The following are just a few of frequently asked questions. If you would like more information, please feel free to email the Permit Technician, call (707) 647-4581, or visit our office (4381 Broadway, Suite 201 in American Canyon).
IN WHICH SEISMIC ZONE IS THE CITY OF AMERICAN CANYON LOCATED?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
WHICH BUILDING CODE IS USED BY THE CITY OF AMERICAN CANYON?
California Building Standards Codes, 2016 version, with amendments in Chapter 16 of the City of American Canyon Municipal Code.