Reduced Processing Time - Applications will have an expedited processing time of five business days or less for plan checks, with three business days for rechecks.
The County of Sonoma has established a Resiliency Permit Center exclusively dedicated to assisting survivors of the fires to rebuild their homes. The center has been open since February 13th and has helped expedite the permitting process. The Resiliency Permit Center is located adjacent to the existing Permit Sonoma offices at 2550 Ventura Avenue in Santa Rosa. Having the Resiliency Permit Center means a few different benefits for fire victims.
Reduced Processing Time - Applications will have an expedited processing time of five business days or less for plan checks, with three business days for rechecks.
Sonoma County Cannabis Cultivation Site Plan Requirements
The first step in legal cultivation of cannabis in Sonoma County is getting your permits. In order to get these permits you will have to be dealing with the County of Sonoma. Here at BC Engineering Group, we are committed to making that process as smooth as possible. We know all the requirements and are very familiar with the permitting process.
Cannabis cultivation sites include locations where cannabis is planted, grown, harvested, dried, cured, graded, or trimmed. Those interested in operating a cannabis cultivation site will require a site plan.
Sonoma County Site Plan Requirements:
Both a 24 in. x 36 in. or 11 in. x 17 in. site plan and one reduced site plan (8 ½ in. x 11 in) is required by the County of Sonoma. The reduced site plan must clearly depict the information shown on the full-sized site plan. Preparation of the site plan by a professional draftsperson, architect, or engineer is strongly recommended. If the existing site is to be greatly modified by the proposed project (removal of existing buildings, vegetation, etc.), both an Existing Site Plan and a Proposed Site Plan are required.
All Site plans shall meet the Minimum Standard Site Plan Requirements and include the following:
Planning your Cannabis Cultivation Project
The BC Engineering Group staff has developed numerous site plans and can walk you through every step of the permitting process. As a leading civil engineering design firm, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding cannabis cultivation. Take advantage of our experience and contact us today for your cannabis and agricultural land development needs, we are here to help.
For more information on cannabis cultivation permitting and other land planning services, please contact us at 707-542-4321, or find us on Facebook and LinkedIn. You can also stay up to date with civil engineering and land planning issues by subscribing to our blog.
Fire Damaged Septic regulations and permitting
Many properties damaged or destroyed in the Sonoma Complex Fire were served by septic systems. These parcels must have their septic system(s) inspected in order to connect rebuilt dwellings to the onsite sewage disposal system. The County of Sonoma is allowing for structures to be rebuilt, on Sonoma Complex Fire damaged parcels, without having to upgrade the septic system to current County of Sonoma septic standards. This means many homes served by a septic system can be rebuilt with little to no septic repairs being made. The existing septic system must meet County of Sonoma Class III septic system standards.
What septic clearance do I need to rebuild?
Properties served by septic systems must obtain clearance prior to rebuilding. The existing septic system must be inspected by a qualified professional; which includes Civil Engineers, Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), or a Contractor with an “A”, “C-36”, or “C-42” license. The qualified professional must complete the Septic System Evaluation Form for Rebuilds and Temporary Housing (Sonoma Complex Fire) Document and provide a 1”=20’ scaled Site Map depicting the septic system location. If the existing permit does not contain a map drawn to the required scale, a plan showing the system location must be produced by the Qualified Professional.
Is my system acceptable for reuse (reutilization)?
Most septic systems will be able to be reutilized as is or with minor modifications. The septic system must have a two compartment septic tank made of approved materials and a dispersal area leach field. This means properties served by cesspools and systems with no septic tank will need to be upgraded in order to rebuild dwellings on the parcel. Basic sanitary fixtures must exist or be installed. The septic system must meet County of Sonoma Class III standards.
The existing septic system must be permitted or pre-code in order to be reutilized. Systems installed without benefit of permits will not be eligible for reuse until required permits are obtained.
What if my system requires minor repairs?
The County of Sonoma is allowing many minor repairs to be performed without permits. These include system components such as riser lids, monitoring wells, valve boxes, etc. Approved repairs made without permits shall be listed on the Septic System Evaluation Form for Rebuilds and Temporary Housing (Sonoma Complex Fire) Document by the Qualified Professional.
Repairs to the dispersal area (leach field), electrical components, or other non-permit exempt portions of the septic system must have a permit obtained prior to construction. Please consult BC Engineering Group to determine if you require a permit to perform necessary septic system repairs.
Can I hook up an RV or Travel Trailer to my septic system?
Once your septic system is inspected by a Qualified Professional and deemed acceptable for reutilization, a RV or Travel Trailer can be temporarily connected to it. A permit is required to connect a RV or Travel Trailer to the existing septic system.
What if I want to add bedrooms to my new dwelling or build a new accessory dwelling unit?
In order to increase the bedroom count of the prior structure, a new septic system will likely be required. This will require the parcel to go through the standard soil testing, design, and permitting process, as required by the County of Sonoma OWTS Manual.
My house survived but my septic system was damaged by the fire, can I live in the dwelling?
All dwellings must have an approved and functioning septic system in order to be occupied. This means that regardless of the structure’s condition, the building(s) cannot be occupied until septic clearance is granted. If the dispersal area (leach field) is damaged or destroyed, but your septic tank is undamaged, or minor repairs are completed, the existing septic tank can be used as a temporary holding tank. This requires a permit to be obtained and a pumping contract to remain in effect until the dispersal area is repaired.
We Can Help!
If you’re planning to rebuild on a Sonoma Complex Fire damaged parcel, contact BC Engineering Group, we know the applicable laws and ordinances, and have been actively involved in septic policies for fire parcels as they have been developed. For more details about your septic system and septic regulations, please contact BC Engineering Group today at (707) 542-4321. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our blog.
Public Water System Permitting in California
What is a public water system?
A public water system is defined as a system that provides water for human consumption to 15 or more connections or regularly serves 25 or more people daily for at least 60 days out of the year. There are three types of water systems:
Public water system permitting
Public water systems are required to have domestic water supply permits through the State Water Resources Control Board. For new water systems, the first step in the permitting process is to explore consolidation with an existing water system in the vicinity and submitting a preliminary technical report to the State. Most times, consolidation is not feasible as either the cost is impractical or the existing system prefers not to consolidate.
Once it is determined that a new water system permit will be required, an application is submitted to the State, which then generates a Permit Application Requirements Checklist, which identifies all required documentation to receive the water supply permit. Each checklist is unique and applicable to the specific project. Required documentation includes, but is in no way limited to the following:
Our office frequently works with the State and certified water system operators to develop and submit all required documents to permit new water systems, and to amend existing water permits to add additional wells, treatment, or other features.
Planning Your Water System Project
The BC Engineering Group staff has developed plans, calculations, and documents for multiple new water systems in Northern California; we know the permitting process and can serve all water system development needs. As a leading civil engineering and water system design firm, we guide water system developments from planning to construction. Take advantage of our experience and contact us today for your water system design and permitting, and land development needs. We are here to help!
For more information on water system permitting and other land planning services, please contact us at 707-542-4321, or find us on Facebook and LinkedIn. You can also stay up to date with civil engineering and land planning issues by subscribing to our blog.
Fire Rebuild Support from BC Engineering Group.
All members of our community have been affected by the recent wildfires, including the staff of BC Engineering Group. In response, our engineering team has decided to make the rebuilding efforts for our community the highest priority. Our staff is available to start on rebuild projects immediately upon authorization. Below you will find a link to a menu of services related to the fire rebuild efforts and fields to provide important information regarding your project. If you need services that are not listed in this document, please contact us; we can likely provide the support you need or we can connect you with someone who can.
Our staff and their families have been greatly affected by the fires in Santa Rosa, for this reason we will be closed for business until October 15. Our staff can be reached via email, however please allow adequate time for a response. Thank you.
BC Engineering Group is proud to announce partnership with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Why the Farm Bureau?
The Sonoma County Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary not for profit organization of farm and ranch families. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau is the self-proclaimed voice of agricultural producers at all levels.
BC Engineering Group has a great history and has built solid relationships with many in the agricultural community of Sonoma County. BC Engineering Group has provided vineyard development, grading and drainage, and wastewater services for many agricultural projects in Sonoma County.
Because of BC Engineering Group’s extensive work in the agricultural community and the Farm Bureau’s mission, it makes perfect sense for BC to be a part of the Bureau.
As a member of the Farm Bureau, BC Engineering Group will be able to stay up to date with current events in the agricultural world and have more one on one time with the agricultural community to build even stronger relationships. BC Engineering’s presence at Farm Bureau events will allow us to provide services quickly to other members and demonstrate that we’re always there to assist with any questions or concerns, particularly regarding the tedious permitting process for most agricultural developments.
We look forward to the exciting things to come from our becoming a part of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.
Planning Your Vineyard Development Project
The BC Engineering Group staff will be present at future Sonoma County Farm Bureau events. As a leading civil engineering design firm, feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding agricultural development. Take advantage of our experience and contact us today for your agricultural and vineyard land development needs, we are here to help.
For more information on agricultural development and other land planning projects, please contact us at 707-542-4321, www.bcengineeringgroup.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. You can also stay up to date with civil engineering and land planning issues by subscribing to our blog.
Announcing the Inclusion of the BC Engineering Group Inc. Blog in Feedspot’s Top 40 List of Civil Engineering Blogs
World-Class Advice on Local Civil Engineering and Land Development Issues
Our nation’s infrastructure is currently in a sad state of affairs, with the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card assigning it an overall grade of D+. California’s community facilities, structures and resources are a reflection of the country’s. It is estimated that the state needs a further $44.5 billion in drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years, along with $26.2 billion for wastewater. Nearly 50 percent of the over 195,000 miles of public roads are in poor condition, requiring an estimated $844 per motorist in repair costs. On top of the many upgrades needed to our daily support systems, there are countless improvement projects out there ready to add value to both public and private lands.
World-Renowned Informative Resources Right at Your Fingertips
Questions and concerns often abound when developing public and private projects to manage the aforementioned resources. You’ll find many of the answers within the blog we at BC Engineering Group, Inc. maintain on here on our site. This informative tool is continuously updated with posts detailing industry specific best practices, news and trends.
Just like the actual services we provide, our blog is a community resource that offers untold value. We are pleased to announce that our blog has recently been recognized by the blog aggregating website Feedspot as being among the top 40 civil engineering blogs in the world. Not only is this honor due to our high traffic volumes generated through our social media sites and reputation amongst search engines like Google, but also to the quality of our posts, verified through Feedspot’s own expert analysis. What this means is that, more than ever, you can trust our blog to offer trusted insight into the areas such as:
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Every industry needs local experts for officials, business owners and residents to turn to for advice and direction. Northern California’s population can now rest assured that they have a local civil engineering resource recognized as being among the best in the world. For more information on having BC Engineering Group. Inc. handle your next public or private works project, contact us at 707.542.4321. You can also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn and of course, don’t miss the opportunity to subscribe to our nationally renowned blog.
BC Engineering Group is proud to announce we are now accepting cryptocurrencies. We are the first Civil Engineering company in America that accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, NEM, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin and more. We feel this will facilitate a streamlined payment process as it offers a nontraditional yet modern mean of conducting business that suits customers' needs.
Our doors have opened to cyptocurrancies such as Bitcoin due to the advantages over the conventional dollar. Cryptocurrancies allows money to be transferred instantly and bypass any third party, such as a bank. Thus it provides the green light to BC Engineering Group and our cryptocurrancy clients to say goodbye to banking fees, interest rates, surcharges, usage fees, and other add-ons which are typically buried in fine print. Best of all, these currencies provide unmatched control and security when compared to the dollar.
BC Engineering Group is excited to accept cryptocurrancies for these reasons and more. We provide a wide variety of civil engineering services in Sonoma County, including septic design & inspection, land development, estates, and agricultural projects. While the majority of BC Engineering Group has lived in Sonoma County for over 30-plus years, we are the new kids on the civil-engineering block. We are proud of this status as we look for enterprising and innovative ways to deliver superb customer service and finished products to our clients.
What is the difference between septic inspections and septic findings reports?
Septic Inspection vs. Findings Report
Are you looking to buy a home in Sonoma County, or start that remodel on your Sonoma County home that you’ve always wanted? If you answer yes to one of these then we’ve got some info that will help walk you through the process of knowing the difference between a septic inspection vs. a findings report.
Why would I GET a septic inspection?
If you’re looking to finally get that dream home you’ve always wanted, or maybe just looking for an investment opportunity, a septic inspection should be one of the first things you obtain. A septic inspection will evaluate how well your septic system is working, or in some cases not working. Depending on the property in question, if you have a septic system that is not working properly, you could be in for some huge unforeseen costs in the future. So, if you’re looking to buy, and it’s in a rural area, get a septic inspection!
When would I NEED a finding report?
If you plan to modify a home that you’re looking to buy, or want to remodel your existing home, you’ll need to obtain permits. As a part of the permitting process, you’ll be required to provide an assessment report on the septic system; this assessment report is formally called a findings report. The findings reports are prepared by a Licensed Professional Engineer or Registered Health Specialist.
Depending on the level of modifications you intend to make to the property, your septic system will need to meet a certain level of classification. The findings reports will provide an opinion of the classification of the septic system; the County will review this information to verify the septic system complies with the level of improvements being made to the property.
If you do not have a proper classification with your septic system, you may not be able to get your project off the ground. Many people don’t realize the importance of their septic system and what it could mean for their long term plans for the property or development goals.
We Can Help!
BC Engineering Group has extensive experience with both septic inspections and findings reports. For more details about either of these or if you just have some questions, please contact BC Engineering Group today (707) 542-4321. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our blog.