The City of Rohnert Park's Building Division is charged with enforcement of the California Building Standards Code. These are the State laws that regulate the construction of all buildings and structures on private property, and all City owned buildings on city-owned property. The Building Division also administers local municipal ordinances pertaining to building construction. (The Building Division does not have jurisdictional authority for mobile home parks or schools.)
The Building Division reviews and approves plans, and issues building permits. Once permits are issued, building inspectors inspect the construction projects to ensure compliance with approved plans and state and local laws. When buildings have passed all inspections and met all other requirements of City, County, and State agencies, the Building Official issues a Certificate of Occupancy.
Building permit records and copies of approved plans are kept on file as required by state law. These records are available for public access at the Building Division office. The Building Division is also a local resource for information on construction technology, green building, and general types of building code questions. Numerous handouts are available online, as well as in the offices of the Building Division at City Hall.
Building Division Phone: (707) 588-2240Inspection Requests: (707) 588-2239Building Division Fax: (707) 794-9242
What type of work requires a building permit?
Any building or structure that is to be erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, improved, removed, converted or demolished requires a Building Permit from the Building Department. However, there are some exceptions that do not require a Building Permit. Some examples of these are:
IntroductionIn California all jurisdictional authorities that issue building permits, excluding charter cities, are required to enforce the California Building Standards Code. The current state codes are known as the 2010 California Building Code, 2010 California Plumbing Code, 2010 Mechanical Code, 2010 Electrical Code, and 2010 California Fire Code. City of Rohnert Park Municipal Code Title 15. Building Division FAQ
I want to put a shed in my backyard. Do I need a Building Permit?
If your shed is a one-story detached accessory building used as a tool or storage shed, playhouse or similar use, and the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet, a Building Permit is not required. However, you must still comply with the setback requirements based upon your zoning. (Contact the Planning Department for Zoning questions.) Additionally, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work in a shed requires 1.) a permit and 2). the shed be on a substantial foundation (as determined by the Building Official. Contact the Building Department @ (707)588-2240, Fax (707) 794-9242, or email@example.com
Wind, Seismic & Soil Design
The presentation of the following information is meant to achieve two purposes: One, provide technical data, specific to Rohnert Park, for the use of the engineering design community. Two, inform the general public, in lay terms, of the forces of nature that affect structures.
Residential Earthquake Information
Most Rohnert Park citizens are aware that our City lies within Seismic Zone 4 and that the Rogers Creek Fault is nearby. Moreover, many have seen press articles in which seismologists are quoted as saying that the Rogers Creek Fault has a 1 in 3 chance of activity within the next 30 years, with the potential of a magnitude 7event. Putting this knowledge together with the fact that Rohnert Park lies less than 2 kilometers (approximately 1.25 miles) from the fault, it is very easy to see that seismically safe construction and disaster preparedness are important considerations.
If the work you are considering is valued at $300 or more, a valid California Contractor's License is required for the license category in which the contractor is going to be working. There are approximately 43 different types of contracting, each requiring a separate specialty contractor's license. If your project requires three or more types of work, then the work should be done by a licensed general building contractor. It is important for you to know that the California Contractors License Board may not be able to help you in regards to a contractor complaint if the contractor is not licensed.
Pool/Spa/Hot Tub Requirements
There are three regulatory aspects of swimming pool, spa and hot tub installations: Code requirements for associated plumbing and electrical work, location of the pool, spa or tub on the property and safety barrier requirements.
Simply stated, disaster preparedness is an essential element for long-term assurance of the safety and well being of individuals and families. Thus, the primary intention of this section of the City of Rohnert Park's website is to convince you of the importance of disaster preparedness. Secondarily, we will provide you with basic disaster preparedness information.
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