Building Department

COVID-19 Response Update - Effective August 3, 2020 Building Counter Open - Appointments Encouraged 

While the Building Services counter is back open to the public, due to continuing public health concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), public counter interactions will be limited with implementation of social distancing protocols. 

See Memo for more information. 

For limitations on inspections and inspection schedule see MAY 15, 2020 UPDATE TO MODIFIED BUILDING OPERATIONS


What We Do

Our department is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service, plan review, and inspection services to the building public with fairness, integrity, and professionalism.

Days of operation: 

The Plumas County Building Department is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Closed County Holidays.2020 County Holidays

Inspection Schedule:

Effective Monday, June 5, 2017

North area of the County – Week Days

Feather River Canyon, Indian Valley, Lake Almanor Basin, Warner Valley, et al.

South & East areas of the County – Week Days

Quincy, Bucks Lake, LaPorte, Graeagle, Portola, Sierra Valley, Lake Davis, Chilcoot, et al.

Beginning January 1, 2017 the 2016 California Building Codes are in effect. For an online view: Codes Note: These views are read only, no copying or search functions are available.

Photo Inspections

The below-listed inspections will be "inspected" by the use of photographs only, emailed to the department for approval. See our website for more details explaining the inspection procedure.

  1. Bond-beam for one-story, "simple" CMU foundation systems (No holdowns or special bolting or hardware required). Call Building Department if you have questions.
  2. Ice dam flashing.
  3. Sheetrock nailing.

Inspection requests must be received by no later than 3 PM of the working day prior to the requested inspection.

Our 24/7 inspection request message phone line: 530-283-6001.
Department Main line - Business Hours 530-283-7011

All Inspections are subject to change due to availability of personnel, weather, or unsafe road conditions.

To confirm your inspection request has been received and correctly scheduled, the schedule may be viewed at our Google Calendar

Generally by 8:30 am of day of the inspection, the inspectors’ estimated time of arrival is noted on the website inspection schedule. This is as estimated time only: road delays, vehicle mechanical problems, and other unanticipated issues can delay or accelerate the inspector’s arrival

Drop Boxes available in Chester and Quincy
An after hours drop box for permit and plan submittal is conveniently located in front of the Chester Civic Complex and Quincy Building Department Office. The Chester Civic Complex drop box is picked up only on the days when an inspector is in the area and has been notified there is a submittal. To insure pickup at either drop box, please phone the Building Department.

Furnace (HVAC)"Change-Outs" require permits and duct sealing testing.

If My Property is Not within a Fire Protection District. What does That Mean?
Eave Vents: State Fire Marshall approved Eave Vents and Exterior Materials Guide Book.

Fire Sprinklers: Residential Fire Sprinkler Checklist. This list will assist you in insuring your new residential building permit application is complete; minimizing delays through the plan check process. Click on the link above or go to our Residential Fire Sprinkler page.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: As of July 1, 2011 are now required in ALL Existing Dwellings and Dwelling Units. FAQs answered by the State Fire Marshall. Read more

New Dwellings and Alterations to be installed per C.R.C. 315 Read more. We can now accept credit or debit card payment for your building permit. 

With GovPayNet you can pay for your building permit with your credit or debit card at the counter or you can pay 24/7 online. The transaction is Safe and secure and GovPayNet emails you a receipt for your records.

Go to: Gov Pay 

Follow the on screen instructions.

GovPayNet charges a service fee which is calculated based on your permit fee.