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Design Criteria

Community Development has specific design criteria you should follow.  Here they are: 

  • Seismic- Design Category D
  • Allowable Soil Bearing Pressure1500 psf without a soils report. Many areas of Sacramento contain expansive soil. It is the designer’s responsibility to identify if expansive soil is present. If present, a soils report is necessary per CBC Section 1803 and CRC Section R401.4.
  • Wind- Exposure: C, unless site complies with definition for Exposure B.
  • Speed: Ultimate Design Wind Speed, 3 second gust:

 Risk Category

 Speed (mph)







  • Climate Zone - 12.
  • 40 psi Max guaranteed water pressure.
  • Rainfall- 1.5" per hour max.