Wildfire Recovery & Rebuilding


The purpose of this site is to provide Shasta County and the City of Redding residents with information about rebuilding.

Need to replace dirt removed during the debris-removal process?

As the debris removal continues to progress and home sites are cleared for rebuild, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure the rebuild process proceeds smoothly. During the debris removal process, the crews may have scraped soil from your lot. While your first thought may be to hire a contractor to fill in the hole left behind, please do so with the following in mind.

Any dirt brought in to back-fill the lot will need to be overseen by a Special Inspection company qualified to sign off on a compaction report and provide a pad certification. Contact the City of Redding Building Division for a list of approved firms. If the Special Inspection professional did not witness the soil being delivered and compacted in lifts, you very well may not be able to receive the mandatory compaction report and pad certification needed to receive a building permit.

If in doubt, contact the City of Redding Building Department at (530)225-4014 to discuss the requirement and your options.

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Rebuilding after the Carr fire in Redding

The City of Redding (scroll down for Shasta County documents) has created new documents for residents needing to rebuild a home destroyed by the Carr Fire.

The Carr Fire Rebuilding Process document explains in detail what to expect and how to proceed with rebuilding your home after fire debris has been removed. In addition to being presented to designers, contractors and builders in the area at an Open House meeting, the process has been vetted by City staff with the goal of creating a rebuild process that is streamlined and hassle-free for residents.

Residential Property Building Codes are upgraded constantly to address current building needs. The document here shows the upgrades that have occurred since 1998.

The Plan Check Submittal is available as well. This document provides a checklist for residents to follow as you proceed through the rebuilding process.

Rebuilding in Shasta County

Shasta County has created new documents for residents needing to rebuild a home destroyed by the Carr Fire.

Shasta County Rebuilding Process provides an overview of the design, plan review & permitting, and construction & inspection phases of the rebuilding process.

Shasta County Carr Fire Plan Check Submittal provides information and checklists regarding design & drawing criteria, submittal plan documentation, and agency contact information. It also provides links to applicable County permit applications and forms.

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Property damage resulting from debris removal

The crews cleaning debris have been hard at work removing waste in our community. As you return to your property, what you see may not be what you expected. The crews may have needed to remove quite of bit of soil to ensure there is no lingering toxic contamination. There may be damage to, or removal of, driveways and sidewalks. This damage is part of the claim you will need to file with your insurance company. If there are other areas damaged due to the debris removal program, the following linked claim form can be used to file with the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) - located in the rear portion of the Bank of America building on Hilltop Drive.

Building Department for Redding & Shasta County:

1) https://www.cityofredding.org/departments/development-services/building

2) https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm_index/bldg_index.aspx

County Assessor’s dashboard of homes that have been assessed to date:


Shasta County Assessor/Recorder Carr Fire page:


Look up if your home is in the City of Redding or Shasta County unincorporated areas:


Contractors Listed with State Licensing Board (Check if a contractor is licensed):


After A Disaster Guide from Contract’s State License Board:

English: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18045/AfterADisasterGuide?bidId=

Spanish: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18046/AfterADisasterGuideSpanish?bidId=

Owner-Builder Know your Responsibilities:

English: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Resources/GuidesAndPublications/OwnerBuildersPamphlet.pdf

Spanish: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18047/OwnerBuilder_Spanish?bidId=

10 Tips to Make Sure Your Contractor Measures Up:

English: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18049/TenTipsCardEng?bidId=

Spanish: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18050/TenTipsCardSpan?bidId=

What You Should Know Before You Hire A Contractor:

English: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18051/WYSK-English?bidId=

Spanish: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18052/WYSK_Spanish?bidId=

Shasta Builders Exchange – Find a local contractor:


Be Aware of Home Improvement Scams:


BBB – Redding, CA:


File a complaint with BBB:


BBB Scam Tracker & Report a Scam:



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Shasta County and the City of Redding are receiving a high number of questions. We are working around the clock to respond to questions and get services back to normal. During this time we appreciate your patience and understanding if your questions are not immediately answered.