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Nevada County building department discusses tiny house regulations

There has been a lot of discussion and advertising recently from multiple sources in the state and county in regards to “tiny houses.” The tiny-house movement is a description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. The minimum state and/or federal standards that need to be met are determined by the type and use of these structures.

There are several categories and types of structures throughout the “tiny house” community.

First are the recreational vehicles and/or park model recreational vehicles that are not permitted in California as places of permanent habitation.

Second, manufactured housing or factory-built housing that is subject to federal standards and construction inspection by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Manufactured or factory-built housing may be approved for permanent habitation if a building permit is obtained and a certificate of occupancy issued for their installation in California. Third, the structure is constructed and inspected by the local jurisdiction and meets all California Building Standards for construction per Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

If the structure is not a recreational vehicle or manufactured/factory-built, the structure shall be constructed to meet minimum California construction standards. These standards would include but are not limited to minimum energy requirements, room dimensions, ceiling heights, sanitation, egress, etc. A building permit must be obtained for these structures prior to constructing or placing them on a property. Contact the Nevada County Building Department to find complete information prior to purchasing.

The building department can be contacted at 530-265-1222 or

Holiday closures

​All county offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veteran’s Day.

CBOAC board of Directors appointment

This past week at the County Building Officials Association of California Annual Business Meeting, Craig Griesbach was appointed to the board of directors. Griesbach has been the director of the Building Department for Nevada County for the past two years. The association was established in 1963 and plays an active role within California’s 58 counties by being involved in legislation and education regarding development in California.

Supervisor, ag commissioner participate in Tree Mortality Working Group

​On Oct. 26, Nevada County Supervisor Nate Beason and Agricultural Commissioner Chris Flores met with state officials and other rural county supervisors at the governor’s office as part of a working group to discuss potential measures to address the rampant decline of California’s conifers and oaks, especially those in the urban/forest interface.

Record drought conditions have led to extreme bark beetle infestations, killing millions of trees. The tree mortality working group was brought together to discuss available resources and existing impediments to removing dead and dying trees.

As a result of the meeting, on Oct. 30, Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency in reference to the severe tree mortality in the state. Information gathered and shared during the Tree Mortality Task Force meeting was instrumental in the creation of the governor’s proclamation. Brown has directed cooperation among state departments to expedite the removal of dead and dying trees and has sought help from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, asking for assistance in mobilizing additional resources to address public lands.

Win tickets to see David Sedaris

​The Center for the Arts has donated two pairs of tickets to the Nevada County Library to see humorist David Sedaris on Nov. 17 at the Grass Valley Veterans Building.

Visit the Grass Valley Library or the Madelyn Helling Library for a chance to enter the raffle. One lucky winner from each branch will win a pair of tickets at drawings held at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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