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Tenant Protection Program

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The Tenant Protection Program was created to assist tenants with increasing rental rates by prohibiting rent gouging and establishing limits on annual rents. It also provides protection for unjustified evictions.

Public Counter Wait Times

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Need to visit our public counter? View our live counter wait times d​a​s​h​b​o​a​r​d​ so you can determine how long the estimated wait times are and plan your visit accordingly.

Development Tracker

Use Development Tracker to search for planning application and building permit information.

Downtown Developer Toolkit

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The Downtown Developer Toolkit incorporates policies, processes, incentives and resources to assist in the development of residential projects downtown.

Sacramento Streamline

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Sacramento Streamline is the Community Development Department's initiative to provide expedited services to customers. Any new processes that improve the way we do business are added to the Sacramento Streamline page.


Encroachment permits for work in the public right-of-way

Building construction projects submitting their building plan review application on or after February 12th, 2021 which require any work in the public right-of-way (also referenced as offsite improvements) must submit an Encroachment Permit to Development Engineering no later than by the cycle 2 review of the building plan check resubmittal to continue with building plan review and approval process. Email for any questions regarding the Encroachment Permit process which are not covered on the City web page.

Housing Element: Share YOUR Feedback on Sacramento's 8-year housing strategy

The City of Sacramento has been working to update the 2021-2029 Housing Element and has created a self-guided virtual workshop to get your thoughts on the draft plan. The Draft Housing Element is the City’s 8-year housing strategy and commitment for how it will meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. For more information and how to get involved visit SACRAMENTO 2021-2029: HOUSING ELEMENT.

Holiday Closures

We will be CLOSED for services February 15, 2021.

First in the Country!

The Alternative Means and Materials Request Process made a six story residential wood-frame construction a reality in the City of Sacramento reducing the carbon footprint. Read the complete article for details.

Al Fresco Dining - do I need a building permit?

Our Al Fresco Dining Building Division Guidelines and FAQs provide information on permit requirements and exemptions.

Emergency Permitting Process

In light of recent civil unrest and the associated impact to local businesses, City of Sacramento Community Development Department (CDD) is offering affected applicants’ access to an emergency permit process. Please view the Emergency Permitting Process for more information.

Director Hearings Temporarily Online

Director Hearings for City planning purposes will now be online using WebEx until further notice. Please view the Director Hearings page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID19 Stay-At-Home Orders

In response the COVID-19 pandemic, Sacramento County and the State of California both announced orders that require residents to stay at home except under very limited circumstances. Learn more about what the City is doing and what is essential: Stay-at-Home Orders in the City of Sacramento 

ATTENTION: Public Counter will be CLOSED for in-person visits

In the interest of keeping our community safe and well during this time, the Community Development Department's Public Counter, located at 300 Richards Blvd. 3rd Floor, will be CLOSED until further notice as of end of day March 18, 2020. All Planning and Building applications must be submitted through our Citizen Permit Portal. Please view the Online Services we are offering at this time. Updates will be made on our website as circumstances change.

e-Check limit increased for online payments

Our electronic check payment limit was increased from $100,000 to $150,000. For additional information visit our Pay Building Fees page.

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About CDD

Learn more about the Community Development Department and all we do to make the City of Sacramento a great place to live, work and play.

Front Street Shelter

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Visit the Front Street Animal Shelter to experience the joy of shelter pet adoption, looking for a lost pet, or volunteering and making a difference. The shelter offers a variety of services to our community of animals, join Team Front Street!

Natomas Basin

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For more details about the Natomas Basin continue checking our Natomas Basin page.