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NOTICE: Now accepting appointments at the Public Counter located at 300 Richards Blvd., 3rd Floor. Appointments will be limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays at this time. All customers must have an appointment to enter the Public Counter. Inquiries are still encouraged to be emailed at To schedule, please visit the Appointment Scheduler online.


Planning Division Role

The Community Development Department’s Planning Division is responsible for the development of long range planning policies and the processing of current applications for parcel and subdivision map changes, site plan and design reviews to promote compliance with the City’s design guidelines and principles, and the processing of conditional use permits. The division is also responsible for administering the zoning ordinance, promoting high-quality urban design, and collaborating on fostering careful consideration of historic resources. In addition, our environmental specialists manage and support review of projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Latest Planning Division News

A new online tool to search for planning application is now available!

AgencyCounter has made its debut to the city.  The new planning tool is the preferred way to look up a planning application in any area of the City.  Projects include those planning applications currently under consideration or already decided.  CDD staff is including the link to AgencyCounter in all project routing emails moving forward.

The new Stockton Boulevard Specific Plan web page is live!  The City of Sacramento’s new Neighborhood Development Action Team (NDAT) is starting a plan to revitalize Stockton Blvd and surrounding neighborhoods while benefiting existing residents and businesses. We are looking to partner with residents, business owners, landowners, and organizations as we look for ways to strengthen the corridor as a vital core for the surrounding neighborhoods and increase the local community’s ownership of housing, land, businesses, and investments.

The new e-Planning Submittal service adds functionality to the existing electronic web-based submittal service the Building Division has been operating for over five years. E-Planning Submittal service will facilitate electronic submittals of Planning Entitlement applications and projects requesting Planning Division clearance prior to submitting building permit applications for Electronic Plan Check (EPC). This service is an efficient and eco-friendly alternative to hardcopy submittals that require a visit to the public counter.

Planning allows you to pay fee balances online as an alternative to paying at the counter.

For questions please contact our help desk at 916-264-5011 or

Active projects and recent decisions

Current projects and recent decisions on entitlement applications are posted on the city’s website daily.  Projects are listed by City Council District and the assigned planner's name and phone number is listed for each project. Please contact the planner directly or email us if you need additional information on a specific project.

Planning Project Status Report

Reconsideration of Staff Decisions

Any person dissatisfied with a staff decision has the right to request reconsideration by the Director. To request a reconsideration of a staff decision, complete the Reconsideration Form and submit within seven (7) calendar days from the date the project is posted on the website. The decision of the Director shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal.

Director Decision Appeals

Any person dissatisfied with a Director decision has the right to request an appeal by the Planning and Design Commission or Preservation Commission. To appeal a decision of the Director, complete the Appeal Form and submit within 10 calendar days from the date of the director decision. The decision of the Commission shall be final and shall not be subject to further appeal. The decision of the Director on a Reconsideration of Staff Decision shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal.

Commission Decision Appeals

Decisions by the Planning and Design Commission or Preservation Commission on projects appealed from the Director level are final except for parcel maps. Any person dissatisfied with a Commission action, which was not initially a director level decision, has the right to request an appeal hearing before the City Council. To appeal an action of a Commission, complete the Appeal Form and submit within 10 calendar days from the date of the Commission action. The decision of the City Council shall be final and shall not be subject to further appeal.