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Building and Safety

The following work does not need a permit:

A block garden and retaining walls may not exceed 6 feet in height. Wall over 4 ft. (measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall) require a permit and structural plans. The city provides a detailed drawing handout for applicants' use. This handout is used in lieu of engineered drawings.

The following is required for a permit for a patio cover or deck: Inspection for a patio cover are: Residential Plan Requirements

Plans Needed for Plan Review Most common permit fees: ... as of January 2010

Building and Safety Hours are 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, closed every Friday. Special appointments can be arranged upon contacting the Building and Safety Department.

A permit is valid for 180 days from the date of issue, and is extended for 180 days with each inspection. Upon request, a one-time 180-day extension may be granted.

The City does allow CPVC and PEX domestic water piping.

Swimming pool guidelines are: Construction Requirements California Building Code chapter 7A for structures located in an area that is of high-risk to a fire (designated as Fire Zone 1 or 2): Building Separation Standard: The northeast portion of the city is near an active fault, the San Andreas fault. Special construction requirements are required through geological review for each site.

The City requires a Fire Sprinkler in all new structures and some additions. Highland also allows the use of a multipurpose fire sprinkler system (MPFSS). Highland is very concerned about fire sprinkler protection for residential structures. We are one of the very few cities in California to allow CPVC or PEX domestic water piping. This alternative piping is extremely inexpensive for installation costs.

MPFSS has new NFPA approval and has been used in Highland for several years. The system has no inspection check valve, pressure valves, exterior alarms, or wiring. The MPFSS is required to have a smoke detector alarm system installed which is a code requirement in most cities and counties in the country.

The MPFSS operates off the main water supply and is typically installed using CPVC fire sprinkler pipe, or its equivalent, which incorporates domestic drinking water approval by NSF. The pipe is installed in a loop throughout the building. Plumbing tees are located in areas where cold water piping is needed The plumbing contractor simply attaches the cold water pipe to the sprinkler pipe. Adaptors for this pipe transition are already available at most pipe supply companies. Fire sprinkler heads are centrally located in the room to be protected.

Fire sprinkler plans are required to be submitted to the fire department for review prior to installations.

This system reduces the cost of the fire protection for the contractors, developers, and homeowners, and still provides life safety protection.

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