Contractor Updates

Meet PG&E 1/7, 4:30-5:30

PG&E invites contractors, electricians and construction rebuild partners to meet the PG&E Butte County Rebuild construction team and talk process right before the January Town Hall meeting.

Tuesday, January 7th
Paradise Alliance Church
4:30 – 5:30 in the Choir Room

Town Hall Community Meeting begins at 6:00 pm
Builders will be available after the Community Meeting to answer home owner questions

Click here for flyer with complete information

Topics will include:

Application process and timing
Undergrounding process, timing and areas of focus for 2020
Temporary pedestals vs poles
Free dirt
Vegetation management
Safety and 811 reminders

Permit requirements

Building in the WUI

Burned home

The Camp Fire burn are is Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and must comply with the provisions of Calif Building Code chapter 7A and/or Calif Residential Code section R327. This is in addition to local requirements of the Town and by the County.

If you have not been building homes in Paradise, or unincorporated Butte County east of highways 99 or 70, get familiar with WUI. Know what’s required before you finalize building contracts.

WUI Fire areas are identified as Fire Hazard Severity Zone (PRC 4290 through 4204, and Government Code Sections 51175 through 51189, or other areas designated to be at significant risk for fire. The purpose of WUI requirements are to resist the intrusion of flames or burning embers projected by a vegetation fire. “Ignition Resistant Construction.”

Regulations will impact setbacks, street planning for fire truck access, materials, methods, landscaping and more.

See the Contractor Links for more information. Also, use the handy Home Building Checklists prepared by the Town of Paradise and by the County.

Contractor Updates

Dec 16 meeting success!

Over 80 construction professionals were at the December 16 Camp Fire Construction Connection gathering. Thank you all for coming! Here are a few information highlights:

Home Builders

The Building Resiliency Center (BRC) can host your promotional materials. It will be seen by homeowners looking for information on how to rebuild their homes. The BRC will open in January at 6295 Skyway. Until it opens, the Housing Department at the Town Center, 5555 Skyway is serving as the BRC

Please provide no more than 5 copies of your material, ideally with plans, specs and general information in an 8 1/2 x 11 folder. Include your contractors license number!

You can drop them off with Kate Anderson with the Town Housing Department.

12/18 updated to reflect the correct name of the BRC, which is the Building RESILIENCY Center.

RSVP by Monday Dec 23 and Meet the Homeowners Tuesday, January 7

Attention Contractors – the Town of Paradise invites rebuild trades to table immediately following the Community Meeting on Tuesday January 7

This monthly Community Meeting will review the Homeowners’ Checklist for rebuilding. Post-meeting, rebuild partners can connect directly with those who need to rebuild. A terrific free chance to meet directly with new clients!

TO PARTICIPATE: RSVP to Kate Bratten by Monday, Dec 23: click here to RSVP

Permit requirements

Tree Removal and Building Permits

Property owner must enroll by 12/20/2019 in one of the Tree Removal programs in order to get rebuild building permit issued.

At the December 2 Community Meeting, full details of the tree removal program were covered. Damaged trees that can fall on public roads/public right of way must be removed. There will be two programs to assess and remove these trees, a public and private option. Due to the hazard damaged trees pose, this is mandatory.

All that is required for the building permit is that the owner has signed up for one of the programs. The work doesn’t have to be completed in order to get the building permit. Just make sure the owner has signed up for tree assessment and/or removal.

You can hear the complete explanation of the program on the meeting recording. Find it at the Town of Paradise Facebook page.

The building departments have full info too, or check out the websites for ButteCountyRecovers and/or MakeItParadise.