Rebuilding after the 2017 Napa Fire Complex
- 7 business day / expedited: Similar building footprint replacement of legally existing residences, guest houses, and second dwelling units up to 125% size of burned residence in same general location with no increase in bedrooms.
- Quick Permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits: Fire Rebuild accessory structures that meet the Quick Permit criteria. Some examples are single story Ag buildings, carports, gazebos, pump house, storage buildings, and all demolition permits.
- Standard Permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits: All other permit applications that are not covered under the first two categories.
If the fire damaged property previously had a septic system that you plan on utilizing for your new home. You will need to complete an evaluation of your system. If you plan on rebuilding with a similar foot print that does not exceed 125% of the previous structure, you may utilize the existing septic system as long as the inspection reveals that it is in good working condition and not considered a cesspool. If you plan to rebuild with a footprint exceeding 125% of the original structure, the system will need to meet current Napa County Code requirements.
Napa County has also developed a Fire Rebuilds dashboard. This is a near-live view of issued and pending permits in Napa County. You can access the dashboard by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/firerebuilds
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Author: Kyle Geitner of BC Engineering Group.