Rebuilding/ Reoccupying Your Property

Please note: This webpage is being updated regularly with new information. Please continue to return to this page for updates.

Safety is the top concern when returning to your property.  Please review the information here.

Temporary Housing Opportunities  

If you’ve lost your home due to the Oak Fire, it is possible to live temporarily in a Recreational Vehicle (RV) while you are working with your insurance company and while you are rebuilding or installing a permanent residence. The RV can be either off-site or on-site. 

Mariposa County Development Services requires a Temporary Housing Permit and verification to assure that temporary housing is equipped and maintained to minimum safety standards. Click the links below for the provisions and necessary forms for both On-site and Off-site Temporary Housing Permits.

For more information, contact the Building Department at 209-966-3934. 

County Code Chapter 18.05 establishes authority and requirements.  

Temporary Off-Site Housing Permitting Process – individuals can temporarily live in an RV on a friend or relative’s property in Mariposa County while permanent housing is pursued. 

  • Apply for Temporary Off-Site Replacement Housing – this can be done immediately.  The application and forms are available online in the links at the top of this page or can be picked up in person at Building Department. 
  • The permit process will ensure that: 
    • Provisions are made for power, sewer, and water 
    • Those seeking the permit were displaced by the Oak Fire 
    • Applicants acknowledge permit is limited timeframe 

Temporary On-Site Housing Permitting Process – individuals can temporarily live in an RV on your property that burned, while permanent housing is pursued. 

  • Apply for Blue Tag to permanently restore power on-site – this can be done after Phase 2 Debris Removal Operations are completed. 
  • Apply for Temporary On-Site Replacement Housing – this can be done after Phase 2 Debris Removal Operations are completed. The application is available online in the links at the top of this page or can be picked up in person at Building Department. 
  • The permit process will ensure that: 
    • Provisions are made for power, sewer, and water 
      • Housing isn’t located where there is a hazard  
      • Those seeking the permit were displaced by the Oak Fire 
      • Applicants acknowledge permit is limited timeframe 
      • Applicants indemnify county  
Permanent Replacement Housing On-Site Permitting Process – individuals can replace the destroyed residence with a stick-built home or a manufactured home. 

  • Apply for Blue Tag to permanently restore power on-site if not already completed for temporary on-site housing – this can be done after Phase 2 Debris Removal Operations are completed.  The application is available online or can be picked up in person at Building Department. 
  • Apply for Residential Building Permit at Building Department.

Rebuilding

For rebuilding forms, please visit the Building Department Application Forms page. Note the helpful Checklist for Residential Application.

For more information on rebuilding, please visit the Building FAQ page or call 209-966-3934.

Additional Resources

SIERRA TELEPHONE

When the Governor of California issues a State of Emergency in a county where Sierra Telephone provides service, and Sierra Telephone's ability to deliver telephone service has been impacted, Sierra Telephone shall implement procedures demonstrating compliance with the protections listed in the California Public Utilities Commission Decision No. 19-08-025.  For more information, click here.

It may be necessary for a telephone company Engineer to field check the building site. To learn more about the requirements for new telephone installation, click here.

PG&E RESOURCES

For eligible customers impacted by a wildfire, PG&E will connect and disconnect temporary electric service at no cost until a permanent electric meter is installed. Temporary power can be used throughout the construction process until your building is ready for permanent power or temporary uses like a recreational vehicle. For additional details and information, click here.

For more information about how PG&E can help you rebuild and recover, please contact PG&E:

PG&E FREE RECYCLED DIRT

PG&E is offering fill dirt through their Recycled Dirt Program. Residents located within 20 miles of the Oak Fire burn scar qualify for the program. The soil is obtained from PG&E excavation projects, then it is provided and delivered free of charge in 10 to 20 cubic yard increments. To learn more about how to sign up for the Recycled Dirt Program, contact RecycledDirtProgram@pge.com.


HIRING A CONTRACTOR

The Contractors State License Board urges wildfire survivors to only hire licensed contractors for repairs and rebuilding after a wildfire. Visit 10 Tips to Make Sure Your Contractor Measures Up for valuable tips on hiring a contractor.