Earthquake - Permits/Inspections

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - UPDATED

On August 26, 2014 the City Council passed a Resolution to authorize the City Manager to waive inspection and permit fees for persons who have suffered earthquake damage. This lessens the burden on those who have a loss. The City will also set up a one-stop permit center to make processing as easy as possible. If you need to obtain a building permit for earthquake related damage or non-earthquake related repairs, please review the following helpful information. Click here to learn what to do if you property has been red tagged or yellow tagged for earthquake related damage.

Requesting A Building Permit (Before September 5, 2014)

If you would like to request a building permit on or before September 5, 2014, you may do so by visiting the Community Services Building (CSB) at 1600 First Street. Building permits for both earthquake related damage and non-earthquake related work may be obtained at this location. The inspection and permit fees have  been waived for those individuals who have suffered earthquake damage.

Requesting A Building Permit - Earthquake Damage (After September 5, 2014)

If you would like to request a building permit after September 5, 2014, and your permit is for earthquake related damage, you may do so by visiting the Local Assistance Center at 301 First Street (Silverado Trail & First Street). The inspection and permit fees have been waived for those individuals that have suffered earthquake damage.

Requesting A Building Permit - Non-Earthquake Damage (After September 5, 2014)

If you would like to request a building permit after September 5, 2014, you may do so by visiting the Community Services Building (CSB) at 1600 First Street. Building permits for both earthquake related damage and non-earthquake related work may be obtained at this location. The inspection and permit fees have  been waived for those individuals who have suffered earthquake damage.

Earthquake status report as of 10am Aug 27

Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:20am 

City of Napa CURRENT STATUS 10am Wed Aug 27, 2014
Following the 6.1 earthquake that hit the North Bay at 3:20am Sunday, August 24, the City of Napa declared a local emergency. The City is now in the recovery phase and remains focused on providing for public safety, restoring services, and assessing and repairing damage.

Status as of 10am:

Read more: Earthquake status report as of 10am Aug 27

Earthquake - Licensed Contractors

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD URGES NAPA EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS TO ONLY HIRE LICENSED CONTRACTORS FOR REPAIRS

Safe and Legal Contracting Tips for Property Owners (CSLB)

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is urging residents of Napa Valley and surrounding areas to only hire California-licensed contractors if they experienced damage to their homes, outbuildings, or businesses following the 6.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

Unfortunately, unlicensed people show up after natural disasters and try to take advantage of victims at a vulnerable time. Homeowners need to be cautious about hiring reputable people to repair their property. It only takes a few minutes to check the status of a contractor license on CSLB's website (www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com) or by calling 800-962-1125 Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm or the automated assistance line at 800-321-2752.

Always use CSLB licensed contractors for any job over $500 or more. Licensees have a minimum of four years of journey-level experience in the trade for which they are licensed, and have passed tests related to their craft and California contracting law. CSLB licensees arlso are required to carry workers' compensation insurance for employees to ensure the homeowner is not financially liable in the event of a work-related injury on their property.

CSLB urges everyone to follow these guidelines before hiring a contractor:

  • Don't hire the first contractor who comes along;
  • Don't rush into repairs, no matter how badly they're needed;
  • Hire only licensed contractors and ask to see their license and photo ID;
  • Always check the license number on CSLB's website at www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckThelicenseFirst.com
  • Don't pay more than 10 percent or $1,000 whichever is less, as a down payment. There is an exception for about two dozen licensees; these exceptions are noted on the CSLB's website.
  • Don't pay in cash, and don't let payments get ahead of the work; and
  • Get at least three bids, check references, and get a written contract.

CSLB also reminds residents to make sure their contractor pulls all of the necessary permits and makes sure the required inspection from city or county building departments are conducted for any construction, reconstruction, or installation of air conditioners, heaters, or water heaters.

Southbound off ramp from Hwy 29 at Trancas closed

Wednesday August 27, 2014 9:25am 

The off-ramp at Trancas St/Redwood Road from southbound Hwy 29 will be closed from 9am to 6pm today so crews can perform emergency water lines repairs in the intersection of Solano-Redwood Road. Use Trower Ave to the north or Lincoln Ave to the south to exit southbound Hwy 29. 

Earthquake status report as of 6pm Aug 26

City of Napa CURRENT STATUS 6pm Tue Aug 26, 2014
Following the 6.1 earthquake that hit the North Bay at 3:20am Sunday, August 24, the City of Napa declared a local emergency at 7:59am Sunday. The Governor also declared a state of emergency. The City is now in the recovery phase and remains focused on providing for public safety, restoring services, and assessing damage.

Status as of 6pm:

Read more: Earthquake status report as of 6pm Aug 26