Building  in the State  since 1984.  California  Yurts  Inc. is a full service  Construction Company , manufacturer and installer of  Custom Round Panelized sustainable  homes,studios and structures. Based in Ukiah California providing custom  designed  Frame Panel  Code approved  engineered Yurts.  To make an appointment to see our model homes and discuss your California  project call :  (707)468-0876  or  David Raitt’s  Cell   707 319-3267   Email  

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        If you want to find out about Yurts worldwide Go to to see the Blog and find all of the known yurt companies worldwide. Also  go to the “Links to other yurt companies “ page on this website

       The companies out there building code approved yurt like structure over some of which I licensed and helped ,  over these past 3 decades, can be seen on the this site clock on the Links page above.

       In California , which is the front line of new code creation , a  new  code is in place. The  2010  Urban Wildfire Code, a newer code, has just been released 2014.  It  mandates  all occupancy structures must be able to withstand a fire  over 140 degrees fire for 14 minutes without  continuing to burn  after that  time the exterior of the structure.  In addition this code  requires interior sprinklers, tempered windows, ventless or baffled vents with fireproof plaster or cement composite sidings, shielded  under deck fire guards to prevent fire from burning under. Class A roofing and metal railings on decks. If you use wood exteriors you have to have a 1 hours sheetrock underneath fire taped or the siding has to be 1-1/2 thick  to meet this 1 hour of fire rating.

After having re-built yurts with this new code in  post fire storm  areas in San Diego I agree with  his new compliance. It provides a safer and more sustainable structure that protects 

the public from itself in accidental fires inside the home as well as fire storms  in all areas of California.  These homes are cheaper to insure and add value and safety to it's occupants.

This is on top of the Tittle 24 energy code which has been in place for some time. This code ensures all new construction be energy compliant especially with non renewable 

energy sources such as propane, and oil and power from the grid. These homes require more insulation and more energy efficient appliances.  Fewer windows to floor area. 

See my web page” Fire code yurts”

for examples of fire code yurts.

      California Yurts does not sell plans or kits yurts as others do.

However our Australian company The Gaulburn Yurtworks does sell kits.

      Reason,  we prefer to guide our owner builder contractors 

in the construction of their projects "hands on"  through the "Dry in phase " closing in our yurt frame panel homes

thought the roofing and exterior siding phase.

Often  our clients do the finish on the inside themselves or hire our Associate contractors on an hourly basis to work with them at that point ,"on an as needed basis," until their home is completed.

     Our Associate group of licensed independent contractors are involved from day one to the successful  completion of your Yurt home project.  We are a very different company than kit home companies in this regard.

     Otherwise you are on your own on site with your own learning curve ahead. This can be exciting if  you have the patience and time. Much information in available on line. You can also hire an architect to develop a  plan and find a builder who may take on a round panel  frame construction  to build on site.

     If you choose to build a fabric yurt, as seen on the many virtual tours on line  show a cozy finished looking tent like structure built by reliable tent builders. They recycle, some use sustainable timber, and are LEED certified manufacturers. 

     You  likely will be  building under the radar as far as code compliant  engineering, county codes as permanent occupancy dwellings.

    Many counties striving for revenue to maintain

support systems such as school  funding,fire and rescue as well as police and emergency medical support have frowned on "under the radar"owner  builders of  fabric and non code yurts.  Many counties ban the existence of fabric yurts and have abatement tear down orders posted and served. 

Many discovered by fly overs, located from the air they can spot these structures.  The main reason  there is an uproar is is  because they get no financial  support for state and county services from these yurt people. Most  of this money comes from taxation and permit  fees and school taxes on new homes collected. This  from your conforming neighbors.

Your neighbors then are  paying for your support services for when you cry for help and want CDF to protect your home from wildfire, or a fire you accidentally started, or are in need an ambulance or want your road to town maintained or you  want a decent school and bus pickup,  or need police protection etc.  In small communities as well as in urban as well as  inside city limits,  the word is out and many paying code compliant citizens call in anonymous complaints on  this form of development.

     This behavior is worse in many cases than the developers we often like to criticize, who at least  come in the front door with public disclosure and at least pay taxes and permits fees.

    We help design and build off site components for green sustainable homes. Some with living roofs,

greenhouse and passive  earth cooling systems. We install  grid tie and independent P.V. power systems.

We have  installed several Earth plaster and cement plaster exteriors.  We assist owners in installing  Bamboo, 

cork and "in floor" poured and stamped  heated floors. We do  Straw bale and Lyme plaster interior wall finishes

as well.

                        So your choices are clear.

    Build inexpensively under the radar with your own learning curve with the many yurt kits makers and  products out there.  Build a non code, structure that is not fire safe or properly engineered to California code. Many of these fabric yurts are wonderful yet temporary.  Don't be fooled by the 

marketers and the slick on line look. These structures have problems with sustainability and longevity and use way more energy to heat and cool. You can insulate them more and install flame proof exteriors and class a roofing with additional engineering and adding framing but that is not 

what is being sold at first look. This upgrade is all added is at quite a different price. I have yet to see any Fabric yurt meet the codes in California for sustainable occupancy as a dwelling. Such is the case for Bill's concentric yurts  or the Fabric portable  parks and recreation camping yurts,

Many of the the non code hard wall kit yurts also do not meet  the California fire code or the Tittle 24 California energy code.


    Build now or  in phases as you can afford a permanent, sustainable  code approved appreciable asset  yurt that will last for generations that will  survive a wildfire that is insurable and bankable if borrowed against or sold. Knowing that the permit process contributed to you safety and support of your local support services. See   click on Grow  your yurt in phases page. 

     For Sustainable kit   like  yurts contact  ,best out there :

            Mandala Custom Homes in B.C. Canada ,


         Recently completed Sustainable affordable

        Nomad 4 Mini Home under 500  Sq.Ft.



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              Since 1976

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GBCI  # 10569454

Sustainable Yurt home after 35 years