806 South Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 841-2100 FAX (530) 841-4076
Information Section - General Building
Building is the most common land development action in Siskiyou County; it is also the simplest. The following guideline is offered by the County Building Department to assist you in making an application for a building permit and expediting the issuance of the same.
When you file for a building permit, the application will be reviewed by other county departments. This is true except for the cities of Fort Jones, Etna, Montague, where the same reviews will be done by the city.
The Assessor's Department reviews the application to verify ownership of the property on which the improvement is to take place. The Assessor's Department is located at the Siskiyou County Courthouse, 311 4th Street, Yreka, California 96097.
The Planning Department reviews the plot plan for setback requirements, and whether the proposed use is allowed in the assigned zone. The Planning Department is located at 806 South Main Street, Yreka, California, 96097.
The Health Department reviews the plot plan for compliance with health-related matters in conjunction with activities associated with well and waste disposal systems. Public Health Department is located at 806 South Main Street, Yreka, California, 96097.
The Road Department requires encroachment permits for private roadways connecting to the county road systems. Road Department is located at 1312 Fairlane Road, Yreka, California, 96097.
CAL-TRANS requires encroachment permits for connection to the state highway systems.
The Fire Agency for Siskiyou County is CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection). CAL FIRE reviews projects located in the State Responsibility Areas for compliance with the State Fire-Safe Regulation (4290 & 4291 Public Resources Code). CAL FIRE is located on Fairlane Road near the South Yreka I-5 exit. The Building Department routes all projects subject to the regulations to CAL FIRE upon application for building permit.
The Flood Department reviews your plot plan to ascertain if the subject site is located in a mapped flood hazard area, and is located at 806 South Main Street, Yreka, California, 96097.
School Development Fees have been adopted by most school districts. The Building Department will complete the development forms for the appropriate school district(s) at the time of plan check. The school fees must be paid prior to permit issuance directly to the school district(s).
The Building Department
generally takes about two weeks after you have received the other agency approvals
to review your plans and specifications. Assuming your submittals are complete, the
building permit can be issued as soon as the plan review and approval
process is completed by the Building Department.
Siskiyou County does not require a grading permit but requires that the building site grading be shown on your building plot plan. It does not permit you to pre-grade your building site prior to approval of your construction plans because many times property owners have destroyed the building site and made it unusable through incorrect grading.
If you plan to live in a mobile home while you are constructing your home, a permit can be obtained at the same time you obtain your building permit and should be applied for when you initially apply for a building permit. The temporary housing must be removed upon final inspection of the suite-built dwelling.
The permit process, including plan check, takes approximately two weeks from the date the other agency approvals have been cleared by signature on the Building Permit Application. The Building Department will route your permit application to the appropriate agencies for their approval of the proposed project or you may obtain the approval signatures yourself prior to submitting your application for permit to the Building Department.
Plans with other agencies approvals are checked in the order in which
they are submitted, or in the order in which they are received back from
the other agencies after their approvals.
The following codes are in effect and should be consulted in the preparation of your construction plans: Effective January 1, 2011 with 2010 California Amendments:
Plan and Specifications Table
|Project||Number of Sets||Requires A California Licensed Engineer or Architect=S Signature|
|Residential no more than 2 units or 2 stories and Townhouses of not more than 2 stories||2||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person if the limitations of the California Residential Code are exceeded|
|Residential Accessory Structures of not more than 2 stories and 3,000 sq ft in floor area||2||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person if the limitations of the California Residential Code are exceeded|
|2||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person.|
|Multiple Family - 3 or more units||3||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person.|
|Commercial or Assembly - less than 50||3||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person.|
|Commercial with hazardous materials||4||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person.|
|Assembly for 50 or more
||4||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person.|
|4||Must be prepared, signed, and stamped by a licensed person.|
|Min. Elevation Max Elevation
|Flat Roof Snow Load Below 5,000ft Elevation||BasicWind Speed
90 mph With 105 mph @ 3-sec. gust
|Roof design loads for sites above 5,000 feet elevation must be obtained from the Building Department|| 60#/sf Mc Cloud
60#/sf Mt Shasta
60#/sf Happy Camp
40#/sf All Other Areas
Earthquake - The Seismic Design Category Determination is Site Specific
Soils Site Class - Based on Soils Investigation.
Climate Zone 16 - For Energy Compliance.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS REGARDING SISKIYOU COUNTY'S POLICY PERTAINING TO
Siskiyou County has established agriculture as a priority use on productive agricultural lands, and residents of property in agricultural districts should be prepared to accept some inconvenience or discomfort from normal and necessary farm operations.
It will be recognized that the property in question may be in the vicinity of property utilized for agricultural purposes and residents of the development may be subject to the inconvenience or discomfort arising from the use of agricultural chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers; and from the pursuit of agricultural operations including plowing, spraying, pruning, and harvesting, which occasionally generates dust, smoke, noise, and odor.
The foregoing notice is taken from Resolution 88-168 passed by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, State of California, on the 14th day of June, 1988.
Siskiyou County is an Open Range County. Please ask for a copy of the Open Range Notice if you need additional information.
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