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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!

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.

Public Counter Wait Times

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Need to visit our public counter? View our live counter wait times d​a​s​h​b​o​a​r​d​ so you can determine how long the estimated wait times are and plan your visit accordingly.

Development Tracker

Use Development Tracker to search for planning application and building permit information.

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.

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.


Holiday Closures

The Community Development Department will be closed for services on Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Now Accepting 2022 Planning Academy Applications!

The free, eleven-week virtual course, provides a background in the fundamentals of city planning. Learn more by visiting the Planning Academy webpage.

Housing Element: Sacramento's 8-year housing strategy

The City of Sacramento has been working to update the 2021-2029 Housing Element. This is the City’s 8-year housing strategy and commitment for how it will meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. For more information and how to get involved visit SACRAMENTO 2021-2029: HOUSING ELEMENT.

New Master Plan Application Process and Production Permit Online Application Service Enhancement!

The City of Sacramento’s Building Division would like to announce the development of its new online production home permit process!  For additional details and contact information click here.

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. 


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, May 14th is the deadline to process recorded map documents that require the deletion/creation of assessor parcels. Parcel map processing will resume on July 1, 2021.
Note: The exception to this is any new parcels required for transfers that occur before May 31st, 2021. 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,


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.

First in the Country!

The Alternative Means and Materials Request Process made a six story residential wood-frame construction a reality in the City of Sacramento reducing the carbon footprint. Read the complete article for details.

Al Fresco Dining - do I need a building permit?

Our Al Fresco Dining Building Division Guidelines and FAQs provide information on permit requirements and exemptions.

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.

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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!

Natomas Basin

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For more details about the Natomas Basin continue checking our Natomas Basin page.