Carr Fire rebuilding guides for Redding available; meeting set

Finalized brochures to guide residents in the rebuilding of homes in the City of Redding that were destroyed or damaged by the Carr Fire are now available. Shasta County building brochures will be available at a later time.

The simple step-by-step guides are designed to help fire victims navigate the rebuilding process as easily as possible. All are available on the joint Shasta County-City of Redding fire recovery website: Click on the Rebuilding button. Beginning next week (September 10), printed copies will also be available at the Permit Center at Redding City Hall, 777 Cypress Avenue.

A community meeting to discuss the rebuilding process is scheduled for September 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. It will be an open-house format, and both City and County staff will be available to answer questions from residents.

The three brochures address the home-rebuilding process, residential property building code requirements and the plan-check process in a checklist format. The guides were drafted with input from designers, contractors and builders who were invited to review the draft guides and meet with City building staff.

The “Carr Fire Rebuilding Process — Rebuilding Together” brochure 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 are a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the rebuilding and permitting process.

The “Carr Fire Building Code Upgrades” brochure 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.

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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