Engineering & Conservation Division


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Environmental Health


Citizen Portal Your place to find Permits and Application Status

!!! Important Earthquake Information !!!

Resources for Earthquake Recovery  


Beware of Contractor Scams and Unlicensed Contractors

Q & A- Contractor Scams - English

Q & A- Contractor Scams - Spanish


Building Permits Resources Post Earthquake

Red Tag and Yellow Tag Buildings in Napa County


Earthquake Related Building Inspections:

  • If you are looking for an emergency inspection due to the earthquake, and their property is in the county, call (707) 299-1998 to request an inspection. Leave the requested info, and an inspection will be scheduled. This is for quake damage ONLY.
  • If you need an inspection within the City limits regarding earthquake damage, contact the City of Napa Building Department at (707) 257-9540 or call the City Building Inspection line at (707) 258-7829.

Regular Building Inspections (not quake related):

  • We are currently scheduling for next week. Please call (707) 253-4416 to schedule an inspection.

Same Day Permits:                                                                                                                                                 


Safety Hazards Management after an Earthquake  

Food Facilities Safety  


Drinking Water and Safety Options

Boiling Water

Appendix to Bolling Water

Chlorination of Water Wells



Engineering Division

About Us:

The Engineering Division has primary responsibility for processing grading permits and floodplain management permits, and enforcing Stormwater pollution and prevention measures. We provide information and assistance to the public regarding compliance with various land development and environmental policies and regulations at the federal, State, and local levels. The Engineering Division is also responsible for FEMA floodplain management implementation and resources, and implementation of the Napa County Roads and Streets Standards.


Programs & Services

Napa County Floodplain Ordinance

Process grading and floodplain management permits, and review well permits in flood zones.

Napa County Stormwater Ordinance

Enforce Stormwater pollution and prevention measures.

Pre-Application Meetings 

Engineering Services staff recommends scheduling a consultation meeting with an Engineer to review your project and ideas, and avoid common submittal and processing pit-falls. To schedule an appointment at 707-253-4417.

Useful Links

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Engineering services not listed above are part of the Public Works Department. These services include reviewing record map submittal and processing applications for lot line adjustments and certificates of compliance. Additionally, the Engineering division in the Public Works Department will continue to be responsible for maintaining land development records such as record maps and right of way mapping. You may also continue to contact the surveyor via the Public Works Department. For specific information you may contact the following:

Certificates of Compliance, Records of Survey, and other maps: Danielle Goshert 707-259-8380

Lot Line Adjustments: Patt Throne-Hetzer 707-259-6719

Encroachment Permits: Mike Shepard (Roads Division) 707-944-0196

Traffic Engineering: Paul Wilkinson 707-253-4290

Other Department Information

Water Well Pump 110x70

CalHome Funding for Private Water Wells

Funding available for drought-affected private potable water wells.

CalHome Funding for Private Water Wells

PBES Customer Permit Center

Consolidated Permit Service Center

Enjoy the convenience of having your questions answered about planning, building, environmental health, engineering and conservation (vineyard) issues every day, (M-F 7:30-5:00PM).

More on the Permit Service Center

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Bare Hand Contact with Ready-to-Eat Food Code AB1225

Assembly bill 1252 added section 113961 to the California Retail Food Code (CalCode), which prohibits bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food, effective on January 1, 2014. No Bare Hand Contact is the practice of preventing direct contact with bare hands while handling ready-to-eat foods. Avoiding bare hand contact with foods that do not require further cooking provides an added protection against contamination with microbial or viral pathogens from the hands of food service employees.

Bare Hand Contact with Ready-to-Eat Food Assembly bill 1252
Bare Hand Contact with Ready-to-Eat Food Checklist

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Draft Final 2014 Housing Element Update

We are working to update the Housing Element of the County's General Plan and now have final draft documents for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors consideration and possible adoption. Public input is encouraged. Hearings will commence before the Planning Commission on September 3, 2014 and will tentatively be before the Board of Supervisors by November.

2014 Housing Element Update

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Cottage Food Law

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, State law will allow private homes to be used to prepare and package food products for sale to consumers under certain conditions. To find out more, follow the link below!

Cottage Food


Permit and Parcel Data Reports

We have a new way to quickly find your Permit information and your property information. Use these new widgets to quickly access Permit Hisoty and Parcel Data.

Permit Information Widget
Parcel Data Report

Credit Cards

PBES now accepts credit cards

Planning, Building & Environmental Services will now accept credit cards at our service desk for your convenience, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. A convenience fee of 2.29% is required by our payment processing vendor, and will show as a separate charge on your credit card statement, in addition to the fees you are paying to Napa County.

Schedule of fees

Environmental House Planning

Current Project Information

Find documents and information about major projects, development applications, and other Department work programs.

Learn more!