Model Homes and Production Homes

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Before beginning development on any new residential project there are steps to take to make sure your new home will be in compliance with State and local regulations regarding land and construction.

Step 1: Determine Special Development Conditions

Before applying for a building permit, is there any specific information my company needs to know from the City of Rocklin? 

Before developing a parcel of land, a representative from your company should determine if the parcel is zoned for the desired use or if there are any special development considerations for the project. Please contact the Building Division at (916) 625-5120 for general information. In some cases, you may need to contact individual divisions. Once you have determined the applicable conditions for your project, you will need to determine if a building permit is required for your project.

Are there any other agencies that should also be contacted?

Yes. Your company should also contact the appropriate school district and utility companies for possible fees and requirements. Please see our Agency Directory for school district and utility company addresses and phone numbers.

Are there any requirements that need to be met prior to submitting for a model home or production home permit?

Yes. Prior to submitting building permit applications for Model Homes and Production Homes, approved Master Plan(s) must be on file with the Building Division. All Master Plans must be approved for use in each specific subdivision. In addition, a letter of confirmation (final letter) from the soils engineer and compaction test results must also be on file prior to submittal.

Step 2: Determine If Building Permit Is Required

Is a building permit required for model homes and production homes?

Yes, a permit is required for model homes and production homes.

Do building plans need to be submitted to the Building Division for model homes and production homes?

Yes. Building plans will need to be submitted to the Building Division. The plans are reviewed by staff to ensure that the plans meet the State of California building codes and minimum life safety requirements and compliance with the City of Rocklin zoning ordinance and development standards.

Does a separate permit package need to be submitted for each lot?

Yes. Your company will need to submit a separate permit package for each lot.

What plans and forms need to be submitted to have a complete permit package?

The following forms are provided for your convenience. Original signatures are required to obtain a permit. Please do not fax. 

(Note: Some plans or calculations may not always be necessary. You should contact the Building Division for more specific information or if you have questions regarding your permit application.)

When the plans and forms are submitted for either a model home or a production home, will a plan check deposit be required? 

Yes, a $1,000 deposit plan check deposit is required on each production home/model home submittal. See plan check deposit schedule below: 

Plan Check Deposit Schedule

For model homes only, how does my company request permit issuance prior to Final Map recordation?

If requesting Model Home permits prior to Final Map recordation, a request letter from the contractor, specifically requesting that model permits be issued prior to final map recordation, must be submitted and approved by the Building Official. The letter must acknowledge the following:

  1. The Model Permit is issued to applicant at their own risk. Applicant acknowledges and assumes full responsibility for any required changes, plan coordination, and proper field staking.
  2. In the event that the final map is not recorded, the applicant will remove all building construction and material and return lots to their original condition.

Are there any checklists available that would help with the permit process?

Where should the plans and forms be submitted?

Building Division
Administration Building, 1st Floor
3970 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA 95677

Step 3: Project Review

After the plans are submitted, what happens next?

At the time of submittal, the project will be assigned a tracking number (plan check number) that will be used to track the progress of the plans and plan review. The plans will then be distributed by Building staff to the necessary City Departments for their review and comment. Upon receipt of the plans, each department will assign a staff member to the project. 

Each department’s staff member will perform an independent review of the project and forward their comments to the person designated on the Project Contact Information Sheet. The contact person is responsible for addressing each department’s comments and resubmitting revised plans, as needed. This step will continue until each department’s comments have been adequately addressed.

Step 4: Project Approval

After the plans are approved by all required City departments, what is the next step?

Once the reviewing departments approve the project they will notify the Building Division of their approval. At this time final fees due will be calculated and the project paperwork will be prepared for permit issuance.

Step 5: Fees And Permit Issuance

Will school district fees need to be paid before the permit(s) can be issued?

Yes. After the plan check has been completed, the Building Division will complete their portion of the Certificate of Compliance School District Development Fees forms. The project contact person will then be asked to pick up the form at the Building Division. This form will need to be presented to the appropriate school district and any applicable school district fees will need to be paid. The approved form must be returned to the Building Division as proof of payment, prior to issuance of the permit(s).

Once school district fees are paid, will there be fees due to the City of Rocklin?

Yes. Once the plans are approved and proof of payment for school district fees is received by the Building Division, the project contact person, or other authorized person, will need to pay any additional or outstanding permit fees that may apply to the project. Please visit our Fees page for complete details. Once all required fees are paid, the building permit will be issued.

Step 6: Building Inspections

Once the permit is issued and construction begins, will my company need to request inspections from the City of Rocklin Building Division?

Inspections that follow the issuance of the permit are provided to ensure that work completed on the project meets current building codes and standards. To learn how to schedule an inspection, please visit our Residential Building Inspection page.

Step 7: Project Completion

Once the project passes its final inspection, is there anything else that needs to be done?

No. After the final inspection, the project will be considered complete.

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Please note: Every project is different and the process may vary slightly. The information provided is for general reference only.