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On September 21, 2014, the Governor signed AB 2188 which required Cities and Counties to adopt an ordinance by September 30, 2015 that: 1) Creates an expedited, streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar energy systems; 2) Requires adoption of a checklist of all requirements with which small rooftop solar energy system shall comply to be eligible for expedited review and which shall be published on the City’s website; 3) Allows electronic submittal of a permit application and other documentation in lieu of a wet signature; and, 4) Require only one inspection, which s

Building Code Adoption

These Building Codes are effective as of January 1, 2014.

If you are an architect, engineer, designer, contractor, or other person that performs work within the State of California, please be advised that a new building code is in effect on January 1, 2014.

Over-the-Counter Building Permit Application

Submit the application in person at the Building Counter with associated fees, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. for work that does not require plan check (i.e. sewer backflow prevention and flow relief device installation, heater change out, electrical panel upgrade, reroof, siding).

Whispering Pines Specific Plan

This Specific Plan for the Whispering Pines Corporate Community serves as its own zoning district.  Such a district is tailored to this location where a broad and complex development concept is involved.  General zoning provisions have been provided to establish a Specific Plan Development District.  The type of development can be industrial, commercial or residential, some subcategory of use of some combination of uses.  The purpose is to main City control over development standards and appearance while offering developers flexibility in parcel assembly, construction phasing and funding of

Community Design Guidelines

The Community Design Guidelines are intended to provide design professionals, property owners, developers, and citizens-at-large with a clear and common understanding of the City’s expectations regarding the aesthetics and functionality of development proposals in Grass Valley.

Design Review Guidelines for the 1872 Historic Townsite

The Design Review Guidelines for the 1872 Historic Townsite are intended to comply with and further define the design standards and development regulations found in the City of Grass Valley's Development Code, Municipal Codes, General Plan (Chapter 13 - Cultural/Historical Resources), Downtown Strategic Plan, and specific planning documents.  The design review guidelines do not override existing regulations, yet they will provide an important tool for both the public and the City of Grass Valley,


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