Many projects require planning department review prior to the building permit application process. In these cases the Town Planning Departments (Ross, San Anselmo and Fairfax) will request Ross Valley Fire Department to review the projects.
The Town will route planning applications to the Ross Valley Fire Department for a courtesy review. The purpose of the fire department review is to advise the applicant, as early as possible, should plans conflict with fire code regulations. An example would be if a fire apparatus accees road is required, the location or design of the structure may need to be altered.
All design plans and correspondences are routed through the Town Planning Department. A complete review is completed during the Building Construction submittal phase.
Planning Review Process Overview
1. Visit your local planning department.
2. Learn the codes and standards that apply to your project.
3. Based on the scope of your project, planning officials will determine if planning review is required.
Projects Ready for Building Department Review
Projects Requiring Fire Department Planning Review
|You are ready to visit your local Building Department.
If the local Planning Department determines that your project requires Fire Department review or involvement in the planning stage, they will route a copy of relevant plans and documents to the Fire Department for review.
Plan review submittals are evaluated for completeness. In determining completeness, fire department personnel will evaluate factors such as available fire flow, fire apparatus access, and vegetative fuels. If additional fire department permits or review is required, this will be noted as a requirement for Building Department conditions of approval.
A $320 fee will apply to all fire department planning reviews.
4. Review Comments and follow instructions to proceed.
- The Planning Department will contact you when both the Building and Fire Departments complete their reviews and comments are ready for distribution.