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A valid permit to drill, destroy, deepen, or recondition a water well is required in the
County and the three cities. Permits are obtained from the EHD after submission of a
completed application, plot plan, and fees. EHD staff must be present to verify proper
placement of the annular seal around the well casing. Annular seals are usually placed
around the top 20 feet of casing but may on occasion be placed just a few feet or as much
as several hundred feet deep when required by local conditions.
Section 13750.5 of the California Water Code requires that any person digging, boring,
drilling, deepening, reconditioning, or destroying a water well, cathodic protection well
or monitoring well possess a C-57 Water Well Contractors License. A well permit must
clearly identify the driller and C-57 contractor's license number.
WATER SUPPLY WAIVER
Clearance is required on water supply potability before occupancy of any parcel when
building a home, installing or replacing a mobile home when the current property owner is
not listed on the original well permit, or developing a spring/creek as a water supply.
PERMIT AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCESS IN SHASTA COUNTY
IMPORTANT STEPS IN DESCRIBING YOUR PROJECT:
Before contacting any division within the Department of Resource Management, it would be
helpful for the applicant to be able to explain exactly the nature of his/her development
request. Whether it is a request to add a bedroom onto an existing dwelling or a proposal
to subdivide a parcel of land into two or more lots or drill a new water well, it is
important to come to the Department's Central Permit Counter with a clear understanding of
the nature of the proposed project.
Some helpful hints as to how this can be accomplished are described below:
Furnish the correct and current Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) for the property on which
the project will take place. Usually this number can be obtained from your most recent tax
statement prepared by the Assessor's Office or at the Permit Counter.
Provide the correct and current address of the project site. Also, be sure to include your
telephone number and current mailing address including the zip code.
Provide an accurate drawing or a free-hand drawing of the type of project you are
contemplating. (see plot map form in required
forms and documents) This will give the County staff some idea of what your
request is and how the most effective service can be provided to assist you. Please check
to make sure that you have the appropriate copies of your application and related materials as requested on the application
form. This is also true of information from other agencies that will be needed to properly
review your request.
Provide accurate dimensions of the project site. Usually this information can be obtained
if you can get a copy of the latest Assessor's Parcel Map page from the Assessor 's Office
located in the County Courthouse. This same information can also be obtained from the
property deed describing your property.
WHERE TO APPLY:
To get started in contacting the right County department to ask general questions and
setting appointments regarding your project, the Permit Counter personnel should be
contacted. Additionally, the following suggestions are offered:
The Environmental Health Division should be contacted if you will need:
- A permit to drill a new well or to have water from an existing well
tested or to create and/or modify an existing private or public water system.
- A permit to install or repair a septic tank and/or drainfield system.
Testing to be done for a proposed location for a new or replacement septic system.
- A permit for the storage and/or transport of hazardous materials.
- A permit for the establishment and/or the enlargement of a business
preparing or serving food and drinks.
- A permit for the use of public or semi-public swimming pools.
HOW TO APPLY:
Before attempting to submit a project application, it is strongly recommended that the
applicant call the Permit Counter. Usually a phone call or visit to the Permit Counter or
one of the above offices will result in obtaining answers to general questions on
procedures for filing an application.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST:
This is always an important question to consider when deciding to submit an application or
when deciding on a particular project. County staff is always available to answer
questions on the various costs of permits for a variety of project applications.
Applicants are encouraged to call or visit with representatives of the County staff before
starting a project. Often one or more steps in the development of a project can be altered
which might result in a considerable cost saving to the applicant. County staff has a
complete list of application fees and costs and these can be obtained, free of charge, by
mail or in person by contacting the appropriate department or agency. Applicants are
encouraged to ask as many questions as they feel are necessary to ensure that once an
application is submitted, their request will be processed as quickly as possible without
major complications or significant delays.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE:
For routine development applications associated with each division which do not require a
public hearing or an environmental review, the actual review and approval process can
range from several days several weeks depending on the complexity of the request. For
example, a normal building permit request for an electrical permit to install a new
heating device should, under most circumstances, only require several days to issue. On
the other hand if the request is for a building permit for a large commercial or
industrial project, issuance of a final permit may take several weeks from time of permit
submittal to final approval. In a number of cases, the response by the applicant in
providing agencies with additional information and/or revisions to original plan documents
can also influence how quickly an application is processed.
Most permits issued by the Air Quality Management District and the Environmental Health
Division follow a similar permit processing review pattern and time frame.
Division staff can generally provide a realistic estimate regarding the length of time
normally associated with review and approval of most applications.
WHO WILL REVIEW MY APPLICATION:
For routine building, zoning, administrative, and environmental health permits, agency
staff responsible for processing such applications generally are the only personnel that
review such proposals. The Permit Counter is the permit application center. As a result,
the convenience and efficiency with which most routine permits are processed by staff at
this counter is a genuine benefit to individuals where the need to have applications
processed quickly is important.
FINAL APPROVAL OF YOUR APPLICATION:
As previously explained, many applications are reviewed and approved by the Permit Counter
staff associated with one or more of the four Divisions in the Department of Resource
Management. Staff is often able to approve applications and issue the necessary permits
for minor projects within a matter of days. This time frame varies within each Division
depending on the nature of the specific application.
It is important to remember that in the event there are questions regarding the status of
an application, persons are encouraged to contact the respective Divisions for a current
update. Fax response for each Division is now possible and persons are encouraged to take
advantage of this timesaving communication medium.