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Building Department

Martin W. Griffin, Chief Building Official

915 8th Street, Suite 123, Marysville, CA 95901

(530)749-5440  Fax: (530)749-5616

e-mail: building@co.yuba.ca.us


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                                                Non-Residential Work Exempt from Permit. Exemptions from permit requirements pursuant to this Section shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this Chapter or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Building permits pursuant to this Chapter shall not be required for the following:

 

                                               1. Fences not over 6 feet high and in conformance with –Yuba County Zoning regulations.

       2. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids.

       3. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio on height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

       4. Outdoor surfacing such as concrete or asphalt concrete associated with an existing non-residential use that is not more that 30 inches above adjacent grade, in conformance with County Codes pertaining to Encroachments on County Roads, Grading, Drainage, and Zoning, not over any basement or story below, not supporting a structure, and is not part of an accessible route.

       5. Finish work such as painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar type work.  However, Design Review Permits may be required by the Planning Department prior to exterior finish work that alters existing colors or surface finishes.

       6. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery that are in conformance with Yuba County Zoning regulations.

       7. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes located on agriculturally zoned parcels that are located at least 30 feet from the property line and permitted structures.

       8. Swings and other playground equipment.

       9. Window awnings supported by the exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

       10. Minor electrical repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.

       11. Radio and television transmitting station: The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions, but do apply to equipment and wiring for a power supply and the installation of towers and antennas.

       12. Any temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.

       13. Portable heating, ventilation, and/or cooling equipment.

       14. Replacement of any minor part of gas or mechanical equipment with a like part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

       15. Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less.

       16. The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent piping, provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this Chapter.

        17. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.

 

                                                Residential Work Exempt from Permit. Exemptions from permit requirements pursuant to this Section shall not occur on a parcel that does not first have a legally established and permitted residence, and shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this Chapter or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.  Building permits pursuant to this Chapter shall not be required for the following:

                                               

       1. One-story detached accessory buildings, meeting the building setback and height requirements contained in this Code, are not located within a FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Area, do not contain plumbing, and are used for storage or other uses ancillary to a legally established residential use, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.  An electrical permit shall be required for any electrical work contained within this exempt building.

       2. Repair and/or replacement of a minor portion (no greater than 25%) of a building’s non-structural, non- electrical, non-plumbing, and non-mechanical elements, with equivalent materials meeting the most current building standards code requirements, including exterior siding, roofing, sheetrock, flooring, insulation, doors, windows, and gutters, provided that no portion of the building, including window and door openings and types, or roof loading, are altered.  For replacement of materials affected by the Energy Code or Green Building Standards Code, completed required forms shall be submitted to the Building Department to be filed on the subject property.

       3. Fences not over 6 feet high and in conformance with –Yuba County Zoning regulations.

       4. Walls constructed of concrete, masonry block or equivalent material that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.

       5. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio on height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

       6. Outdoor surfacing such as concrete or asphalt concrete associated with an existing residential use that is not more that 30 inches above adjacent grade, in conformance with County Codes pertaining to Encroachments on County Roads, Grading, Drainage and Zoning, not over any basement or story below, and not supporting a structure.

       7. Finish work such as painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar type work.

       8. Prefabricated above ground swimming pools less than 24 inches deep with portable filtering equipment utilizing power from an existing ground fault interrupter receptacle.

       9. Swings and other playground equipment.

       10. Window awnings supported by the exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

       11. Decks that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.

       12. Lattice and other common decorative landscape structures without solid roofs such as arbors, trellises or gazebos that are not attached to a building, and are not located within 5 feet of the property line when they exceed 6 feet in height but in no case shall they exceed 10 feet in height.

       13. Replacement of listed electrical devices such as switches, receptacles, breakers, and lights with equivalent listed devices.

       14. Installation of electrical wire, devices, appliances, apparatus or equipment at less than 25 volts and not capable of supplying more than 50 watts of energy.

       15. Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.

       16. Replacement of any minor part of gas or mechanical equipment with a like part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.

       17. Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

       18. Portable heating, ventilation, and cooling units utilizing power from an existing receptacle.

       19. Replacement of steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this Chapter.

       20. Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less.

       21. The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent piping, provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this Chapter.

       22. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.

 

 

 

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