FAQ re: Repairs of Windstorm Damage
Q:¬† My home has minor roof damage that needs to be repaired. Do I need a permit for this repair work?
A:¬† For minor roof repair (such as roof patching), meaning 25 percent or less of the roof needing work, a building permit is not required.¬†¬† To verify that the proposed work is a minor repair only, please contact the Development Services Department at (626) 355-7138 so that an inspection can be scheduled.¬† The Development Services Department staff may require drawings showing the extent of the roof repair and photos to document the roof damage (cell phone photos are acceptable).¬†¬†
Q:¬† My home has moderate to extensive roof damage. Do I need a permit for the repairs?
A:¬† For more extensive roof repairs, meaning more than 25 percent of the roof, a building permit will be required.¬† Please contact the Development Services Department at (626) 355-7138. Staff will be able to guide you through the permitting process.
Q:¬† My property sustained damage from the recent wind storm. Do I need a building permit for the repair work?
A:¬† If there is an issue of immediate danger please call 911.¬† For non-emergency inquiries regarding structural damage on private property contact the Development Services Department at (626) 355-7138 so that an inspection can be scheduled to determine if a permit will be required.¬† There is no cost for the initial inspection.
Q:¬† A city-owned tree or power line damaged my property.¬† What do I do?
A:¬† Contact your insurance company.¬† In general, the city is not liable for damages to private property even if caused by city trees or power lines in the course of a storm.¬† However, you can call City Hall at (626) 355-7135 to request a claim form.¬†¬†
Q: I have a fence that has blown down or has been damaged by the windstorm, do I need a permit to rebuild the fence?
A: For repair or replacement of fences (in-kind repair or replacement), provided the new fence matches what was there before, a permit will not be required.¬† Please contact Development Services staff at (626) 355-7138 so that a determination can be made that no permit is required.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
If you would like to construct a new fence that is different (i.e. change of material, location, height) from what existed prior to the storm, please contact the Development Services Department at (626) 355-7138 and staff can verify what standards apply and if a permit is needed.¬†¬†
Q:¬† My electrical meter is damaged. Do I need a permit for the repairs?
A:¬† For all inquiries related to electrical permits please contact the Development Services Department at (626) 355-7138.
Building & Safety Public Counter Hours
Monday ‚Äď Thursday, and alternate Fridays:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Planning Public Counter Hours
Monday ‚Äď Thursday:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Alternate Fridays:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sierra Madre City Hall
Development Services Department (Building & Safety and Planning)
232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA¬† 91024