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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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Get Ready for the Building Inspector

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Before concrete is poured for any Project, a Building Inspector will visit the site to check the job. You should prepare for the following:
1. Have a signed Soils Report ready for him to read;
2. Any saturation of the soil in that Report will be checked;
3. He will check a stamped, approved set of drawings, which should always be ready
and accessible to all inspectors;
4. He will check the foundation plan against what is laid out in the foundation
a. Depth of footings and plate
b. Anchor bolt spacing
c. Holdown hardware
d. Shearwall lengths and placement
e. Slab steel and spacing
f. Steel slab concrete chocks to raise re-bar, for concrete to fully engulf
re-bar;
5. If any of the above is not to his satisfaction, he will leave a correction sheet
with items he feel must be corrected;
6. Usually, a telephone number is on the correction sheet, to call for re-
inspection.

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