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The Planning Division functions as the planning agency for the unincorporated area of Madera County, formulating and implementing the general plan and community plans, and coordinating land use considerations in accordance with the zoning ordinance.

The Madera County Planning Department, in collaboration with the Information Technology Department, provides information electronically as a courtesy to the public which is not required under California State Law to be updated, revised, or to be made available on the Department website. The digital information contained on the Department webpage(s) is not and should not be considered the official copy of the Planning Department. To obtain an official copy, a person may visit the Madera County Planning Department located at 200 W. 4th St., Suite 3100, Madera, CA 93637. Madera County is not responsible for any special, indirect, direct, incidental, or consequential damages that may arise from the use of, or the inability to use the website and/or materials contained on the website, or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, errors, defects, delays in operation, or transmission, or any failure of performance, whether the material is provided by the Madera County Planning Department or an outside source or agency.



                      Senate Bill No. 1263 Compliance 

Senate Bill No. 1263 (SB1263) became effective on January 1, 2017. The bill was promulgated to address an increasing State-wide issue of existing Public Water Systems (PWSs) becoming unsustainable because of the lack of the capacity in the areas of Technical, Managerial and Financial (TMF) Capacity.  The intent of the bill is to encourage the consolidation of the PWSs where there is a feasible alternative, and to discourage or prohibit the creation of new PWSs that will become unsustainable.

As a result of the bill, the application process to own a PWS has changed significantly. Specifically, the bill requires a submittal of a Preliminary Water System Technical Report to the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water (DDW) for review and approval at least 6 months before initiating construction of any water related improvement. By definition, a water related improvement includes, but not limited to, a water pipe, a water pump, or drinking water infrastructure. A well for a PWS is considered a drinking water infrastructure.

Therefore, Madera County Environmental Health (MCEH) cannot issue a new public water well construction permit OR allow the use of an existing well if the well is identified to be the source for the new Public Water System. In order for MCEH to move forward with the proposed development, approval of the Preliminary Water System Technical Report shall be submitted to DDW and MCEH with concurrence from DDW. To expedite the public water well construction permitting process or building permit, you are strongly encouraged to submit the Preliminary Water System Technical Report ASAP, i.e. at the project planning stage to both agencies.

The following information is provided to assist you to understand the requirements of SB1263.

For additional information on SB 1263

SB 1263 Frequently Asked Questions

SB 1263 - Notice to PWS Applicants for New/Existing Water Wells