materials submitted. The hiring department will contact you if you are selected for an interview. If you are contacted for an interview, please notify the department, prior to the interview, if you require accommodation in the hiring interview process.
View the veteran's preference page for information on qualifying.
For permanent positions and many extra help/temporary positions, before the date of hire, your employment is contingent upon passing a medical examination. This may include drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, signing a constitutional oath, and submitting proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. Depending on the position, you may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background check, be bonded, and/or be fingerprinted. If you are currently employed it is recommended that you not quit your current job until you have successfully cleared the medical examination.
Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for departmental hiring interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List (PAEL) and certified as eligible for appointment to a substantially similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information regarding the PAEL program, and to download required forms, please visit the employees of other public agencies page.
You may update contact information for all of your online applications by clicking on the button Update My Contact Info. Enter your User ID and Password and then modify your contact information. This new contact information will be updated for all of your applications.
To update contact information for paper applications, you must contact the Placer county Human Resources Department by calling 530-886-4607 or by emailing Human Resources.
Yes, you may update, in writing, the departments to which you would like your name certified (provided such designation was a part of the recruitment).
Conviction for a crime is not necessarily a bar to employment. Each case is considered separately based on job requirements. You may omit:
Placer County does not make regular use of outside temporary agencies, but does recruit to create a pool of extra-help clerical staff. Those wishing to work as a Temporary Office Assistant may submit an application for this classification via the employment opportunities page when the recruitment for this class is open. If we are not currently recruiting for this classification you may submit an interest card to be notified when we are again accepting applications.
This temporary class is distinguished from the clerical series in that positions are filled on an intermittent basis and limited to 1,000 hours per fiscal year. Employment in this class is temporary in nature and therefore not eligible for County benefits. No permanent appointments to the Classified Service will be made in this classification.
Please call the Human Resources Department at 530-889-4060 and ask to speak to a Benefits representative.
Some positions will require a background check be completed and passed as a condition of employment. This requirement will be stated in the job announcement and discussed with you when you meet with the hiring department.
You will need to use a document cover sheet (PDF) when you wish to submit additional materials, whether with your application or at a later date. Only one type of document may be submitted with each document cover sheet.
If you would like to be notified when we are accepting applications for a position not currently listed on our Employment Opportunities page, please submit an interest card. An email will be sent to you when the recruitment opens for a classification for which you have submitted an interest card.
Visit the classifications and salary page.
Salary information can be accessed by visiting the classifications and salary page.
No. A separate application must be submitted for each position for which you wish to be considered. You may, though, use your application on file as a master document to copy and modify for a new application.
Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department.
You may receive assistance while completing you application by emailing the Human Resources Department or by calling 530-886-4607.
Applicants receiving their degree outside the must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.
If your position is designated as one which requires language proficiency skills as a regular part of your job, you may be eligible for additional pay. Additional information will be provided at time of hire, or if you are a current employee, may be obtained via your supervisor and/or department Human Resources representative.
Any qualified permanent or probationary county employees in permanent/benefitted allocations may apply for promotional recruitments.
Yes. You can request your name be certified to departments seeking to fill vacancies by completing an application found on the Special Appointments page. Your request will be reviewed and if you meet the criteria for a transfer or a voluntary demotion, your name will be referred when the requesting department receives a certified eligible list.