Placer County passed a Short Term Rental (STR) Ordinance that includes Northstar. The ordinance requires a fire & life safety inspection to be performed on all STRs annually (for owner managed) and every 3 years (for professionally managed). A STR owner must provide documentation reflecting they passed their fire & life safety inspection to receive a permit to operate. There are approximately 800 STRs in our District.
Northstar Fire Department and Placer County have an agreement. Placer County will perform the fire & life safety inspection of the interior of a structure. Northstar Fire Department will perform the fire & life safety inspection of the exterior (defensible space). STR owners will need to contact and work directly with Placer County to acquire and inspection of the interior.
However, to sign-up for Northstar Fire Department to perform a fire & life safety inspection of the exterior (defensible space), please click on the following link below to sign-up for a STR fire & life safety inspection. Once you are signed up, you will receive an email entitled “Service Request” from email@example.com. Open this email and click on the link to Bookings to pick a day/time for your inspection. You or your property manager must be present during the inspection. Additionally, before the fire department will perform the inspection a fee of $117.00 must be paid. We only accept payments by check. Please make all checks out to NCSD-FD. Checks can be dropped-off in-person or mailed to: Northstar Fire Department, 910 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161.
Below is a link to request the Northstar Fire Department for a STR fire & life safety inspection (defensible space only). (To request for a STR fire & life safety inspection of the INTERIOR, you must go to the County's website and follow their instructions at https://www.placer.ca.gov/6109/Short-Term-Rental_Program).
One other important note regarding STRs and open burning. All outdoor solid fuel burning is banned year round by Placer County for STRs. This includes charcoal BBQs, firewood pits, etc.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jim Conlin, STR Inspector