Will any fees be waived for reconstruction in the fire area?

Development impact fees for schools and affordable housing fees do not apply to reconstruction of an existing structure with the same floor area. Impact fees may apply to additional floor area beyond the original structure, such as when a bedroom is added.


Permit processing fees

The Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Director shall reduce fees in the following amounts for all building permits submitted after October 7, 2017, for structures damaged or destroyed in the 2017 Napa Fire Complex:

  • Plan Review – Environmental Health Fee by 50%; and
  • Plan Review – Engineering Fee by 50%; and
  • Plan Review – Planning Fee by 50%; and
  • Plan Review – Standard by 50%; and
  • Imaging Plan Retention by 100%; and
  • Permit Issuance by 100%; and
  • Building Inspection by 25%; and
  • General Plan Surcharge by 100%.

To qualify for a fee reduction, the structure must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The original structure must have been legally established; and
  • The original structure must have been red- or yellow-tagged by the County as a structure damaged or destroyed in the 2017 Napa Fire Complex; and
  • The applicant must submit a complete building permit application to repair or replace the damaged or destroyed structure.

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1. Can my structure be rebuilt if it is destroyed by fire?
2. Is a Building Permit required to repair damage to a structure?
3. If I had an issued permit on a parcel for a burned structure what happens with that permit?
4. What are the submittal requirements for a rebuild permit?
5. Will any fees be waived for reconstruction in the fire area?
6. If I increase the size of my home when I rebuild, will I have to pay permit fees and school fees on the increased square footage?
7. What is the estimated processing and/or approval time for a rebuild permit?
8. Will prioritizing a fire rebuild project affect the processing and/or approval time of standard non-fire related projects?
9. What will the processing and/or approval time be for a rebuild permit?
10. Am I required to rebuild the same square footage or within the original footprint that I previously had?
11. What will be considered a like for like replacement of the primary residence or other structure(s)?
12. When a structure is rebuilt, must it be built in compliance with current building codes?
13. What design professionals will I need to hire as I rebuild my home?
14. When rebuilding, do I need to do Energy Calculations and comply with the provisions of CALGreen?
15. If a home that burned down had an EPA compliant wood stove in it, can another be reinstalled?
16. Do Wildland Urban Interface (California Building Code Chapter R337 WUI/SRA) construction methods and materials apply to rebuilding?
17. Can a structure be rebuilt on a fire-damaged foundation?
18. What testing methods and/or suitability analysis will be required to utilize fire damaged foundations?
19. Can I leave my damaged foundation in place and enclose my old foundation with a new foundation?
20. Will my replacement home require fire sprinklers?
21. Do I need a licensed fire protection contractor to design and install the sprinkler system?
22. Will I need to upgrade my driveway entrance or road when rebuilding after the fire?
23. Must fire clearing and access width requirements be met for all rebuilds in High & Very High Fire Severity Zones?
24. Will the County require evidence of a legal lot and approved gross square footages prior to issuance of a new building permit?
25. Do I need a Grading Permit to rebuild?
26. Can I install a temporary trailer on my property during my rebuild?
27. What is one of the first steps I should do in the rebuild process?
28. Do I need sprinklers in my new structure?
29. What are some of the Napa County Fire Marshal’s rebuild requirements?