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Is the weather giving you concerns with your home or another building?
Here are some strategies we have found to be successful.
If you choose to remove snow from any structure, practice all reasonable measures to ensure your safety as well as others who may be nearby. Beware of ice dams at the eaves (overhangs) of your building. Because of their increased weight and tendency to slide unexpectedly off the roof, treat them with caution. You may want to reach out to an appropriate licensed and insured person for this service. Please visit the California Contractor’s State Licensing Board at CSLB
You may want to contact an engineer or architect to evaluate the safety of a structure, especially if you can see any combination of water leaks, sheetrock cracking, doors jamming, bowed ceilings, or unusual noises coming from the house. You can find a list of design professionals near you at sage-edc.org and/or Tahoe Engineers Architects Surveyors
If structure(s) have suffered a failure, as evidenced by broken/collapsed structural members or supports, and it is an emergency, please call 911. If a building has suffered structural damage, Building Services will determine whether the structure is safe to occupy or enter for other purposes such as the removal of personal items.
To find the design ground snow load in your area please visit Design Criteria
The Design Criteria are parcel specific using your assessor parcel number (APN). If you do not know your APN, the Design Criteria site provides a link to look up your APN.
Additional resources for staying safe through emergencies, please visit FEMA Snow Load Safety Guidance.
Additionally, the El Dorado County Fire Protection District website is very helpful. Follow the link at Approaching Storm Raises Concerns Over Snow Loading - El Dorado County Fire Protection District.
As always, we are concerned with your safety and our main goal is to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare.
You may also reference the El Dorado County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
**El Dorado County Executed Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations** NEW
Urgency Ordinance 5163, Chapter 130.69 of the El Dorado County Code, was executed by the Board of Supervisors on August 23, 2022, amending the fee waiver eligibility criteria for permit fees charged by both the Planning and Building Department and Environmental Management Department.
Click here for the current valuation table
New MOU's Defining Fire Protection District Responsibilities
(Effective July 1, 2021)
Attention Commercial Grading Permit Applicants
Effective July 1, 2021, New Procedures
Obtain permit application number from Building Department for commercial grading over 1500 cubic yards
Submit one copy of grading plans directly to Resource Conservation District (RCD) and pay their fee
RCD is located at 100 Forni Rd, Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 303-5329, www.eldoradorcd.org
Temporary Recreational Vehicle Ordinance Code 5136
The Temporary Recreational Vehicle Ordinance allows for the limited use of a recreational vehicle as temporary housing for hardship purposes. Click here for more information.
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)
Contractors, please click on the icon below for further instruction on email permits.
Did you know your Board of Supervisors has an established amnesty program for structures built without a required permit? In the interest of public safety, an owner will not be penalized when they voluntarily reveal work done without a permit and secure a permit for that work. All usual fees will still be required, however, no penalty fees will be due.
Fee Resolution 079-2016. To review the county policy on how to obtain a permit on a non-permitted structure, please use this link:
Residential Structures Built Without a Permit
South Lake Tahoe:924 B Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530) 573-3330
The Building Department has a drop-off box for new submittals, plan check corrections, and parcel research. There is also a will-call box for issued permits. Both are located in the ground-level lobby of the building and are available Monday-Friday. 8 AM to 5 PM.
If you're a licensed contractor and need a trade type permit, please click this link for our online permitting program, Licensed Contractors Trade Email Permit Program.
You can always reach us by calling our main phone line, (530) 573-3330
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