If an old structure burns down, can it be rebuilt?

Structures with allowed uses that conform to the standards of the zone classification may be rebuilt with a building permit from the Building Inspection Division. All state and local standards for sewage disposal must also be met when a structure is rebuilt. Structures destroyed by fire must be rebuilt within two years.

Nonconforming structures or uses may also be rebuilt in certain situations. For example, single family homes in commercial zones may be rebuilt with a building permit. However, rebuilding commercial structures in residential zones would only be allowed if the new structure is the same size as the old structure. Minor exceptions may be allowed with a special permit from the Planning Division.

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1. What is an assessor’s parcel number?
2. What is a zoning classification?
3. What development does zoning allow?
4. What is a land use designation?
5. What are building setbacks?
6. What is the minimum parcel size?
7. What permits are required to build, rebuild or remodel a house?
8. Can I place a manufactured home on my property?
9. Are second dwelling units allowed on a property?
10. How tall can a fence be built?
11. Can I remove trees from a property?
12. Are there any easements that affect a property?
13. What is a nonconforming structure or use?
14. If an old structure burns down, can it be rebuilt?
15. Can a house be remodeled if it does not meet the required setbacks?
16. Can a parcel be subdivided?
17. What is the basic process for getting a building permit?
18. What is the basic process for getting a planning permit?
19. What are typical fees for planning permit?
20. How do I get help applying for a planning permit?
21. What is the difference between a principally permitted use and a conditionally permitted use?
22. What is the process for annexing a parcel into a City?
23. Does the County enforce covenants, conditions, or restrictions in subdivisions?
24. What Should I do before I dig?