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For Adult Services call (530) 265-1437 and ask to speak to the Access therapist. Access therapists are available by phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, except on holidays. If a person is not available, you may leave a message and they will return the call usually by the end of the day, or the following business day.
For Children's Services call (530) 470-2736 and ask to speak with the Access therapist. The therapist will talk to you immediately or will return your phone call soon. The therapist will ask you to briefly describe the problem. The therapist may make an appointment for you to come into the office and talk.
We have offices in Grass Valley and an office in Truckee. Visit our Adult Behavioral Health Services Locations and Hours page for more details. Children’s Behavioral Health Locations and Hours.
Yes, we have therapists who are Spanish speaking. Contact us at 530-265-1437.
We take Medi-Cal, Medi-Care and some types of other insurance. If you do not have insurance we have a sliding scale. See our page on Payment of Services.
See our Alcohol and Drug Services page for more information.
We work with children and teens who are using drugs and alcohol, it is important that the youth's family is also involved in the treatment. We frequently contract with other agencies in town, Community Recovery Resources and Common Goals. Parents and family members can also call Community Recovery Resources directly. To contact us, call our main line at 530-265-1437 and we can offer further information.
You will talk with a therapist privately about your concerns. The therapist will ask you some questions about you and your child's personal history and about your family. The therapist and you will complete some paperwork. If you brought the child to your first appointment, the therapist will meet with you and the child and then the child alone. Additional appointments are scheduled if needed.
We treat children from infancy to age 19 at the Children's System of Care. We treat very young children by helping parents with parenting skills. Children ages 3 to 7 are often treated with play therapy. We treat children until the age of 19. At the age of 19, you will be referred to Adult Behavioral Health.
For Adults contact the information the main number at 530-265-1437, or call toll free at 888-801-1437. The Access therapist will review the process with you.
If you believe that your child needs medication to get better. Call the Children's Access therapist at 530-470-2736. The therapist will have you come into the office and meet a few times and then connect you with our Child Psychiatrist.
The Transit System has Scheduled Routes to Nevada County Behavioral Health sites in Grass Valley. Contact the Transit Service department at 530-477-0103 or 888-660-7433.
By law, your mental health services and records will be handled with confidentiality. If you have concerns regarding confidentiality, contact us at 530-265-1437.
Yes. All producers have the right to sell their unprocessed products from the point of production, ie their farm, directly to wholesale or retail outlets, ie restaurants, schools, hospitals, etc. If this isn’t feasible, you can apply for permits to establish a field or farm stand with the Planning Department and Environmental Health.
You must the provide the buyer a record of Proof of Ownership and transport the produce in a box with all required markings, including the identity of the product, the responsible party (name and address of the farm, including zip code) and the quantity (either by measure or count). Boxes may be reused, but all previous markings, including trade marks and brand names, must be completely obliterated or covered up.
Proof of Ownership and Container Labeling Requirements Handout
There isn’t any farm registry, however, certain types of products or selling in certain places may have additional requirements. Chicken eggs, nursery stock, marketing your products as organic, setting up a produce stand or selling at a farmers market all require separate types of registrations and certifications.
You can trademark your farm or ranch name with the CA Secretary of State, under their Trademarks and Service Marks program, using Form TM/FN 103, for a $10 fee.
Not until you have met all of the requirements and registered with California’s State Organic Program. Using the term "organic" without completing the organic registration process is infringement, and violation of California state law.
Chicken eggs require that you become a registered egg handler with the California Department of Food and Ag’s (CDFA) Egg Program. The program also sells a manual that describes all of the laws and reviews the labeling requirements.
You’ll need to complete a certified producer’s certificate with the county ag office. The certificate is an annual fee of $65 and includes a brief inspection of your growing grounds to verify you are growing what you claim on the certificate. Information and the forms can be found here.
All processed foods require a permit from Environmental Health.
All commercial devices should have a round paper seal showing the date it was tested by our department. If it does not have a seal, call our department.
Only scales that have been approved for commercial use (type approved) and sealed by the department may be used for a commercial transaction. A licensed service agent may place a device into service before our inspectors conduct their tests
Tare, or tare weight, is the weight of a bag, soaker, ice, packaging, wrapping, box, bin, pallet, truck, or any material not considered product or part of the net weight. Tare weight plus net weight equals gross weight. Selling by gross weight or measure is a misdemeanor (Business & Professions Code 12023).
Investigation of consumer complaints is a high priority in our department. All complaints are assigned to an inspector and investigated as quickly as possible. When a complaint is outside our jurisdiction, we direct the consumer to the appropriate agency.
A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet, and cannot be delivered as one load in a regular pick-up truck. The wood must be neatly stacked before it can be measured to confirm you have received the full amount.
Ask for the seller to stack the wood (there may be a small fee for this), or to wait while you stack it, before paying the seller. Ask for an invoice with the seller’s name, address and phone number, the number or portions of cord(s) delivered, the date and the amount. Pay once you are satisfied that you have received the agreed upon amount.
If you think you were shorted after the seller is gone, neatly stack the wood, and call our department to investigate. DO NOT BURN ANY OF THE WOOD UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED. It can be helpful to take a picture of the stacked wood as soon as it has been stacked.
Gas stations are inspected every year. Gas stations that do not pass an initial inspection are placed on an increased frequency of inspection. Increased frequency of inspection can be every six months depending on the number of meters that failed on the first visit. All visits are unannounced to verify the business practices being inspected are representative of standard operating procedure.
We check the quality of fuel at every station in the county. Each tank is tested for the presence of water. Samples of fuel are sent to the Division of Measurement Standards
Petroleum Lab for octane and quality analysis. Petroleum and automotive products must meet SAE and ASTM Standards.
Any meter or other commercial device found out of tolerance, or is overcharging the customer, is placed out of order (red tagged) until repaired by a certified device
repairman. After the device has been repaired, we recheck it to verify that it is in compliance.
We only inspect electric, vapor (gas), and water meters that utility companies do not. An example of these meters is a mobile home park in which there is a master meter and an individual submeter at each mobile home. We test the submeters and a utility company (such as PG&E) tests the master meter. We test these submeters every ten years.
We have original jurisdiction over sub-metered installations; where a landlord is master metered by a utility and has individually metered apartments, mobile home spaces or business locations. Each unit must be individually metered if there are separate charges for gas, electricity, or water.
The Public Utilities Commission requires that all information and charges that appear on a customer's bill follow the format of the serving utility:
While many of our services are free, many are also fee-based. Please check our current fee schedule on the website for details.
Call Nevada County Environmental Health, 530-265-1500 for availability and give away schedule.
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, 530-477-5774.
See the Ag Dept’s webpage on Wildlife Services and Information.
The Nevada County Agriculture Department can identify a tick to determine if it is the specie that can carry Lyme's disease. Carefully extract the tick, including the head, and place in a ziploc bag with a moist cotton ball. Partial ticks are difficult to id with any certainty.
The Placer County Public Health Laboratory can test ticks for Lyme disease. To test a tick, please contact the Placer County Laboratory at (530) 889-7205.
The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will man the "Honeybee Hotline" where the public can report incidents of honeybee swarms. People sighting a swarm of honeybees may call the hotline at 530-675-2924 for a qualified beekeeper to retrieve and remove the swarm. Note this service is ONLY for HONEYBEES and DOES NOT include yellow jackets, bumblebees, hornets, or wasps.
To call the Honeybee Hotline, dial 530-675-2924 and leave a message if necessary. If there is no response within four hours the alternate number is 530-265-3756.
Most agricultural smells and noises are generally considered “normal” operating practices. The County of Nevada has adopted a “Right to Farm” ordinance that states, “normal agricultural operations
will not be considered a nuisance”. We recommend initiating a dialogue with the producer you are concerned with. Most producers are willing to explain their practices and make efforts to reduce the
effects of their activities on their neighbors.
You may not need to file a formal appeal if you talk with staff from your County Assessor’s office first 530-265-1232 or file an informal appeal with the Assessor’s office. They can explain your property’s assessed value, answer any questions you may have about the assessment, and review any additional, pertinent information you may provide. If the Assessor’s staff discovers an error, they may be able to reduce your property’s assessed value to correct that error, and you may not need to file an appeal.
If, however, you and the County Assessor cannot reach an agreement, you can usually appeal your assessment to the Assessment Appeals Board in the County where your property is located. You must file an “Application for Changed Assessment” and your application must be filed on a timely basis. Decline in value appeals must be filed during the regular assessment filing period July 2 through November 30, based on the market value of your property as of January 1 of the year in which you are filing.
Your property may have been reassessed because of a change in ownership or completion of new construction (Supplemental). You must file an “Application for Changed Assessment” within 60 days of the mailing of the supplemental notice.
Applications are in the Clerk of the Board’s office or you may apply online. The term of office for members is three years and one year for alternate members.
The applicant must meet one of the following requirements:
A change in ownership or new construction completion which occurs between January 1 and May 31 results in two supplemental assessments and two supplemental tax bills. The first supplemental bill is for the remainder of the fiscal year in which the event occurred. The second supplemental bill is for the subsequent fiscal year.
Notices of Assessed Value Change are mailed to property owners before supplemental tax bills are issued. Remember that supplemental tax bills are in addition to the regular annual tax bills. Supplemental bills go directly to the property owner and not to an impound account - where one might exist.
This is a question for the Planning Department, the Assessor's Office does not deal with zoning.
Housing First is an approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements. Supportive services are offered to maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness as opposed to addressing predetermined treatment goals prior to permanent housing entry.
The Point in Time Count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens, and a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year. Beginning in 2016, Nevada County’s Continuum of Care has opted to perform an annual Point in Time count of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons.
A Continuum of Care (CoC) is a local or regional body made up of local stakeholders who are committed to ending homelessness. Nevada County and Placer County participate in a regional Continuum of Care, which is coordinated by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras (HRCS).
Nevada County Coordinating Council (NCCC): The NCCC is a subcommittee within the CoC that specifically discusses matters pertaining to Nevada County.
Placer Consortium on Homelessness (PCOH): The PCOH is a subcommittee within the CoC that specifically discusses matters pertaining to Placer County.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a chronically homeless person or family as an individual or family that:
“(i) is homeless and lives or resides in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter;
(ii) has been homeless and living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter continuously for at least 1 year or on at least 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years; and
(iii) has an adult head of household (or a minor head of household if no adult is present in the household) with a diagnosable substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability (as defined in section 15002 of this title), post traumatic stress disorder, cognitive impairments resulting from a brain injury, or chronic physical illness or disability, including the co-occurrence of 2 or more of those conditions”
Permanent supportive housing refers to long-term, low-barrier, affordable housing with supportive services that enable special needs populations to live as independently as possible in a permanent setting.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines “homeless” in four categories:
However, the HUD definition of homeless fails to capture individuals and families who are “doubling up” or “couch-surfing”.
Rapid re-housing rapidly connects families and individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing through tools such as time-limited financial assistance and targeted supportive services.
In 2000, the National Alliance to End Homelessness put out a call to end homelessness in ten years, providing a blueprint with key strategies. In 2001, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) formally reinforced this challenge, and in 2002, all communities seeking HUD funding through the McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care grant application process were strongly encouraged to develop a Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.
The Coordinated Entry System (CES) is a streamlined and standardized referral process to community resources for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. Nevada County’s CES includes a vulnerability index, which ensures that those with the greatest needs receive priority for any type of available housing and homeless assistance.
HMIS is a software application that records characteristics, needs, and service provisions to individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
Emergency shelter is a facility with overnight sleeping accommodations, the primary purpose of which is to provide temporary shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
The HEARTH Act of 2009 amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, resulting in updates including the definition of homeless and chronically homeless.
The McKinney-Vento Act, first enacted in 1987, is a major federal legislative response to homelessness, creating several valuable programs including protections for youth experiencing homelessness within the education system.
HUD defines affordable housing as housing for which the occupant(s) pay less than 30 percent of their income for gross housing costs, including utilities.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program, formally known as Section 8, is a federal HUD program that assists low-income individuals with affording decent housing in the private market. Housing Choice Vouchers are locally administered by the Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties. Participants will pay no more than 40% of their adjusted monthly income towards rent, with a housing subsidy paid to the landlord for the remainder of the rent. Visit the Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties’ website for more information about Housing Choice Voucher applicants and becoming a participating landlord.
We are located on the bottom floor of the Eric Rood Administration Center.
The Nevada County Community Development Agency customer service counter is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Building Department will be continuing to provide services through email, phone, and online services. Visit our Citizen Access Portal to apply for permits online, submit plans digitally, schedule inspections, and much more. You may also use our drop/pick-up boxes located outside the CDA main double doors in the main lobby area. We will be continuing to conduct field inspections during this time and ask that all non-essential inspections not to be scheduled until a later date. If you have any questions and/or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at BuildingDept@co.nevada.ca.us or 530-265-1222, Option 1. Thank you and be safe!
Our permit fees vary depending on types of structures or permitted work. For more information review the fee estimate handouts for Eastern Nevada County and Western Nevada County. You can also contact us for a fee estimate by providing the square footage and type of structure. Our phone number is 530-265-1222 or you can email us.
New residences are reviewed in approximately 4 weeks. Most other projects are reviewed in 10 days to 4 weeks depending on size and type of structure or the scope of work to be completed.
Per Section L-V 2.4, Land Use and Development Code, Work Exempt from a Permit: One-story detached accessory building without electrical, mechanical or plumbing not intended for habitation provided the projected roof area does not exceed 200 square feet. Meet setbacks, one structure per parcel. Once you add utilities to this structure, the exemption is removed and it will need to be permitted.
You can check the status of your plan review 24 hours a day on our Citizen Access Portal. You can view the permit information under Building by using the drop down to permit status. Review the Check the Status of your Permit handout for more information.
You can use the GIS mapping tool, My Neighborhood Interactive map, where you can search for your property. This useful tool will provide ground snow load, wind exposure, climate zone, elevation, zoning and other helpful facts.
You can access our online Citizen Access Portal to set up an inspection, find out your inspection time window and view the results of your inspection. See the Inspection Scheduling page for more details.
You can call the Building Department at 530-265-1222 to set up an appointment to meet with your inspector or plans examiner.
The 2019 California Building Standards are in effect as of January 1, 2020. See the Design Criteria page for details.
Detached garages, additions, remodels and other simple projects will be completed within 2 weeks. New residential construction and commercial project will be completed within 4 weeks.
Anyone may refer a child to California Children Services (CSS) - Community Health/school nurses, other agencies, or the family itself to determine if the child has an approved CCS medically eligible condition. Most children are referred by the family physician, specialist or hospital. The physician or hospital can supply important medical information necessary in making the CCS medical eligibility determination and may also participate in the child's CCS treatment program. Contact us at 530-265-1450 for any further questions.
You should apply for the California Children Services (CSS) program at your local CCS office in the county where you reside. This office should be contacted for assistance as requests for CCS coverage must be made on or before the day services are rendered, except for emergencies. Your county CCS office can tell you if your child may be eligible for the CCS program. CCS eligibility must be determined before services can be covered by CCS.
The County CCS office or the appropriate State Regional Office will consider your child's medical condition as well as the family's residential and financial status to determine CCS eligibility. This is accomplished by completing the necessary application forms and providing the required documentation. Based on this information and completed paperwork the CCS program will approve or deny your application. If your application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. For further questions, call us at 530-265-1450.
Your child can be eligible for the California Children Services (CSS) program even though you have private health insurance coverage. If your child is a CCS applicant/client and has individual or group private health insurance coverage, you must report it to the county CCS office and to the child's health care provider. Private health insurance entitlement is used to help reduce CCS program costs.
Children who are Medi-Cal eligible and have approved California Children Services (CSS) medical condition are usually eligible for CCS case management and other services not covered by Medi-Cal. This assures that all California children with complex, disabling conditions will receive appropriate specialized care.
Some families may be required to pay an annual assessment fee and / or annual enrollment fee. These fees are used to help cover the cost of treatment, processing applications, telephoning hospitals, physicians and other caregivers, mailing authorizations to these caregivers, and coordinating care with other agencies. All of these services are provided by the California Children Services program to ensure that clients receive the best care possible from physicians and specialists who provide medical care to children. The annual assessment fee is $20 and the annual enrollment fee is calculated based on family and income size. contact us at 530-265-1450 for further questions.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which became law in 1970, reigns as the broadest environmental protection law in California. CEQA is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the potentially significant environmental impacts of a project and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.
The basic purposes of CEQA are to:
Most proposals for development will require the applicant to undergo at least some environmental review in compliance with CEQA. CEQA is required for projects that will have a substantial impact on the community. However, even small-size projects must follow the CEQA process, especially if they have adverse impacts on the environment.
The Act focuses on the project applicant bearing the burden of the cost as the community assesses the project. In short, the public does not pay for this process. CEQA requires the governing agency to review the project in its totality, not one-off smaller pieces. This ensures the broadest impact is weighed and measured throughout this process.
Under CEQA governing bodies will undergo some form of environmental review in the form of an Initial Study. The governing body or lead agency must determine if the proposed project will have a limited impact on the environment or a large impact. In the case of limited impact, a negative declaration is made. However, on larger impact projects, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) must be prepared.
To follow CEQA guidelines, many documents must be generated. These documents include technical information about the project, the environment, traffic, air quality, aesthetics, etc. These documents also focus on applicable environmental laws and plans and how the impacts of said project can be reduced to a less than significant level.
A project is a proposal (or any part of a proposal) requiring discretionary approval, which may result in physical changes to the environment. The CEQA Guidelines provide a clear definition of a project (Governor’s Office of Planning and Research). Some examples of projects are applications to change adopted plans (i.e. General Plan Amendments), road widening projects, use permit requests, and subdivisions of property. The term "project" refers to the activity that causes the environmental impact.
CEQA only applies to projects that require discretionary approval by a government agency. A discretionary approval requires the use of judgment on the part of the approver. For example, if you want to change the zoning on your property to subdivide the property for a housing development, a discretionary action would need to be taken by the Board of Supervisors. This simply means that the Board of Supervisors has a choice to either approve or disapprove your request.
CEQA also applies to ministerial (non-discretionary) projects, however may qualify for an exemption as allowed by CEQA. A project requiring only ministerial approval simply involves a comparison of a project with specific standards or checklists and checking for compliance. For example, a County Building Department may check your house plans against electric and plumbing standards to make sure that the plan complies with adopted safety and sanitary regulations. Generally, the issuance of a building permit consistent with zoning and other land-use regulations is a ministerial action.
The CEQA Guidelines outline certain types of projects that are not expected to impact the environment to be exempt from environmental review requirements. Some examples of exempt classes of projects, known as Categorical Exemptions, are:
There are other exemptions under CEQA known as Statutory Exemptions. These are projects exempt from CEQA as determined by the State Legislature. For example, a project for restriping streets or highways to relieve traffic congestion or the installation of a new pipeline or the maintenance, or restoration of an existing pipeline as long as the project does not exceed one mile in length.
General Rule Exemptions are sometimes applied to proposals that are clearly not expected to impact the environment but do not fit into any of the specified exemptions categories of CEQA.
Even if a project is listed as an exempt class, it will be subject to environmental review if the lead agency determines that special circumstances exist that could result in an environmental impact. For example, a small parcel split that may otherwise be a candidate for an Exemption happens to be in the floodplain, contains special habitat, has a historic building, or other special characteristics that would trigger the need for environmental review. A project proposed on such a parcel is not likely to qualify for an exemption.
An Initial Study is a preliminary analysis of a project intended to:
An Initial Study is used to make a determination if potentially significant impacts would occur. If there are significant impacts, the Initial Study identifies mitigation measures to reduce impacts to less than significant levels. In Nevada County, an Initial Study consists of a written report that addresses such issues as land use, access/circulation, traffic generation, drainage, air quality, noise, biological resources, impacts to trees, cultural resources, provision of public services, etc. An Initial Study Checklist is part of the staff report and provides a summary of potential environmental impacts in each area analyzed.
The term “Significant Impact" means substantial damage to the physical environment. Harmful changes to land, water, air, biological resources, wildlife, mineral resources, noise levels, and cultural resources are examples of physical impacts which are to be avoided whenever possible. Projects that substantially pollute the water supply, use prime farmland for nonagricultural purposes, cause substantial flooding, erosion, or affect rare and endangered species generally result in significant adverse impacts upon the environment. In some cases, generally accepted or adopted thresholds of significance are used.
If thresholds are exceeded, a determination of significant impact is made. Independent judgment and local circumstances also come into play in deciding whether a project may have the potential to cause substantial environmental harm. During the evaluation process, impacts will be assessed and quantified so that scientifically based findings of significant impact can be accurately reported. Sometimes, significant impacts are identified which can be eliminated or significantly reduced using various mitigation measures.
A mitigation measure is a requirement that is placed on a project to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts that will be caused by building the project. For example, if a development causes the removal of native oaks trees, there may be a requirement to redesign the project to save more trees as well as a requirement to replace those trees that could not be saved. Another example of a mitigation measure is to build a sound wall between a housing project and a noisy street to reduce traffic noise impacts.
The terms Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration are sometimes misunderstood. A Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration is simply a statement that a project will not create significant environmental harm, or that environmental impact has been mitigated to a less than significant level. A Negative Declaration (ND) or Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is issued after an Initial Study has been prepared. It is a "positive" outcome for the project. If a project is approved with the use of a Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration, a Notice of Determination will be filed at the County Clerk’s Office stating that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment.
When an Initial Study indicates that a project has the potential to "significantly" impact the environment, CEQA requires that an EIR be prepared. An EIR is an informational document to be used by the decision-makers when making a decision about a project. CEQA does not require technical perfection in an EIR, but rather adequacy, completeness, and a good faith effort at full disclosure. In an EIR, significant environmental impacts (also called effects) are identified; methods (mitigation measures) for reducing or avoiding impacts are identified, and project alternatives are developed which seek to reduce or avoid environmental impacts.
Once the Final EIR (or MND in the case of a Mitigated Negative Declaration) is finished, the project planner can prepare the staff report for the hearing body/bodies. The environmental document only presents the results of an objective review based on facts. The staff report is the document that contains extensive staff analysis on the merits of the project and the recommendation as to whether a project should be approved or denied. The recommendation is based in part on the findings of the environmental review It also takes into account other considerations such as recommendations from an advisory commission such as the Agricultural Advisory Commission or the Nevada County Airport Land Use Commission. Also, the staff report ties in recommendations or findings from the General plan such as land use compatibility and consistency with established land-use policies. The actual decision to approve or deny a project rests with one or more of the following hearing bodies: Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Nevada County Planning Commission, or the Zoning Administrator.
Once all the information is generated and reviewed, the lead agency must make the final decision to permit the project. Nevada County has adopted procedures that require a public hearing for all environmental documents (Environmental Impact Report, Negative Declaration, and Mitigated Negative Declaration) to provide an opportunity for written or oral comments by interested parties. During the public hearing, the County’s Planning Commission and/or Board of Supervisors accept public testimony on the environmental document, as well as the project itself. While many projects go through the CEQA process without issue. Once the lead agency gives its final determination, anyone who objects or is adversely impacted can challenge the project’s approval. This action may further develop the project, bring additional mitigation or adaptation measures to the project.
The heart of CEQA is public disclosure. Public review is considered one of the most important parts of the CEQA process and is required under CEQA.
View requirements from Cal Recycle to become a certified used oil collection center in Nevada County.
Learn about mandatory commercial organics recycling including food waste and green waste.
Visit the following links for more information on general waste and recycling
You can find all current County codes on County Counsel's webpage under County Codes. The code regarding cannabis cultivation falls under Title 2: General Code, Chapter 4: General Regulations, Article 5: Marijuana Cultivation.
The most current draft long-term cannabis cultivation ordinance can be found here. The original draft that was presented at the May 1, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, along with its associated documents, is located on the Event Documents page.
Both our calendar page and Press Releases page have documents related to the formation of the CAG and the process thus far, including meeting videos. For a overview, you can look at our document What Is and Why the CAG (plus background) (PDF) document.
You can view material online, call the Community Development Agency (CDA) at 530-265-1222, email ComDevAgency@co.nevada.ca.us, or visit the CDA office at 950 Maidu Ave. Suite 170, Nevada City, CA 95959.
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Call the Nevada County Community Development Agency (CDA) at 530-265-1222 or visit our office at 950 Maidu Ave. Suite 170, Nevada City, CA 95959.
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The permit application and associated documents will be reviewed within two weeks of application submittal. The project will either be approved for issuance, or project plan review comments will be issued. The applicant would then address the review comments and resubmit.
You can check your project review status online by visiting https://permits.mynevadacounty.com/citizenaccess/, clicking on the “Cannabis” tab and searching your project review number. This is searchable by project number, address or parcel number.
Parcels zoned AG, AE, or FR
MyNeighborhood, our interactive GIS map, allows you to easily search parcels and use map overlays. The Marijuana Ordinance map overlays show parcels in categories by setbacks and regulations (R1, R2, and R3; RA (Res/Est); or RA (Rural), AG, AE, FR, and TRZ).
No. You will need to work with the Nevada County Code Compliance Division to resolve the code compliance case prior to submitting your application.
First you will need to obtain a permit to conduct medical commercial cannabis activities. Reference the Temporary Medical Commercial Cannabis Permit Security Plan Checklist and Nevada County Cannabis Ordinance available online at https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2536/Temporary-Cannabis-Permit for a complete list of requirements.
100ft to residential wells and 400ft to public wells and public water tributaries. Cultivation areas and buildings shall also not be located over septic tanks, leach lines, or leach line repair areas.
o Over 2 acres – 5 acres: 100ft
o Over 5 acres – 10 acres: 150ft
o Over 10 acres – 20 acres: 200ft
o Over 20 acres: 300ft
Find upcoming events on our calendar and stay informed on past events with our Cannabis Conversation Press Release page.
We have two offices to serve children, one in Truckee and the other in Grass Valley. We can also serve children in their schools, at the Family Resource Centers and in the community. Frequently the first appointment is at our offices. See our
We work with children and teens who are using drugs and alcohol. It is important that the youth’s family is also involved in the treatment. We frequently work with our drug treatment agencies in town: Community Recovery Resources and Common Goals. Parents and family members can also call
Yes, we have two therapists who speak Spanish. We enjoy working with Spanish speaking families and have a Promotora program that could also help them. Contact us at 530-265-1437.
We take Medi-Cal and some types of other insurance. Contact us for more information at 530-265-1437.
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You can see how to request a review by visiting the administration citation review page.
Learn about the hearing process and request a hearing on the administrative hearing page.
The County does not enforce easement disputes. These are personal legal matters and are resolved civilly. You may wish to contact the Nevada County Law Library or an attorney for legal advice.
Code Compliance investigations are the result of public complaints, or referrals from the Board of Supervisors or other agencies regarding conditions on specific properties. We are obligated to act upon those complaints and resolve any violations that may be present.
Every effort is made to enforce Nevada County standards fairly and consistently. If conditions on another property are of concern to you, please report them to the Code Compliance Division, using the complaint form (PDF).
The typical steps of the code compliance process include:
The following organizations may be helpful in non-code compliance complaint situations:
All complaints must be verified before any action is taken on our part, therefore a Code Officer will visit your property to confirm the validity of the complaint. If the complaint is valid, the Officer will explain to you all violations that currently exist on your property and the actions necessary to correct them.
You will also be a given a time frame to correct the violations. The goal of Code Compliance is to achieve voluntary compliance whenever possible. If however, you choose not to work with the County to correct the outstanding issues, you can be cited and ordered to appear in Nevada County Superior Court.
The length of time given to each property owner varies based on each case and the violations present. Our goal is voluntary compliance whenever possible and we will work with you to achieve this goal.
The Code Compliance division enforces regulations to the following:
Complaints received by the Code Compliance Division regarding weeds and brush will be referred to the Fire Department. For faster resolution it is suggested that you call these complaints into the local Fire Department directly.
Please call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at 530-265-7111 or visit the Solid Waste page for additional information.
Vehicles on private property that are abandoned, inoperative, wrecked or dismantled are a violation of the Land Use and Development Code of Nevada County. In response to written complaints, a Code Officer will visit the property in question and determine if the vehicles located there meet the criteria of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative. You will be asked to remove, conceal, or make operative each vehicle found to be in violation. The size and characteristics of your property can also dictate the form of remedy.
You can request a hearing before the County Zoning Administrator prior to any action if you wish to contest the County’s decision that the vehicles are a nuisance. If all else fails, an abatement order will be sought from the Court to remove vehicles that remain in violation. Cooperation in resolving these matters is always the desired course of action.
The County participates in the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program funded by the Abandoned Vehicle Trust Fund. This fund provides for a program of Vehicle Abatement from public roads according the California Vehicle Code and local ordinance. To report abandoned or wrecked vehicles on public roads please call the Abandoned Vehicle Hotline at 530-470-2750 or complete an Abandoned Vehicle Abatement form.
There are 4 ways you can submit a Code Compliance complaint:
When submitting a complaint, the reporting party must include their name and phone number. The complaint form must also be signed by the reporting party.
No, anonymous or illegible complaints will not be processed. Reporting party information remains confidential except when disclosure is required by the Court.
Code Compliance’s policy, established by the Board of Supervisors, is that cases are generated through a formal complaint process, or through a referral from the Board of Supervisors or other agency.
That said, reporting party confidentiality is of great importance to the Code Compliance Division. Our office staff creates the case files that the Officers carry on site, and these files contain copies of the complaint forms-with all identifying information removed-so even the Officers have no knowledge regarding the origin of the complaint. The original complaint form remains in our office, in locked storage. Only when requested by the Court will this be information be released.
No. Reporting parties names are kept confidential, even from the Officers who work the individual cases. This means they have no knowledge of who filed a complaint or how to reach them. However, if you are interested in the status of the case, you can contact the Code Compliance Division. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks from date of submission.
Yes. Please call our main number at 530-265-1222, option 4 and our office staff will be glad to answer your questions and route you to the Officer assigned to a particular case. Please understand that as investigations are ongoing and may end up in Superior Court, Code Officers may not be able to share all details of a case with you.
Most likely the County has started working with the property owner to resolve the violation. After receiving the case, a Code Officer will visit the property in question to confirm the existence of a violation.
Once confirmed, the property owner is given a specific set of tasks-and a time frame for completing those tasks-that will bring the property into compliance with the County’s Codes. If the property owner chooses not to work with the County to cooperatively resolve the situation, we begin a more formal legal process that may take an extended time to fully resolve.
It is Code Compliance’s goal to achieve voluntary compliance whenever possible, and we will do all within our power to assist property owners in resolving the issues on their properties. If a property owner chooses not to work with the County to correct the violations on their property, additional enforcement actions may be taken, including, but not limited to:
CodeRED is a high-speed mass notification system designed to keep you safe in the event of an emergency. This service allows us to deliver emergency or time-sensitive messages to you via text, email, landline, cell phone, RSS, social media, or a mobile application push. CodeRED alerts will display as originating from 866-419-5000 on your caller ID. If you missed any of the message details, you can also dial the number back to hear the complete message.
CodeRED will be used for emergency or time-sensitive situations to keep you informed. We might use CodeRED in situations such as wildfires, evacuation notices, floods, boil water notices, criminal activity, and missing persons/children.
All alerts or notifications issued through CodeRED are generated by local officials of Nevada County. CodeRED is geo-location based and alerts only residents only within the affected area.
Residents can sign up for CodeRED alerts at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/CA8B57E20D17.
It is recommended to sign up all phone numbers associated with your home address. For example, sign up your cell phone, your landline, and your family members cell phones who are living at your residence so everyone receives a CodeRED emergency alert during an emergency event in your neighborhood.
It is also recommended to add CodeRED's two phone numbers 1(866) 419-5000 and 1(855) 969-4636 to your cell phone and/or landline contacts as "CodeRED Emergency Alerts." This way, when you receive a phone call from either of CodeRED's phone numbers during an emergency event, you will be able to recognize the call as a CodeRED alert rather than easily mistaking the 1-866 or 1-855 number as a telemarketer.
Residents are given the option to create a managed account, or simply review and submit their information. Creating a managed account is recommended because it will allow you access to modify your existing notification settings and contact information.
Registering for CodeRED alerts is 100% FREE and simple. Residents can customize their alert preferences and choose to receive alerts via phone call, text, and/or email.
Residents can also download the FREE CodeRED Mobile Alert app to receive notifications directly to their mobile device, however it is highly recommended for residents to register for CodeRED alerts rather than just downloading the app. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app is available through the Apple Store or Google Play.
211 Connecting Point is helping Nevada County residents with sign up assistance. Residents with 530 area codes can dial 2-1-1 to talk to someone over the phone who can help you sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts. However, accounts set up over the phone will not be a managed account where information can be modified later. If 211 is not able to answer your question, they will help refer you to Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES).
Code Red is one of several residential notification methods that the county utilizes during an emergency event. Code Red includes all land line phone numbers which are regularly updated from the 911 dispatch emergency database. These numbers are provided directly from the phone service providers. Currently about 100,000 numbers are registered in Code Red with about 38,000 of them being land lines. In addition, Code Red includes self-subscribing numbers that residents input for their cell phone numbers, emails, and any other phone number they want. Text messages and TTY communications are supported too. A resident can subscribe to receive multiple methods of communication. The system is dependent on local AT&T central office capability to process concurrent calls, as well as to wildfire impacts if communication cables and/or cell towers are damaged. Some of the recent regional wildfire issues with Code Red were how the system was utilized, not particularly limitations of the system, however some limitations did occur as well with congestion, calls not going through, etc. In response to this, the State of California issued best practice guidelines for how these alert systems are used and are requiring local jurisdictions to develop a policy around them; which the County is currently drafting. Additionally, Code Red is a conduit for access to the federal Wireless Alert System which will send a text message to all cell phones within range. Under any likely use scenario, Code Red could fall short of being 100% effective and notifying every resident during an emergency for one of many factors. While a critical system for residents to register with, the County encourages residents to not rely on Code Red as their single source of emergency notification.The County emergency operations center (EOC) works closely with local radio KNCO and KVMR during all emergency evacuation events, as well as with YubaNet and The Union. Residents are advised to have a battery-operated radio in case of power and telecommunication outages, so they can tune into local radio for current evacuation information as it is announced.
The Sheriff’s Office makes every attempt to go door to door throughout an evacuation area as well as utilizing vehicle PA systems to warn residents as time and resources permit.
Residents can take several steps to insure they get notified during an emergency event. More information on situational awareness, building an emergency communication contact network, and being prepared for evacuations can be found at www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org .
Emergency alert siren systems have been very successful for tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, and other events where a clear “call-to-action” is well defined and residents then know what to do when the alert goes off. The unpredictable nature of wildfires introduces new challenges to how these systems can be leveraged and used successfully.
Several communities are starting to explore using siren systems for wildfire and the County has been researching best practices as well. OES staff recently talked with a SoCal coastal community that is expanding their tsunami system for wildfire alerts. Their proposed system would add 15 new sirens to cover 9 square miles at an estimated $1,000,000 capital cost and $50,000 annual maintenance cost. Lake Wildwood researched a solution of 6 sirens for a $120,000 estimated cost (sirens only.) The City of Nevada City is exploring a solution with one siren at a cost of $38,500. The Town of Truckee researched and evaluated siren systems and has decided not to move a project forward at this time for a wide range of reasons. They estimated a cost of over $500,000 to cover the Town’s populated area with 10 sirens.
The range, features, and costs of siren systems varies greatly from simple tone only solutions to more advanced voice message systems. Each has range and capability limitations and require satellite/radio communications, backup power, towers, control systems, security, and other infrastructure needs.
The County continues to research solutions and talk with jurisdictions who are successfully moving projects forward. Scaling an emergency alert siren system from a densely populated city example to the County’s 450+ rural area that is very topology diverse will create many challenges, funding being a major one. The County is closely following SB 130 which is a current bill to provide CA Cities funding for a siren system. The County’s legislative advocates are reaching out to the bill’s author to see if rural counties can be added as well. As the bill sits today, there is no current State funding allocated to it. The County will continue to explore siren systems and evaluate if they can be locally deployed as a safe, reliable, effective, and sustainable solution.
The Office of Emergency Services works closely with local radio stations during emergencies and has pre-planned and coordinated interfaces with them once the County’s emergency operations center (EOC) is activated.
You can purchase commissary online from iCare for inmates housed at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility. iCare is a service provided by TouchPay. TouchPay is a private company. This is not a service provided by Nevada County.
To add money to an inmate trust account you can use your Visa/MasterCard, debit card or electronic check. This service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Electronic funding of an inmate trust account is provided by TouchPay, not by Nevada County. There is a charge for this service.
Before you contact TouchPay you will need the following information:
- Facility locator number: 295901
Deposits to trust account's can be made by:
- Toll Free Telephone: 866-232-1899
- The TouchPay website: Billing and checking account statements will show TOUCHPAY JAIL ACCT DEP as payee
- Kiosk in the visitation lobby at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility
The Nevada County Sheriff's Office does not accept cash, personal checks, or cashier checks through the mail or at the visitation lobby.
Claims may be presented by submitting a claim form to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Once a claim has been presented it is administered by Risk Management Services. Visit the
Ms. Elliott is the County Counsel and her name appears on all the documents filed by any attorney in the office. The person most familiar with your case is usually the attorney who actually signed the document. That person’s name appears beneath Ms. Elliott’s name at the top of the document and again beneath the signature itself. If you believe you must speak to an attorney in our office concerning your matter, it is that person to whom you should speak. However, if you are represented by an attorney, all contact should be through your counsel.
The Office of the County Counsel represents the Public Guardian in conservatorship and probate matters. The Office of the Public Guardian should be contacted directly with questions regarding conservatorship and probate matters.
As of fiscal year 2019 - 2020, only 22% of County revenue is discretionary, with the other 78% earmarked for specific, mandated programs. For more information, contact us at 530-265-7040.
Nevada County received its first shipment of the vaccine the week of December 14. We continue to receive additional vaccine allocations weekly from the state.
Yes, you can view our plan here. Please note: The plan is subject to change at any time.
We know that our community is ready to be vaccinated. Currently, there is no waiting list kept by Nevada County Public Health for the general population. Some vaccine providers may have their own waiting lists. As supply increases, the vaccine will eventually be available via the existing local healthcare system and Nevada County Public Health.
The state recently announced MyTurn, a statewide vaccine registration database. The state will use MyTurn to notify residents when they are eligible for the vaccine. Nevada County plans to enroll in the system when it is available and encourages residents to register in the system.
Thank you for your interest in assisting with COVID-19 response. If you are a healthcare worker with an active license and would like to volunteer as a disaster healthcare worker, you can sign up with California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteer database. If you have already registered and have not heard from us yet, please hang tight. The need for volunteers may soon increase as more COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. We will reach out when we have opportunities available. In the meantime, we thank you for your generosity and willingness to serve.
Be patient and be prepared for when it is your turn to get the vaccine. Until our community is widely vaccinated, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask when out of the house, maintain social distance from non-household members, and follow relevant public health guidance.
To dramatically increase the likelihood your home will survive a wildfire, to provide firefighter safety during a firestorm, and to aid in the protection of lives, the Nevada County Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance requires homeowners to maintain one-hundred (100’) feet of defensible space around all structures located on an improved parcel. Property owners are also responsible for maintaining defensible space along roadways which are necessary for the ingress and egress.Click to read the full Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance.
Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners in Mountainous, Forest, Brush and Grass Covered lands to develop defensible space by removing ladder fuels within the first 100 feet of a structure, or to the property line. Defensible space creates a buffer between the home and oncoming fire, while providing a safer place for firefighters to combat the fire and defend your home.
The County’s ordinance encompasses all of the same regulations found in Public Resources Code 4291, but also addresses hazardous vegetation and combustible material abatement beyond the property line of a parcel on which a building and structure is located in order for property owners to achieve their 100 feet of defensible space.The County’s ordinance also contains hazardous vegetation maintenance requirements for private roadways in the unincorporated areas of the County that are not included in Public Resources Code 4291.
When a neighboring (Adjacent) parcel prevents a homeowner (Improved Parcel) from achieving their 100 ft of defensible space, Nevada County’s Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance enables the homeowner seeking 100 ft of defensible space assistance achieving it. Property owners are responsible for all costs associated with achieving their 100 ft of defensible space on their own property. In addition, when a property line interferes with a homeowner’s ability to achieve this 100 ft of defensible space, the homeowner is responsible for half of the cost of clearance which takes place on the neighboring parcel. The ordinance states: “The Owner, occupant or other person in control of the improved parcel shall be responsible for fifty (50%) percent of the abatement cost on the adjacent parcel if the owner of said adjacent parcel consents in writing to the abatement.” (Sec. G-IV 7.4 Paragraph C. # 2)
We recommend starting neighbor to neighbor. If there is a concerning parcel in your neighborhood, start by talking to the property owner or collaborating with existing efforts through Firewise Communities. Your neighbor may already be working with the Firewise Community to resolve the issue. Inviting a neighbor to learn more often yields the best results. The Ready, Set, Go! Handbook and ReadyNevadaCounty.org provide good resources for best practices and local requirements for creating safer, more fire-resistant properties, and evacuation routes.
Private road owners are required to maintain free of ladder fuels a minimum of a ten (10’) foot wide strip of land beyond the shoulder of a roadway serving as primary ingress and egress to the parcel, to a height of fifteen (15’) feet along the boundary of a Parcel.
You may file a request for Defensible Space Inspection online here.
Upon the first inspection, a Hazardous Vegetation Notice to Abate letter will be mailed to the property owner explaining the violation(s) and instructions on how to bring the property into compliance. Upon the mailing date of the Notice to Abate letter, a property owner will have a minimum of thirty days to rectify the violation(s). After the initial thirty (30) days, a second inspection will be performed. If the property continues to lack defensible space, a Warning Letter will be mailed explaining the violations and how to fix these issues.Upon the mailing date of the Warning Letter, a property owner will have fifteen days to comply. At this point, a third inspection is conducted. If a property is noncompliant after the third inspection, a progressive fee schedule may be assessed by way of Administrative Citation against all noncompliant properties. A noncompliant property on the third inspection will be assessed $130, a noncompliant property on the fourth inspection will be assessed $700, and a noncompliant property on the fifth inspection will be assessed $1,300. Fees are cumulative. Cases in which properties are noncompliant after the fifth inspection may be referred to Code Enforcement for abatement. Expenses associated with abatement, including administrative costs, may be made a special assessment added to the County assessment roll and become a lien on the real property, or be placed on the unsecure tax roll.
Nevada County Defensible Space Inspectors assigned to the Office of Emergency Services will inspect a home for violation(s). All inspectors are in County approved uniforms and supplied with a County ID badge that has their photo, employee number, and the office to which they are assigned. Inspectors drive County vehicles.
Yes. Any person who receives a Notice to Abate may appeal by delivering a written request for a hearing to the Clerk of the Board’s Office within ten days from the issuance of the Notice to Abate, along with payment of the appeal fee. The written request shall include a statement of all facts supporting the appeal. See Ordinance Section G-IV 7.9 Appeals Process for further clarification.
The Office of Emergency Services cannot recommend a defensible space vendor, however, the Fire Safe Council maintains a vetted list of vendors on their website at https://www.areyoufiresafe.com/vendors. If you find a vendor outside of the Fire Safe Council’s vetted list, confirm the vendor you hire has a valid state license issued by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). You may verify their license is valid on the State’s online contractor license verification tool: https://www.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx. Vendors with a CSLB will be experienced, bonded, and insured.
The Office of Emergency Services and Fire Safe Council actively pursue grants which seek funds to assist low-income homeowners and those with Access and Functional Needs. Please also see below for additional resources.CAL FIRE California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP): The purpose of the California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) is to encourage private and public investment in, and improved management of, California forest lands and resources. Cost-share assistance is provided to private and public ownerships containing 20 to 5,000 acres of forest land. Cost-shared activities include: Pre-commercial thinning or release, pruning, follow-up (includes mechanical, herbicide and/or slash disposal follow-up, and more.
Fire Safe Council of Nevada County’s Access and Functional Needs Program (SNAP Program) which serves low-income and individuals with access and functional needs is currently accepting applications for their waiting list. Currently, no grant funds are available, however residents are encouraged to apply. When funds become available those on the list will be served first.
Fire Safe Council of Nevada County’s Chipping Program: Once you are done creating defensible
space around your home and roadway, the Fire Safe Council can help you process your green waste. Submit a request for assistance online, and the Fire Safe Council will help you chip your green waste for free. To ensure service to all applicants, service is limited to 4 hours, per customer, per application.
Fire Safe Council of Nevada County’s Defensible Space Advisory Program: Are you ready to create defensible space, but need some guidance to get started? One of the Fire Safe Council’s specially trained volunteer Defensible Space Advisors will meet you at your home to help you assess your wildfire risk and provide insights on how to make your home more resilient to wildfire. This service is free.My Sierra Woods: Through local partnership, My Sierra Woods helps provide funding and support to qualified landowners to protect our beautiful forests and to restore conditions family forest lands throughout northern California.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): NRCS has a unique cost-share program, known as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. EQIP provides financial incentives to farmers, ranchers and timberland owners that apply approved conservation practices on their properties. NRCS helps to defray the costs by 50-75%. Typical practices in Nevada County include forest thinning and pruning, conversion of brush fields to timber land or range and pasture, irrigation system efficiency improvements, improving livestock distribution through fencing, and wildlife habitat. Since 1997 NRCS has distributed $4.6 million to landowners in Nevada County.
USDA Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants in California: Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.
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An excellent resource is the website Speak For Safety. The form to request a gun violence restraining order is located in our public forms library.
The jail publishes an in custody list that can be accessed by any member of the public.
The District Attorney's Office can only receive crime reports from law enforcement agencies. Contact the nearest law enforcement agency. If you are unsure of the contact information for the correct agency, we can provide you with that information.
You can report it to the law enforcement agency that took the original report.
Once law enforcement is called and a report is forwarded to our office, it is up to the Deputy District Attorney assigned to the case to determine whether or not charges are to be filed. You may submit a request in writing to the attorney handling the case. Please refer to the District Attorney Case Assignment page.
Deputy District Attorneys may be contacted by email. Please refer to the District Attorney Case Assignments page for attorney email addresses.
Please contact Nevada County Superior Court, Criminal Division at 201 Church Street, Nevada City, CA 95959 or call (530) 265-1311.
Please contact the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
No. All Deputy District Attorneys are governed by a code of ethics which prevents them from speaking directly to a defendant. They may only speak to your attorney of record. Please refer any questions about your case to your attorney.
When a criminal case has been resolved, our office sends a property release to the law enforcement agency that generated the crime report. You should contact that agency directly for questions about your property.
Contact the law enforcement agency that generated the report for their policy on releasing reports. If the agency refers you to the District Attorney, please make your request in writing. We generally only release law enforcement reports to an attorney of record.
Yes, all mobile food facilities require a permit that must be renewed annually.
You can use our My Neighborhood Mapping Application. Use the Parcel Search tool which opens on startup to search for a parcel. In the results list, click on the blue report link. This opens the Parcel Report. On this report, you will find a 'view Assessor Parcel Map' link. Alternatively, you can navigate directly to the parcel report and search for a parcel by APN, or by clicking on the map.
You can use our My Neighborhood Mapping Application. Click on the basemaps tools widget in the upper right toolbar, and choose the appropriate basemap.
The GIS Division has been instructed not to distribute owner name to any entity; public or private. Owner name for individual parcels can be obtained through tax bills - email us for more information. Owner mailing address is available both in the data download and when exporting addresses from the My Neighborhood Mapping Application.
Using the My Neighborhood Mapping Application, search for a parcel, then click the Report link in the search results. This will provide information about elected officials, valuation, districts, building permits and much more.
See the Digital Data Library.
See our map collection.
You can determine if a Recorded Map or Subdivision map exists for your parcel by using the corresponding search option on the My Neighborhood Mapping Application search tool. The results will also tell you the map number and a link to the Recorder's page where you can order the map. You can also search for a known document at the following recorder site or contact the Recorders office for assistance at 530-265-1221.
Please use one of our service providers. You can read about them on our Mapping Service Providers page.
The accuracy of parcel boundaries varies considerably, with errors ranging from 10s, and even 150 feet in some areas. Parcel boundaries were adapted from Assessor Department CAD drawings, and then rubber sheeted to form a seamless layer for the whole county. There is no substitute for using a licensed surveyor to locate your property corners. Should you be lucky enough to locate a monumented property corner, you could use the metes-and-bounds on the Assessor's Parcel Map (see question Number 1) to approximate the boundaries and remaining corners.
Please don't attempt to use the My Neighborhood Latitude/Longitude tool and a GPS device to locate a property corner, as both of these tools will introduce significant error.
Please note the APN (Assessor’s Parcel Number) and export the map as a .jpeg or take a screenshot. Send this with a description of the error to our email and we can forward it to the Planning Department for update.
You can use the Parcel Notification tool on the My Neighborhood mapping application to search for a parcel, buffer it, or select a series of parcels. Next, in the attribute table that opens at the bottom of the application, choose Options, and then choose Export to CSV. Please see the help in the application or view the video on this interactive map page for detailed instructions.
Visit our job listings service; regular ("permanent") and temporary jobs are posted on the listing. You may apply by completing an online job application. Your application will be saved for future use (only you can access it by using your email address and your personal password.)
Yes. In the job categories section of NeoGov, check off the job categories you are interested in, and then click "subscribe." Enter your contact information. When a job listing is posted that is included in one of your selected job categories, you will receive an email notification.
Check your application account. You can access your account by logging in at www.governmentjobs.com and clicking on your name. Then click on Applications and Status. You'll see notes about the progress and status of your applications. You'll also receive email notifications so check your email account regularly.
You are welcome to call our office for further information (530-265-7010, option 2.)
You may find a list of our job titles and their commensurate rates of pay in several locations on the County's website. The Salary and Staffing Information page has complete lists of job titles and monthly minimum and maximum salaries.
Another way to learn how much jobs pay is by once again returning to the job listings page and visiting the Job Descriptions section. An alphabetical list of all of our job descriptions and their pay rates is found in that section.
Once an applicant is hired as a probationary employee for a position with the County working at least 50%, the following benefits are available on the first day of the month following the hire date of employment (assuming all necessary forms are completed).
The County has adopted a Personnel Code which addresses typical working issues such as the following and more:
The Personnel Code (PDF) is available.
Yes. The County has entered into seven negotiated agreements with labor groups:
We also have unrepresented groups of employees:
Copies of the memoranda of understanding and summary documents are also available.
Yes. Internships are posted on our job listings service in the Transfer Opportunities and Internships section. Most (but not all) internships are designed for individuals currently attending college or individuals who have recently been graduated from college. For more information on our internship program please visit our Intern Program at Nevada County page.
If you would like to volunteer for the County, please contact the Human Resources Department at 530-265-7010, option 2, or, contact the County department in which you would like to volunteer.
The County does have a process for volunteers to go through in order to volunteer. The process includes meeting with the department, completing forms, and going through a background check (fingerprints, drug test.)
A lot is a unit of land, which has an identifiable area and boundary description.
Lots are created by division of an existing lot into two or more lots, in a process commonly called a subdivision. A division may occur upon recording a map approved by the County or by transfer of a portion of a lot for sale, financing, lease or gift.
For example, if the owner of an existing lot sold half of it and retained the other half, the sale would create two new lots, but not necessarily legal lots if not done pursuant to an approved map.
A lot is a legal lot when created in compliance with the State Subdivision Map Act and the Nevada County Subdivision Ordinance. In general, a legal lot is either a lot whose creation was reviewed and approved by Nevada County under the regulations in effect at the time of its creation or a lot which was created through separate conveyance before such a division was regulated, into four or fewer new lots before March 4, 1972. Lots that are shown on a recorded final map, parcel map, or official map are generally considered legal lots.
In general, an illegal lot is one that was created without having been formally reviewed and approved by the appropriate County agencies when required.
State law requires that the County take steps to notify the public when it learns of illegal lots. Following proper notice and hearing respecting an illegal lot, the County must record a Notice of Violation with the Office of the Nevada County Recorder. The County may enforce various other provisions of law respecting the creation, use, development and conveyance of illegal lots.
The use, development and conveyance of illegal lots are subject to numerous restrictions. For example:
State law requires that the County regulate and control the subdivision of land so that lot size, streets, water supply, drainage, sewage disposal, fire access and other factors associated with good subdivision planning can be provided and public health and safety assured. These factors are not usually provided when land is illegally divided.
The Assessor identifies parcels and assigns them a number for appraisal and tax purposes only.
An Assessor's Parcel is not necessarily a legal lot. A single legal lot may be assigned several Assessor Parcel numbers. The Office of the County Assessor is not required to follow legal lot boundaries and is not directly involved in the process of approving subdivisions.
Illegal lots are generally created because County approval was not sought in advance. Thus, the County usually finds out about illegal lots at a later date when the owner wants to do something on or to the lot that requires existence of a legal lot, to obtain a building permit, for example. One illegal lot in any given area can, upon investigation, lead to a "chain-reaction" involving discovery of other lots that were illegally created in that area.
There are several remedies in addition to recording a Notice of Violation that are available to the County when it becomes aware of an illegal lot. They include a suit for declaratory relief or to enjoin the violation and the County can request that a criminal compliant be filed. However, the most practical and useful tool is to withhold permits and approvals and to process a Notice of Violation, which will usually compel correction of the violation.
Rest assured that Nevada County tries to help citizens. There are many innocent purchasers of illegally created lots. The County's primary objective is to assure an orderly development of these lots.
Title companies insure ownership and other encumbrances recorded on a lot. They do not make a binding determination as to whether a lot was legally created. Only the County can make this determination. A title company may ask the County for verification that a title transfer created a legal lot, but this does not always happen.
In some cases it may be possible to void the sale and recover costs and damages; this is a complicated legal matter about which you may want to seek advice from an attorney experienced in land division law. People who engage in illegal subdivision activity may also be subject to prosecution.
You can apply to the Planning Department for a Conditional Certificate of Compliance (CCofC). Issuance and recordation of a CCofC can legalize a lot for purposes of sale, lease or financing. The CCofC identifies the conditions and improvements required before any development is permitted on the property. These conditions may include all the improvements (e.g., roads, water) that would have been required on the date the innocent purchaser acquired interest in the property; and in most cases, the lot must meet current standards, including lot size. ALL conditions must be met before any development can occur on the property.
A CCofC generally imposes the same requirements for development that would have been imposed if the property had been properly subdivided and the cost and timing are similar. The CCofC identifies the conditions and improvements required before any development can occur on the property.
No. If you do not have current plans to build or sell, you may wish to wait until a later date to "legalize" your lot. Any delay may cause additional conditions to be imposed and may affect marketability. Most owners, however, want to resolve the matter at the earliest possible time.
Buyers can ask the sellers to provide a recent Certificate of Compliance or Conditional Certificate of Compliance prior to purchase if the lot is not shown on a County approved and recorded map.
Contact Nevada County Planning Department staff for information on legal lot status by calling 530-265-1222, or writing the Planning Department of the Community Development Agency at:950 Maidu AvenueSuite 170Nevada City, CA 95959
Go to the reserve a meeting or study room page to book a space.
Patrons, whether resident or non-resident of Nevada County, are eligible for a free library card subject to conditions.
Library materials are available for a three week checkout period and may be renewed twice. Reference services are also available to homebound patrons. The available materials include:
Anyone who is handicapped, elderly, chronically ill, or anyone temporarily ill or injured with confinement of six months or longer. The Book Buddy program is offered to homebound residents who are unable to visit the library. Most of the patrons are older adults who find they can no longer drive or walk to the library. However, the service is available for those in need both long-term and short-term.
The Nevada County Library's Book Buddy Volunteer Coordinator notes the special interests of each homebound patron during an initial interview. Some patrons request specific titles, while others leave it up to their Book Buddy to choose materials based on the profile created during the interview. Requests can be made by a homebound individual through the
Book Buddy volunteers, with the help of Library staff, select materials for each homebound patron based on their interests and special requests. Book Buddy volunteers must be positive, cheerful, enthusiastic and patient. The contact with the homebound match provides vital links of friendship and service.
The Book Buddy and homebound individual will set up a delivery and pickup schedule that is convenient for both of them. Visits are usually scheduled once a month. Book Buddy volunteers give their own time (approximately 4 to 6 hours per month) to serve their homebound patron.
LAFCos were created by the California Legislature in 1963 with regulatory and planning responsibilities to coordinate the timely development of local governmental agencies and their services while protecting agricultural and open-space resources. Most notably, this includes managing boundary lines by approving or disapproving proposals involving the formation, expansion, or dissolution of cities and special districts.
LAFCos also conduct studies to help inform their regulatory duties. This includes preparing municipal service reviews to evaluate the level and range of governmental services provided in the affected region in anticipation of establishing and updating cities and special districts' spheres of influence.
Markedly, spheres of influence designate the territory LAFCos believe represent the affected agencies' appropriate future jurisdictions and served areas and must be reviewed every five years. All boundary changes, such as annexations, must be consistent with the affected agencies' spheres of influence with limited exceptions. LAFCos are located in all 58 counties in California.
Yes. LAFCos are independent political subdivisions of the State of California tasked with administering a section of planning law known as the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act.
Yes. Each LAFCo is reasonable for fulfilling its regulatory and planning responsibilities outlined under the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Goverment Reorganization Act consistent with its own adopted procedures and policies. Accordingly, a proposal may be appropriate in one county but not appropriate in another county based on local conditions and circumstances.
State law establishes a "pay-to-play" formula in terms of funding LAFCos. Any local agency whose council or board members are eligible to be commissioners must contribute funds to their LAFCos budget. In Nevada County, there are 24 Special Districts, two city agencies (City of Grass Valley and Nevada City), one town (Town of Truckee), and one county (Nevada County) who are responsible for the LAFCo's operational costs. Each agency pays a share which is proportional to it's general tax revenue.
Special districts serve important roles in growth management in California given they are responsible for providing a range of municipal services - such as, water, sewer, or fire - within particular areas, such as unincorporated communities.
Special districts fall into two categories, independent and dependent. Independent special districts have a board of directors elected by the voters residing within their boundaries. Dependent special districts have a board of directors appointed by other local agencies or whose board members are the Board of Supervisors (the Nevada County Sanitary District for example).
No. School districts fall under their own section of State law. LAFCos do not oversee school districts in anyway, although proposals for new school sites requiring the extension of municipal services are reviewed by LAFCos.
Responsibilities of a LAFCo Commissioner
What is LAFCo?
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is an independent public agency with authority over local government agency changes of organization—that is, annexations, detachments, and consolidations of cities or districts, formation and dissolution of Special Districts, and incorporation and disincorporation of cities. Additionally, LAFCo is responsible for adopting a Sphere of Influence for each agency in the county. The Sphere of Influence is a plan for an agency’s probable future boundaries and should represent a logical growth plan for the agency.
The Commission is composed of two Special District Members (elected by the Indepen-dent Special Districts); two County Members (appointed by the Board of Supervisors); two City Members (appointed by the City Selection Committee); and a Public Member (appointed by the other LAFCo Commissioners). In addition, each category has an Alternate Member who votes in the absence of one of the members of that category. Alternate Members attend all meetings and participate in discussion.
The Commissioner’s Role
LAFCo Commissioners approve or deny proposals for changes in organization based on the procedures and standards of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reor-ganization Act of 2000 (Government Code Sections 56000 et seq.). Additionally, LAFCo is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act, as are all public agencies.
LAFCo Commissioners are required to file an annual Statement of Economic Interest, Form 700, as prescribed by the Fair Political Practices Commission, and to observe the LAFCo Conflict of Interest Code.
Commissioners, including alternates, are also required to complete two hours of ethics training in compliance with AB 1234 within one year of their election (County, City, and District members) or appointment (Public members) and every two years thereafter.
The Commission usually meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month in Nevada City; meetings are occasionally held elsewhere and at other times. Commissioners are expected to attend all meetings and participate in the deliberation process. LAFCo also has an appointed staff to coordinate meeting logistics and to research and make recommendations on proposals before the Commission.
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OES is responsible for coordinating with County departments, local cities, and special districts to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. OES is responsible for designing and conducting simulated disaster preparedness and response exercises, and evaluating emergency staff training. OES is also responsible for maintaining the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a state of readiness.
OES is co-located with the Facilities Management Division at:
10014 N Bloomfield Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
The responding agency depends on the type of incident but the majority of the time will either be law enforcement or a fire agency. Emergency Services does not execute tactical field operations but instead supports requests from first responders in the field.
OES manages the Nevada County Government's response to and recovery from a disaster and provides support to any city, town, or special district responding to and recovering from a disaster.
Yes. The EOC is the central site for managing and coordinating the County's support of tactical field operations. The EOC is not a "Command Post"; rather, it is a multi-agency coordination point for emergencies affecting multiple jurisdictions or disciplines.
Phase one: Nevada County declared a Local Health Emergency, allowing us to provide free hazardous waste clean-up services. All affected properties have already been assessed and clean-up operations are underway.
Phase two: Nevada County Environmental Health can assist you with debris removal on your property. You can contact Amy Irani, Director of Environmental Health, at (530) 265-1464 or email@example.com to obtain or complete a Right of Entry (ROE) form which grants government contractors access to your property. You can also find Nevada County's ROE and instructions to fill out the ROE on our Lobo and McCourtney Fire Recovery web pages.
The fire debris clean-up by state agencies and Nevada County has two phases: removal of hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris.
In phase one, the County, state, and federal agencies have organized teams of experts from the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to inspect your property and remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, asbestos siding, and paints.
In phase two, Cal OES, FEMA and local officials are coordinating with CalRecycle to execute contracts and conduct fire-related debris removal from your property.
All initial costs will be paid by state and federal agencies. However, if property owners have insurance that specifically covers debris removal owners must inform local officials, and they will be required to remit that portion of the insurance proceeds that are specifically reserved for debris. This is required by state law (California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code sections 8680-8692) and is included in Nevada County's Right of Entry forms.
Phase 1: Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) crews have already begun removal of hazardous household waste.
Phase 2: Removal of fire debris, other than hazardous household waste, is scheduled to begin by November 13th, 2017. In order to take advantage of free state debris removal for your property, you must complete and turn in a Right of Entry (ROE) form by November 7th.
Household hazardous waste is waste from houses that poses a threat to public health, animals, or environmental. Hazardous waste includes chemicals that are ignitable, toxic, corrosive and reactive. Examples include pool chemicals, car batteries, antifreeze, used oil filters, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, disinfectants, aerosols, paint, bleach, and ammunition.
Yes. However, to avoid a duplication of benefits provided by the state or federal government, your insurance company is required to provide payment from your policy that is designated for debris removal. This is a required by state law (California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code sections 8680-8692) and is in Nevada County's Right of Entry form.
Contact the PG&E Building & Renovation Service Center online at www.pge.com/CCO or by phone (877) 743-7782 or (800) 743-5000. Their Local Service Planning Office is located at788 Taylorville Rd in Grass Valley and are open Monday - Friday from 7am - 3:30pm.
Call the Nevada County Sheriff's non-emergency line at 530-265-7880. If you are unsure if the emergency is life threatening or not - call 911.
OES continually identifies situations or conditions that have the potential of causing injury to people, and damage to property or the environment. A list of hazards are located in the Nevada County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF).
There are numerous websites that have preparedness information. There is also a Home and Family Emergency Preparedness Information Center located in the lobby of the Eric Rood Administrative Center. For more information, visit our emergency preparedness page.
The primary plan maintained and utilized by OES is the Nevada County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). For a listing of additional emergency plans visit our County Emergency Plans page.
Emergency Services continually develops and maintains a reliable and effective communications capability to alert and warn public officials and the general public of an actual or impending emergency or disaster. This is accomplished by utilizing all available resources available at the time of the event, to include the media, Internet, and telephones.
Access CodeRED, the County's emergency notification system.
Alert and warnings may also be posted on the department Facebook page.
This will depend on decisions made by the responding agency and eventually the incident commander. Always monitor the local media since public safety agencies will make every effort to ensure the media broadcasts critical information.
Nevada County does contract with a private vendor to have access to an emergency notification system. For additional information on the systems capabilities as well as information on registering your cell phone number, go to the CodeRED website.
Yes. Sand and sandbags are available for free. The current locations are listed on the Sand and Sandbags page.
Nevada County is partnering with Economic Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to update the County's Park Facility Impact Fee and to conduct a Western Nevada County Parks District Consolidation Feasibility Study. EPS is experienced in resolving complex financing issues; providing cutting-edge technical solutions; and presenting clear, understandable public information. Having completed scores of development impact fee programs for municipal agencies throughout California, EPS is familiar with the process to implement and update fee programs. Given previous experience, EPS is adept at proactively identifying special issues as they relate to park and recreation development mitigation and impact fees. For more information on EPS, please visit their website at https://www.epsys.com.
The County collects two types of fees for parks and recreation (AB1600 fees & Quimby fees) on new development to mitigate its impact on the need for new park facilities - the more people, the more parks needed. The fees are then provided to five Recreation Benefit Zones across Western Nevada County. EPS is conducting a Nexus Study to update the fees that were last updated in 1997. EPS's objective is to identify what the maximum allowable fee that the County can charge; however, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors is responsible for establishing the fee amount and can choose any fee amount up to the maximum allowable fee determined by the Nexus Study.
Western Nevada County has 3 independent Park and Recreation Districts outside of the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas:
Since the Great Recession in 2008, many jurisdictions are fiscally challenged to secure adequate and sustained funding for park and recreation programs and operations. EPS will be conducting a Western Nevada County Park District Consolidation/Reorganization Feasibility Study to determine if consolidation or reorganization could be advantageous for parks and recreation opportunities to local residents.
A Development impact fee is paid by new development to the local government to fund infrastructure and public facilities needed to accommodate new development. As a community adds new residents and employees, those new residents and employees place demands on infrastructure and facilities, such as roads, sewer systems, police and fire stations, and of course, parks and recreation facilities. Development impact fees are a way for the local government to require new development projects to pay for the new infrastructure and public facilities that new residents and employees need.
A development impact fee funds new facilities and infrastructure needed to serve new development projects. If existing facilities are sufficiently sized to accommodate new development, new development can be required to pay for its “fair share” of that existing facility.
A development impact fee may not be charged to new development to rectify existing infrastructure or public facility deficiencies. If infrastructure or facilities are inadequate to serve the local government’s current resident and employee base, the local government must find alternative sources of funds to resolve those issues.
The County does not provide recreation and park services. Park and recreation services in Nevada County are currently provided by several individual park and recreation districts. Residents near Nevada City and Grass Valley don’t have a specific park service provider, and instead utilize City park and recreation facilities. In this revenue constrained environment, the County is interested in understanding whether there are more efficient ways to provide park and recreation services and deliver the best services possible to the community.
The feasibility study will evaluate the potential financial and service provision outcomes of District consolidation. Recommendations regarding consolidation will be based on the ability of a consolidated district to provide improved or equal services more efficiently. The analysis will evaluate that whether services would be more efficiently provided if all Western County Districts consolidate, if some consolidate, or if consolidation does not transpire.
he Nevada County Board of Supervisors will consider the results of the Park Facility Impact Fee Study and District Consolidation Study and will determine the preferred course of action. The County may choose to implement park facility impact fees at the levels justified by EPS’s Nexus Study, or they may decide to implement fees at a lower level than justified by the Study. In no circumstance may the County implement fees higher than justified by the Nexus Study. Any decisions regarding potential District consolidation falls under the jurisdiction of the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
Typically, residents will contact us after hearing about the PRD program either by word of mouth, the DPW website, or Board of Supervisor offices. The Department of Public Works manages the program, and forming a PRD occurs only if a majority of the voting property owners support it by formal ballot.
The petition will be prepared by County staff and typically includes the following items:- Name of the proposed PRD- Boundaries of the proposed PRD, including total number of acres- Assessed valuation of land and improvements within the proposed PRD- Number of inhabitants and registered voters within the proposed PRD- Location of the street(s) that will receive maintenance services- The proposed rate and method of apportionment of the assessment
Parcel owners must be on record with the County as having ownership of the parcel in question. Family members not listed on property documents and renters / leasers are not eligible to sign the petition. Petitions will be checked with County records for validity. If the County's review results in less than 50% of valid signatures, the signatures will be returned to the PRD representative and additional signatures requested.
When sufficient signatures have been collected, the petition, along with a list of all the property owners with their Assessor's parcel numbers and mailing addresses, is delivered to the Department of Public Works. Upon certification of the petition and completion of an Engineer’s Report and other supporting documentation, the County Board of Supervisors will vote to approve a Resolution of Intent to form the PRD. The Board of Supervisors will then set a date for the public hearing and special election (typically held on the same date). All parcel owners will then be notified by mail and ballots will be mailed out. After the public hearing, the Board will tabulate the election results. If a majority of the ballots approve the parcel charge and no significant issues or concerns are raised during the public hearing process, the Board votes to accept the proposal and approve the PRD parcel charge.
In an effort to keep your administrative costs low, we always encourage property owners to consider a neighborhood contact person (chairperson) as their first point of contact for questions or issues that need resolution. That way, all pertinent items are being channeled through a single point of contact, and the number of interactions between the County and the PRD can be minimized to keep administration costs lower.
If you wish to dispute your inclusion in the PRD or your benefit apportionment, you can submit a written request for re-evaluation and provide a basis for your reasoning. The County will review the submittal and make a determination on your request.
Bringing a road into the County Maintained System would require that several criteria be met. The location and route of the road must be deemed by the County to be of public benefit and necessity. In other words, it needs to appear on a Circulation Element planning document, or there needs to be some demonstration that the road is needed to carry large traffic volumes - usually associated with new development. The road would also need to meet County Public Road Construction Standards which includes considerable width requirements, and substantial road base specifications that translate into much higher costs.
While the property owners may decide to construct improvements with additional monies not included in the PRD, the work must apply for an encroachment permit, and all work will be subject to County standards and procedures.
The dissolution process is similar to the formation process in that it requires majority approval of the property owners by weighted ballot. If the ballot to dissolve is successful, the Board of Supervisors can approve the dissolution. Once the PRD is dissolved, responsibility for future repair or maintenance of the roads reverts back to the property owners.
However, some neighborhoods may decide to designate a PRD Chairperson and/or Committee Members to adequately represent the property owners. Most often, the PRD Chairperson is a project proponent who initiates and leads the formation effort. Anyone who wishes to be on the PRD Committee should contact the Chairperson to volunteer. The PRD Committee should consist of parcel owners that provide input of road maintenance needs to the Chairperson, and are kept informed of PRD activities by the Chairperson, through use of a newsletter or periodic meetings.
In some cases property owners may wish to temporarily increase their assessments (over a predetermined time period not to exceed 5 years) or deposit funds directly into a PRD account to advance needed road maintenance services. These options are available to property owners if needed and can be included in the Engineer’s Report and PRD approval process.
Ultimate authority for the PRD, including its initial formation or dissolution, management, annual budget, and assessment collection, lies with the County Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Department Fee Schedule (PDF) is available for download.
To request advance notification of a project, please fill out the Request for Project Notification (PDF) form and submit it to:Planning Department950 Maidu AvenueSuite 170Nevada City, CA 95959
You may also email the form. For specific project notification please contact the project planner to request special notification of public hearings and other opportunities to participate in the planning process.
The Nevada County Zoning Ordinance establishes 21 Base Zoning Districts and several Combining Districts. Base districts establish allowable uses and the site development standards for your property. Combining districts provide any additional or unique requirements that may apply to your property. All properties have a base zoning. Only some properties have combining districts.
Every parcel has a specific zoning designation, such as Commercial, Residential or General Agricultural. Do not assume your zoning is the same as your neighbor's zoning. Zoning designations are shown on official Zoning District Maps, usually combined with a numerical symbol that shows the minimum parcel size and/or the maximum allowable density. For example, if your property is zoned "AG-10-ME," your base zoning is General Agricultural, the minimum parcel size for subdividing is 10-acres, and there is a "Mineral Extraction" combining district attached.
While it is not typical, zoning can change without notice so it is in your best interest to check your zoning before you plan to sell, or develop you property. You will need to know the address or Assessor's Parcel Number of the property for which you are seeking information.
You may obtain your zoning in any of these ways:
All zoning must be consistent with the County's adopted General Plan. In many instances, changes to the zoning map will also require a change to the General Plan map. In order to amend the General Plan, you must be able to demonstrate that the change is in the public interest ("What public benefit will result from the change?"), and that the change is consistent with General Plan Goals and Policies. You should also evaluate whether there have been significant changes to infrastructure in the project area, e.g., "What new services are available to your property that were not available when the current General Plan took effect?" For specific questions and discussion about amending either the zoning or General Plan, you should make an appointment with a County Planner by calling 530-265-1222.
The Community Development Agency does not maintain official maps or recorded deeds of individual properties. If a site plan was prepared for a previous permit, that plan may be available. Many County offices use the Office of the County Assessor's Parcel Maps for reference in determining the proximity and shape of all parcels within the County, including the cities.
Assessor's maps provide a great deal of useful information, including the boundaries of cities and special districts, delineated by Tax Area Codes; they may reflect recorded easements, and they may specify a recorded map number. Assessor's parcel numbers are assigned for tax purposes and do not necessarily reflect legally created parcels. One legally created parcel may contain one or more Assessor's Map numbers, especially if the property is divided by a road, a creek or a special district. Do not assume that this map reflects a legal parcel, multiple parcels or legal boundaries. You may obtain a map from the online My Neighborhood Interactive Map.
The Office of the Nevada County Recorder, reached at 530-265-1221, maintains all officially recorded Parcel Maps and Final Maps (subdivisions) and Records of Survey. If your property has never been surveyed, there may not be an official map available.
The ability to subdivide property depends on a number of things. The first criteria is always the minimum parcel size or density established by the General Plan and zoning map. If you are zoned for 5-acre parcels, that means you must have acreage equal to 5 acres per dwelling unit. If the "density" can be satisfied, the answer is then "maybe." The proposed land division must be able to satisfy requirements for sewage disposal and water supply, and adequate access. The subdivision must also be designed to avoid environmentally sensitive resources as defined by County Zoning Ordinance.
The County Tentative Map Guidelines (PDF) provide detailed information on the procedures that are required before land can be subdivided. To discuss specific issues or concerns about your property you should make an appointment with a County Planner 530-265-1222.
Nevada County has adopted Resource Standards which outline what types of natural resources are considered to be environmentally sensitive and protection standards for those resources. This website offers a few tools to determine the presence of these resources on your property and others are provided by state or federal agencies. The My Neighborhood Interactive Map is a good place to start when trying to do a cursory review of a property in Nevada County. Available layers include flood hazard zones, important farmlands, and fire severity zones. Additionally, you are able to overlay a mosaic of USGS maps that show watercourses (ponds, rivers, creeks etc.) and elevation contours (to assist in determining areas of steep slopes) and aerial photos to assist in determining the presence of landmark oak groves and trees. While a field visit is always warranted, the tools available on this mapping interface should assist you with making a preliminary assessment.
If this is important to you, you are also encouraged to visit, call 530-265-1222, or email the Planning Department to get any additional information on the property which can be obtained through the Community Development Agency’s Record Request process. If there was a previous land use permit or land division involving a given property, the Planning Department may have a site specific biological or cultural inventory on file for the property. While specific findings of cultural resource inventories are typically confidential to the general public, we can discuss those resources in general terms with the land owner. Should you wish to investigate further into whether or not your property hosts any known cultural or historical resources you are encouraged to do a records search with the discuss those resources in general terms. Should you wish to investigate further into whether or not your property hosts any known cultural or historical resources you are encouraged to do a records search with the Northern Central Information Center at California State University Sacramento who, for a small fee, can do a records search of your property.
You may also procure the services of archeologist/cultural resource professional to prepare a cultural report or a biologist to prepare a biological inventory for your property. Another good resource for determining the presence of sensitive plant and wildlife species in the vicinity of your property is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Diversity Database. Finally, if you are concerned over the potential for hazardous materials to occur on your property, the State Water Resources Board maintains a Geotracker database for regulated facilities in California and the State Department of Toxic Substances Control maintains an Envirostor database of clean-up sites and hazardous waste facilities. Should you determine that your property does have hazardous material on it, you are encouraged to seek out the services of the local geotechnical firm to perform a preliminary endangerment assessment.
A setback is the distance between a structure and a property line, a natural feature, a road right-of-way, and other improvements. In all residential and rural zoning districts, setbacks are required from all property lines and roadways.
Setbacks vary with zoning but can also be affected by further restrictions recorded on subdivision maps. Front yard road setbacks for residential uses are 20 feet from the edge of the road right-of-way (not the edge of pavement), or 45 feet from the centerline of the road right-of-way, whichever is greater. All residential and rural properties must maintain a 30 foot setback from the side and rear property lines; however, if your parcel is less than three acres in size and your property is served by public water, the setback from the side property line can be reduced to 10 feet, and the rear setback reduced to 20', subject to certain fire protection measures.
The front property line is the side containing the road right-of-way or easement. The rear property line is the line opposite the front line. For determining setbacks on corner properties, the front line is the shorter line abutting the road (not the driveway access). Section L-II 4.2.5.E. of Zoning Ordinance can assist in determining which is the front property line for unusual property configurations.
ADU’s can provide great benefits to many different people and living situations and the Nevada County Planning Department would like to get the information out on the benefits of ADU’s and the process to construct this type of housing option.
What is an ADU? Accessory Dwelling Units, also called second units or "granny units", can be an extremely beneficial and affordable option to provide additional housing units on a residential property. An ADU is an accessory dwelling unit with complete independent living facilities for one or more persons and can include the following:
• Detached: The unit is a separated structure from the primary residence.
• Attached: The unit is attached and/or contained within the primary residence.
• Converted Existing Space: Space (e.g., master bedroom, attached garage, storage area) on the property of the primary residence that is converted into an independent living unit.
• Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU): A specific type of conversion of existing space that is contained entirely within an existing single-family residence.
Are ADU’s affordable? ADU’s tend to be significantly less expensive to build and offer benefits that address common development barriers such as land acquisition and construction costs and environmental studies. Because ADU’s are built on lots with existing or proposed housing, they do not require the purchase of new land, additional parking or other costly infrastructure required to build a new single-family home. Junior ADU’s and attached ADU’s are contained inside existing single-family homes and require relatively modest renovations and are much more affordable to complete. ADU’s are often built with cost-effective one or two-story wood frames, which are also cheaper than other new homes and can be attached to garages, storage buildings and other accessory structures on a site. Additionally, prefabricated ADU’s can be directly purchased and save much of the time and money that comes with new construction.
What are the benefits of an ADU? ADU’s can provide as much living space as apartments and condominiums and work well for couples, small families, friends, young people, and seniors. ADU’s also give homeowners the flexibility to share independent living areas with family members and others, allowing seniors to age in place as they require more care, thus helping extended families stay together while maintaining privacy. The space can be used for a variety of reasons, including adult children who can pay off debt and save up for living on their own. Homeowners can construct an ADU on their lot or convert an under utilized part of their home into a Junior ADU or attached ADU. This flexibility benefits both renters and homeowners who can receive extra monthly rent income.
How do I get started? The process to construct an Accessory Dwelling Unit can seem daunting and the information on how to get started can be hard to find. The Building Department and Planning Department have created two new informational pamphlets that provide information regarding Accessory Dwelling Units. One of the informational handouts is the "Fast Facts" informational sheet to provide a quick starter guide for exploring the basics of ADU rules, regulations, costs and fees. The second handout is called "Frequently Asked Questions" and is intended to provide more detailed information and answers for people who decide to pursue constructing an Accessory Dwelling Unit.
Areas that are zoned to allow single-family residential homes, also allow an Accessory Dwelling Unit, without subdividing your property. An accessory dwelling unit is ministerial permitted, regardless of minimum parcel size and zoning densities on all parcels within RA, R1, R2, AE, AG, FR, and TPZ zoning districts, subject to zoning compliance and building permit issuance. Additional standards, including maximum allowable sizes, can be found in Sec. L-II 3.19.1.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Frequently asked Questions (PDF)
Accessory Dwelling Unit Fast Facts (PDF)
The Planning Department and Building Department staff are available to further consult with perspective applicants and answer project specific questions regarding this attractive housing option.
Only pre-qualified biological consultants that have been approved by the County are authorized to prepare these inventories.
Land use complaints can be filed at the CDA Customer Service Center at the Nevada County Administrative Center. All formal complaints must be filed on the official form, and must be signed. The name of the complainant is confidential. If you have questions concerning the filing of a complaint, contact the Code Compliance Division of the Community Development Agency at 530-265-1222 Option 4, or visit the Code Compliance Division webpage.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps for most of Nevada County were updated by FEMA on February 3, 2010. These maps indicate the approximate location of the floodplains for the major drainage courses within the County. Floodplains may be mapped for entire properties or portions of properties. The maps are available for viewing at the Planning Department Front Counter.
Constructing or placing fill within a floodplain requires a use permit. Additionally, zoning regulations establish a 100 foot non-disturbance buffer from the boundaries of a floodplain. If you propose construction in or near a floodplain you are advised to obtain a copy of the County Floodplain Ordinance and/or the Zoning Ordinance for reducing buffer areas. Copies are available at the Planning Department Front Counter.
Section 3.4 of the Zoning Ordinance establishes an animal density standard for the keeping of animals where no commercial activity is involved, as long as they are cared for in a manner that does not create a public nuisance or health problem.
In Rural zoning districts (e.g. the AG, AE, and FR), there is no limit on the number of animals, including cats and dogs.
In Residential districts, there are maximums for parcels that are less than 0.5 acre in size, i.e., three dogs or cats (over six months of age). For specific detail and additional restrictions, you should always check the Zoning Ordinance.
Generally, the following timelines are established for permits requiring Planning Department review; however, applications that are incomplete or that trigger the need for additional information may result in delays.
Please refer to our Paying Fines, Fees & Restitution page.
You may download our Mail-In Form (PDF).
For information about the Day Reporting Center (DRC), visit our Day Reporting Center page.
For information please refer to our Request a Juvenile Record Sealing page.
Please refer to our Juvenile Citations page.
For information please refer to our Carl F. Bryan II Juvenile Hall page.
California Forensic Medical Group provides the medical services for the minors in custody, including approving any medication your minor is taking. They can be reached at 530-265-1523.
The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office runs the Sugar Loaf Mountain Juvenile School that your child will attend while in custody. They can be reached at 530-272-5464.
Please refer to our Court Process for Detained Minors page.
Please refer to our Requesting a Stepparent Adoption page.
Please refer to our Community Service page.
If you think a warrant may have been issued for your arrest, you can check and see if you are correct. If you missed a court date and believe a warrant was issued for your arrest and you are represented by a lawyer, you should immediately contact them. They should be able to confirm if a warrant was issued.
If a warrant has been issued, you can surrender yourself to the jail. Your other option is to surrender at the holding area of the courthouse. That entry is on the Main Street side of the courthouse. They accept surrenders on misdemeanor cases on Friday mornings. You must be there no later than 8 a.m. Your case will probably be heard on a morning calendar. They accept felony surrenders on Thursday mornings. Again, you must be there no later than 8 a.m. Felonies will be taken to the jail and booked. They will not appear until the Thursday afternoon calendar.
If you don’t know your next court date, don’t put off calling to find out. Missing a court date without a really good reason might result in the judge taking you into custody when you do show up or a warrant being issued for your arrest. The easiest way to find out your next court date is to contact your Deputy Public Defender. If he or she is not available, you can call the Public Defender’s office and most likely our staff will be able to tell you your next court date. Whenever you call a Public Defender Office, it is always very helpful to have your case number available.
The Nevada County Superior Court provides a website for looking up individual's court dates based on their Case number or name. If you have not yet appeared in court, are not represented by the public defender's office or another attorney, and have questions about your case, you may call the court clerk directly at 530-265-1311.
If you already posted bail, were released on a promise to appear, or were sent a courtesy notice to appear for arraignment, typically that will remain the same. If you voluntarily appeared on a courtesy notice, release on a signed promise to appear or release on pre-trial release is generally granted. However, if you have warrants, are on probation, or have other charges pending, that status may change.
Similarly, if you bailed on a charge of driving while intoxicated, but then it was determined that you have one or more prior convictions within 10 years, this could lead to more serious charges and possible remand. The same is often true if you have been previously convicted of a serious or violent felony (a "strike"), and are being charged with a new felony.
The first court date in a criminal matter is called an arraignment. The judge will briefly advise you of your constitutional rights. You will be advised of the charges that have been filed against you. These may be different from what you were arrested for.
The prosecutor may file additional or fewer charges than the officer saw fit to charge. You will be asked if you would like to have an attorney and that if you can't afford one, an attorney will be appointed to represent you. Your custody status will be addressed: bail may be set or you may be released on your own recognizance or on pre-trial release.
The judge may put conditions of release on you depending on the nature of the charges as well as your history. On the issue of bail, sometimes the prosecutor will refer to some of the allegations. It is not appropriate or in your best interest to comment on the facts or allegations. Any comments you make can be used against you at trial. If you are requesting that the Public Defender's Office be appointed to represent you, you will be required to fill out a financial affidavit to determine if you qualify for their services.
Being charged in a criminal matter can be extremely traumatic. It is perfectly understandable that you might want to speak with a Deputy Public Defender before your first scheduled court date. If this is the case, you do not have to wait for your first court appearance to talk to a Deputy Public Defender. The best way to speak to a Deputy Public Defender is to call the Public Defender's Office and ask to speak to an attorney. If you are in custody, there is a direct line to our office.
A Deputy Public Defender may not be immediately available to answer your call because most Public Defenders spend much of their time representing their clients and not at their desks. The best times to call are usually early in the morning and late in the business day. If an attorney is not immediately available a message will be left for a Deputy Public Defender to return your call as soon as possible. If you feel your matter is urgent, be sure to say so when you call any Public Defender office.
Keep in mind, however, that the attorney you talk to before your court date will probably know nothing about your case and will not know your specific charges or have your police reports at his or her fingertips. In that situation, the attorney you speak with will do his or her best to discuss how the law may affect you, and what your rights are, as well as how your legal representative can acquire and preserve evidence to assist you in your case. It is quite natural to feel overwhelmed if you have been charged in a criminal case. If this ever happens to you, do not hesitate to call the Public Defender's Office for assistance. That is what we are here for.
Can I get a lawyer? Before an individual who is in custody may be questioned regarding a crime, the law requires the police to inform that person that they have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If the person does not give up the right to an attorney, the police must arrange for the presence of an attorney before questioning can take place.
Likewise, if the police wish to place a person who has been arrested into a lineup, that person has the right to the presence of an attorney at the lineup. The Public Defender has attorneys on call to serve those functions. A Deputy Public Defender who goes to the police station or jail serves as the person's attorney in the same way as if the attorney had been retained to represent the person. The attorney represents you, the client, not the police.
Absolutely! All Deputy Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are members of the State Bar and have been licensed to practice law in the State of California. In order to become a Deputy Public Defender, any individual who has already passed the State Bar examination must also go through a rigorous interview and oral examination to ascertain whether he or she has the intellectual ability, the legal knowledge, and the commitment to practice criminal defense law. They only practice criminal defense.
Throughout their entire careers as Deputy Public Defenders, all attorneys are further required to continue their legal education by attending regular classes and seminars regarding any advances in the practice of criminal defense law.
First, if you can afford to hire an attorney, you do not qualify for the services of the Public Defender and should hire your own lawyer. The Public Defender's Office only represents people who cannot afford to hire an attorney. If you really can't afford to hire an attorney, but want to borrow the money from family or friends because you believe you have a better chance with a private attorney, consider the following. Public defenders have long suffered from a public perception as second rate lawyers who couldn't get a "real" job and had to "settle" for working for starvation wages as a deputy public defender. We also suffer from the belief by some that we don't really work hard for our clients.
These are wholly untrue stereotypes. The attorneys who choose to work as deputy public defenders are some of the brightest, best educated, and most dedicated lawyers there are. The Nevada County Public Defender's Office is made up of people who want to practice nothing but criminal law. They don't do divorces or "chase ambulances" or write wills. They come from the finest law schools in the country. While almost all of them could earn more money if that was the most important thing to them, they still get paid pretty well. The salary range is commensurate with the District Attorney's office.
The majority of our lawyers never wanted to practice any other kind of law, and have dedicated their careers to criminal defense work, and being deputy public defenders, because they believe in what they do and like doing it. Because our lawyers don't have to worry about anything but representing their clients, they generally do it very well. They are in court nearly every day. They know all the "ins and outs" of the courts in which they practice. They also try more jury trials in a year than most lawyers try in a lifetime. They know what a case is worth in a settlement. More than 95% of all criminal cases settle before trial, nationwide. Public defenders like trying cases, they don't have to be concerned with the financial implications that going to trial may involve for a retained attorney and his or her client. So, if your deputy public defender recommends a plea bargain, it is because he or she honestly believes it is in your best interest to settle the case, not because financial concerns require it.
You can call them at 530-265-1400 and ask to speak to them. If you do not know who your Deputy Public Defender is, the secretarial staff can figure that out with your name. It also is helpful if you have your case number. If you are directed to voicemail, please speak slowly and clearly and identify yourself by first and last name. Without both your first and last name, we might not know who you are. Make sure you leave a good phone number and if that number changes, please update us.
Unfortunately, no. Caseloads, the seriousness of your case and your history as well as the skill and experience of the attorney are just some of the considerations made when determining who is assigned to which case.
It is understandable that defendants feel the system is not responsive to their needs or that they are not being treated fairly. Being charged with a criminal offense is often frightening and it is difficult to understand the legal process, jargon and consequences. The role of the defense attorney is to vigorously represent the interests of his or her client. This includes ensuring that the client is well-informed and understands what is happening to him or her.
If a client is dissatisfied with the work of the assigned Deputy Public Defender the client should contact the Public Defender, Keri Klein at 530-265-1400.
See what expungement can and cannot do and how you can expunge a conviction from your record on the expungement page.
Candidate filing begins 113 days before an election.
We publish a Candidate Handbook approximately 4 months before an upcoming election. Any questions prospective candidates have prior to the publication of the Candidate Handbook can be directed to our staff.
No. You may file for only one office at the same election.
In most cases, the filing fee is 1 percent of the annual salary of the office the candidate seeks. You must pay the filing fee upon declaring candidacy; if you are a judicial candidate, then you pay when filing the declaration of intent. Candidates may offset the filing fee with signatures in lieu. There are no filing fees if the annual salary for the office sought is $2,500 or less.
Yes. You have the option to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). The SOQ appears in the County Voter Information Guide for most offices. Nevada County Elections will charge you a fee to cover the printing costs, based on the number of registered voters in the district in which you are running. The fees are published in the Candidate Handbook prepared for each election.
You may also need district or countywide voter lists to conduct campaign activities. Countywide voter rolls are $50 and district-specific voter rolls are $37. Please refer to our Voter Rolls Information Requests page for more detailed information.
“In lieu” in this case means to substitute at least some of the filing fee with signatures. If you are required to pay a filing fee, then you may offset the cost with a Petition In-Lieu of Filing Fee.
You may start gathering signatures in lieu 173 days prior to the election. You may apply the signatures you gather toward your nomination, but you have to let our office know that is your intent before you start that process so that we can give you the proper forms.
The number of required signatures for nomination, as well as the number of signatures in lieu required to offset filing fees, are provided in the Candidate Handbook published prior to each election.
It depends. The number of signatures required varies depending on the office sought. We will provide information about the number of signatures needed for nomination in the Candidate Handbook that we publish ahead of every election.
You must gather signatures from voters of the district you are running in; if the office is countywide, then you may gather signatures from any registered voter of the county. If the office you are running for is party-specific, you must collect signatures from members of your party. Each signature is checked against the voter’s registration information.
You must gather the minimum number of valid signatures required for nomination. Our office will accept no more than the maximum number of signatures allowed. If a voter signs nomination petitions for more candidates than there are offices to be filled, the signatures are counted only on those nomination papers which, taken in the order filed, do not exceed the number of offices to be filled. You will be notified immediately if there are any irregularities or if you are disqualified.
Signatures on the Petition In-Lieu of Filing Fee may applied toward your nomination, but you must let us know ahead of time that that is your intent.
Candidate filing opens 113 days before an election and closes at 88 days before an election, unless extended.
You may only use official nomination documents issued by the Nevada County Elections Office. The forms for most candidates are available in our office. Candidates filing for a municipal office should refer to the appropriate City or Town Clerk for candidate filing documents and questions.
While appointments are not mandatory, they are highly recommended. Candidates should expect to spend approximately 30 minutes to complete the filing process.
State law requires that all nomination documents contain the candidate’s name and elective office title to which they are seeking nomination or election and be signed by the election official at the time of issuance.
Sometimes, but don’t count on it. If an incumbent does not file nomination documents by 5:00 pm on the 88th day before the election, any person other than the incumbent has until 5:00 pm on the 83rd day before the election to file nomination documents for the elective office. This section is not applicable where there is no incumbent eligible to be elected.
Nomination documents cannot be issued to or accepted by an unauthorized person. You may authorize another to act on your behalf, as long as you do so in a signed writing.
It depends. Certain types of felonies are disqualifying under section 20 of the California Elections Code. Please consult your legal advisor for more information.
Once you complete the Declaration of Candidacy, you may not withdraw.
Review the guidelines for preparing a candidate statement of qualifications.
The ballot name may be designated as follows:
Yes. A ballot designation appears below your name on the ballot and is optional. It is your professional title by which you would like voters to know you. Examples of ballot designations include “Attorney at Law,” “Incumbent,” or “Farmer.”
Ballot designations come with several regulations intended to protect voters. The Ballot Designation Worksheet, which we provide to all candidates, will help you navigate all these rules. Please contact our office for any specific questions.
If there is only one candidate for a county position, the candidate's name will appear alone on the ballot. For most other offices, the Board of Supervisors will make appointments in lieu of an election.
You are responsible for knowing the campaign finance rules and reporting requirements. Your best resources are NetFile and the Fair Political Practices Commission, and your legal advisor.
No. As a nonpartisan governmental entity, we cannot complete your disclosure forms and we will not provide any legal advice or in-kind services for any political campaign. If you have questions about a disclosure form, please ask the FPPC staff or your legal advisor.
No. In 2016, Nevada County passed Ordinance 2404, which requires candidates and political committees to file most documents electronically. The good news is, the FPPC and NetFile staff are incredibly helpful and will provide help and training suited to your needs.
The Government and Elections Codes provide most of the details that you need to know. In general, the law will require you and your campaign to be transparent. There will be specific rules you need to follow for political mail, radio and television ads, and other forms of outreach. Please consult a legal advisor for specific questions.
You can check to see if your ballot was received online.
See if you provisional ballot was counted online.
You can find your polling place online.
You can look up the status of your registration on the voter status page.
You can sign up to receive your sample ballot pamphlet online on our page.
You can call, email, or stop by the Elections Office. Our hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can call us at 530-265-1298 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office is located at 950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 210, Nevada City. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we require anyone needing in person services to make an appointment.
Some of our services require a fee. Please review the election fee schedule (PDF) for further details.
Find out who your representative is by using our online map.
Gregory J. Diaz currently serves as the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters. You can learn more about him and his service online.
Yes. We have videos available online to help you understand the voting process.
Our published guidelines (PDF) examine the law of recall only as it applies to state and local officials. It is divided into separate parts to help avoid confusion.
The Top-Two Open Primary Act is a newly established election process that was first used during the 2012 presidential election. Learn more about the act and how it has changed the election process.
Anyone interested in getting voter rolls must complete an application and pay a fee. Countywide voter rolls are $50.00 and district-specific voter rolls are $37.00. For more information, please refer to our webpage about how to purchase voter rolls.
Review who can request a recount, the format you should use, and where you can file your request.
View information about what a measure is, what to submit and the text needed to submit a measure to a ballot.
Learn about the word count rules and other guidelines for when you are preparing a ballot argument.
See how you can qualify a county initiative for the ballot by reviewing our guidelines (PDF).
Check out the guidelines (PDF) for getting a county referendum on a ballot.
By providing us with an email address when you sign up to go green, you will receive an email notifying you that your voter pamphlet is available online approximately 29 days prior to an election. Access the view my sample ballot section on the home page and insert your information to access your voter information pamphlet.
If you decide that you prefer to receive a paper version of your sample ballot and official voter information pamphlet after you have signed up to go green, you can revert to the paper version at anytime, just let us know.
In Nevada County, behind every election there are hundreds of people who ensure a smooth and proper operation at the polling places. Their efforts play a vital part in making democracy work. See how you can become a poll worker and aid in the election process.
You can register to vote in Nevada County if:
See if you are registered to vote online.
See where you are registered to vote on the Secretary of State website.
See how to register to vote on the Secretary of State's website.
To cancel your registration in Nevada County, you can visit our office,fill out and return this form, or send us a letter of cancellation that includes:
You can mail your letter to:
Nevada County Elections
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
If you would like to cancel a Deceased voter's registration in Nevada County, you can visit our office with a copy of the death certificate or send us a letter that includes:
Check out voting information for military members and citizens living overseas.
View information on how to determine your registration status. If you find out that you aren't registered, you can also access the registration portal.
You can go green by signing up to receive your sample ballot online rather than by paper. See how you can sign up.
There are several resources that you may access to learn more about how vote-by-mail works in California. As with all election procedures, we follow state laws and guidelines governing the vote-by-mail process.
General laws about vote-by-mail in California start with Elections Code Chapter 1, Division 3, section 3000 et. seq. As a Voter’s Choice Act county, which requires participants to send all active registered voters a ballot, we also conduct mail balloting processes under Elections Code section 4005. The California Secretary of State further offers some educational materials about vote-by-mail: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail
Ain’t got no time for that? We get it! For a quick reference, you can also click here to see an overview about how mail ballot processing works in Nevada County. And of course, our staff is always happy to answer any questions that you have about vote-by-mail.
Access a vote by mail application and see how to return your ballot.
View information about what provisional voting is and how to get a provisional ballot.
Yes. All producers have the right to sell their unprocessed products from the point of production, i.e. their farm. If this isn't feasible, you can apply for permits to establish a produce stand at the nearest paved or main county road with the Planning Department and Environmental Health. You can also sell products directly to a wholesale or retail outlet. For more information please call 530-470-2690.
You must the provide the buyer a record of Proof of Ownership and transport the produce in a box with all required markings, including the identity of the product, the responsible party (name and address of the farm, including zip code) and the quantity (either by measure or count). Boxes may be reused, but all previous markings, including trade marks and brand names, must be completely obliterated or covered up. For more information please call 530-470-2690.
There isn't any farm registry, however, certain types of products or selling in certain places may have additional requirements. Chicken eggs, nursery stock, marketing your products as organic, setting up a produce stand or selling at a farmers market all require separate types of registrations and certifications. For more information please call 530-470-2690.
Not until you have met all of the requirements and registered with California's State Organic Program. Using the term "organic" without completing the organic registration process is a violation of California state law. For more information please call 530-470-2690.
Chicken eggs require that you become a registered egg handler. It is currently a one-time, $15 fee. The program also sells a manual that describes all of the laws and reviews the labeling requirements.
You'll need to complete a certified producer's certificate with the county agriculture office. The certificate is an annual fee of $65 and includes a brief inspection of your growing grounds to verify you are growing what you claim on the certificate. For more information please call 530-470-2690.
All processed foods require a permit from Environmental Health. For more information please call 530-470-2690.
Authority and Background
On March 19, 2020, California’s Governor and its State Health Officer collectively issued Executive Order N-33-20, which requires all Californians to “shelter-in-place” by remaining at home or at their place of residence, except as necessary to obtain food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary healthcare, or go to an essential job. Essential jobs are defined as those jobs which are necessary to maintain continuity of operations for “critical infrastructure sectors” identified in CISA’s March 19, 2020 Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, version 1.0. Those sectors are:
This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our state. The health officers across California jurisdictions are responding to quickly mounting cases and serious illnesses.
Our county borders are porous, and we have quite a bit of traffic and movement across our borders into Placer, Sacramento, Yuba, Sutter and Washoe Counties, and there is increased evidence of community transmission across the state. Although Nevada County still has a small number of cases, we are acting as though community transmission is occurring and taking necessary precautions to protect our most vulnerable residents and to preserve our local health care system.
Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Nevada County to act immediately.
While this news may feel alarming, it is a necessary step to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.
If everyone works together, we should be able to adjust to the new rules over the next few weeks.
We know that there will be a lot of questions and concerns at the beginning of this new regimen. This is a major change being taken to protect public health. Please be patient and kind to one another. Together, we will get through this, and our community’s health will be protected.
There is not a termination date listed. The Governor will make that determination.
These essential services will remain open:
Other Community-Based Government Operations
While there is no description of this sector, the following specific functions are called out as follows:
Dog parks may remain open if seating areas are closed, hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance/exit (or users bring their own hand sanitizer), and users bring their own water and waste bags. Dog owners should maintain at least six feet of distance from each other; dogs are not required to maintain social distance from their dog peers. [updated 4/27/2020]
If the grooming is for aesthetics, no. If the grooming is for the necessary health and safety of the animal, yes. In addition, any service provider should maintain strict hygiene and social distancing practices. [updated 4/17/20]
It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply.
It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community.
All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.
You can still get your health needs addressed. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services. Some services, especially elective procedures, may be postponed or canceled. Some doctors are providing tele-medicine – i.e., services by Facetime, Zoom, Skype and other video-chat programs.
If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center. Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency.
No. For your safety as well as their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.
Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as can food delivery services.
Yes, you can place more orders from online stores. Businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are essential businesses that may continue to operate.
Yes, but only for essential travel.
Do you best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands before and after rides, etc. Stay 6 feet or more away from other people you do not live with.
Public transit will continue to operate. When using public transport, you should try to maintain at least 6 feet, two to three steps away, from other riders.
You want to help everyone be able to practice social distancing (staying 6-feet or more away from other people you do not live with). Therefore, it’s important to only take public transportation for essential activities.
People who are experiencing homelessness are encouraged to try to stay with family or friends, identify housing options, or access emergency resources such as shelter that can exercise social distancing. They can also call 211 for resources (also available at 1-833-DIAL211) located throughout Nevada County. 211 can provide clients with safety net services, including for homeless shelter referrals, based on an evaluation of each client’s needs and situation.
Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores can operate. When possible, you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.
The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase other necessary items. It also directs businesses selling those items to remain open and allows employees of those businesses to keep working and to ensure those businesses are operating.
If they provide essential services as described in the order, then yes, they can and should continue providing those services. This would include non-profits operating food pantries, providing housing for homeless residents, and many, many other critical services. It does not include arts organizations.
Government employees can continue to go to work if they are designated as essential employees by their employer. Each government is responsible for determining which of its workers are essential.
Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and wellbeing and is particularly beneficial to children. You can go for walks, ride your bike, and engage in other similar activities, but should maintain social distance (i.e. be more than 6 feet away from persons who are not part of your household) when on walks and in parks to avoid spread of the virus. Some cities have decided to close parks and playgrounds to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please respect those closures.
No. Instead, get exercise by taking a walk, going for a jog, or riding your bike. But maintain a social distance of at least six feet from people who are not members of your household when doing so.
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open.
Continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.
Yes. Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
It is strongly recommended that you do not go to a hospital unless you are seeking emergency medical attention or accompanying a minor who is under 18 years old or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance.
Please use alternative ways to communicate with loved ones at nursing homes and residential care facilities. Like facetime and texting. The residents at those locations are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
If you need to know more, please contact the facility you want to visit by phone before you leave.
This is difficult, but it is necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your health care provider first before going in. If possible, walk or drive yourself to the healthcare. If someone else in your home is sick and can drop you off, that is another good option. You want to try to avoid exposing others to any germs you have, especially if you are seriously ill.
If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a surgical mask or N-95 mask, you can wear that to prevent exposing others. If you don’t have that, you could use a temporary method such as wrapping a clean scarf around your mouth and nose to try to reduce droplets when you cough and sneeze.
Although this is not an approved method, it is something you can do to avoid exposing others. Just do the best you can.
Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support. They are permitted to pick up any of your needs and drop it off at your doorstep. Please also contact 211 (also available at 1-833-DIAL211) if you do not have family or friends who can drop off food and supplies, the operators are available 24/7 and can connect you with a resource that may be able to assist.
Please call 211 (also available at 1-833-DIAL211), for all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.
Yes, but perform good hygiene practices and social distancing.
Yes, but perform social distancing.
You can be fined or imprisoned. You can get sick. You can make people sick who would not otherwise have gotten ill and some of them might get seriously ill or die.
Yes, if you can maintain at least six feet of distance from non-household members at all times, and you bring all your own equipment. [updated 4/27/20]
No. Places of worship have not been exempted as essential activities under the order. Places of worship can still provide services listed in the order as essential, such as food banks and funerals. Many religious organizations are providing services and spiritual exercises electronically.
Hospitals and medical facilities are exempted from the Order. You are free to go there and get medical attention if you need it.
You will have to work with the host of your event to see if the event is rescheduled or your money will be refunded.
The order contemplates that citizens will adhere to their civic duty and follow the order for the greater good of the community and comply with the order. At this time there is no requirement of proof that you are allowed to be outside your residence.
The courts are under the jurisdiction of the State of California. Please call the number on your jury service form for instructions as to whether you should appear. If required to appear, practice strong hygiene and social distancing. On March 24, 2020 the California Chief Justice issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. You are not likely to be called for jury service and should contact the Court before leaving home to ensure you are needed.
Essential government functions are determined by the government entity that has jurisdiction. In this case, the federal government will determine whether citizenship tests are going forward. Please contact the appropriate government agency administering the test to determine whether you should appear. If required to appear, practice strong hygiene and social distancing.
Yes, when providing rides for essential activities or providing rides to people performing essential government functions, essential infrastructure, or essential business.
Yes, you can go to a laundromat and other laundry service providers.
Call your plumber. This Order allows service providers like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators to keep working and providing their services to the public. To obtain supplies for a DIY solution, you can also visit your hardware store, which is allowed to stay open under this Order.
There is effort on the federal level to grant relief to small businesses. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201/text. The Small Business Administration is accepting loan applications. Please visit the below resources for more information:
Yes, real estate transactions and services can continue. However, public open houses are not allowed. Real estate agents and consumers need to work directly, and on a case-by-case basis, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Yes. Child custody arrangements can continue but individuals must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Cleaning services are only considered essential and allowed if they are for a location where no other means of cleaning is available or if it is for an essential sector.
Construction is allowed unless the construction work that is solely for cosmetic purposes, and provided that the construction workers carry out all work while in compliance with social distancing requirements, to the extent possible. This includes hand washing for at least 20 seconds or use of hand sanitizer, six feet of distance between individuals, not shaking hands, sanitizing high-touch surfaces. Please see the guidance from the Health Officer for construction, which is available as an addendum to the Stay-at-Home Order. If the construction work is for cosmetic purposes, it is deemed nonessential and not allowed. [updated 4/27/20]
Yes, however, only permanent residences may shelter in place at these locations. Traveling and using RV Park accommodations for non-permanent residents, is not permissible.
Trail maintenance and land management activities are only allowed to continue for public safety, fire prevention and other regulatory requirement efforts.
Environmental activities are only allowed to continue for public safety, fire prevention and other regulatory requirement efforts.
Yes, if the proper precautions are taken. Golf is permitted if the additional requirements provided by the County Health Officer are strictly followed by both the courses and the players themselves. That includes practices by the golf courses, such as no seating, increased distance between tee times, no equipment rentals, among others. The golfers themselves must also engage in updated practices, such as no shared equipment, no high fives or hugs, 6’ between players at all times, no groups larger than four people, among others. Please review the guidelines in full prior to planning your game.Physical activities performed for health purposes are permitted if social distancing can be maintained at all times. This includes exercise by taking a walk, going for a jog, or riding your bike. But maintain a social distance of at least six feet from people who are not members of your household when doing so.
A number of other activities that allow for social distancing are now allowed. For example, disc golf courses may remain open if no contact is made with baskets. Tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts may remain open for use by members of the same household only. So your volleyball team can’t meet and practice, but you can play a game with your children or siblings. Games that require balls or other equipment can only be played if the equipment isn’t shared outside of household members. In addition, golf courses and outdoor shooting and archery ranges may remain open if they follow guidance provided by the Health Officer in the Stay-at-Home order.
In addition, boat ramps can be open, if the boat ramp owner determines they can open it safely, with appropriate precautions in place. Those precautions should include signage, closure of other areas (like picnic areas), appropriate sanitizing or elimination of high-touch surfaces, and any other practices appropriate to an individual environment to protect the public and staff. Boating can be done by solo boaters, for instance in a kayak or stand-up paddle board, or by a stable household group. Individuals who are not part of a stable household group cannot go boating on the same boat, cannot share equipment, and should not travel to the recreation areas together. Any picnic areas near boat ramps must remain closed.
Short-term lodging facilities (including hotels, motels, condominiums, campgrounds and other units) can only remain open or operate which are a) used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, and b) used to house workers performing functions that are essential to maintain the continuity of operations for critical infrastructure, as listed in the State Public Health Officer’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance. To help provide clarification, please see the Nevada County Public Health Officer Order: Clarification of Governor’s and State Health Officer’s “Stay-at-Home” Order as Related to Lodging Facilities.
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Many residents are now eligible to medical coverage in Nevada County. Come talk to our Human Service Specialists to see which program you qualify for, whether it's Medi-Cal, the County Services Medi-Cal program, or Covered California benefits.
The office of the Public Guardian is responsible for conducting the County investigation into conservatorship matters. If appointed, the Public Guardian acts as conservator for those found by the Superior Court to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances.
California law provides for two basic types of conservatorship depending upon the conservatee's particular needs. The following is a brief description of each:
Yes. We will communicate and advocate on your behalf with your consent.
We do not pick up or deliver medications on a regularly scheduled time frame.
Yes, if other transportation is not available.
At least once every 6 months but sooner if medically necessary.
Only if you give consent.
We can assist you in getting what you need whether that be getting a prescription or referring to other local agencies.
Nothing, if you are 60 years old or older. Donations are welcomed.
Adult Protective Services only evaluates adults who are 65 or older or a person 18-64 years who is considered to be dependent due to a physical or mental disability, which prevents or limits that individual from carrying out normal activities or protecting his or her rights.
Adult Protective Services can only remove a person from an unsafe home on a voluntary basis. If the person is mentally competent and understands the risk of remaining in the unsafe home, Adult Protective Services has no jurisdiction. If the client is thought to be mentally incompetent Adult Protective Services must take legal steps through the court to determine whether a conservatorship or surrogate decision-maker is necessary.
Adult Protective Services does not have the resources to locate independent housing for elderly or dependent adults who are being evicted or are already homeless. Adult Protective Services can assess the client for out of home care in a board and care home, assisted living, etc. and try to facilitate placement. Adult Protective Services also makes referrals to placement agencies.
It is not necessary to have proof of one's suspicions to make a report of a suspected abuse as long as the report is made in "good faith." There are penalties, however, for making a false or malicious report of abuse. A caller may request to be confidential and that is respected. In fact, the caller does not have to identify himself/herself at all, unless they are a mandated reporter by law.
Adult Protective Services does not automatically refer such cases for a conservatorship. There are many factors to determine if a Conservatorship should be pursued. Other methods are tried first which may alleviate the problem such as finding a responsible party to assist the client or be legally appointed as Power of Attorney, etc.
A consultation with the Nevada County Public Guardian is made after the social worker does a Conservatorship investigation. This might include talking with the client's physician, family, and other involved persons to determine if a conservatorship is the only viable plan. Referrals to the Public Guardian do not guarantee acceptance of the case.
Adult Protective Services can provide referrals to caregivers to go into the home of a frail client. In Home Supportive Services (a state run program administered by the county for low income individuals) is one of the resources. Referrals to care giving agencies and nursing registries can be provided to the client, family or friends.
A social worker has up to 10 calendar days to respond to a non-emergency report of Adult Protective Services.
An emergency response report is one in which an abuse or neglect incident or condition is believed to likely result in permanent injury or death. An Adult Protective Services social worker will respond immediately to check on the client's welfare. (Emergency response services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week).
The In-Home Supportive Services Program (IHSS) provides in-home services to people who are blind, disabled, or over the age of 65 so they can remain in their homes safely. Services range from assistance with household chores to personal care and paramedical services
You have reached the county of Nevada in California. To become a care provider or receive services in the state of Nevada, you would need to contact the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services office in your area.
Carson City 775-687-4210
Las Vegas 702-486-3545
IHSS services include:
The Nevada County Public Authority maintains a list of contracted IHSS care providers. Community care providers, friends, neighbors, and relatives can provide services as well.
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) are financed by state, county, and federal funds. Depending on your countable income, you may have to pay for a portion of the cost of services. This is known as "share of cost."
Depending upon your circumstances, you may be eligible for up to 283 hours of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) each month. A county social worker will conduct a needs assessment to determine what services you need and how many hours you qualify for based on State guidelines.
You must be receiving or eligible for Medi-Cal. After Medi-Cal eligibility is determined, a county social worker will come to your home to conduct a needs assessment to determine the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and hours you need. Call or visit the local office to request an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) application.
After the needs assessment, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) will contact you to let you know if you have been approved or denied. If approved, you will be notified of the services and number of hours authorized. If services are denied or you disagree with the number of hours authorized, you have the right to appeal. The appeals procedure is outlined on the back of the notice you receive.
No. If you live in an assisted living facility or a nursing home, you do not qualify for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). If you plan to live on your own in the future, you can apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) to begin after your move.
You, the recipient of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), are responsible for hiring, firing, and supervising your caregiver.
Yes, but you must be receiving or eligible for Medi-Cal. Call or go to your County Welfare Department to get a Medi-Cal application.
Yes. You can hire relatives, friends, neighbors, and other caregivers to provide you with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) services. They must register with the Public Authority.
Yes. Your In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregiver can assist you with medications and accompany you to medical appointments.
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Looking for a place to take new or gently used appliances or building materials? Take them to the Nevada County Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. The ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used building materials, electrical and lighting, appliances, cabinets and more!
Green Waste is now accepted at the McCourtney Transfer Station or visit the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County's website for more information about green waste programs in Nevada County including chipping, defensible space, community events and more.
Call Waste Management at 530-274-3090.
Call the illegal dumping hotline at 530-265-7111.
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Properties in western Nevada County are assessed solid waste parcel charges to fund post-closure maintenance of the closed McCourtney Road Landfill. View information about western Nevada County solid waste parcel charges (PDF).
Trash from Western Nevada County is taken from the McCourtney Road Transfer Station, where it is eventually transfered to the Sacramento SRT for recycling, sorting and disposal.
Recyclables from Western Nevada County go to a Waste Management facility in Lodi, California, and recyclables from Eastern Nevada County go to the Eastern Regional Landfill in Truckee, California.
McCourtney Road Transfer Station will be accepting treated wood waste starting on Wednesday March 24th.
Please read below requirements before bringing your treated wood load in:
• The treated wood cannot be comingled with any other material including untreated wood
• All those transporting treated wood must carry with them a shipping document and submit the same on arrival to Waste Management Staff.
• Treated wood loads should also be labeled during transport.
• Those without the shipping document will have to provide all the information upon arrival to WM staff. This information is required to be provided by Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC).
• All transporters of treated wood must have applied for and received a variance from DTSC. WM will not reject customers who do not have a variance but WM is required to report this information to DTSC by law.
• Residential customers with a load of 50 lbs. or less are exempt and will not require a variance
• For more information visit https://dtsc.ca.gov/treated-wood-waste-variances/
No. Legal title to a tax-defaulted property subject to the Tax Collector’s power to sell can be acquired only through the Treasurer-Tax Collector by being the successful bidder at the tax sale, and by paying the full purchase amount, including the Documentary Transfer Tax. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
Vacant (unimproved) land has no address and therefore its approximate geographic location may be determined through the use of County Assessor plat maps. Exact boundary lines of a property may be determined by a survey of the property. The County does not have possession or control of the property and cannot grant access. “Improved” properties may bear a street address. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
You may consult the Zoning Department of any city within which a property lines regarding use of the parcel. For property in unincorporated areas of the County, you may refer to the Zoning Section of the Nevada County Department of Planning.
The County Recorder’s Office should be consulted for any recorded easements on a property. In addition, there may be other agencies to consult with based on the current, future, potential, or intended use of the property. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
The successful bidder may take possession of a property after making payment in full and after the Tax Deed to Purchaser has been recorded. Tax Deeds are generally recorded within four weeks of the sale or upon completion (payment in full). For more information please call 530-265-1285.
State law requires that the minimum bid on a tax-defaulted parcel offered at a public auction for the first time be no less than the total amount necessary to pay the back taxes on the parcel (redeem the parcel), plus costs of sale. The minimum bid on a parcel previously offered at sale can be set at the Tax Collector’s discretion. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
The deadline is 5 p.m. on the last business day prior to the scheduled Property Tax Sale Auction. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
A supplemental tax bill is a separate bill that reflects the increase or decrease in the assessed value of real property. Supplemental tax bills are generated and mailed throughout the year, and payment due dates vary. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
A negative supplemental tax bill is a separate bill that reflects assessment that is lower than the prior assessed value, a senior citizen’s transfer of Proposition 13 values, or other downward assessment and includes a refund check. A negative supplemental bill does not change your responsibility to pay all other property tax bills. However, the refund generated by a negative supplemental bill may be applied to any open bills for the same parcel. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
Yes. Supplemental tax bills are separate from and in addition to the annual secured property tax bill. They must be paid on time in order to avoid penalties. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
No. Supplemental tax bills are only mailed to the property owner of record. You should contact your lender to determine whether it will pay the supplemental tax bill. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
Types of personal property which may trigger the issuance of an unsecured tax bill include:
- Business fixtures
- Business personal property
Other types of property may include:
- Delinquent State Assessed Property (Unitary Tax)
- Manufactured housing (mobile homes) possessory interest (leased government property)
- Pro-rated escape and supplemental tax on real property that has changed ownership
For more information please call 530-265-1285.
All personal business property and luxury property in the State of California is subject to an annual tax. Boats, except for those used in commerce or fishing, are considered luxury items. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
The owner of personal property as of January 1st is responsible for the unsecured tax bill. Disposal, removal, or sale of the property after the January 1st lien date will not affect the tax bill. Taxes will not be prorated due to the sale or disposal of taxable personal property after the lien date. Any proration of the tax is strictly a private matter between the seller and buyer. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
If your bill is not paid by the delinquent date, penalties and additional fees may apply. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
Yes. To avoid penalties, liens, and other enforcement of collection actions, the tax should be paid prior to it becoming delinquent. Should the tax be reduced later a refund will be issued. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
Property tax assessments on real estate where the real estate was sold prior to the enrollment of the tax bill are not a lien on that real estate. These tax bills are prorated to cover the ownership period of the prior owner(s) and enrolled on the unsecured tax roll as the personal liability of the former property owner(s). In addition, unpaid taxes on mobile homes, possessory interests, and State Assessed Property (unitary tax) tax bills are transferred after June 30 to the Unsecured Tax Roll as the personal liability of the assessee(s). For more information please call 530-265-1285.
The Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector is responsible for billing and collecting all County property taxes. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
“Secured” refers to a property tax that is assessed against real property (e.g. land or improvements). Nevada County’s real property tax is an “ad valorem tax,” a tax according to value. Proposition 13 established the tax rate as 1% of current assessed value, plus voter approved bonded indebtedness.
Real property is assessed when there is a change in ownership or completion of new construction. Proposition 13 also provides that the assessed value of property can increase no more than 2% annually, based upon the California Consumer Price Index. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
All owners of real property must pay property taxes unless exempted by state law. Lessees must pay property taxes if they are leasing real estate from an owner whose property is exempt. Owners of business, industrial, agricultural and residential property must all pay property tax. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
The first installment of secured property tax is due on November 1st and becomes delinquent after December 10th. The second installment is due February 1st and becomes delinquent after April 10th. If the delinquent date falls on a weekend or holiday, you have until the close of the next business day to pay your tax bill.
The annual secured property tax bill are mailed beginning in October of each year.
Please note that is your responsibility to obtain your tax bill. Failure to receive a bill will not prevent penalties from being imposed on a late payment. If you have not received your tax bill by November 1st, please contact the Treasurer - Tax Collector's office. For more information please call 530-265-1285.
Veterans in the VA health care system will be eligible to receive necessary hospital and outpatient services, including preventive and primary care. These include: diagnostic and treatment services; rehabilitation; mental health and substance abuse treatment; home health, respite and hospice care; and drugs in conjunction with VA treatment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is required by law to charge veterans, in certain income categories, a co-payment for their outpatient visits. Co-payments are based on primary care visits ($15), specialty care visits ($50), and no co-payment designations.
VA health benefits are established by Federal law and regulations and funded through appropriations. They are not the same as an insurance contract. Also, veterans do not pay monthly premiums to receive VA health care. In addition, you are not required to use VA as your exclusive health care provider. If you have health insurance, or eligibility for other programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, or TRICARE, you may continue to use services under those programs. We recommend that you keep any other insurance or HMO coverage.
Yes. Care in private facilities at VA expense is provided only under certain circumstances. To determine if you are eligible for private care at VA expense, you will need to contact the nearest VA health care facility.
Usually not. VA provides care in private facilities at VA expense when VA has a contract arrangement for certain services or, under very limited circumstances, when VA approves the care in advance.
VA provides urgent and limited emergency care in VA facilities. However, VA’s ability to pay for emergency care in non-VA facilities is very limited. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act authorized VA to expand emergency care coverage. Refer to the last paragraph for additional details.
You may receive health care at any VA health care facility in the country. To minimize any “out-of-pocket” expenses while traveling, you should familiarize yourself with the location of any VA health care facilities in the area. VA’s authority to reimburse you for care in non-VA facilities is very limited.
In general, dental benefits are limited to service-connected dental conditions or to veterans who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes. For specifics, contact the VA health benefits advisor at your local VA health care facility.
Nursing home care in VA or private nursing homes may be provided to certain veterans as space and resources permit. The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act has authorized VA to expand long-term care services. Refer to the last paragraph for additional details. To determine if you are eligible for VA nursing home care, you will need to contact the nearest VA health care facility.
Yes, if you are receiving VA care and are service-disabled with a disability rating of 10% or greater or are a former POW. Otherwise, hearing aids and eyeglasses will only be provided in special circumstances and not for generally occurring hearing or vision loss.
VA provides maternity care, but cannot provide care to a newborn child, even in the immediate aftermath of the birth. The veteran mother must make other arrangements for payment for the care of the child.
No, your treating physician will determine what is considered appropriate and necessary hospital care or outpatient services and will provide such care consistent with current medical care practices.
On November 30, 1999, the President signed Public Law 106-117, the Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act. This legislation authorizes VA to expand long-term care services and to reimburse for the emergency treatment of certain enrolled veterans. The law also requires VA enroll veterans awarded the Purple Heart into Priority Group Three. VA is currently in the process of drafting regulations required to implement these new authorities. For specifics, contact the Health Benefits Service Center at 877-222-8387.
Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who are age 65 or older, or, if under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled. Veterans who are more seriously disabled may qualify for Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits. These are benefits that are paid in addition to the basic pension rate.
Generally you may be eligible if:
You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable,
You served at least 90 days of active military service, 1 day of which was during a period of war. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. (There are exceptions to this rule)
Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law. (The yearly limit of income is set by congress.)
You are age 65 or older, or you are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct.
As you can see, there are a number of criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits. If you are unsure if you meet all criteria, we encourage you to contact our office if your countable income appears to be near or over the maximum. You can deduct your Medicare premiums, private health insurance premiums and the cost of an assisted living facility or In-Home Care provider from your income to reduce your income.
This includes income received by the veteran and his or her dependents from most sources. It includes earnings, social security, disability and retirement payments, interest and dividends, and net income from farming or business.
Net worth means the net value of the assets of the veteran and his or her dependents. It includes such assets as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and any property other than the veteran’s residence and a reasonable lot area. There is no set limit on how much net worth a veteran and his dependents can have, but net worth cannot be excessive. The decision as to whether a claimant’s net worth is excessive depends on the facts of each individual case. All net worth should be reported and VA will determine if a claimant’s assets are sufficiently large that the claimant could live off these assets for a reasonable period of time. VA’s needs-based programs are not intended to protect substantial assets or build up an estate for the benefit of heirs.
Yes, there are exclusions. The following are examples of what may be excluded:
Your annual pension is calculated by first totaling all your countable income. Then any deductions are subtracted from that total. The remaining countable income is deducted from the appropriate annual income which is determined by the number of your dependents, if any, and whether or not you are entitled to housebound or aid and attendance benefits. This amount is then divided by 12 and rounded to the nearest dollar. This gives you the amount of your monthly payment.
Your pension is calculated to be an amount equal to the difference between your countable family income and the annual pension limit set by Congress.
Net worth, or corpus of estate (the value of your assets) also has a bearing on your pension eligibility. Because VA pension is a needs based benefit, a large net worth may render you ineligible.
Net worth and corpus of estate mean the market value, less mortgages or other encumbrances, of all real and personal property owned by the veteran, except the veteran’s dwelling (single family unit), including a reasonable lot area, and personal effects to and consistent with the claimant’s reasonable mode of life.
There are a number of other criteria that may affect your eligibility to pension benefits such as veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance to manage normal daily activities, or who are in a care facility. That is why we encourage you to go ahead and file an application, particularly if your countable income appears to be near the maximum.
Aid & Attendance (A&A) is a benefit paid in addition to monthly pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A veteran may be eligible for A&A when:
Housebound is paid in addition to monthly pension. Like A&A, Housebound benefits may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A veteran may be eligible for Housebound benefits when:
A veteran cannot receive both Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits at the same time.
You may apply for Aid & Attendance or Housebound benefits by Department of Veterans Affairs (Not recommended) or you may complete Information to Apply for Aid & Attendance and VA Form 21-2680 Informal Claim. Completed applications can be emailed, faxed or mailed to this office. We are a county office and there are no charges for this service.
In addition you will need to get the following forms completed.
You cannot receive a VA non-service connected pension and service-connected compensation at the same time. However, if you apply for pension and are awarded payments, VA will pay you whichever benefit is the greater.
Maximum pension rates are set annually by Congress.
No, you cannot receive both the DIC payments and Pension benefits at the same time. DIC payments are always higher than pension benefits.
If you meet the requirements for Housebound or Aid & Attendance benefits you can get an additional amount added to your DIC payments. To apply for A&A simply have your doctor complete VA Form 21-2680 and submit.
Agent Orange was one of the weed-killing chemicals used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam War. It was sprayed to remove leaves from trees that enemy troops hid behind. Agent Orange and similar chemicals were known as “herbicides.” Agent Orange was applied by airplanes, helicopters, trucks and backpack sprayers.
In the 1970’s some veterans became concerned that exposure to Agent Orange might cause delayed health effects. One of the chemicals in Agent Orange contained small amounts of dioxin (also known as “TCDD”), which had been found to cause a variety of illnesses in laboratory animals. More recent studies have suggested that dioxin may be related to several types of cancer and other disorders.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays disability compensation to Vietnam veterans with injuries or diseases that began in, or were aggravated by, their military service. These are called “service-connected” disabilities.
Monthly payment rates are based on the veteran's combined rating for his or her service-connected disabilities. These ratings are based on the severity of the disabilities. Additional amounts are paid to certain veterans with severe disabilities ("special monthly compensation") and certain veterans with dependents.
In an Agent Orange-based claim by a Vietnam veteran for service-connected benefits, VA requires:
Under the law, veterans who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 (including those who visited Vietnam even briefly), and who have a disease that VA recognizes as being associated with Agent Orange, are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange.
These veterans are eligible for service-connected compensation based on their service, if they have one of the diseases on VA's list of "Diseases associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents" VA updates this list regularly based on reports from the National Academy of Sciences, an independent research and education institution.
In 1996, President Clinton and VA Secretary Jesse Brown asked Congress to pass legislation providing health care, monthly disability compensation, and vocational rehabilitation to the children of Vietnam veterans suffering from the serious birth defect spina bifida, which has been linked to the veterans' exposure to Agent Orange. Congress passed the legislation, marking the first time our nation had ever compensated the children of veterans for a birth defect associated with their parent's exposure to toxic chemicals during their military service. VA is now providing benefits to over 800 children, including minors and adults.
Effective December 16, 2003, Congress authorized these benefits to children with spina bifida of certain veterans who served at or near the demilitarized zone in Korea between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971, because Agent Orange is known to have been sprayed in that area.
Survivors of veterans (including spouses, children and dependent parents) who died as the result of a service-connected disease may be eligible for monthly Dependency and Indemnity Compensation benefits. These survivors may also be eligible for education, home loan and medical care benefits.
If the VA Regional Office says your disability is not service-connected or if the percentage of disability is lower than what you think is fair, you have the right to appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals. The first step in appealing is to send the VA Regional Office a "Notice of Disagreement" This Notice of Disagreement is a written statement saying that you "disagree" with the denial. Be sure your Notice includes the date of the VA's denial letter and be sure to list the benefits you are still seeking.
In response to the Notice of Disagreement, you will get a "Statement of the Case" from the VA Regional Office. This will repeat the reasons stated in the VA's denial letter why your claim was denied and will include the relevant VA regulations. Once you get the Statement of the Case, if you still wish to pursue your appeal, you should file a VA Form 9, "Appeal to Board Veterans' Appeals" which is sent to with the Statement of the Case. You have 60 days from the date on the Statement of the Case, or one year from the date the VA first denied your claim, to file the VA Form 9. Whichever date is later is your deadline.
The Board of Veterans' Appeals (also known as "BVA") is a part of the VA, located in Washington, D.C. Members of the BVA review benefit claims decisions made by VA Regional Offices and issue a new decision. You may have a hearing before the BVA in Washington, DC or at your VA Regional Office.
Anyone appealing to the BVA should read the "Understanding the Appeal Process" pamphlet. It explains the steps involved in filing an appeal and to serve as a reference for the terms and abbreviations used in the appeal process. The Board mails a copy of this pamphlet to anyone who appeals their case. It is also available on the Internet.
If the BVA does not grant all the benefits you are seeking, you have four choices:
If you served in Vietnam and believe that you have a disease caused by herbicide exposure, but that disease is not on VA's list of diseases associated with herbicides like Agent Orange, you may still apply for service-connection. Such a veteran needs to establish entitlement to service connection on a "direct" (rather than "presumptive") basis. In these cases, VA requires:
Herbicides were used by the U.S. military to defoliate military facilities in the U.S. and in other countries as far back as the 1950s. Even if you did not serve in Vietnam, you can still apply for service-connected benefits if you were exposed to an herbicide while in the military which you believe caused your disease or injury. If you have a disease which is on the list of diseases which VA recognizes as being associated with Agent Orange, the VA requires:
If you have a disease which is not on the list of diseases which VA recognizes as being associated with Agent Orange, VA requires:
You can look up your local Waste Management office online, or call 530-274-3090, or email.
Waste Management has four different sites and transfer stations throughout Nevada County. You can visit Waste Management's website to find out the locations, hours, and services they provide or try our recycling facilities map to find additional locations throughout Nevada County.
Waste Management offers trash, recycling, and green waste residential services in Nevada County. Residents can choose from different cart sizes to fit their needs.
You can call 530-274-3090 with any questions you may have on commercial services, or visit your local Waste Management website.
Waste Management provides construction services locally. For hauling services and rates, you can call Waste Management at 530-274-3090.
View a list of items you can put in your recycle bin.
In an effort to reduce illegal dumping, Waste Management, Nevada County and the Bureau of Land Management hosts used tire amnesty collection events in the spring of each year. Dispose of up to 9 used tires at no charge during the tire amnesty events. Dates and times to be determined.
Recycle unflocked trees without ornaments, lights or metal stands at various locations in Nevada County beginning December 26 through the beginning of February for free!
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease that is common in Africa, West Asia and the Middle East. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
WNV was first detected in the United States in New York in 1999. Since then, WNV has rapidly spread across the U.S., reaching as far west as California and Washington. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
In 2002, California's first reported case of West Nile Virus was recorded in Los Angeles County. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
People usually get West Nile Virus from the bite of an infected mosquito. Also, there is evidence that WNV can be acquired via a blood transfusion or organ transplant from an infected donor. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Most people who are bitten by a mosquito with WNV will not get sick. People who do become ill may experience mild flu-like symptoms like fever, headache and body ache. It is estimated that less than 1 percent of the people who are infected with WNV become severely ill and require hospitalization. The elderly are particularly susceptible to illness caused by WNV.
Currently, there is no specific treatment for WNV infection. Since it is a virus, it does not respond to antibiotics. In severe cases, hospitalization and supportive care is important. If you have symptoms of West Nile Virus, call your doctor. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Avoid activity outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and other protective clothing. Apply insect repellent according to label instructions. Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes. Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
California has a long history of conducting surveillance for mosquito-borne viruses and has taken active steps to ensure early detection of WNV. Due to ongoing collaboration with over 70 local mosquito and vector control agencies and state public agencies, California is well prepared to detect and monitor WNV. These agencies use a variety of scientific techniques and products to control mosquitoes in their earliest stages and play a key role in reducing the risk of WNV. Also, California has launched a statewide public education effort concerning personal protection measures, mosquito source reduction and reporting dead birds. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
The public is encouraged to assist in the efforts to detect and monitor WNV by calling the WNV hotline if they find a crow, raven, magpie, jay or hawk that has been dead for about a day. Birds play an important role in maintaining and spreading this virus. Mosquitoes acquire the virus from infected birds, and then transmit the virus to people. Evidence of the virus in dead birds is often the first indication that WNV has been introduced into a new region. The California Department of Health Services has set up a toll free hotline for the public to report dead birds: 877-WNV-BIRD. Birds can also be reported by visiting the West Nile Virus Information site.
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease carried by mosquitoes that can be transmitted to humans and in serious cases can cause meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). For more information please call 530-265-1222.
West Nile Virus was discovered in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937 and has been detected in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and west and central Asia. First detected in the United States in 1999, WNV is transmitted to people and animals by infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected by biting a bird that carries the virus. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Most mosquitoes do not carry the virus and most people bitten by a mosquito have not been exposed to the virus. The virus is not spread by person-to-person contact or directly from birds to humans. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Fewer than one out of 150 people who are bitten by an infected mosquito get severely ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In most cases people who are infected never become sick or have only very mild symptoms for a few days. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
In rare cases the virus may cause encephalitis and death. People over 50 years of age are most at risk for severe effects of the disease. Most of the serious U.S. cases have involved the elderly, according to the CDC. Only 1% of people bitten by infected mosquitoes became seriously ill. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
The incubation period is thought to range from 3 to 14 days. Most people who are infected with WNV have no symptoms. Of those that become ill, most symptoms are mild, such as fever, headache and body aches, mild rash and swollen lymph glands. Other mild symptoms might include loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, and eye pain. Symptoms generally last 3 to 6 days.
More severe symptoms might include a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, confusion, seizures, muscle weakness or paralysis and loss of consciousness. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
There is no human vaccine currently available and no specific treatment for the West Nile Virus, but in a serious case, an individual may be hospitalized to ensure good supportive care.
Because most symptoms are mild, and similar to other viral diseases, the disease is underreported. It is thought that infected people develop a lifelong immunity to the disease. For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the West Nile Virus Website.
While there are many different species of mosquitoes, only a small proportion actually carry West Nile Virus. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
There are many things that attract mosquitoes: colognes, perfumes and scented body lotions can attract mosquitoes. Dark-colored clothing is also more attractive to mosquitoes. During evenings, nighttime and dawn, mosquitoes are most active in searching for blood meals, so people outdoors during that time are more likely to be bitten. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Depending on the species, adult mosquitoes can fly several miles with help from the wind. Culex pipiens has a travel range of up to three miles. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Generally, adult female mosquitoes have a life span of 2 weeks to one month while adult male mosquitoes only live one week but, when conditions are right can be as short as 72 hours. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
A mosquito goes through four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. This life cycle, from birth to death, is about one month long. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Eggs are laid in clusters and float on the surface of water. They can be stuck together in rafts of hundreds, or laid separately on water or flooded soil. Most eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Mosquito larvae live in water from 4 to 14 days depending on the water temperature. They come to the surface frequently to get oxygen. They feed on algae and small organisms living in the water. The larva sheds its skin four times while it grows. After the fourth time, the larva becomes a pupa, the stage before the mosquito becomes an adult. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
The pupal stage is a resting, non-feeding stage. Mosquito pupae must live in water from 1 to 4 days, depending on the species and water temperature. When development is complete, the pupal skin splits and the mosquito emerges as an adult.
The newly emerged adult mosquito rests on the surface of the water for a short time to dry and allow all its parts to harden. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Mosquitoes flutter their wings very fast, some as much as 250 times per second, producing a high-pitched buzz. For more information please call 530-265-1222.
Share the Ready Set Go Guide from this website with them and go over in depth the Set and Go check lists. Have them sign up for local emergency alert messages while they are visiting. Be sure they know how to be situationally aware, especially on a Red Flag warning day. Using the guide, identify a place to meet up if you are separated during an evacuation. Other good tips are in the guide. Additional tips and links to areas of interest can be found here. https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2784/Tips-for-Visitors-Camping-Hospitality
Due to the highly variable nature of fire and the uniqueness of each emergency event, it is difficult to provide wildfire evacuation maps for the community. Evacuation routes will be determined in the event of a wildfire based on the direction the fire is moving and cannot be predetermined. Our approach is to have individuals be familiar with all main arterial, major/minor collector, as well as local roads near their home.The best rule of thumb is to have at least 2 exit routes. We encourage every member of your family to know all possible ways to get out of your neighborhood in case one or more exit routes are blocked. The best way to familiarize yourself with possible exit routes is to take a day to drive your neighborhood. Relying on a map alone may not provide you the full picture, as road conditions, gates, and other obstacles are not shown or may change over time. We encourage you to prepare for low visibility and potential challenges specific to your situation. We also recommend that individuals have a printed map as GPS may not be available in an emergency.
A general Emergency Preparedness Guide & Evacuation Plan may be printed and posted on your refrigerator to save for future use.
There is no “one size fits all” preparedness strategy. Learn more about preparing your family for safe evacuations here
Be ready to Go by learning evacuation and traffic terms here.
Do not wait to evacuate if you feel unsafe. Leaving early increases your chance of survival and late evacuations put you, your neighbors, and first responders at risk.
The best rule of thumb is to have at least 2 ways of egress. Every member of your family should know all possible ways to get out of your neighborhood in case one or more egress routes are blocked. The best way to learn routes out of your neighborhood is to take a day and drive around, prepare for low visibility and challenges specific to your situation. Do not count solely on mapping software and applications as they often do not show gates and other road hazards.
There is no “one size fits all” preparedness strategy. Learn more about preparing your family for safe evacuations here https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2711/Set
Be ready to Go by learning evacuation and traffic terms here. https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2712/Go
In some countries, like Australia, residents evacuate high fire risk areas on red flag days before an ignition occurs. This is the safest strategy for your family. It takes a lot of mental and physical fitness to survive an entrapment or shelter-in-place during a wildfire and it is not recommended because it is often deadly. Early evacuation and avoiding fire weather is always preferred.There is no “one size fits all” preparedness strategy. Learn more about preparing your family for safe evacuations here https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2711/Set
The County maintains 560 miles of roadway and spends approximately $700,000 per year on roadside brush clearing, tree removal, and mowing. This treats about 70 miles per year. The County and Fire Safe Council applied for and received a grant this year to perform an additional 50 miles of roadside vegetation management which was performed. The County has applied for several FEMA and CAL FIRE wildfire mitigation grants to treat approximately 350 additional miles. The County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Governor Newsom advocating for CAL TRANS to perform increased roadside vegetation treatment along all state highways located in our County, as well as to increase lane/shoulders where appropriate to reduce potential evacuation bottlenecks.
The State of California has Public Resource Codes (PRC) 4290 and 4291. PRC-4291 prescribes the requirement for 100' defensible space around an improved building found in the state responsibility area (SRA). This is the statewide standard and what defensible space inspection (DSI) programs utilize. This code is applicable to all businesses and residences (improved parcels) that are not in an incorporated city or town, thus they are in the SRA. The City of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and the Truckee Fire Protection District each have their own vegetation ordnance, so you should look to the specific agency in which your home resides in for details. Nevada County Consolidated Fire District has Fuel Modification Standards that apply to vacant parcels if they reside in their fire district boundary.
PRC-4291 is applied to a single property at a time in the SRA. The SRA is fundamentally the unincorporated county area. As such, Nevada County has a vegetation ordinance that builds on this code. First, if a home cannot achieve their needed 100' of defensible space due to their property line being less than 100' from their home, it requires the adjacent property owner to accommodate the additional space needed to obtain the full 100'. Second, it adds the requirement for property owners that are along a private road that is a critical egress route to mitigate the vegetation 10' back from the roadside edge and trimmed up 15" high. The County ordinance only applies in the unincorporated county area and includes a fee structure and abatement program.
You can find all the ordinances mentioned here online with at each agencies' public website. Learn more about preparing your property and specific laws and ordinances in our Ready section. https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2710/Ready
The best approach is friendly in person conversations neighbor to neighbor with the people who own the property of concern. In most situations, neighbors care about one another’s safety, and are open to accommodating requests when they fully understand the situation and need – and are asked nicely. If this fails, then you can reach out to the City, Town, County, CAL FIRE, or your local Fire District (whatever agency is most appropriate for your situation) and they can help provide guidance, look at the property, talk with the owner, and move the process forward. It should always start at the neighbor to neighbor level as that is most effective, timely, and efficient. Learn more about communicating with property owners and find template letters stating concerns here. https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2787/Defensible-Space-Neighbors
If all reasonable attempt of friendly conversations and request have failed, then its time to bring in the appropriate local agency that could be the City, Town, County, CAL FIRE, or your local Fire District (whatever agency is most appropriate for your situation) and they can help provide guidance, look at the property, talk with the owner, and move the process forward. Most agencies have a defensible space inspection request form, and/or a hazardous vegetation complaint form located on their agency’s public website. If the property of concern is in clear violation of the governing vegetation ordinance relevant to your location, then yes, they could be forced to fix it.
Alert them that the property does not meet current code requirements through a friendly phone call and that you are concerned for your safety in the case of a wildfire event. If all reasonable attempt of friendly conversations and request have failed, then it’s time to bring in the appropriate local agency. That could be the City, Town, County, CAL FIRE, or your local Fire District (whatever agency is most appropriate for your situation) and they can help provide guidance, look at the property, talk with the owner, and move the process forward. Most agencies have a defensible space inspection request form, and/or a hazardous vegetation complaint form located on their agency’s public website.
In western county, green waste can be disposed at the County McCourtney Road Transfer Station for a fee. Waste Management operates the transfer station and also offers home based green waste cart pickup service. http://www.wm.com/location/california/nevada_county/nevada_county/index.jsp
Information for the Truckee area can be found on the Town’s website here:https://www.townoftruckee.com/government/administrative-services/solid-waste-recycling/green-waste-disposal
The Nevada County Firesafe Council annually conducts a free or low-cost neighborhood green waste event scheduled over several days/weeks in the Spring. Details on future events can be found here: http://www.areyoufiresafe.com/
The Firesafe Council has provided a special needs assistance program in the past and is currently working on securing funds for a future program. Updates will be posted here and at their website http://www.areyoufiresafe.com/ The Nevada County Resource Conservation District has some programs for larger property owners that can help offset vegetation mitigation costs. Find info on their website here: http://www.ncrcd.org/ Additionally 211 is a free service that can connect you to community resources and services that may be appropriate for your situation. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211 for assistance.
Acceptable items include: biomass consisting of all tree and plant trimmings, dead plants, weeds, leaves, branches, and similar materials that fit into a Green Waste Cart. Please note, items with a diameter greater than 6 inches, tree stumps, root balls, and household waste will not be accepted.
The Fire Safe Council maintains a page of current and past projects here: http://www.areyoufiresafe.com/get-fire-smart/projects/
You can learn more about making your home more fire-resistant here: https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2748/Create-a-Fire-Resistant-Home
CAL FIRE also has a great site with many resources to harden your home at: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Hardening-Your-Home/ This site also includes links out to building material lists and building codes. http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/strucfireengineer/strucfireengineer_bml
The Nevada County Fires Safe Council promotes and support Firewise Communities across our County. You can learn more about Firewise Communities and search for your property on an interactive map here. https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2782/Organize-Your-Neighborhood
If you would like to contact them directly with questions you can find more information here.: http://www.areyoufiresafe.com/get-involved/firewise-communities/
Building codes can be found at your city/town website and/or the County Building Department page which is here: https://www.mynevadacounty.com/1114/Building-Department The site http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Hardening-Your-Home/ also includes useful information on the State’s building codes.
Each year CAL FIRE, Local Fire, County Office of Emergency Services (OES), and other local first responders conduct two local community wildland urban interface (WUI) exercises. These annual exercises involve the local neighborhood groups. Fire crews visit homes to talk with residents about their properties. Road closures, evacuations, and Code Red emergency alert notifications are all used to simulate a wildfire event. This year one exercise has already been performed for Lake of the Pines and the second event is on June 9th for the Cement Hill/Lake Vera areas. In addition, OES has worked with community associations to conduct further Code Red emergency alert testing in the past.
The Office of Emergency Services is currently conducting a broad public education and preparedness campaign branded “Ready Nevada County”. A professional media expert was hired to coordinate activities and produce content. OES staff have participated on numerous local radio show segments, attended dozens of public meetings with neighborhood associations, service groups, and public agencies. Social media, local radio, local websites, and local print media have all run numerous information articles and stories on the County’s PR efforts and messages. The County mailed a Ready, Set, Go wildfire home and family preparedness brochure to every household in western Nevada County and the Soda Springs area in May. A new website was created and launched at www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org. OES conducted two town hall wildfire education meetings, one western and one in eastern county; each had overflow 400+ people in attendance. OES conducted a community showing of wildfire films and a wildfire expert panel discussion at the Nevada Theater with over 300 people in attendance. OES produced a four series public wildfire public education series held at the Rood Center, each had standing room only crowds with the fourth event scheduled in June. These townhall and public events were all live streamed on the Internet and local cable TV and are available for on demand video viewing from the County and Nevada County Media’s websites. OES via Ready Nevada County, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, and Nevada City First Friday Art Walk joined forces for a summer-long series of Ready, Set, Go Mixers in Nevada City, June 7, July 5, August 2, 5:00-9:00 P.M. Nevada County Media developed a video segment PSA that Sierra Theaters will start airing for the summer at every movie showing. The annual wild fire guide produced in collaboration with the Fire Safe Council and local Fire was printed in The Union newspaper in May. On May 4th, the annual Wildfire safety day was held at the Rood Center seeing 70+ vendor booths and agencies and hundreds of residents in attendance. Numerous other actives are currently in process and planned for the year.
The County has several hazard mitigation plans and a specific wildfire action plan. The County’s master countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan was updated and approved by FEMA in 2018. There are three current Community Wildfire Prevention Plans (CWPP) that cover general western county, Norther San Juan, and Truckee. The Office of Emergency Services developed a wildfire preparedness action plan that was presented to the Board of Supervisors in January 2019. This plan outlines 15 action initiatives the County is pursuing from public education and outreach, evacuation planning, to emergency notifications. OES recently hired a consultant to update the County’s Emergency Operation Plan’s annexs for Evacuations and Mass Causality.
The Nevada County Office of Emergency Service coordinates several local emergency related tasks forces that address wildfire issues. The Nevada County Emergency Service Council, required by County code, is comprised of local first responders, public health, and emergency related non-profits. The Council is chaired by a BOS member typically meets quarterly. A special cohort group meets bimonthly and focusses solely on public safety in the Yuba River canyon. This group is co-chaired by two BOS members and includes members from State Parks, Fire, Sheriff, OES, BLM, US Forest Services, and nonprofits. The local fire chiefs including CAL FIRE conduct a monthly “chief’s” meeting; OES, City Police, Sheriff, CHP, and other related agencies attend as well.
Starting in January 2019, OES facilitates the Ready Nevada County wildfire stakeholders group that meets quarterly. This is a countywide group of 35+ local agencies with a shared mission of wildfire prevention and preparedness. Over 70+ people from the various agencies attended each meeting where CAL FIRE, OES, local Fire, Sheriff, and local non-profits share and hear about current grant opportunities, projects, and efforts; all with the goal to further coordinate local projects, communications, and resources. An online group site was implemented to further foster regular stakeholder communications, document sharing, and event coordination. To date, over 100 stakeholders are registered on the site.
The Firesafe Council (FSC) of Nevada County is a local nonprofit with the sole mission to address local wildfire threats and advocate for wildfire preparedness. This group leads the collaborative development of the western county wildfire prevention plan (CWPP). The County is a major funder of the Fire Safe Council and has a Board of Supervisors member on their Board of Directors. The County works closely with the FSC on wildfire related grants, projects and strategies.
You can learn more about burn piles and watch a video from CAL FIRE here https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2753/Burn-Piles. Additionally, here are a few sites that can help you learn about prescribed burns.
The Northern Sierra Air Management District posts this information on their website here: http://myairdistrict.com/index.php/burning-info/burn-day-status/
Burn days are only allowed when the smoke from your burn pile will properly dissipate and not pose a health issue to your neighbors and the larger community. As such, it could be a cloudy damp day, but not have the other proper conditions to dissipate the smoke.
Our local homeless population challenges are complex and multi-faceted with many good organizations working hard to address them. These groups along with the human service, law, and fire agencies monitor homeless camps as much as possible and talk with the homeless population about wildfire safety and risks.
Since 1989, the County has implemented and operated a local defensible space inspection (DSI) program. This program works closely and coordinates with CAL FIRE’s DSI program and local staff. This year, the County took a further step and partnered with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District (NCC), contracting with NCC to provide DSI program management, development, and daily supervision services, all targeted to increase the effectiveness and impact of the County DSI program. To further support the DSI program and increase its impact, the County created and adopted a Hazardous Vegetation abatement ordinance. The ordinance was updated this past spring with increased fine and fees to assist with motivating property owners to perform their vegetation mitigation. This Spring also saw the first full abatement process completed on a local residential property.
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