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In the interest of keeping our community safe and well during this time, the Community Development'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.


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

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.

Development Tracker is a web-based tool that allows the general public to explore in-progress planning applications. Development Tracker allows queries by parcel number, address, neighborhood, or council district with text input or a map interface. A pop-up window identifies the assigned planner, their email address and phone extension. There are links to the application form on file, and other materials which present the proposed project, including text documents, drawings, and area photographs.

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

For questions please contact our help desk at 916-264SPDR_08-04-20-5011 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.