Homeowner Checklist

We understand many of you have never built a home before.  In normal circumstances, it can be an overwhelming task. To help you navigate the process, we have created a building checklist. It’s designed to keep you organized, on task, and clear on what to anticipate.  With each box you check, it marks progress along your rebuilding journey.

Download, print and let the building begin!


Step 1:
Debris Removal

  • Stage 1: removal of household hazardous waste and removal of fire-related debris

  • Stage 2: Milestones during the cleanup process

    • ROE (Right of Entry)

    • Site Assessment

    • Asbestos

    • Debris Removal 

    • Soil Samplings

    • Erosion Control 

For more information on this completion of steps please:

Step 2:
Pre Design Screening

*Step 1 and 2 can be done at the same time

  • Take advantage of the Town’s FREE Pre-Design Screening service (PDS). PDS provides information and resources to help you submit a complete submittal package and streamline the issuance of your permit. PDS can help you verify your parcel data, setback, zoning requirements, assessor resources, septic/leach line location and more. 

    • Septic System Verification (location of the septic system and leach lines. Approval of the number of bedroom count confirmed for the existing system)

      • Did you know: You don’t have to build the same size dwelling as you once had with the Pre Design Screening, The Building Department can help you find the size of house you are now approved to build on given your Septic System Verification

    • Zoning Verification: Confirm your properties location falls within The Towns residential zones. 

      • If your home falls outside of The Towns residential zones you will be required to apply for Non-conforming status (NCS) 

—-> While you’re completing step 1, 2 

  • Find a contractor 

  • Find a supplier of materials

  • Follow these helpful steps from CSLB

  • Check this document to make sure you have completed all the steps to applying for a building permit:

Step 3:
Submit your application for a building permit

*In order to get to this step you must complete step 1 and 2

 A community development technician will assist you as they verify that all required information is provided for the application intake. They will assist with all permits required during the rebuilding process. 

  • Heads up! An incomplete packet will not be accepted and will require you to come back at a later time with the supplemental information. Please complete the entire packet before applying.

  • YAY! You submitted your plans - that’s a big hurdle in the planning process. NICE WORK! 

Step 4: Suggestions of what you can do to prepare to build at this time

*This step is a suggestion and not a requirement

  • Confirm Contractor with a written contract

  • Only pay 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less as suggestion per CSLB

  • Avoid paying in cash

  • Confirm your supplier of materials with written contracts

  • If working with other neighbors, inform them of your possible timeline to rebuild

  • Enjoy community events, other fire survivor resources, and support groups

  • Have you connected with your Zone Captain? Learn more here

Step 5:
Your building plans are Reviewed and going through the building permit approval process

*Step 5 cannot be completed until step 3 is complete

  • At this time, The Town of Paradise’s Development Services staff will review your plans for compliance with all Local, State, and Federal codes. 

  • Heads up! some requirements, including residential fire sprinklers and truss calculations, may be listed as a deferred submittal and will be reviewed at a later time. However, we encourage complete submittals instead of deferred submittals as deferred submittals may slow down the permitting process.

  • Heads up! There is something called a green-line comments process. Which allows plan examiners to insert conventional or minor comments on the plans to expedite the review process. Some comments may require correction or clarification by the design professional before permits can be issued. Some items will be able to be resolved at the counter or specified on the plan as a deferred submittal. 

  • You’ve done your due diligence and your new home plans now live with The Town’s Building Department pending approval. If you would like to check in on your review process call 530.872.6291 x123.

Step 6:
Building Permit Issuance

*Step 6 cannot happen until step 5 is completed

  • Your building permit has been issued and all required conditions for your project are approved.

  • Additional fees will apply.

  • Begin your rebuild.

Step 7:

During construction, the Town of Paradise’s building inspection staff will require access for various inspections per the State of California Building Code. You can find a list of required inspections below.  These are designed to ensure the structural integrity and safety of your home. During construction, all construction and work must remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes until you have received Town approval. Not complying will delay the completion of your home. 

  • It is the responsibility of you, the property owner or the property owner’s contractor/agent to call for required inspections through each phase of the construction process.  The building inspector will make the requested inspection and will either approve that portion of the construction as completed or issue a notice indicating corrections for that portion of work. The work shall not be covered or concealed until all corrections have been completed and that portion of the work approved.

  • The inspection record card and approved construction plans must be kept on the job site at all times and available for the building inspector. The building inspector will record approved inspections on the field inspection record card.  

*Required inspections:

Required Inspections: The following is a list of required inspections for most building projects. Inspection requests should be grouped into these categories whenever possible. Other/special inspections may also be required to ascertain compliance with the building code. 

    • Utility underground inspection - shall be made when all underground utilities, gas, electric, plumbing, and septic leach lines are complete. These are to remain open to verify proper depth and protection of each utility. 

    • Foundation inspection - This is conducted when footings are excavated, forms, reinforcing steel, hold-downs, and the UFER ground are in place. 

    • Slab inspection - Conducted after all in-slab reinforce, drain/waste plumbing, water lines, mechanical ducts, hydronic systems, and other ancillary equipment items are installed and before any concrete is poured

    • Under-floor framing - Request when there is a raised wood floor over a crawl space or uninhabited area. This is done when all under-floor framing is in place including cripple walls and floor joists. 

    • Under-floor plumbing - No plumbing or drainage system shall be covered or concealed until it has been tested, inspected and approved. All required tests shall be conducted in the presence of the building inspector. 

    • Under-floor mechanical - This inspection includes all rough ductwork. 

    • Under-floor insulation inspection - To be scheduled when insulation is securely fastened in place. 

NOTE: The floor sheathing is not to be installed until the following four under-floor inspections are approved: 

NOTE: The under-floor insulation is not to be installed until inspections listed under number 2 above are approved 

    • Sheeting and shear inspection -Request when shear walls and roof sheeting are complete and when fasteners and hold-downs are in place. 

    • Fire sprinkler inspection - To be requested from the Fire Prevention officer when the fire sprinkler piping is in place. This inspection is only needed if a fire suppression system is being installed or modified. 

    • Close in inspections:

     Heads up! The following inspections are to be scheduled together when possible. 

Keep in mind: Insulation is not to be installed until these inspections have been approved. 

Keep in Mind: The framing will not be signed off until the fire sprinkler inspection has been approved. 

  • Electrical rough inspection - Required when wiring is complete. Boxes must be open for inspection and splices made up in boxes. 

  • Mechanical rough inspection - When ductwork, fireplace, appliance flues, and bathroom vents are in place. 

  • Plumbing rough inspection - When drain, waste, vent and water supply piping is in place. Water and drain piping must have either a water or air pressure test. Gas piping must be pressure tested to 15 pounds per square inch (psi) for 10 minutes. 

  • Frame inspection - To be requested when framing, exterior wall sheathing and electrical, plumbing and mechanical rough work are in place. 

  • Insulation inspection - To be requested when thermal insulation is in place and penetrations in the exterior thermal membrane have been sealed. 

Keep in mind: The interior wall covering materials are not to be installed until after the insulation has been approved. 

  • Sheetrock or interior lath inspection - To be requested when these elements are properly fastened in place, before plastering or joint compound is installed. 

  • Stucco lath (paper & wire) inspection - To be requested when lath is in place before stucco is applied 

  • Final fire sprinkler inspection – all sprinklers and fire apparatus are installed and in working order. 

  • The final inspection: This inspection is to be made after finish grading and the building is completed and ready for occupancy. All fixtures must be installed. 

    • Electrical final inspection - Includes the installation of all fixtures, switches, and receptacles. All of the Electrical systems must be operational at the time of final inspection. 

    • Plumbing final - When all plumbing fixtures are installed and are operational. 

    • Mechanical final inspection - When all connections to fuel lines are made and appliances are operational. 

NOTE: Gas piping test will be required at this time prior to any appliance connections. -- should we add this sooner in the process

CONGRATS and welcome to your new home