PLAN REVIEW GUIDELINES

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15 BUSINESS DAY TURNAROUND TIME (ALL SUBMITTALS AND RESUBMITS)

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.

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REQUIREMENTS TO SUBMIT FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION

Please review the submittal requirements below for each review. 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. 

 

For additional submittal requirements and fire codes - https://www.ntfire.net/fire-codes. If there are questions regarding the NTFPD/MBFPD plan review process and requirements, email plans@ntfire.net  

 

Electronic Submittal Process - When submitting electronically, please follow the process below:

  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. We are unable to accommodate expedited plan review requests.

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

 

Review #1- Residential LAR ($140/hr.)/Commercial LAC ($420) Review: A Site Plan is needed to complete this review. The Landscape/Fire Apparatus Access/pre-TRPA submittal is required by TRPA and NTFPD as a result of the Tahoe Fire Commission findings for all Landscape/Access (Residential or Commercial) reviews. This plan review will not allow you to pull your building permit. The approved site plan needs to be submitted to TRPA and/or the Placer County/El Dorado County building department to begin the permitting process. 

 

LAR/LAC Plan Review Requirements:

  • 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 - distance of the hydrant to the furthest point of the house; through an approved route of travel 

  • Hydrant flow data from NTPUD, TCPUD, or NTFPD Staff (If project or addition is 500 sq. ft. or more)

  • Vegetation clearance types (If in ASCWD, final approval will still be required by ASCWD) 

  • Building setbacks 

  • Pre-Development Meeting Findings/Alternate Materials and Methods Request (If applicable)

  

Review #2- DRC Review, Design Review Consultation ($140/hr.):

NTFPD/Placer Co. Concurrent Reviews –

  • An approved LAR plan review by NTFPD 

  • A completed Cost Recovery Form/Application

  • A complete set of the construction plans (stamped and signed by a registered design professional such as an engineer, architect, etc.)  

  • The county CDRA stamp on the cover sheet and the county issued project permit number 

*ONCE YOUR PERMIT ISSUANCE CHECKLIST IS ISSUED, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A COPY TO NORTH TAHOE FIRE IN ORDER TO SCHEDULE INSPECTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT*

OR

NTFPD/Placer Co. Standard Reviews –

  • An approved LAR plan review by NTFPD  

  • A completed Cost Recovery Form/Application 

  • One complete set of the construction plans (stamped and signed by a registered design professional such as an engineer, architect, etc.)  

  • The county issued Permit Issuance Checklist

 

NTFPD/El Dorado Co. Reviews –

  • An approved LAR plan review by NTFPD  

  • A completed Cost Recovery Form/Application  

  • One complete set of the construction plans (stamped and signed by a registered design professional such as an engineer, architect, etc.)  

  • The county issued project permit number

 

Once the DRC is reviewed and approved, NTFPD/MBFPD will sign-off the workflow in the county’s system, this will allow for permit issuance. Fire flags/holds that will be required for project final will be added to the county’s system.

 

DRC Plan Review Requirements:

  • Building set-backs

  • Fire hydrant access/location - distance of the hydrant to the furthest point of the house; through an approved route of travel

  • Hydrant flow data from NTPUD, TCPUD, or NTFPD Staff (If project or addition is 500 sq. ft. or more) 

  • 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

  • Other utility and secondary disconnects shall be identified

  • Driveway and gates meet California Fire Code Appendix D standard with fire apparatus access and Knox Box (gate key) entry

  • Fire sprinklers – required for all new construction, all demo/rebuilds, and if there is an existing sprinkler system in place

 Remodel/Addition

  • Is the project adding 50% or more of the existing square footage? If yes, move on to next question. If no, sprinklers are not required.

  • Does the new total square footage (existing plus new) equal 3600 sq. ft. or more? If yes, sprinklers are required. If no, sprinkler retrofit is not required.

  • Location of Knox Box house key (If applicable)

  • Location of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors and device cut-sheets

  • Pre-Development Meeting Findings/Alternate Materials and Methods Request (If applicable)

 

Final Inspections and Final Defensible Space Inspections (DSI $140/hr.):

Inspections are by appointment only. NTFPD staff will work with contractors and project managers during the sprinkler rough-in, sprinkler final, defensible space final and other related inspections. Staff will access county systems for various final requirement sign-offs. Click here to schedule inspections

FIRE FLOW COMPLIANCE/HYDRANT FLOW DATA

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

Chapter 5, Section 507 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, carport, generator, driveway 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, schedule a hydrant flow test through NTFPD: Schedule your flow test here. You will be required to notify the water purveyor of the flow test. Failure to do so will result in appointment cancellation and additional cost recovery fees.

    • 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 - 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 - Fees are collected if the project or addition is 500 square feet or greater. 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 permit issuance by the county. 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.

For more information about NTFPD and ASCWD Mitigation fees, click here.

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.

AB 1600 Mitigation Fee Increase

NTFPD & ASCWD Mitigation Fees will be increasing effective January 1, 2021 

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 Propane Tank Installation permit to the NTFPD.

Propane Tank Installation Plan Review requires:​

  • A Plot Plan conforming to current ordinance regulations

  • Applicable building codes and standards must be noted on the cover sheet, including the NTFPD or MBFPD amended fire code

  • Plot plan must show distance from tank location to neighbor’s property line and/or other structures

  • Plot plan must show location of the trench and the second stage regulator

  • Cut-sheets for tank

  • Cut-sheets for pipe

  • Cut-sheets for regulator

  • Type of fill sand/dirt

  • Stake identification colors/location

  • Pre-Development Meeting Findings/Alternate Materials and Methods Request (If applicable)

SPRINKLER PLAN CHECK SUBMITTAL

  • NTFPD reviews sprinkler plans for projects in Placer Co. and Commercial projects in El Dorado Co.

  • El Dorado Co. Building Dept. reviews all NFPA 13D sprinkler plans for projects in El Dorado Co.

 

Sprinkler Plan Check Requirements –

  • A complete set of sprinkler plans stamped and signed by the sprinkler contractor with a C16 license

  • Applicable building codes and standards must be noted on the cover sheet, including the NTFPD or MBFPD amended fire code

  • Cut-Sheets for all products

  • Hydraulic Calculations

  • Pre-Development Meeting Findings/Alternate Materials and Methods Request (If applicable)

DOES MY PROJECT REQUIRE RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLERS?

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

  • Residential Remodel/Additions:

    • Is the project adding 50% or more of the existing square footage? If yes, move on to next question. If no, sprinklers are not required.

    • Does the new total square footage (existing plus new) equal 3600 sq. ft. or more (including attached garage and storage space, sprinklers are required)? If yes, sprinklers are required. If no, sprinkler retrofit is not required.

If your project type is not located on this page, email plans@ntfire.net for specific project requirements and assistance.

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