Rebuilding After the Fire

Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa Program

As you may know, this program offers up to $12,540 in rebates to homeowners who are rebuilding after the 2017 and 2018 wildfires. To inform the community about program eligibility, the available rebates, and how to access those funds, MCE will be co-hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 6th at 10 am at the Napa Main Library. Registration link here

JUST RELEASED - Fire Rebuilds Dashboard

View a map and near-live view of progress related to fire rebuild permits in Napa County by clicking the image below or visiting the following link:

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While there are many components to the rebuild process we want to make sure you are thinking ahead and are taking care of those items that could potentially hold you up at or after submittal.

  • Contact the Napa County Fire Marshal’s office at 707-299-1464 to have your roadway/driveway evaluated. In order to issue your building permit, Building will need confirmation from Fire that your roadway/driveway have been approved.
  • If you plan to replace your residence, second unit or guest house in the same location and size up to 125% (like for like) and you wish to apply for the fee reduction and expedited plan review associated with the rebuild you will need to provide documentation confirming the location and size of the residence(s) and accessory buildings that legally existed prior to the fire. Your application will not be accepted for reduced fees and 7-business day expedited processing without the following information:
    • A pre-disaster plot plan showing the location of all structures on the property with setbacks delineated
    • Residential building records from the Assessor’s Office and a pre-disaster floor plan to verify the square footage of livable/habitable space and the total number of legally existing bedrooms 
    • The 7 business day expedited processing is a new category only available for like for like residential rebuild projects (main house, guest house and second dwelling).
  • Priority processing will be given to all fire rebuild projects that otherwise fall into the quick permit and standard permit categories.
  • The fee reduction is available for all fire rebuild projects including commercial structures, accessory structures, etc.
  • See below for additional information on permit processing times.

    Review CategoryReview Time*Types of Projects that Qualify

    7 business day / expedited

    (new category)

    7 days

    Like for like replacement of legally existing residences, guest houses and second dwellings up to 125% size of burned residence in same general location with no increase in bedrooms.

    Quick Permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits

    10 days

    Fire Rebuild accessory structures that meet the criteria listed in the linked document below (single story Ag buildings, carports, gazebos, pump house, storage buildings, etc)

    Standard Permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits

    28 days

    All other applications.

    *Estimated time to approval or first comment letter

  • Contact a licensed sewage contractor if your home was on a septic system that you plan on utilizing for your new home. You will need them to complete an evaluation of your system. For additional information on septic requirements click here.
  • Make sure your property is cleared for rebuild- all debris and ash must be removed and soil testing completed. A letter from the County Environmental Health Division certifying completion must be on record before we can issue building permits. If you would like to check your status please call (707) 253-4417.

Prepare construction plans for a building permit. Provide the following submittal checklist (click here) to your design professional so your plans include the necessary information for a complete and speedier review.

In January, the County sent a survey to over 600 residents who lost property in the 2017 Napa Fire Complex. The responses from this survey will help shape the County’s approach to providing fire recovery services, as well as assist in determining how and where to focus resources. Survey responses are available here.

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This page contains information and resources in regards to rebuilding after the fire from all 140409-wildfire-rebuilding-main_e4510c32ccf179f1c452ffb20123b56b_nbcnews-fp-1240-520departments in the County.  If you know the division you need information on please click the tab below.  If you are unsure of the department, all information can be found under the General tab. For more information, call Planning, Building & Environmental Services at (707) 253-4417.

  1. General
  2. Assessor
  3. Board of Supervisors
  4. Building
  5. Engineering
  6. Environmental Health
  7. Erosion Control and Watershed
  8. Napa County Fire
  9. Planning
  10. Soil Sampling Clean Up Goals and Procedures
  11. Office of Emergency Services



Property owners impacted by the 2017 Napa Fire Complex are eligible for a temporary reduction of their Proposition 13 base year value and deferral of the first installment of their 2017-2018 property tax bill. Learn about the calamity process and rebuilding options from the Assessor's article.

Calamity reassessment relief and deferral of the first installment of property taxes (unless paid by your mortgage company) are available by filing an application.

The application can be filed electronically with a digital signature. Learn how to create a digital signature.

No further action is needed on your part unless we contact you for more information.

Questions or comments? Contact Napa County Assessor John Tuteur 707-253-4459


Propietarios afectados por los incendios del Complejo de Napa 2017 son elegibles para una reducción temporal a la base del valor del año de la propuesta 13, al igual que el aplazamiento de la primera cuota de la factura del impuesto a la propiedad de 2017-2018.

Oprima aquí para leer el artículo.

Revaloración de calamidad y el aplazamiento de la primera cuota de los impuestos a la propiedad (al menos que sea directamente pagada por su compañía hipotecaria) están disponible al llenar una solicitud.

Oprima aquí para la aplicación.

Puede completar la solicitud electrónicamente con el uso de una firma digital.

Oprima aquí para información sobre cómo crear una firma digital.

No requerimos más acción de su parte al menos que nos comuniquemos con usted para obtener más información.
Para preguntas o comentarios, favor de comunicarse con el tasador del Condado de Napa, John Tuteur al 707-253-4459

Board of Supervisors

Revised Policy Manual (updated 12/18/17)

Urgency Ordinance - A1 Attachment for Urgency Ordinance

Napa LAC Guide to Recovery Resources 2017 Wildfires

Napa LAC Guide to Recovery Resources 2017 Wildfires Español

Napa Calamity Fire Article Base Year Transfer


Stay informed - We will provide you information on procedures, FAQs, and general information as it comes available in our office. 

Please See the Napa County Burn Ash Advisory Notice regarding Ash and Burn Debris Clean-up.   Until all hazardous wastes have been removed and the property is cleared of debris and all contaminated soil has been removed no demolition permits or building permits will be issued**

Documents and Forms

Residential Fire Rebuild Submittal Checklist

Residential Permit Application

Installing a Temporary Trailer After a Disaster

Electrical Permit for Fire Damage Repair (PDF)

Woodburning Fireplace Regulations

Window Replacement

OSHA Construction Guide Summary


Engineering Building Permit Checklist (PDF)

Napa Fire 2017 SWPPP Checklist 

USDA: Napa 2017 - Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Catastrophic Fire Recovery Assistance

USDA: Napa 2017 - After a Fire Hazard Tree Removal

USDA: Napa 2017 - Post Fire Restoration Do’s and Don’ts

USDA: Napa 2017 – Preparing for Winter Following Fire

USDA: Napa 2017 – Preparing for Winter Following Fire in Vineyards, Orchards, and Rangelands

USDA: Napa 2017 - Fire Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Erosion Control Resources

Environmental Health

Burned Dwelling Replacement and Wastewater Systems

FEMA: After the Fire

Fire Disaster Response - well and septic

Well and Treatment System Contractors

Sewage System Contractors

Water Approved Labs

Websites with additional information:

CalRecycle disaster information

CA Department of Toxic Substances Control Hazardous Waste Cleanup

Erosion Control and Watershed Protection

Napa County has experienced devastating wildfires.  The recovery work continues at a rapid pace, however, we are now faced with a new challenge with rains coming.

More than 70,000 acres within Napa County have burned.  Vegetation that normally covers the hillsides is gone, creating the potential for higher levels of erosion and debris movement.   

Residents are concerned about the effects of the recent fires on our watersheds.  The County shares that concern and is taking the following actions:

  • Working closely with the Resource Conservation District (RCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and CalFire to evaluate all affected watersheds to identify areas where the fire burned most intensely so that they can be targeted to minimize erosion. 
  • Coordinating with the Cities of Calistoga, Yountville, Napa, and Fairfield to minimize potential impacts of debris and erosion on local drinking water supplies.
  • Providing free sandbags for residents to use to help control sediment and erosion on their property.
  • Working directly with soil conservationists at the RCD and NRCS to provide technical assistance for landowners to assess potential erosion sites and prepare their property to prevent problems this winter.
  • Preparing the County roads for the upcoming rains, by removing dead and dangerous trees, clearing drainage areas, and getting rid of debris along the roadways. 
  • Improving public safety by replacing road signs damaged in the fires, nearly 2 miles of guard rails, and retaining walls; as well as stabilizing a small landslide area on upper Redwood Road. 
  • Patrolling County roads this weekend to look for areas of concern and to address anything that flows onto and blocks public roads.
  • Reminding everyone to drive with the utmost caution.  Roads have changed due to the fires and extra vigilance is needed given the unstable nature of partially burned trees and the ongoing restoration work of many contractors.  Please be careful out there. 

Fortunately, the ground is far from saturated.  This provides residents with time to plan and install proper erosion control mechanisms.  The RCD provides several brochures to guide landowners in this process.  Links to these documents are provided below:

If you have specific questions or would like to provide information related to the EPA process on hazardous waste removal, property owners may contact the EPA site access hotline at (415) 793-8794. 

In addition, the US Department of Agriculture ) (USDA) has programs available that can also provide assistance to landowners, as follows:

In addition, a list of vendors (see attached) is being provided that owners can consult with regarding erosion control supplies and advice.

Landowners interested in technical assistance should contact Bill Birmingham, Conservation Program Manager at or (707) 252-4188 or Brian Bordona, Supervising Planner at or (707) 259-5935 for general questions or to coordinate a site assessment.  Also please visit Napa RCD for additional information regarding post-fire resources for managing your land.  

The watershed benefits everyone and we all share the responsibility of taking steps to ensure its continued health, so that it has time to naturally recover from the wildfires.  Napa County is here to help landowners in this important effort.

View available 2017-2018 Sandbag Facilities 
View Erosion Control Vendors

Watershed Hazards Hotline

As part of Napa County’s recovery operations and in response to Cal Fire Watershed Emergency Response Team Reports for the recent fires; property owner concerned or have questions regarding potential hazards resulting from the fires (i.e. flooding, debris flows, landslides, and erosion) may call the Watershed Hazards hotline. The hotline is intended to be a location where Napa County staff can provide property owners with available technical resources for assessing hazards, mitigating hazards, managing your lands after the fire and provide locations and vendors for erosion and sediment control supplies.


Napa County Fire

Residential Guidelines Rebuild Requirements(PDF)


  • What is one of the first steps I should do in the rebuild process?

Contact the Napa County Fire Marshal’s office to have your roadway/driveway evaluated.  Every roadway/driveway is required to be evaluated to ensure it was not a contributing factor in delaying first responders from accessing the residence.  It will also be inspected to make sure it is safe for your evacuation during a disaster.  To have your driveway evaluated call 707-299-1464.  

  • Do I need sprinklers in my new structure?

The California Fire Code requires all new residential structures to have fire sprinklers installed. Other structures are evaluated on size and use of the building. For specific questions on non-residential structures call the Napa County Fire Marshal’s office at 707-299-1464.

  • What are some of the Napa County Fire Marshal’s rebuild requirements? 

Please refer to the Napa County Fire Marshal’s Rebuild Guidelines above.


Revised Policy Manual (updated 12/18/17)

Urgency Ordinance - A1 Attachment for Urgency Ordinance

Post-fire Farmland and Open Space Restoration Resources