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Permit Applications for Residential and Commercial:


Effective January 1, 2017: The city will comply with the 2016 California Building Standards Code

Effective Jan 1, 2017: The City will comply title 24 2016 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Design Requirements

Wind Speed

110 mph (CBC Figure 1609)

Soil Bearing Pressure

1,500 psf (CBC Table 1804.2)

Seismic Design Category


For conventional light framed construction - braced wall panel lengths, refer to CBC Table 2308.12.4 where Sds > 1.00


BMP's per NPDES C3, refer to

Automatic Fire Sprinkler

New residential and commercial projects

Additions ≥ 1,000 square foot

Remodels ≥ 3,600 square foot or valuation >= 75%

Pad Elevation

The finished first floor elevation shall be a minimum of 12" above the height of the curb. Or, where there is no curb, 12" above the street crown in front of the structure.

Electrical Services

Underground electrical service shall be provided in all new construction, additions of more than twenty-five percent of existing floor area, and remodels where the estimated cost of construction is fifty percent or more of the assessed valuation of the building.  Underground services shall be installed in accordance with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Electric and Gas Service Requirements 1999/2000 Section 5, Electric Service Underground.  (Ord. 1-08 §2(part), 2008).