Function and Responsibilities
The Building Division's primary function is to safeguard the life, health, and property of Shasta County residents through the application of uniform building standards. These standards involve design, materials, construction, use, occupancy, and location of all buildings and structures within the unincorporated area of the County. The Building Division strives to implement these standards in a fair and consistent fashion while maintaining an open dialogue with the various building trades. Plan reviews, permits, and inspections for structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical as well as miscellaneous items (signs, fences, mobile home or manufactured home setups) are provided through this Division. Additionally, it serves as the code enforcement arm of the Department providing follow-up on all complaints of zoning and building code violations registered with this Division.
The Building Division may provide an approximate cost of proposed structures based on the square footage but it cannot give an exact cost until the plans have been checked. A filing fee (included as part of the plan check fee) is required at the time the plans are submitted for the plan check. The Permit Counter has booklets describing how to obtain permits for different types of construction and mobile home setups.
The Building Appeals Board hears requests from applicants regarding the status of building permits that have issues that are contested by an applicant. The five member Board is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and meets on an as-needed basis.