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Cascade Re-Build

Yuba County Government Center

915 8th Street, Marysville, CA 95901

(530)749-7700

e-mail: CDSA@co.yuba.ca.us





Welcome to this informational page for the re-build efforts related to the Cascade Fire. This is an official page for the County of Yuba and is a resource for all things concerning this unprecedented disaster that has affected our community.
    
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Temporary Living (Recreational Vehicle)

Many homeowners are considering the use of a Travel Trailer or Recreational Vehicle (RV) on their property to serve as their home during their re-build. To place an RV or Trailer on your property there are several considerations that must be met. You will be required to:

  • Have electricity installed at the RV

  • Connect a potable water source to the RV

      Environmental Health highly recommends:
        • chlorinating your well to sanitize water
        • having your well tested for coliform and E. Coli prior to consuming water

After a Fire, Well Tips

List of Well Water testing resources

Environmental Health will require a clean water test prior to allowing a Building Permit to be issued

  • Hook-up the RV to an appropriate waste water/sewage recepticle

      Environmental Health recommendations:
        • if using RV holding tank(s) or an external tank/bladder, that they be pumped as needed
        • renting an onsite port-o-potty - as a temporary solution for sewage
        • connect RV to existing septic system
        • have septic tank pumped and evaluated
        • suggest leaving tank valves closed and draining at regular intervals. Leaving discharge valve open will likely leave solids behind, making them difficult to clean later.
        • do not use chemicals in holding tanks


List of Septic System company contacts

If you place an RV on your property before the Fire Debris Clean-up is complete, please position your RV as far away from burned structures as possible. An RV should not block Debris Clean-up crews from using their equipment. Once your property has been cleared of Fire Debris, and you have received your Certificate of Compliance, your RV can be safely located closer to existing infrastructure/services, e.g., septic, well, and power.

If you have questions regarding the use of an RV or Travel Trailer as a temporary dwelling, please feel free to contact the Planning Department at:

planning@co.yuba.ca.us

or Phone (530) 749-5470


Debris Removal Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: If I have homeowner’s insurance, can I still participate in the debris removal program?
A: Yes. However, to avoid a duplication of benefits provided by the state or federal government, your insurance company may be required to provide payment from your policy that is designated for debris removal.

Q: What portion of my homeowner’s policy will the county collect for debris removal?
A: It depends on the policy that you have. There are generally two types of debris removal coverages in a homeowner’s insurance policy:
  • Specified Amount: One type of debris removal insurance coverage contains a separate, specific debris clause, typically capped at a percentage of the coverage amounts listed in the policy (for example, 5 percent of the value of a primary structure, other structure, and personal property.) If you have this type of policy, the county will only collect the specified amount designated in the debris removal clause. You will not owe the county any additional money, even if the actual costs to remove the debris exceeded the amount designated in your insurance policy for debris removal.

  • No Specified Amount: Another type of debris removal insurance policy does not have a specified amount but includes the costs of debris removal in the total proceeds provided for the primary structure, other structure, or personal property. If you have this type of policy, the county will only attempt to collect insurance proceeds for debris removal after you have rebuilt your home. The county will only collect any money that remains in your insurance policy, if any, after the rebuild. The homeowner will not owe the county any additional money for debris November 10, 2017 removal.


Q: If I participate in the Consolidated Debris Removal Program, will the county have the right to take all of my insurance proceeds?
A: No. There have been many rumors that if a homeowner participates in the Consolidated Debris Removal Program, the county will take all of the homeowner’s insurance proceeds or the insurance proceed designated to rebuild their home. This is simply not true. The county will only seek reimbursement from the insurance carrier as stated above.

Q: Can I use my debris removal insurance policy to remove items that are ineligible for removal under the Consolidated Debris Removal program?
A: If you have a specified amount for debris removal in your insurance policy (for example, 5 percent of the value of a primary structure, other structure, and personal property), you may use your insurance proceeds first to remove fire related debris that is ineligible for removal under the program (e.g., swimming pools, patios, trees, etc…). The county will only collect any money that remains in your insurance policy, if any, after you have removed ineligible fire related debris. If you have a policy that includes the costs of debris removal in the total proceeds provided for the primary structure, other structure, or personal property, you may use these proceeds to pay for the removal of fire related debris that is ineligible for removal under the program. The county will only collect any money that remains in your insurance policy, if any, after the rebuild and removal of ineligible fire related debris. The homeowner will not owe the county any additional money for debris removal.

Building Permit and Construction Information

All new construction will be required to meet the current California State building codes. All fire safe standards shall be met and a residential fire sprinkler system is required by The State of California.

Environmental Health Requirements for rebuilding, permit issuance, etc.

Water
    • Clean domestic well samples (coliform and e.coli) will be required prior to issuing a building permit.

Sewage/Septic
    • As long as existing system work properly, it may be used. Owners and/or contractors must submit a report from a pumping company showing that tanks have been pumped and system has been evaluated prior to issuing a building permit.

    • Before a building permit can be issued a pumper report must be submitted indicating the current septic system is functioning as designed or if repairs are required an application for a repair permit (no cost for the permit) must be submitted detailing the repairs required. If a septic system is being substantially altered due to a change in the home siting or size of the replacement structure a fee for the permit may be required to cover the additional staff costs for the review and inspections.


Habitat for Humanity Yuba/Sutter is working with area partners to raise funds for home repairs and home builds for Cascade Fire Victims. If you have been effected by this area wildfire please contact our organization at familyservices@yubasutterhabitat.org. If you are contractor and would like to partner to better those in need please contact us at info@yubasutterhabitat.org. 530-742-2727 Ext. 213 for families and Ext. 207 for contractors



Check a contractor's license

If you have questions regarding the building process or building permits, please feel free to contact the Building Department at:

building@co.yuba.ca.us

or Phone (530) 749-5440


Re-Building your Home

The pre-building permit application will assist property owners in pre-planning and making decisions as permit costs associated with rebuilding may have an impact on the overall construction costs. In order for CDSA to determine the cost to rebuild, the pre-building permit application should be submitted either with your plans, or prior to having the plans created. The pre-building permit application can be found at the link below:

Pre-Building Permit Application



You are welcome to submit the pre application multiple times to better weigh your wants versus needs. We will compare your submittal against our records to give you the best information available for you to make the most informed decision.

To assist families in a speedy recovery and re-build, several Subdivision Developers within the County of Yuba have offered the use of their house plans to any Cascade Fire victim whose home was destroyed.

To view the floor plans and building elevations drawn by Habitat for Humanity and Hilber's New Home Communities, please follow the links provided below.

Habitat for Humanity

Flyer

Floor Plan

Elevation View


Hilber's New Home Communities

Flyer / Floor Plan


NSP Plans

Floor Plan / Plan Elevations


To use any of the plans provided by these builders, you will need to complete and record a Master Plan Indemnification Agreement which can be found here:

Indemnification Form



All structures lost in the Cascade Fire area are located within State designated fire protection zones and must have certain elements built into the house in order to meet the State Fire Marshal and State building code requirements. Although these plans are already approved for use within the valley areas of the County there are special construction requirements within the Foothills. These requirements are often referred to as WUI. Please see WUI requirements at the following link:

WUI Requirements



The Building Dept will provide guidance to achieve these requirements.