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 Building

Recent Award

On March 22, 2017, the Building Division of the City of Sacramento was presented with the California Building Officials’ (CALBO) Building Department of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding jurisdiction for its demonstrated leadership over the preceding year. This honor motivates staff to continue being proactive and innovative to streamline the building process.

need a building permit? 

By law, building permits and inspections are required for new construction, additions, and remodeling work to confirm that all structures meet applicable City, State and Federal building code requirements.

The City of Sacramento regulates construction and development to safeguard and ensure the health and safety of the public. As part of the permit process, plans are reviewed to ensure compliance with adopted codes. Building permits are issued for new construction as well as for additions to and remodeling of existing buildings and structures. Most repairs or alterations require a building permit.

Did You Know?

Notice to Applicants for Business Licenses and Commercial Building Permits. Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. For additional information about legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws please read this public notice

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The 2016 California Building Codes are in effect ! this began on January 1st 2017. For a summary of significant code changes select "2016 Code Change Summary"  

The 2019 California Building Codes will take effect on January 1, 2020!

When preparing for your building permit application and plan review, consider these important timelines:

  • Last day to submit plans for review under the current 2016 code cycle is 12/23/2019
  • Last day to pay for plan review for 2016 code cycle review is 12/27/2019
  • First day to submit Master Plans for code updates to the 2019 code cycle is 11/29/2019

Stay tuned for the latest Code Change Summary on our website.

 

As of December 1, 2015 new development projects that include landscape areas of 500 square feet or more are subject to updated Water Efficient Landscape Requirements mandated by the State. For more information, read the MWELO 2015 Revision Fact Sheet, or review the Ordinance. 

As of January 1, 2014 there is a requirement to install water conserving plumbing fixtures when a permit is pulled for an improvement or addition?  Read the SB 407 Memo for more information.