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THE BUILDING DIVISION’S PUBLIC COUNTER is TEMPORARILY CLOSED, as of end of day March 18, 2020, DUE TO CONCERNS OVER COVID-19.

During this time, we are conducting permit and plan review services electronically.  Please see our online services page for more information.

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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. (Updated June 3, 2020) 

Looking to build an accessory dwelling unit?

Our Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Handout provides an overview of Building Code Standards, submittal requirements and fee information related to ADUs. Also, visit the ADU page for helpful information on planning and zoning requirements for these projects.

2019 Building Standards Code Adoption information:

In July, the new 2019 California Building Standards Code was published and took effect on January 1, 2020. Visit the 2019 Code Change Summary page for significant changes that may affect your building permit.

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

When searching for a specific form on our Forms page, a keyboard shortcut will help you locate the form by only searching the page you're visiting. Simply press the "Ctrl" and the "F" key (Ctrl + F) on your keyboard and enter a search word in the new search window that will appear either in the upper left or  right hand corner of your browser.  

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.