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Public Counter Closure due to COVID-19

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. Updates will be made on our website as circumstances change. 

To promote health and wellness consider using online services


Customers can now submit to Planning for entitlements with Portable Document Files (PDF). This new feature facilitates the submittals of Planning Entitlement applications and projects requesting planning clearance prior to submitting building permit applications. Without leaving the office or home you are able to submit electronically for planning approval. Questions? Please email

Building electronic Plan Check (EPC):

The EPC program is for building permit applications requiring plan review. It enables applicants to submit PDF, as an alternative to submitting the required, application, construction drawings, and supportive documentation (i.e. structural calculations, soils reports, water supply tests, etc.) to obtain clearance for building permits. Questions? Please email

Plan review staff is working diligently to meet all established timelines to the best of their ability. 

Residential PV Solar Systems:

Permit applications for a stand-alone residential PV Solar system being voluntarily added to an existing home can be submitted by emailing the following documents:

Please note, for new construction of a single family home, where a solar system is required by building code, the solar plans must be part of the overall submittal for the home.

Building Electronic Over the Counter (e-OTC) plan check:

As of March 22, 2021 we are offering Electronic Over the Counter Plan Review for projects which may qualify for this service. Visit the E-OTC page for detailed information.


As of May 17th, 2021, residential subdivision developers can submit production home permit applications with qualifying approved Master Plans completely online in a matter of minutes. For additional details click here.


At this time field inspections will be conducted remotely. Inspections are to be scheduled as normal. On the day of your inspection, your inspector will contact you by phone to set up a remote inspection. Please review these instructions to be prepared for your remote inspection. 

If you have questions, you can contact your inspector directly or you can visit our Inspection Summary page for up-to-date information on scheduled inspections, your inspector's name and cell phone number. Visit our Scheduling Inspections page for more information.


Permit services staff is answering general customer questions through our public email account at  For customers requiring guidance on our electronic submission process, please email or call (916) 808-5318 for further assistance.

A pick-up location has been designated on the first floor lobby at 300 Richards Blvd for customers to pick up approved sets of plans.  Please contact (916) 808-5337 to schedule your pick-up.  This service is only available on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

On-line Minor Permits:

Minor permits are for those construction projects which do not require plan review and are subject to field inspection approval.


If you are a California licensed contractor you may acquire and pay for minor permits for the following scopes of work through the web-based Citizen Permit Portal:

  • Residential and Commercial Water Heaters
  • Residential Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC)
  • Residential and Commercial Re-Roofs
  • Residential Electrical Minor work (main and sub service panels; rewire work; whole house fans; ceiling fans; and new electrical circuit)
  • Residential minor plumbing work (sewer repair and replacement; re-plumbing of supply and drainage piping; and fixture replacement)

Additional minor permits are temporarily available to contractors by emailing


Temporarily all of the minor permits listed above are aslo available to homeowners by emailing the all of following completed forms:

Please visit the On-line Minor Permit Program page to ensure that your project fits the criteria.

Pay Online:

In addition to major credit cards we now accept electronic check payments. You may pay for planning entitlement fees and building permit fees online through the Citizen Permit Portal. For additional information in regards to building fees, please visit our Pay Building Fees page.

Project Status:

You can check the status of your building and planning application through our Development Tracker or Citizen Portal

Development Fee Payments for Outside Agencies:

Visit our Outside Agency Information resource page for more details on how to pay impact fees not administered by the City of Sacramento.


For Building division, please email

For Planning division, please email