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Building Permits

Due to California’s stay-at-home order, the Community Development Department’s Public Counter will be closed until further notice.

We can still assist you during this time through our online services.

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. 

A building permit is required for projects such as new construction, additions, tenant improvements, pools, spas, signs, remodeling, and work on electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. Read more on projects that are exempt from building permit requirements.

Please remember: work started before a building permit is issued will be subject to a penalty fee.

Online Permitting

As a part of the Sacramento Streamline initiative we now offer California licensed contractors the ability to pull minor permits online and schedule inspections online.

Online submittal for electronic plan check (epc)

If a project requires plan review, both residential and commercial projects can now be submitted online. For more information visit our Electronic Plan Check page.

Need to visit our public counter?

View our live counter wait times so you can determine how long the estimated wait times are and plan your visit accordingly. You can also schedule an appointment to ensure that you're not waiting in line!