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The Community Development Department (CDD) is in the process of updating its operational fees.  These are fees that a customer pays to have plans reviewed for a building permit or to submit a planning application for a new development project.  These do not include impact fees. Operational fees were last updated in 2013. The operational fees pay for staffing, facilities, and supplies necessary to provide the service.

The City’s consultant, Management Partners, has conducted an independent analysis and proposes changes to both Planning fees and Building fees.

Highlights of the proposed changes include the following:

  • No new fees are proposed.
  • Of the 132 fees reviewed, approximately 38 are proposed to be eliminated.
  • Most fees are proposed to be increased or reduced to reflect updated operational costs.
  • Some Planning fees are proposed to be transitioned from being paid on deposit to a flat rate for service. 
  • Proposed is a reduction of the Building permit fees for minor permits to encourage compliance and for projects with a valuation over $10 million.
  • Overall, the changes will result in a more streamlined fee schedule.

To update and inform revisions to the staff hourly rate, Management Partners met with staff and reviewed a variety of documents including:

  • Department budget and financial reports, including the Citywide Cost Allocation Plan;
  • Planning’s and Building’s three-year revenue and expenditure histories for FY2014/15 through FY2017/18;
  • Approved revenue and expenditure budgets for FY2018/19, including line items for salary, benefits, and other department expenditures;
  • Department fee permit data;
  • Planning and Building activity data;
  • Staffing levels; 
  • Organization structure and service delivery model;
  • Building and Planning process maps; and
  • Peer agency information.

Two workshops are scheduled to provide additional information:

Workshop #1:  The February 22nd meeting will be held at New City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento, in room 1119 at 9 a.m.  An overview of the fee update will be provided. 

Workshop #2: An additional meeting will be held March 19th at 300 Richards Boulevard in room 221 at 9 a.m. This meeting will cover the individual fees that are proposed to change.  

The Budget and Audit Committee report will be presented on April 30 at 2:00 p.m. and City Council public hearing on May 14 at 5:00 p.m. These dates are tentative and may change, please see the Meetings and Agendas page for more information.


To answer some potential questions, please view the Building and Planning Fee Study Summary FAQs.

For more information, please contact:
Kim Swaback, Program Specialist 
(916) 808-8367