PLAN REVIEW GUIDELINES

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PLAN REVIEW TURN AROUND IS 15 WORKDAYS

To help assure building safety, the District works with local residents, builders, and developers from a fire and life safety perspective to ensure residential and commercial buildings meet the California Fire Code, Placer County Safe Ordinance, and local North Tahoe Fire Protection District ordinances.

REQUIREMENTS TO SUBMIT FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION

 

Moving forward, we will only be taking electronic plan submittals. When submitting electronically, please follow the process below: 

Please review the submittal requirements below; there have been some changes since the 1st of the year. We are no longer able to approve plans with conditions; if any of the requirements are missing, plans will not get approved and will be subject to resubmittal fees.

  1. Complete the NTFPD/MBFPD Cost Recovery Form. Email to plans@ntfire.net, along with the required plans and any pertinent documents. These must be sent as an email attachment and in Adobe Acrobat PDF/A file type (Multiple emails ok if plans are too large). Plans will go in a queue for electronic plan review and will be reviewed in the order they were received.

  2. Fees will be collected via a Square invoice. The invoice will be emailed to you once we receive the completed cost recovery form. Fees must be paid for plans to be added to plan review queue.

STEP 1 LAR/LAC-Landscape/Access Residential or Landscape/Access Commercial Plan Check/Pre-TRPA

  • The Site Plan showing the below information is required for this submittal. (does not need to be stamped and signed by the engineer/architect)

    • Fire apparatus access and roadway/driveway standards for width, height, clearance, slope, weight loading and radius curves.

    • Length of the driveway with turnouts and/or turnarounds.

    • Fire hydrant access/location and hydrant flow data.

    • Vegetation clearance types.

    • Building set-backs.

    • Pre-Development Meeting Findings. (If applicable)

 

STEP 2 DRC- Design Review Consultation 

  • Placer Co. Concurrent Reviews - A set of the complete construction plans (stamped and signed by engineer/architect) is required for the DRC. The county will stamp the electronic plan set with the CDRA stamp and provide the project permit #. They will not be issuing the Permit Issuance Checklist at this time. It is your responsibility to provide North Tahoe Fire with a copy of the project’s Permit Issuance Checklist after they complete their review, in order to schedule inspections associated with the project. The Permit Issuance Checklist is also used to determine mitigation fees.

  • Placer Co. Standard Reviews - A set of the complete construction plans (stamped and signed by engineer/architect) is required for the DRC along with a copy of the Permit Issuance Checklist provided by the Building Department.

  • El Dorado Co. Reviews- A set of the complete construction plans (stamped and signed by engineer/architect) is required for the DRC along the project permit # provided by the Building Department.

  • The Complete set of Construction Plans must show:

    • Building set-backs.

    • Fire hydrant access/location and hydrant flow data.

    • Roof materials are CBC 7a compliant without wood shake or shingle.

    • Gas meter location and protection requirement per NTFPD Fire Code.

    • Electric meter location and shut-off switch.

    • Auto transfer electric generator have signage, disconnect/shunt switch.

    • Driveway gates meet Placer County standard with fire apparatus access and Knox Box (gate key) entry.

    • Fire sprinkler, Knox Box (house key) smoke and carbon monoxide detector requirements per California fire and Residential codes. If the project is an addition increasing the project living, storage and garage space by 50% and the new total square footage is 3600 square feet, sprinklers are required.

    • Alternate Materials and Methods Request. (If applicable)

 

STEP 3 DSI-Defensible Space Inspection for Final

  • All projects require a final inspection for fire access, defensible space, and other fire and life safety systems. Inspections are by appointment only.

FIRE FLOW COMPLIANCE

California Fire Code and District Fire Code require new construction and addition/remodels to meet fire flow standards.

Chapter 5, Section 507.4 provides the requirements and provides information to request alternate means of protection.

Hydrant Flow Test

  • A Hydrant Flow Test will be required when there is a: Demo/Rebuild, New Construction, and Additions (Attic/Basement/Detached Storage - Conditioned or Unconditioned. Required if project or addition is 500 sq. ft. or more. (Not required for deck or carport only projects.) 

  • Site plan showing location of hydrant and shows distance of the hydrant to the furthest point of the house. (Through an approved route of travel)

  • Who is the water purveyor?

    • If it is a private water company, the fire district needs to schedule and perform the flow test. The cost recovery fee for this test is $140/hour. If NTFPD will be performing the test, the cost recovery form must be completed and submitted to plans@ntfire.net for fee collection and scheduling.

    • If it is any of the PUDs (NT or TC), the PUD will schedule and perform the flow test. We are not allowed to perform a flow test on a PUD hydrant. In some cases, the PUD may already have the flow test data available.

AB 1600 Mitigation Fees/Developer Fees

 

NTFPD as of January 1, 2020 Mitigation Fees will be increasing and all new construction and remodel/additions will be assessed fire mitigation fees regardless of the square footage. Credit is provided for demolished buildings on site. As of January 1, 2020, Accessory Dwelling Units less than 750 sq. ft. will not be assessed mitigation fees. Mitigation fees are collected prior to the scheduling of any inspections associated with the project. The Permit Issuance Checklist is required to properly calculate mitigation fees for a project.

NTFPD Residential Mitigation fee is $1.26 per sq. ft.

ASCWD are collected if the project is over 500 square feet. Credit is provided for demolished buildings on site. Mitigation fees are collected prior to the scheduling of any inspections associated with the project. The Permit Issuance Checklist is required to properly calculate mitigation fees for a project.

Alpine Meadows (ASCWD) Residential Mitigation fee is $1.36 per sq. ft.

Meeks Bay Fire developer fees are as follows:

Additions < 1,000 sq. ft., $250

Additions > 1,000 or New Homes/Structure (regardless of the sq. ft.), $500.

LPG INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE 

With concern for fire and life safety, the District has spoken with the LPG vendors to have all installations be code compliant. The LPG installations must meet current North Tahoe Fire Prevention Code, which includes submittal of a LPG permit to the District.

  • A plot plan is required. The plot plan must show property setbacks and property lines.

  • For all LPG and tank installations the Application/Permit for Liquid Petroleum Gas Installation/Maintenance form needs to be completed 

  • Plot plan needs to show distance from tank location to neighbors and/or other structures, distance from trench.

 

LPG-Propane Tank Installation Review

UGT-Underground Tank Installation Review

AGT-Aboveground Tank Installation Review

EIR - Environmental Impact Report

SPRINKLER & FIRE ALARM SYSTEM

 

  • Sprinkler plan submittals are handled by a Sprinkler Contractor with a C16 License. Each set needs to include Re-sets with Cut-sheets, and Hydraulic Calculations. The plans must be stamped and signed by the contractor.

  • Hood and Duct plan submitalls require a minimum of 2 set of plans.

DOES MY PROJECT REQUIRE RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS?

  • New Homes: Per the 2010 California Fire Code, all new homes are required to have NFPA 13D residential sprinklers.

  • Residential Additions: If the addition is 50%  or more of the existing square footage and the new total square footage of the home is going to be 3600 square feet or more, including attached garage and storage space, sprinklers are required.

 

HOOD & DUCT SYSTEM

  •  Need all cut-sheets associated with appliances and a floor plan/layout of system placement.

GENERATOR INSTALLS

 

  • Permit Issuance Checklist, Cut-sheets for the Generator and the Shunt are required. See Ord. 03-2016, Section 509.

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