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Yes. A homeowner can pull a permit to make improvements on their own house. You can do your own design and prepare your own plans as long as they show compliance with all the applicable codes for structural, energy, fire prevention, and life/safety items. You will be responsible for these items. Liability prevents the City from designing your project for you.
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View our Work that Requires a Permit page for more information.
Learn more about this on the Necessary Repairs / Improvements at Time of Sale page.
It is recommended in most cases to use the services of a qualified professional. Licensed individuals must be bonded and provide their own workers compensation and liability insurance. This could potentially be a burden for a homeowner not normally covered for these types of exposure. It is recommended that you contact your insurance agent and review your coverage before taking on a project. See the Contractor page for more details.
The control the Building Division has over contractors is limited at best; generally it begins and ends with activity on an active permit. A disciplinary action against licensed contractors after a job is complete is administered by the Contractors State Licensing Board 800-321-2752. See the Contractor page for more details.
Disputes between neighbors are generally considered a civil matter that is decided in the courts. If work is being done without a permit, or a dangerous condition is being created, the Building Division has the authority to issue a stop work order. Conflicts with local zoning ordinances are resolved by the City Code Enforcement Officer. Contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 530-661-5820.
View sample fee Tables.
See forms page for general examples of large projects. Contact the Building Division for specifics on your project.
Plan review is valid for a period of one year. Contact the Planning Division for information of time extensions for projects reviewed by the Planning Commission.
Permits are valid for a period of 180 days from time of permit issuance. They may be extend once for an additional 180 days by contacting the Building Division.
The City of Woodland uses the following codes:
It should be noted that these model codes are amended by the State of California and the City of Woodland to include various additional requirements. Standard code questions can be answered by Building Division staff; however, more complex design issues should be referred to a design professional such as an architect or engineer.
Yes. Shake or any wood products roofing material shall be Class B or better. Treated shakes may be used for reroofing an existing home when installed as a Class B fire rated roofing assembly. Only one additional roof can be placed on an existing roof.
Yes. The maximum height of any fence is 6 feet or 8 feet with a permit. Fences located within the front yard of a residence (first 20 feet measured from behind the sidewalk) have a maximum height of 3 feet 6 inches (42 inches). Fences located on the side yard of a corner lot are required to be 5 feet behind the sidewalk. Contact the Planning Division for specific details at 530-661-5820.