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Residential: New Single-Story Homes

Dept/Div. Contact:  Building Safety - (209) 577-5232


Description:  Developers who build four or more homes based on one plan, may apply for a Residential Master Plan. Before beginning development in any residential subdivision, there are several steps a developer will need to take to make sure the new home will be in compliance with local regulations regarding land and construction. Once the tentative subdivision map has been approved, 20% or 7 of the lots, whichever is less, may be built. After a subdivision map is recorded, a developer may apply for some or all of the lots in a subdivision.

Examples: You will need to make sure that the lot you are intending to build on is appropriate for a two-storied home based on zoning and other requirements.


Obtain Master Plan Approval

Before applying for the development of an individual home, a developer will need to obtain approval for the Master Plan. Master Plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets minimum life safety requirements.

Where to submit plans:

Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5232

Please provide:

  • 1 Master Plan Review Form
  • 1 Soils Report
  • 2 sets of State Energy Forms
  • 2 sets of complete Building Plans
  • 1 set of Scaled Floor Plans for the County Assessor
  • 2 sets of Structural Calculations

Information/Forms: (#MPA)

NOTE: You may be required to pay a Pre-Plan Check Fee at this time. Staff will inform you of the amount at the time you submit your building plans.

Submit Lot Plans

Once your Master Plan is approved, you will need to submit Building Lot Plans. Building Lot Plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets minimum setback and lot coverage requirements. Multiple Building Lot Plan submittals may be made at one time.

Where to submit plans:

Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5232

What to include:

  • 3 sets of 8.5" x 11" Plot Plans
  • 2 sets of CF-1R and MF-1R
  • 1 Permit Application

Information/Forms: (#MPS)

NOTE: You will be required to pay a Pre-Plan Check Fee for each lot being applied for at this time.

Pay Fees

Once your plans are approved,  you will need to pay for any plan review costs, building permits or other fees that may apply to your project. 

Where to go:

Building Safety
1010 Tenth Street, 3rd Floor [Directions]
(209) 577-5232

Information/Forms: (#MPF)

    Get Permits

    When your plans are approved and your fees have been paid, the Building Safety Division will issue the required permits for your project.

    Schedule Inspections

    Once the work permitted is issued you will need to call and request an inspection before covering up or building over any permitted work. Inspections are required to ensure that all work was completed correctly.

    To schedule an inspection: 

    Visit our Building Inspection page


    After your final inspection, your project will be considered complete.

    Related Forms & Handouts (#MP)

    These documents are provided in PDF Format. You must have a PDF viewer in order to open these documents. Click here for the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.


    Have Questions?

    Contact the Building Safety Division at (209) 577-5232.

    This page was updated on: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 7:12:26 PM


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