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CDD Annual Report

Annual Report
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The City of Sacramento’s Community Development Department (CDD) helps plan, build and maintain a thriving city. The goal is to partner together with the community and customers to ensure a safe, growing and lively Sacramento. Though 2020 was a challenging year, CDD was able to transition many of their services to a remote model to maintain a high standard of service for the community. The department took a look back on 2020 accomplishments and how many of the adopted virtual and online programs were successful. The outlook is bright for Sacramento’s coming years. Thank you to our staff and customers for working together for a better community!

Search Planning & Building Projects

Planning and Building staff works on projects of all sizes and types, everything from single-family homes to large, mixed-use developments. You can use the “AgencyCounter” tool to view project applications and permits all over the city

Tenant Protection Program

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The Tenant Protection Program was created to assist tenants with increasing rental rates by prohibiting rent gouging and establishing limits on annual rents. It also provides protection for unjustified evictions.

Downtown Developer Toolkit

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The Downtown Developer Toolkit incorporates policies, processes, incentives and resources to assist in the development of residential projects downtown.


Holiday Closures

The Community Development Department will be closed for services on Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day.

Public Counter Appointments

Now accepting appointments at the Public Counter, 300 Richards Blvd, 3rd Floor. Appointments are limited and for specific services. Customers must have an appointment to have access to the Public Counter. Visit our Schedule an Appointment page to learn more and schedule. All building an planning applications will continue to be submitted through the Citizen Portal.

Notice: The City of Sacramento Building Division will begin in-person inspections for building permits starting Monday, April 18. Inspections have been ongoing throughout the pandemic but have been done virtually through FaceTime and Google Duo. Please visit the Schedule an Inspection page for more information and to schedule.


To ensure annual roll close operations run smoothly, the deletion and creation of assessor parcels must be halted while the parcel data and files are finalized.  Therefore, April 29th is the deadline to process recorded map documents that require the deletion/creation of assessor parcels. Parcel map processing will resume on July 1, 2022.
Note: The exception to this is any new parcels required for transfers that occur before May 31st, 2022. These parcels will be created for the June 30th Tax Roll Close Date.
Visit the Sacramento County Assessor's Parcel Viewer page for additional information,


Electronic Over-the-Counter Plan Review Services are now available!

On March 22, we launched our Electronic Over-the-Counter Plan Review Service. This Sacramento Streamline program replaces the highly popular version of the service that was performed at our public counter in the past. For qualifying projects, plans can be reviewed the business day after they are received. 
Visit our Over the Counter Plan Review page to learn more about the service, including which project types are eligible and how to submit. 

Encroachment permits for work in the public right-of-way

Building construction projects submitting their building plan review application on or after February 12th, 2021 which require any work in the public right-of-way (also referenced as offsite improvements) must submit an Encroachment Permit to Development Engineering no later than by the cycle 2 review of the building plan check resubmittal to continue with building plan review and approval process. Email for any questions regarding the Encroachment Permit process which are not covered on the City web page.

Director Hearings Temporarily Online

Director Hearings for City planning purposes will now be online using WebEx until further notice. Please view the Director Hearings page for more information.

ATTENTION: Public Counter will be CLOSED for in-person visits

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 as of end of day March 18, 2020. All Planning and Building applications must be submitted through our Citizen Permit Portal. Please view the Online Services we are offering at this time. Updates will be made on our website as circumstances change.

e-Check limit increased for online payments

Our electronic check payment limit was increased from $100,000 to $150,000. For additional information visit our Pay Building Fees page.

Looking to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

Visit the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) new web page for helpful information about building an ADU within the City of Sacramento.

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About CDD

Learn more about the Community Development Department and all we do to make the City of Sacramento a great place to live, work and play.

Front Street Shelter

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Visit the Front Street Animal Shelter to experience the joy of shelter pet adoption, looking for a lost pet, or volunteering and making a difference. The shelter offers a variety of services to our community of animals, join Team Front Street!

Sacramento Streamline

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Sacramento Streamline is the Community Development Department's initiative to provide expedited services to customers. Any new processes that improve the way we do business are added to the Sacramento Streamline page.