Mobilehome Permit Guidelines - City vs. HCD

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The table below is designed to assist the public in determining when permits are required from the City of Chula Vista, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) or both.  Please refer to HCD Manufactured Home Alterations and Permit Guidelines (HCD MH 604) for an extensive list of alterations to the mobilehome or manufactured home that require a permit from HCD.  This list is meant to assist with the clarification of overlapping permits between the City and HCD.  Please note that construction not requiring a permit must be constructed in a workmanlike manner, not present a hazard and be built to the relevant code(s).

Construction / Alteration

City Permit

Comments

HCD Permit

Comments

Fence

No

Can be no higher than 6 feet and must meet provisions of T25 1514.

No

 

Storage Cabinets (Sheds)

No

Combined floor area of all sheds cannot exceed 120 square feet and must meet provisions of T25 1510.

No

 

Ramps

Yes

Must be designed and constructed in accordance with the CA Residential Code

No

 

Stairways & Handrails

No

Must be designed and constructed in accordance with T25 1498 & 1504.  Please refer to the stairway, landing & handrail handout for further detail and clarification on these requirements.

No

 

Porches, Decks & Landings

Yes

Any raised surface over 8 inches high and more than 12 square feet in area requires a permit (T25 1498 & 1002 Definitions “Patio”).

No

 

Guardrails

No

Required around perimeter of a surface more than 30 inches above grade.

No

 

Ramada

Yes

Freestanding structure that must be designed in accordance with T25 1486.

No

 

Enclosed Awning

Yes

Must be designed and constructed in accordance with T25 1474.

Yes

Permit may be required from HCD as well as the City if any utilities are run from the unit to the enclosure

Awning / Carport

Yes

Must be designed and constructed in accordance with T25 1468.

Yes

Permit may be required from HCD as well as the City if a HCD approved plan is not used.  The permit from HCD will review the attachment of the structure to the unit.

Cabana

Yes

Must be designed and constructed in accordance with T25 1444 - 1464.

Yes

Permit will be required from HCD as well as the City for any structural changes to the unit (new doorways, removal of windows, etc.) as well as any alteration to the utilities from the unit to the cabana.

Private Garages & Storage Buildings

Yes

Permit required if structure will be more than 120 square feet and cannot be attached to the unit.

No

 

Plumbing

Yes

Permit required from the City for any alterations to the lot service equipment or park utilities.

Yes

Permit required from HCD when an alteration is made to the plumbing of the unit. Refer to HCD MH 604 for additional information.

Electrical

Yes

Permit required from the City for any alterations to the lot service equipment or park utilities.

Yes

Permit required from HCD when an alteration is made to the electrical of the unit. Refer to HCD MH 604 for additional information.

Re-Roof of Unit

No

This requires alteration to the unit; therefore, a HCD permit is required.

Yes

A re-roof is an alteration to the unit and may require a permit from HCD.  Refer to HCD MH 604 for additional information.

Install Air Conditioning

Yes

Permit required from City if electrical supply to A/C is from lot service equipment.

Yes

Permit required for installation of ventilation and also for alteration to electrical system of the unit.  Refer to HCD MH 604 for additional information.

Water Heater

Yes

Permit required from the City only if any of the connections are made from the lot service equipment.

Yes

Permit required from HCD for installation or replacement of water heater, even when connections are from the lot service equipment.

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