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SACRAMENTO STREAMLINE

Sacramento Streamline is the Community Development Department's initiative to provide expedited services to customers. Whether it is an online or in-person process, we strive to make the development experience as efficient as possible. Any new processes that improve the way we do business are added to this page. 

BUILDING PERMIT TRACKER

The City of Sacramento is pleased to announce our Permit Tracker tool. Please use this tool to search for building permit information related to pending building permit applications, issued building permits or property specific building permit histories. 

 OVER THE COUNTER REVIEW PROGRAM

The Building Division offers Over the Counter (OTC) Plan Review for both residential and commercial projects meeting certain qualifying criteria. Visit our Over the Counter Review page for additional details. 

APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING PROGRAM

Stop waiting for your number to be called! The City’s Community Development Department is now offering appointments for select services, including:

  • First time submittals
  • Resubmittals
  • Sign and revision submittals
  • Permit pickups
  • Building plans that are ready-to-issue

Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. as well as 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, follow this link.

 ELECTRONIC PLAN CHECK (EPC) PROGRAM

Commercial and Residential building plans can now be submitted electronically, eliminating the need to submit hard copy building plans. Plans can be placed on disk or thumb drive and submitted at the public counter, or remotely by emailing epcintake@cityofsacramento.org. To get started, visit the ePlan Check page where you will find downloadable documents which outline the format which must be followed when preparing your electronic submittal files.

ON-LINE MINOR PERMIT PROGRAM

If you are a California licensed contractor it is now possible to acquire and pay for most minor building permits through the web based Citizen Portal. For more information visit our Online Permitting page. 

EXPRESS LANE AT THE PUBLIC COUNTER

An express lane is now available for customers who have simple quick requests. Visit the public counter for more information.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CODE UPDATE

A key implementation measure of the General Plan is to comprehensively update the zoning code. The newly adopted Planning and Development Code is a user-friendly document that provides predictable, clear and consolidated direction for development, and promotes sustainable development.

Permit Simplicity

The Building Division accepts Permit Simplicity plans prepared by a designated, pre-qualified professional architect or engineer.

Prequalified Architecture Submittal System (PASS)

The Building Division accepts plans approved by the Prequalified Architectural Submittal System (PASS). Plans organized by a certified PASS participant will require fewer plan check cycles, reducing the wait time for approval. 

REVISED ZONING CODE FOR PARKING

In an effort to improve the ease of doing business in the City and promote sustainable communities, the Sacramento City Council approved changes to its parking zoning requirements. These ordinance changes, coupled with some of the parking management strategies being considered by the City’s Parking Division, will encourage economic development, help the City maximize the use of existing parking opportunities citywide, reduce impacts to neighborhoods, and promote alternative modes of transportation and sustainable building.

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM & ELECTRICAL VEHICLE PERMITS

Looking to add a solar energy system to a residential or commercial building? As part of the City of Sacramento’s ongoing commitment to incentivize solar energy and streamline the permitting process, residential and commercial solar permitting fees have been reduced, saving up to 77 percent in permit costs. Please see the Guide to Streamlined Solar Photovoltaic and Water Heating Permits for more information.

Guide to Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Permits for Residential

Customers who own an electric vehicle or are considering purchasing one can find out more about residential permit requirements for Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).

 Accelerated Minor Permit Program

Community Development Department has created a program for lowering building permit costs for minor improvements. Now, with the Accelerated Minor Permit Program, you can purchase bulk permits for minor installations for things like water heaters, re-roofs and electrical circuits. For more information visit the Accelerated Minor Permit Program page.