October, 2008

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Fire Department (CDF) Impacts in San Luis Obispo County and Other, Similar Counties

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

When considering a new project – home, commercial or other type of construction – do check with your local fire department.

For example, if your property is located in a particular fire zone, which is determined by the fire department, types of construction can be required that will conform to their standards.This could affect framing, roofing, the type of glass in windows, road construction, access to property and, of course, use of fire sprinklers.

Your local fire jurisdiction could have other, far-reaching effects on your project, so check with with your local fire department agency to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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Agencies Other Than the Building Department, Planning Department, and Environmental Department

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

In an outlying area of an unincorporated area, the following agencies can have a profound effect upon your plans for your home, ranch, or accessory buildings.

1. Fire Department (C.D.F.)
2. Environmental outside a City
3. Fish and Game
4. Conservancies (Land Management)
5. Water purveyor
6. State requirements – soil, erosion, etc.

All of the above could determine your cost in time or money or both. An outstanding example: in this County, the Fire Department now requires any home larger than 3,000 square feet to be fire sprinklered. In some jurisdictions, all new construction must be fire sprinklered.
If remodeling, any addition to an existing home that creates more than 3,000 square feet requires that the entire project be retrofitted with fire sprinklers.

Check with your local city or county agencies.

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