Temporary Housing Permits

Meeting Housing Needs During Disaster Recovery

While you rebuild, you may consider temporary housing in an RV or other temporary accommodation either on or off site of your property. You can apply for a Temporary Housing Permit at any point throughout the rebuilding process. Questions about the process or need assistance getting started? Contact the Recovery Permit Center team.

About Temporary Housing Permits

Occupying recreational vehicles (RVs) and other types of temporary structures or accommodations is allowed with approval of an administrative Temporary Housing Permit (THP) issued by the County Planning Department

THPs may be issued for:

  1. Previously legally developed sites in the burn area that were damaged by the fire.
  2. Legally developed sites that are not in the burn area when the temporary accommodation houses people who were displaced by fire.

The THP can be issued after an expedited review. Temporary accommodations approved through a THP are not required to meet all current standards that apply to permanent uses or structures. This approach can support temporary or phased occupancy while rebuilding.

A THP may not be issued for a vacant parcel or a parcel that was developed without permits, inside or outside the burn area.

Temporary Housing Permit – Basic Requirements

  • There must be a legal residence on the parcel, or the residence that was destroyed must have been built with a permit; and
  • There must be an approved source of water, a sewage disposal system and electricity.

Note: Temporary housing can be authorized by County Planning Department staff only after required Environmental Health and Geologic Hazard safety clearances for temporary housing have been obtained.

Start the process for a THP by consulting the application checklist and filling out an application.

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