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The following are just a few of frequently asked questions. If you would like more information, please feel free to emailthe Permit Technician, call (707) 647-4581, or visit our office (4381 Broadway, Suite 201 in American Canyon).

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT?
Read 2013 Construction Exempt from Permits. If that does not answer your question or you would like additional information, you can call (707) 647-4581, or visit our office.

HOW DO I GET A BUILDING PERMIT? 
Building permits must be applied for at the Community Development Department offices. If you are applying for a residential building permit, you may print out and complete the Building Permit Application.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A BUILDING INSPECTION?
You can request an inspection by calling the Building Inspection Hotline at (707) 551-4619. You must call before 6:30 am for a same day inspection. Calls received after that time will be scheduled the next business day. To cancel an inspection please call the office at (707) 647-4581.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY PROPERTY? WHAT ZONING DISTRICT IS IT IN? 
The options for land use depend on the zoning district and General Plan land use designation of your property. To find out what your property's zoning is, check the Zoning Map. The City's Zoning Ordinance will detail kinds of uses allowed in that zoning district. Please direct zoning questions to our Assistant Planner.   Please include your property address and/or Assessor's parcel number.

HOW DO I GET A BUSINESS LICENSE?
See the Business License web page.

WHICH BUILDING CODE IS USED BY THE CITY OF AMERICAN CANYON?
California Building Code, 2013 version, with amendments in Chapter 16 of the City of American Canyon Municipal Code.

IN WHICH SEISMIC ZONE IS THE CITY OF AMERICAN CANYON LOCATED?
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WHAT IS THE DESIGN WIND LOAD AND WIND EXPOSURE THAT MUST BE USED FOR STRUCTURES CONSTRUCTED IN THE CITY OF AMERICAN CANYON? 
100 -115 mph is the Basic Wind Speed for American Canyon (depending on the Building Risk Category). Exposure C for all properties west of Highway 29, Exposure B for all properties east of Highway 29. 

WHAT FIRE PROTECTION MEASURES ARE REQUIRED IN NEW CONSTRUCTION?
The American Canyon Fire District requires fire sprinklers in all new residential construction and in all new commercial construction greater than 600 square feet.

WHAT ARE THE INTERIOR FINISH REQUIREMENTS FOR GARAGES?
All walls separating garages from living spaces are required to have 1/2" drywall. All garage ceilings with habitable space above are required to have 5/8" drywall as per the 2013 California Building Code.

IS NMC (ROMEX TYPE WIRE) ALLOWED IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS?
Electrical wiring materials and methods are permitted as specified in the 2013 California Electrical Code without amendment.

IS PLASTIC PIPING (ABS, CPVC, PVC) ALLOWED IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION?
Piping materials are permitted as specified in the 2013 California Plumbing Code without amendment.

 

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