PLAN REVIEW GUIDELINES

PLAN REVIEW TURN AROUND

IS 15 WORK DAYS

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

 

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

  • 1 Copy of the Site Plan (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.(per CCR Title 14 Section 1276.01(a))

    • Pre-Development Meeting Findings. (If applicable)

 

STEP 2 DRC- Design Review Consultation 

  • When ready to submit for the County Building Permit Process, submit 3 complete sets of plans (stamped and signed by engineer/architect) to the county. They will stamp all three sets with their 'CDRA Received' stamp and permit number and return one stamped set back to you. This is the set that needs to be submitted to North Tahoe Fire for a concurrent review.

  • The Placer County Building Department 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 in order to schedule inspections associated with the project. Permit Issuance Checklist is also used to determine mitigation fees.

    • Please note, If you already have your Permit Issuance Checklist, this will not apply to you. 

  • The Complete set of Construction Plans must show:

    • Building set-backs. (per CCR Title 14 Section 1276.01(a))

    • 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)

  • Additions: (living space, garages, and storage) If the addition is over 50% of the existing square footage and the new total square footage of the home will be over 3,600 square feet, including attached garage and storage space, sprinklers are required.

 

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. Appointments need to be made at least 3 work days in advance with our Fire Prevention Officers

EXP-NEW Rush/Expedited Fee (At the approval of the Fire Marshal)

  • The fee is 150% above rates shown. Please see the Cost Recovery form available in the above links. The expedited plans review has a 7 work day turn around. 

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. Mitigations 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 $1.24 per sq. ft.

 

ASCWD are collected if the project is over 500 square feet. Credit is provided for demolished buildings on site. Mitigations 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 $1.34 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.

  • 2 Copies of the plot plan are 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

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)

    • 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)

    • We need to know who the water purveyor is.

      • If it is a private water company, the fire district needs to schedule and perform the flow test 

      • 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.

SPRINKLER & FIRE ALARM SYSTEM

 

  • 3 sets of plans are required for Sprinkler and Alarm System submittals. 

  • 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

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

GENERATOR INSTALLS

 

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

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