November 20 PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown information: check the PG&E Potential PSPS Area Map to see if you will be impacted. If you are experiencing a power outage, check the PG&E outage map, zoom into your area of interest, click on a specific polygon for additional information.
You contact the Agricultural Commissioner's office at (209) 233-6487.
Who Do I Contact for Further Information Regarding Fire District Special Tax?
AFPD's special tax consultant Koppel & Gruber Public Finance at (888) 510-0290.
What is the Procedure to Annex to the District?
The procedure for annexation to the District requires several steps including an initial Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting for adoption of various resolutions and the scheduling of a public hearing on the matter and vote by ballot. A deposit of $1,500 is required for annexation. The annexation fee may be less than $1,500 and will be dependent upon how many parcel/tract maps choose to annex at a given proceeding.
How Does Property Annex to the District?
If there are fewer than twelve registered voters within the proposed area for annexation then the district can be approved with a two-thirds vote of the landowners by ballot.
How much is the CFD No. 2006-1 Annual Special Tax?
The Rate and Method of Apportionment is the document that outlines how the special tax is applied to a parcel. A single family dwelling is $536.12 annually(2008). The tax on commercial properties is calculated by using an “equivalent dwelling unit” factor applied to each increment of 2,500 sq.ft. of floor area. The special tax may increase annually up to two percent (2%) of the previous year’s special tax. If you would like further detail, please request a full copy of the Rate and Method of Apportionment (or call our special tax consultant Koppel & Gruber Public Finance at 888-510-0290.)
When Does the Special Tax Take Effect?
The special tax will be levied each fiscal year after the issuance of a permit for a building on a parcel in the District. The tax is not applied to existing structures (structures permitted before 2006).
What is a Community Facilities District (CFD)?
The Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (GC 53311) allows any county, city, special district, school district, or joint powers of authority to establish a “Community Facilities District” for the financing of public services or facilities. Amador County CFD No. 2006-1 was established to finance Fire Protection Services. Property owners in the District are responsible for payment of an annual “special tax” which is used to provide a funding source for the additional cost of services. This special tax is included on the county tax bill.
Where do I get a copy of my divorce/dissolution/annulment papers?
Who can purchase certified copies of births, deaths and marriages?
Only persons authorized by California Health and Safety Code 103526 are able to obtain Authorized Copies of birth, death and non-confidential marriage records (effective 01/01/2010, AB 30). Here is a convenient list of who is “authorized” according to the above mentioned code:
Registrant (i.e. the person named on the certificate being requested)
Member of Law Enforcement or Government Agency conducting official business
Attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate
Funeral Establishment agents or employees acting within their scope of employment on behalf of any individual specified in this list
Adoption Agency complying with Sections 3140 or 7603 of Family Code (Birth Only)
Informational Copies, which are issued through AND redacted by the Statewide Data Base, can be obtained by parties able to complete the request form which includes information to sufficiently identify the record being requested.
Can I pay the Recorder's Office with a debit or credit card?
No. The only forms of payment this office can accept are cash, check or money order.
Which form from the Recorder's Office should I use?
We can not give advise on which forms to use as it is considered legal advise. Please check with an attorney or a title company. Some information can be obtained at www.saclaw.org.
Can I get blank document forms from the Recorder's Office?
No. Forms must be obtained from a stationery store, title company, attorney or online.
Why do I need a Grading Permit?
Grading is regulated because it can cause serious problems when not done properly. Also, California State Law requires that grading be regulated because newly exposed soil can erode easily, moving from areas where you want it, to areas where you don’t want it (e.g., on the hill behind your house, against your house, in a street or creek, or on a neighbor’s property).
Excessive grading causes loss of natural vegetation and damages other natural resources for years to come.
Even minor grading can change the way water drains across your property which can cause erosion problems for a neighbor (and liability for you).
Am I allowed to grade during the “rainy season?”
County ordinance defines the rainy season from October 15 to April 15. If you grade during that time, you are required to install special protective measures to minimize damage. You must submit erosion and sediment control plans with your grading plans. These measures must be in place by October 15. County inspectors will inspect your project to insure that they are working correctly.
How long does it take to get a Grading Permit?
After you submit your application, it is reviewed by the Planning Department and Environmental Health for clearances. When all is clear, your plans will be checked by our Engineering Technician, who will prepare it to be issued. The time it takes will vary upon the size of the project and staff schedules. Generally, a permit will be ready to issue in 10 working days.
Why do I need Compaction tests for a structure?
If the soil placed under a building is not compacted enough or if the density varies too much, the building may settle and suffer damage. Compaction tests are required if the fill is thicker than 2 feet deep (24”) and must be done by firms licensed to perform such testing.
When do I need a Grading Permit?
Grading permits are required for all but the smallest earth moving operations. It is required when moving over 50 cubic yards of dirt. (50 yards would be roughly enough to fill a medium-sized bedroom.)
What are the Human Resource Department Hours?
We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excluding Holidays.
What if I am not selected or interviewed after submitting an employment application?
The Human Resource Department will mail you a letter informing you that you were not selected at this time for an interview.
What happens if I am selected for a job?
If you are selected, you will be contacted by Human Resources and be given a conditional job offer.
I want to apply for two positions; do I need to fill out an application for each position?
How does the Human Resource Department determine whether I am qualified for the position?
It is a combined review and ranking of applicants by the Screening/Interview panel.
I saw a job announcement which I am qualified for, what should I do now?
After I submit a check to the Program, why can't I take the money if the check writer wants to pay the check off at my store?
Once a bad check has been submitted to the Bad Check Restitution Program, the check writer is given the opportunity to participate in the pre-trial diversion program or face possible criminal prosecution. Because the bad check is now part of a legal proceeding (in either instance), it must be resolved through the Bad Check Restitution Program.
Note: Merchants that accept payment for a worthless check that has been submitted to the Bad Check Restitution Program can be barred from further use of the Program.
What can I do about a worthless check that is returned because the Program can't prosecute the case?
There are several reasons that the Bad Check Restitution Program might not be able to enforce restitution: the check writer has moved and cannot be located, the check writer has died and the check is a part of an estate settlement, or insufficient identification was taken at the time of the transaction. Such checks will be held at the Check Enforcement Program in an inactive status. If we receive additional information about the check or check writer, the check can be re-activated and further investigation can take place. However, if you prefer, the check can be returned to you. At that point, you may wish to pursue the matter through small claims court, a collection agency, or with the help of a private attorney.
Can I put more than one check on a Check Complaint Form?
Yes. You can put multiple checks on a single complaint form BUT, all the checks on a single complaint form must have been received from a single check writer
Can I get reimbursement for a bank service fee from the Program?
Yes. The Bad Check Restitution Program can require the check writer to a pay service fee (up to $10 per check) to cover bank charges a victim incurs in handling the worthless check.
What can I do to make sure a check qualifies for prosecution?
Please see Guidelines for Handling Checks. These are the steps that a person should take to insure that all checks are handled properly at the time of the transaction. If one or another of these steps is overlooked, the check may not qualify for the Bad Check Restitution Program. If you have a question about a particular check case, please contact the Bad Check Restitution Program.
Why can't the District Attorney's Office take all the non-complying check writers to court?
Checks are a legal document. As such, they must be complete and the various elements such as signature, address, and other identification must be verifiable. If one or another part of a check is missing or cannot be verified, it becomes difficult or impossible to successfully prosecute the case. That's why it is so important that merchants follow the Guidelines for Handling Checks when they accept any check.
Why do I have to contact the check writer first?
California law does not require that the victim make an attempt to get restitution before referring the check to the District Attorney's Office. Nonetheless, it is just good business practice to give a check writer an opportunity to make a check good, before you submit it to the District Attorney's Office. Honest people make honest mistakes and by letting them know, you can save hard feelings and potentially keep a good customer. A Sample Demand Letter is provided on this site that is intended to be a cordial but firm notification.
If you have notified the check writer and they fail to respond within five (5) days, you should immediately submit the check to the Bad Check Restitution Program.
What do I do if I think a check is forged?
Forged checks should be immediately submitted to your Police Department or Sheriff's Office.
What can I do about worthless checks that do not qualify for the Bad Check Restitution Program?
Checks that fall outside the boundaries of the Program, usually take one of two possible paths. If the check is considered part of a civil matter, you can pursue the check writer in small claims court, through a collection agency, or with the help of a private attorney. If it an obvious criminal matter - for example, a counterfeit or forged check - it should be immediately referred to the police.
Why can't I submit any check that was refused by the bank?
Certain checks are not eligible for the Bad Check Restitution Program. Some of these are considered civil matters - not a criminal offense. Counterfeit or forged checks are considered more serious criminal matters and the check writer is not eligible for a pre-trial diversion program and must face prosecution. Other worthless checks are impossible to prosecute because proper identification was not taken at the time of the transaction or for other similar reasons. Still other checks do not qualify as valid payment instruments because of no signature or no amount entered.
Note: If you are unsure whether a check qualifies for the Bad Check Restitution Program, submit it anyway. If the check does not qualify, it will be returned with an explanation of why it did not qualify.
When will I receive the money the Bad Check Restitution Program recovers?
Restitution for bad checks collected by the Program will be mailed to you within seven (7) days of the date it was received.
If I have stores in another state, can I also submit the worthless checks passed at those stores?
For a check to qualify it must have been passed within Amador County. Bad checks passed in other counties or states may be submitted to the District Attorney's Office for that jurisdiction. Not all jurisdictions have this type of pre-complaint diversion program. Check with the local District Attorney's Office or Prosecutor's Office to see if you can submit the check to them.
How much do I pay for the District Attorney's Office to enforce payment of my check?
NOTHING! There is NO COST for this service to merchants and other victims of bad checks. The Bad Check Restitution Program requires the check writer to pay the full amount of the check - plus any bank fees - to the victim. The check writer also pays the administrative costs of the program, so it costs other taxpayers nothing as well.
How do I register for the Bad Check Restitution Program?
You can register on-line or download a Registration Form. After you register, you will receive a Merchant's Registration Number and a Merchant's Bad Check Protection Kit. As soon as you are registered, you can begin to submit worthless checks you have received.
May I fill out an application and leave the "Exact title for which you are applying" blank?
No. All applications must have the title of the position you are applying for. We only accept applications for open positions.
I filled out an County application for a position that was open a couple months ago. Can I get a copy of the application and change the title for the new job recruitment?
No. You will need to fill out a new application.
My resume includes all of the information you should need. Can I just submit my resume and a cover letter to apply for a job.
No. Amador County requires all applicants to fill out an Amador County application.
I had a well drilled. How do I obtain a final inspection?
Call the Environmental Health Department and request a final inspection when:
all points to groundwater are sealed against contamination,
the water is absent of coliform bacteria,
the above-ground features of the well are in place, and
a well completion report has been received from the well driller.
Above-ground features include a 4-inch thick concrete pad around the wellhead extending 2 feet and sloping away from the casing and a check valve located on the discharge pipe. Additionally, the water needs to be sampled for the presence of coliform bacteria. This is performed after the well water has been disinfected with a chlorine solution. You or the well driller can take the water sample and have it analyzed by a State certified lab with a copy of the results being provided to this department. Or, in the event you would prefer this department pull the water sample, there is an additional fee of $30 payable at the time of the final inspection request. If you would like this department to pull the water sample after the final inspection has been conducted, the fee is $126.00 payable prior to the sample being taken.
How do I get a well completion report for a well that I own?
Well completion reports are to be provided by the well driller to the Amador County Environmental Health Department and California Department of Water Resources upon well completion. All well completion reports are considered confidential, and therefore, only provided to the property owner. Amador County adopted its Well Drilling Permits and Standards in 1990. Prior to 1990 well completion reports were submitted to the California Department of Water Resources and may be available upon request.
How much are the permit fees?
The fees vary depending on the work to be performed. Click on fees to view the fee schedule.
Can I obtain an Application & Water Well Job Permit online?
The Amador County Environmental Health Department will accept well permit applications on the form available on line as long as it is printed on buff cardstock and with a color printer. The completed form can be mailed to the Environmental Health Department with the required fee.
What is the process if I would like to complain about a site?
Complaints are anonymous. If you have a complaint about a solid waste site or any other complaints of a health hazard call the Amador County Environmental Health Department at (209) 223-6439 or Amador County Code Enforcement at (209) 223- 6565.
Can I burn solid waste?
The only wastes which can be legally burned are tree trimmings, leaves, dry pine needles, and plants coming from only the property on which you are burning. Burning must be done on a burn day. To find out if it is a burn day, call 223-6246.
What is the proper way to store solid waste?
Solid waste must be stored in water tight, rodent proof containers with tight fitting lids. It is required that solid waste be removed from a residence every 7 days, to prevent propagation, harborage, or attraction of flies, rodents, or other vectors, and the creation of a nuisance.
What is the proper way to dispose of solid waste?
Solid waste must be disposed of at a licensed disposal facility or transfer station. Visit the ACES website for information about transfer stations including locations and hours of operation.
What is solid waste?
Solid waste includes household garbage, trash, refuse, paper, rubbish, ashes, industrial wastes, demolition and construction wastes, appliances, manure, vegetable or animal solid and semisolid wastes, and other discarded waste.
How often should I have my septic tank pumped?
Amador County Environmental Health recommends that septic tanks be pumped every three to five years for good maintenance.
Why is it required that I have my washing machine discharge into the septic tank?
The wash water contains chemicals and bacteria which will contaminate surface waters and cause a public health hazard. The waste water also contains fine solids and soap-scums which will clog soil pores.
What other things can I do as a home owner to help assure the longevity of my septic system?
Reduce the amount of water used during winter and spring when ground water levels are high.
Minimize or eliminate the use of garbage disposals. This appliance adds extra solids and water to the septic system.
Do not flush semi or non- biodegradable items into the septic tank, including paper towels, rags, disposable diapers, cat litter, etc.
Do not flush large amounts of bleach or lye products into the septic tank. However, normal household use will not harm the bacteria in the system.
Do not discharge brine (salt water) waste from water softeners to the septic tank. The high salt concentration will clog the soil pores.
Do not connect roof drains and yard drains to the septic system. Extra water will tax the system.
Do not add sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide to the septic tank. These chemicals will affect solid settling and cause the sludge to flow into the leach field.
Do not drive vehicles or place heavy objects, such as portable swimming pools, over septic tanks, sand filter beds, or leach fields/disposal fields. Livestock can also compact the soil and damage the system and should therefore be excluded from the leach field/disposal field, and sand filter areas.
What kinds of plants are safe to use for landscaping on or near my septic system?
When landscaping on or near your septic system it is important to remember that plant roots can damage parts of the system by clogging the piping in the leach fields or disposal beds and sand filters (in alternative septic systems), resulting in expensive repairs. This office recommends trees and large shrubs be planted at least 10 feet away from any part of the system. Plants with extensive and invasive root systems (this includes many water loving plants) should be avoided or planted at least 10 feet from the system.
Plants that require excessive amounts of water should also be avoided when planting on the septic system. The extra water can over load the leach field or disposal bed and the sand filter sending more water through the system, thus shortening the life span of the septic system.
Plants that are commonly found as landscaping on septic systems include, ornamental rosemary, ice plant, wild flowers and other annual flowering plants, as well as grasses. It may also be a good idea to check with the nursery when choosing plants for landscaping. They may be able to give you an idea of the types of root systems certain plants have. This may give you a better idea of which plants to avoid and which plants to consider, when landscaping on or near your septic system.
What constitutes a Public Water System?
A public water system is a system that supplies water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyance that has 15 or more service connections or regularly serves an average of 25 individuals (the individuals do not have to be the same individuals) daily at least 60 days out of the year. (Human consumption consists of drinking, bathing, showering, hand washing, oral hygiene, cooking and other similar uses). Amador County Environmental Health Department regulates those systems with less than 200 connections.
There are different types of Public Water Systems. Each type has varying types of requirements. The following describes each water system category.
Community Water System - A public water system that serves at least 15 service connections used by year long residents, or regularly serves at least 25 residents throughout the year. (Example- Subdivisions, Mobile Home Parks, Apartment Buildings).
Non-transient Non-community Water System - A public water system that regularly serves at least 25 of the same persons over 6 months per year. (Examples - Schools, office buildings, place of work).
Transient Non-community Water System - A public water system that does not regularly serve at least 25 of the same persons over six months per year. (Examples- Restaurants, campgrounds, summer home tracts).
There are also water systems that do not meet the definition of a Public Water System but are required to provide potable water for human consumption. These water systems are defined as follows.
State Small Water System - A water system that provides piped water for human consumption that serves at least five, but not more than 14 service connections and does not regularly serve drinking water to more than an average of 25 individuals daily for more than 60 days out of the year. (Examples - small subdivisions, small apartment buildings).
CURFFL Water Systems - These are water systems that do not meet the public water system requirements yet they are regulated by the California Uniform Retail Food Facility Law. (Examples - Mini Marts, Bed and Breakfasts).
How do I obtain a catering permit?
A food facility permit application must be completed and submitted to this department with the $168.00 annual permit fee. When operating a catering business all food preparation must be conducted at a permitted food facility in the county. Food preparation at a private residence is not permitted. Contact this office for a pre-opening inspection.
**County and city building permits maybe required.
**A food facility shall not be open for business without a valid permit.
How do I obtain a permit to sell at a temporary event?
Temporary food facility permit applications must be completed and submitted to this office with the appropriate fee. Non-profit temporary food facilities are exempt from fees.
I would like to open a restaurant in the county, what do I do?
If it is a pre-existing food facility and you do not plan to change the operation, install any new equipment or remodel the building in any way, you must submit a completed food facility permit application, pay any outstanding permit fees, and contact this office to schedule a pre-opening onsite inspection of the facility before an annual permit to operate the facility will be issued.
If you plan to remodel the facility or build a food facility, you must submit a completed food facility application to this office along with complete, easily readable plans, drawn to scale, and specifications to this department, and the Building Department that has jurisdiction over your project, for review and approval before starting any new construction or remodeling of any facility for use as a retail food facility.
Who do I contact regarding complaints about prepackaged foods, etc.?
If you have questions or complaints regarding prepackaged foods, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, or household products, call the California Department of Health Services Food and Drug Branch 24 hour answering machine toll free at 1(800) 495- 3232 or visit their website.
Where can I find information about irradiated foods?
You can contact the Center for Consumer Research at the University of California Davis at (530) 752-2774 or visit any of the following web sites.
Who is responsible for paying the property taxes on property I/we just purchased?
As the current owner of the property, you are responsible for any taxes which were not paid at the close of escrow. Even though taxes may be prorated between the buyer and the seller in escrow, the actual taxes may not have been paid to the Tax Collector at that time. It is the responsibility of the property owner to make certain property taxes are paid in a timely manner. Please contact the Amador County Tax Collector's Office at (209)223-6364 to determine your current tax liability, if any.
What if I pay my property taxes through my lender?
It is still the property owner's responsibility to make certain that all taxes are paid in a timely manner. The Tax Collector's Office is not responsible for payment or non-payment by your lender. Problems with your impound account are between you and your lender and must be resolved by you.
What if I do not receive my annual property tax bill?
Annual tax bills are mailed once a year by November 1. Since the bill contains payment stubs for both installments, this is the only tax bill regularly mailed by the Tax Collector’s Office. If you do not receive the annual tax bill you should either:
contact the Tax Collector’s Office and request a copy of the tax bill; or,
The failure of a taxpayer to receive a property tax bill does not prevent the imposition of penalties and costs on late payments.
Who determines the amount of my property taxes?
The County Assessor first determines the value of your property. The County Auditor then applies the general tax rate of 1% and adds any special assessment or bond amounts to the tax roll. These computed amounts become the total property taxes. The County Assessor can be contacted at (209)223-6351; the County Auditor at (209)223-6361.
The Tax Collector does not determine the amount of your property taxes.
Why are delinquencies highest among new property owners?
1) Lack of knowledge of property tax delinquency dates. 2) Misunderstanding as to who is to pay the taxes-the property owner or his/her lender. 3) Not reading or understanding the title reports or escrow papers as they pertain to taxes which have not been paid at close of escrow. 4) Not inquiring about taxes until a tax bill is received. Please read your title and escrow papers carefully to determine which taxes were paid in escrow and which remain unpaid. Please contact the Tax Collector's Office with any questions.
Who provides the address shown on the property tax bill?
The address is placed on the tax bill according to your instructions. You provide the address when you record your deed and fill out a Preliminary Change of Ownership form, or when you request the County Assessor to change your mailing address.
How do I change the address where my tax bill is mailed?
You must advise the Assessor's Office, in writing, of your new mailing address. Mail notices of address change to the Assessor's Office at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642-2132. Do not use the address of your lender or accountant. It is very important to notify the Assessor's Office any time you change your mailing address.
How do I apply for a Homeowner's Exemption?
Simply contact the Assessor's Office for assistance at (209)223-6351.
Is the annual property tax bill the only tax bill I will receive?
No. There are annual secured tax bills and supplemental tax bills. Article XIIIA of the California Constitution requires reappraisal of property whenever a change in ownership occurs or there is new construction on the property. A supplemental tax bill represents the additional taxes due resulting from the reappraisal required by Law. A supplemental tax bill is in addition to the annual property tax bill.
How does a supplemental tax bill affect me?
If you purchase new property, or complete new construction on property, the Assessor will reappraise the property and send you a Notice of Supplemental Assessment. The supplemental tax bill, or a refund, will follow. Please remember, a supplemental tax bill is an additional tax due; it is in addition to your annual tax bill.
When are supplemental tax bills due?
The total amount shown as due is payable upon the mailing of the supplemental tax bill. The delinquent dates are shown on the tax bill.
Are supplemental tax bills sent to my lender for payment?
No. Supplemental tax bills are not sent to your lender. These tax bills are in addition to your annual property tax bill and are mailed directly to you. It is your responsibility to contact your lender to decide who will pay the supplemental tax bill.
Why am I getting two supplemental tax bills?
If the change of ownership occurs, or the new construction is completed, between January 1 and June 30, there will be two supplemental tax bills. One bill is for the fiscal year in which the change occurred, and the other is for the following fiscal year. Address questions to the Assessor's Office at (209)223-6351.
What are the penalties if I don't pay my property taxes on time?
Delinquent 1st and 2nd installments are subject to a 10% penalty. Delinquent second installments are also subject to a $20 cost charge. Taxes which remain unpaid at the end of the fiscal year (June 30) are also subject to a 1-1/2% per month penalty and a $15 redemption fee.
When are my property taxes due, and when do they become delinquent?
DELINQUENCY DATES 1st Installment December 10 2nd Installment April 10 Property taxes are due in two installments. The first installment is due November 1, and is delinquent at 5 p.m. on December 10, after which a 10% penalty accrues. The second installment is due on February 1, and is delinquent at 5 p.m. on April 10, after which a 10% penalty and $20.00 cost accrue.
It's winter. Can I pour concrete when it's raining?
Wet weather pours are always a concern due to muddy conditions or water in the footings. Make sure that the footings are dry and mud free when you call for an inspection in the wet weather. One way to ensure this is to cover the pour area with plastic sheets to protect them from the weather. If you get water in the footings you will need to pump them out prior to the inspection and have them as dry as possible. If Footings are too muddy the foundation inspection will not be approved until they dry out. The Code requires all foundation steel to be clean and free from rust and debris, this should also be looked at closely in the wet weather pours
Do I really have to put 2 layers of building paper under my stucco lath?
Yes. Stucco over structural sheathing requires a minimum 2 layers of 15 pound felt paper to protect the structural sheathing, Code section 2506.4. Please make sure that 2 layers are installed for the lath inspection, or 1 layer of 15 pound felt paper and 1 layer of paper backed lath wire.
I thought attic insulation saved energy and money. A year ago a contractor installed fiberglass insulation between our attic rafters but our costs have remained the same. What's up with this?
The problem is that attic insulation should be installed between the ceiling joists and not between the roof rafters. The purpose of attic insulation is to keep the heat in your living areas during the winter and to keep the heat out of the living areas in the summer. When the insulation is placed between the roof rafters, heat is allowed to penetrate through the ceilings and into the attic. From there, your hard earned utility dollars simply escape into the atmosphere by way of the vents. Try moving the insulation to between the ceiling joists and you should get the desired savings in heating and cooling costs.
Do we have to have an exhaust hood over our kitchen stove if we don't want one? Is it required by code?
Range hoods have been standard equipment in homes for so many years that they are presumed to be required by code. Actually, no such code requirement exists. However, the advantages of having an exhaust hood over the stove are obvious and we would not discourage you from installing one.
May I put a storage shed on my property without a permit?
Any structure over 120 square feet requires a permit.
I own a small handyman service and was stopped by one of your inspectors and told that I need a permit to install a water heater. Why should I get a permit?
A permit is required by State Law to protect you and the customer. Some of the things we look for are, temperature and pressure relief valve, seismic restraints, gas and electrical hook ups, and proper venting. These are safety items and if not properly installed, could easily cause injury or even death.
I want to pour a 24 X 24 slab that is not attached to the house and use it for a parking pad. Next year I want to construct a garage on the slab. Will I need drawings for the slab and future garage?
We don't issue permits for flat work, however, if you are going to build on it, then you would have to take out a full permit. A permit is good for 6 months, but can be extended an additional 6 months with the approval of the building department. Each time an inspection is made, your permit will automatically be good for 6 more months from that date. If you are going to pour the slab and use it as a parking area until the structure is built, be sure to cover the anchor bolts so they don't get damaged or hurt someone. As far as plans, you will need 2 sets of plans showing details of the structure, location on property, and any other structures on the same parcel.
How can I contact my Inspector?
Inspectors are usually in the office between the hours of 8 & 9 AM or between 4 & 4:30 PM, they can be reached by calling 209-223-6422 (voice mail all day).
How do I complain about a contractor?
Complaints about contractors should be directed to the State Contractors License Board at www.cslb.ca.gov or 1-800-321-CSLB.
How do I reactivate or get an extension on a permit?
If a building permit has expired (more than 180 days have past since the last inspection) a person must then contact the Building Department to see if this permit can be reactivated. To receive an extension a letter must be written explaining the circumstances, which prevents you from finishing or progressing on the project within the 180 days. If the building permit is still active (not expired yet) a person can extend their permit life by 180 days each time a valid inspection has been made.
I called for an inspection and was given a correction for something that was not shown on the plans. How can the inspector do this?
Plan Approvals do not give Authority to build less than minimum Code. An approved plan with less than minimum Code requirements does not give the authority to the builder to build to less than the minimum Code even if the plans have been approved with this error. If at inspection the plan error is found it will be required to meet the minimum of the code. Make sure that you design and prepare plans to meet the minimum code.
How can I remove my signature from a petition?
A voter shall have their name removed from a petition by visiting the Amador County Elections office on the second floor of the County Administration Building located at 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642, and submitting a request in writing that legibly contains their name, residence address and signature, and states that they would like their name removed, citing the petition in question.
This must be completed prior to the day the completed petition is filed with the Elections office. (EC§11303)
How do I become an IHSS Provider?
There are steps in becoming an IHSS Provider. The Public Authority website contains all the necessary information on how to become one. Please refer back to "How to become a provider" on the website or call Public Authority at (209)223-6781.
How do I contact the proponents of the recall?
The proponents' information is on file at the Elections Office and can be obtained by by calling us at 209-223-6465 or via email at electionsamadorgov.org.
How do I find out what District I am in?
The ACUSD Trustee Areas line up with the County Supervisor Districts.
If you don't know which Supervisor District you are in, you can use the County GIS mapping system to determine your district. (1) Click on the Legend tab on the upper right of the Viewer and (2) scroll down to Supervisorial Districts and click the box to the left of it. Then (3) click the Refresh Map link to load those changes. See image below.
If you still need help, we are happy to assist you. Simply call 209-223-6465 and we will look up your information and let you know.
How long can the petition be circulated?
The amount of time proponents have to collect signatures is based on registered voters in each area. Since Supervisor District 2 has more than 5,000 but fewer than 10,000 registered voters, the recall petition can be circulated for 90 days, and is required to filed with the Elections Office no later than 5 p.m. on October 22, 2019.
How many signatures are required to have an election?
The number of signatures required is based on 25% of the number of registered voters in Supervisor District 2 as of the last report of registration to the Secretary of State's office. (EC§11221)
As of the February 10, 2019 report of registration,Supervisor District 2 had 5,109 registered voters, requiring 1,277 valid signatures to have a recall election.
I am a provider and I need to report a change of address or phone number.
You would need to report any changes in address, phone, or provider status to public authority. You can do this on line or by calling (209)223-6781.
I am a provider and I suspect elder/child abuse. What do I need to do?
If at any time you suspect adult, elder or child abuse; being a mandated report you are required to report it. You will need to complete the required abuse report and contact the appropriate department immediately.
Child Abuse - Complete this form and then contact CPS by calling (209)223-6550. If the abuse is currently taking place call 911..
Adult/Elder Abuse - Complete this form and then contact APS by calling (209)223-6550. If the abuse is currently taking place call 911.
I am a recipient and I need more hours for my care provider.
Please contact your assigned Social Worker to discuss your need for additional approved hours. If you're not sure who your Social Worker is, please call (209)223-6550 and ask to speak with an IHSS Social Worker.
I am a recipient of IHSS services and I need to report a change in address, phone number or needed services.
If you are a recipient of IHSS services and need to report any changes, please contact your assigned Social Worker or call (209)223-6550 and ask to speak to an IHSS Social Worker.
I am currently an IHSS Provider but would like to be added to the registry list to be able to receive referrals for work.
If you are currently working as an IHSS provider and wish to be added to our Registry List, please contact IHSS Public Authority at (209)223-6782 or complete the "Contact Us" form on the website requesting information about the process.
I completed the finger printing process and haven't heard back on the status. How long does this usually take?
DOJ results are fairly quick in reporting back (usually within 5 business days). There could be many reason for a delay in Public Authority receiving the result in a timely manner. Below are some of the reason that have caused delays.
Living in multiple states
Having a criminal background (regardless of convictions or not)
Fingerprint processing issues (hard reading the prints received)
You will be contacted as soon as we receive the results.
I haven't received my payroll enrollment packet yet.
All payroll related questions are to go through Payroll. Please call IHSS Payroll at (209)223-6626.
I haven't received my tax information.
This is a payroll related question. Please call IHSS Payroll at (209)223-6626.
I haven't received my timesheet. Who do I contact?
All payroll related questions are to go through Payroll. Please call IHSS Payroll at (209)223-6626.
I request direct deposit but I am still receiving my paychecks in the mail.
Please contact IHSS Payroll and request a status of your direct deposit at (209)223-6626.
I would like to attend an Orientation to become a provider. Who do I contact?
Public Authority website has all the needed information on how to register for an orientation. Please refer back to the website to register for one of the orientation seminars. If you are unable to complete the online request, please call us at (209)223-6781.
If the District 2 Supervisor is recalled, how would they be replaced?
If a recall petition meets the signature requirements, and the recall moves to an election, candidates to replace the current officer will file for candidacy to be placed on the same recall ballot. A recall ballot is two parts. First, is the question as to whether the officer should be removed from office. Second, is the contest to fill the vacancy should the officer be recalled. (EC§11320-11322)
Also, the officer being recalled cannot file candidacy to fill the office they vacated. (EC§11381(c))
My care provider is going on vacation or is sick and I need help during the time they will be away. What do I do?
If your care provider is going on vacation or is going to be out for an extended period of time and you need assistance, please call Public Authority Registry at (209)223-6782.