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Demolition Inspection Procedures

When a permit is obtained authorizing the demolition of a structure, or when a condition of a building permit requires that an existing structure be demolished, the following shall be verified by inspection:

  • All portions of the structure, including the foundation, shall be removed.
  • All debris shall be removed from the lot and no debris from the demolished structure shall be visible on nearby property.
  • If a septic tank exists on the parcel, the lid shall be removed, the bottom punctured, and the tank filled with sand, earth, concrete or other approved material.
  • The land shall be graded to a consistent grade, which provides adequate drainage
  • No debris shall be buried.
  • No debris shall be burned.
  • If connection to a public sewer exists, the building sewer shall be plugged or capped in an approved manner within 5 feet of the property line.
  • The lot shall be reseeded and other measures taken as necessary to prevent erosion.
EXCEPTION: The following exceptions to the above are permitted:
  • Lumber or other materials to be reused may be neatly stacked on the site when approved in writing by the Building Official.
  • The foundation may remain when approved in writing by the Building Official.
  • The septic tank may remain in a usable condition when approved in writing by the Building Official.
  • Debris may be buried when approved in writing by the Building Official.
  • The Building Official may grant other exceptions to the above in writing based upon practical difficulties, as authorized in Chapter 1 of the California Building Code.

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