If you apply for a permit, the County checks its map to see if the project property has gopher soils. If it does, the entire parcel is inspected for a gopher species protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. You can get gopher inspection without applying for a building permit, instead apply for a Critical Areas Determination (CAD). See Inspection Details section lower down on the page for more on CAD.
For Applicants Consultant List for Gopher Inspections (PDF) This list is provided & maintained by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This is not a County document.County Exclusions to Gopher Inspection (PDF) | Federal Exclusions (PDF) County Map (Look up address or parcel # to see if a property has gopher soils) Soils List for Gopher & Prairie Plant Inspections (PDF) Mowing Instructions for Gopher & Prairie Plant Inspections (PDF) How to Prepare for Inspection fact sheet (PDF) (In one PDF: Mowing Instructions & fact sheets.) Gopher & Prairie Plant Inspections fact sheet (PDF) No-Contact Inspections fact sheet (PDF)
For ConsultantsOfficial 2022 Gopher Review Protocol (PDF) Official Data Submittal Instructions (PDF)Official 2022 MPG Field Review Data Forms (PDF)Official 2022 CAO Prairie Plant Data Sheets (PDF)