City offers guides to Carr Fire rebuilding process

The City of Redding Building Division has produced simple step-by-step guides for residents planning to rebuild homes that were destroyed or damaged by the Carr Fire. Currently in draft form, the guides are designed to help fire victims navigate the rebuilding process as easily as possible.

One, entitled “New Journey — Your Rebuilding Process,” provides an easy-to-follow description of key activities involved in rebuilding a home, from design to plan checks to construction and inspection. It includes the estimated time required for City staff plan review based on the amount of change in the original home design. Also provided is a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the rebuilding and permitting process. A draft of the guide is available on the joint
Shasta County – City of Redding fire recovery website: Click on the Rebuilding tile.

A second guide, “Building Code Upgrades,” addresses major changes in the California Building Standard Codes, which the City follows as prescribed by law. The State of California requires that all buildings meet the 2016 California Residential Code, which is currently in effect. Additional requirements codified in local ordinances, which could be more stringent, are described as well.

Input from designers, contractors and builders has been welcomed as they were invited to review the draft guides and meet with City building staff. Once finalized, this process will be the subject of a community meeting for those whose homes were destroyed to provide additional information and answer questions residents might have. While the guides address only the rebuilding process, information about debris-removal is available at as well. Clearing the building site is necessary before rebuilding can begin.

In an effort to expedite the rebuilding process for fire victims, the City plans to designate staff to work specifically with Carr Fire victims in the process of rebuilding. Appointments will be able to be scheduled with the dedicated Carr Fire Permit Staff to speed the process.

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