Thomas Fire Rebuild

City Resources for Homeowners 

Below are City Resources for Homeowners including information needed for the rebuilding process such as design, permitting and review, as well as the residential building permit checklist.

Helping Our Community Rebuild

Residential Building Permit Checklist

Thomas Fire Rebuild Overlay Zone Emergency Ordinance

Required Review Process Documents

The graphic below details the review process as a home is rebuilt. Documents below include information on the pre-submittal review process, residential plan check submittal screening checklist, and the construction permit application.

3 step process

CD 268 Review Process

PreSubmittal Review

BS 640 Thomas Fire Residential Plan Check Checklist

Construction Permit Application Thomas Fire

Temporary Utilities 

Thomas Fire recovery guidelines for setting up temporary utilities at your property. 

BS 643 Temporary Utilities

Re-establishing Water Connection - Guidelines for temporary water service to your residence after Phase I (hazardous debris removal) is complete.

Temporary Meter “On Hydrant” Guidelines (for contractors doing work for residents) - Temporary water service on a hydrant for Construction/Grading or Non Construction/Grading

Building and Safety Standard Sheets 

The documents below provide information on the standard requirements for your new home. These documents include information on the landscaping requirements, green building code requirements, and materials and methods to make your new home more wildfire resistant.

2016 Residential CalGreen Sheet

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance Sheet

BS 642 Chapter 7A Materials & Methods for Wildfire

Thomas Fire -Fine Grading Plan Sheet

Thomas Fire -Electrical Plan Check Guidelines


Permit Paths

Pre-Submittal Review

CC&R Acknowledgement - Fillable

Lidar Waiver - Fillable w/instruction

Temporary RV Housing - Fillable

Temporary On-Site Storage - Fillable

Applicants Guide - Modification

-Submittal Requirements

-Discretionary Planning Permits Application Requirements Detail

-Planning Application - Fillable

-Adjacent Property Owner Acknowledgment Process

-Story Pole Waiver - Fillable

Director's Substantial Consistency Determination

Impacted Swimming Pool Information

Guidelines to ensure your pool is safe to use after the Thomas Fire.

Swimming Pool Impacted by Fire, Smoke and Ash

Avoid Scams

Be aware of unscrupulous contractors

The District Attorney’s Office has a phone line is devoted to handling calls about gouging at 805-662-1728. Callers can share the business name, address and relevant details. 

Helpful websites

Other Information Items 

The documents below provides building material recommendations for homes built in high fire zones.

BS 639 Wildfire Conformance Checklist

BS 641 High Fire Requirements

BS 647 Design Standards

BS 646 Technical Bulletin

BS 645 New Residential Landscape Requirements MWELO

SBDC Disaster Resource Guide

SBDC Disaster Response and Recovery Report

Applicant's Guide Major/Administrative Variance

Applications for the Southern California Wildfire and Flood Fund Grants Phase II are now being accepted. Relief efforts will focus on improving the homes and community spaces directly impacted by the wildfires and mudslides. Eligible categories include home improvement not covered by insurance or public funds, neighborhood improvements, preparedness for future disasters, and more. Qualified nonprofit organizations that have the capacity and experience supporting low-income families and communities in those focus areas should apply.The application can be accessed using the link below.