Temp Dwelling Permit Policies

Every time I updated this page it took at least 2 days of going thru a MOUNTAIN of boring legal documents.  I can no longer update this with my interpretation of ordinances.  Your local planning and building department will be happy to help you and you will find their contact info below.

There are also related topics on Temporary Dwelling Set-Up, Finding Service Providers, or RV Hosting & RV Living Tips


The goal of any emergency policy is to keep housing costs down for the entire community during reconstruction. Please remember ((this)) is the driving force for such a policy, due to lack of supply.  That affects the ((ENTIRE)) community, not just those whose home was destroyed!!

Implementing successful emergency housing policy is hard on building officials.  But having no housing after a disaster is worse.  So please do your best to make this process the best it can be for us all.

Home and land owner in undamaged areas are the next responders, especially when ordinances do not permit people to live on their property until debris is cleared. (That has always been my position and why I do this website!)  

What rules do I need to follow for health and safety?

Please read your local ordinances or visit the building department of your local jurisdiction because they have final authority.  And if you live in an HOA, you are advised to read about any restrictions relevant to this because the city and county cannot help you with that.

The Process for Policy Change

The way the legal process for emergency housing works is the County and incorporated cities always develop an emergency housing policy.  Cities that were undamaged are likely to develop a supporting policy as well.  Collectively incorporated cities and counties are known as jurisdictions having authority.

If you wish to advocate for a specific policy that is not available to you, the building department is not the place to do it.  You need to contact your City Council or Board of Supervisors and participate in the public comment process.  (Shouldn’t they teach this when you register to VOTE??!!!… Gratefully, the city of Chico does an outstanding job of explaining the rules for public comment process on page 2… here.)

Finding emergency housing after a disaster can be really difficult.  And there are ALOT of people who become secondarily displaced because either the home owner is selling or moving back into their rental home.

And the number of contractors coming into the area to assist with the recovery can sometimes equal or outnumber those displaced, which is rarely part of emergency housing policy plans.

Without a broad emergency housing policy and local homeowners offering space to rent next to their house, it forces people out of the local housing market to other counties or states.

Anyone that is a renter is extremely vulnerable to this.  Imagine 6 months down the road a cherished employee has to move, where will they go?  If they can find anything, it will cost 30-40%+ and WHO is going to pay for THAT?

That’s why this website exists.

This POWERFUL video gives you an insider view of what is happening to the housing market.

We need generous temporary dwelling policies for everyone! 

According to the Washington Post an estimated 4 in 10 people are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford $400 in emergency expenses without going into debt or selling something.  Imagine the lack of wealth that already existed here.  Let’s not allow that problem to be worse in Butte County for the displaced by creating as much housing as possible,


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Emergency housing guidance