Building Permits and Inspection (2024)

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Public Inquiries for general questions, or to speak with an Inspector, please call 916-875-5296 or contact us by email for the quickest response.

ResidentialConstruction Projects

How do I submit a building permit application?

Submit appropriate application and if required,related plan (drawn to a measurable scale) and supplemental documents, in pdfformat, electronically at​/CitizenAccess/. Login or register for an account to log in. Ifyou have questions regarding the portal, please contact Principal BuildingInspector, Ryan Rudolph at

Ifyou would like a step-by-step development assistant to determine appropriateplans, supporting documents and forms for your RESIDENTIAL submittal, use our Development Navigation Assistant​.

Residential construction submittal, what do I need?

Use our Development Navigation Assistant for a custom step-by-step printableguide to determine appropriate plans, supporting documents, and forms requiredfor the permit process.

Are over-the-counter permits issued?

Yes, for certain Residential only applications. Permits can be applied for electronically and issued automatically when permit payment has been made. The following Residential applications can be automatically issued online:

  • Residential heating and cooling (new install or replacement)
  • Residential electrical panel repair or replacement
  • Residential re-roof (no structural changes)
  • Residential sewer line repair or replacement
  • Residential water heater

Residential solar permit or solar with ESS using SOLARAPP (this is for contractor use only)

Do I need a Permit?

Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit.

This informationis intended to be used as a general guide. When determining whether or not a building permit is required, refer to Section 105 of the California Building Code (CBC) and/or the California Residential Code (CRC) or consult directly with the Sacramento County Division of Building Permits and Inspection.

Projects that require a permit.Typical projects include, but not limited to:

  • ​Additions / Alterations
  • Ceiling fans / Lights
  • Change of Use or Occupancy
  • Deck (*)
  • Electrical panel, circuit​
  • EV Charging Station
  • Fences (over 7’ in height)
  • Fireplace and Inserts​
  • Garage Conversion
  • Gas Line
  • Heating and Cooling System
  • Kitchen/Bath remodel​
  • ​Outdoor Kitchens
  • New homes, building, ADU
  • Patio Cover, Porch, Enclosure
  • Photovoltiac (solar) systems
  • Racking (HPS)
  • Re-roof
  • Retaining wall (*)
  • Room Addition
  • Sewer (new or replacement)
  • Shed (*)
  • Shower/tub encl replacement
  • ​Siding / Stucco
  • Signs
  • Skylight
  • Solar for Swimming Pool
  • Swimming Pool/Spa
  • Tenant Improvement
  • Termite / Dryrot repair (*)
  • Water Heater
  • Water Service
  • Whole house fan
  • Window replacement (cut in or retrofit)​

​​​(*) Refer to the California Building Code (CBC) and/or California Residential Code (CRC) 105.2 for work that is exempt from permit.

How do I schedule a building inspection?

Onlineinspection scheduling available at​or call 916-875-5296. Inorder to obtain next day inspection, if available, you must schedule by 5 p.m.the previous day.

How do I submit a revision to an issued permit?

To submit a revision to an issued permit, navigate to and sign in. Once signed in, choose “Apply for Building Permit" and make selection under Commercial or Residential “Revision to Currently Issued Permit" and follow online prompts.

What You Need:

  • AP-10 revision application will be required as an attachment when prompted to upload.​
    • ​The form is alsoavailable on the Homeowners/Contractors page​.
  • In the description indicate the permit number you are revising and detail revision(s).
  • Upload revised sheet(s) and/or supplemental documents as an attachment when prompted.Plan sheet(s) should have clouding around revised information, accompanied by a revision checklist noting revision per sheet number.
  • Revised sheet(s) or documents should be free of any prior approval stamps or notations.
  • This process is NOT to be used with SolarApp.

How do I submit an application for Production Homes?

Questionsregarding production home application submittal should be directed​.

How do I make a payment for plan review or permit fee due?

Online Option:

  • Allplan re​​view and/or permit fees will be paid online through the Citizen AccessPortal at​​. Sign into your account,and “Search for a Building Permit” then locate the “Record Number” and under“Actions” select “Pay Fees Due”.​​

​Downtown Location:

  • Full C​​ashier services are available at this location until 4 p.m. daily.​

Goethe Location:

  • ​​No Cashier at t​​his location. Credit card payments are made via your phone using the portal or the kiosk on site. Payment via check collected and processed offsite.
  • No Cash payments accepted at this location. Cash payments can be m​​ade at 10481 Armstrong Ave, Rancho Cordova.​

Board of Appeals Meetings Information

Visit the Board of Appeals webpage​.

I want to build a new home. What other departments do I talk to?

​All new homes need to be reviewed and approved by Technical Resources, LDSIR, Planning Department, Sacramento Sewer District.OtherCounty Departments and Agencies may need to be contacted depending on the conditions on your parcel areWater Resources.

  • CO-06 Residential New Buildings and Additions Submittal List


​​News Headlines​


​​Notice of Affordable Ho​​using Fee Increase

Pursuant to the Sacramento County Affordable Housing Ordinance (SCC 22.35.050), the Affordability Fee of each market rate unit is set to increase from $3.46 to $3.66 (5.70% increase) per habitable square foot, starting on Monday, March 27, 2023.​​​View Notice​​

Sacramento County adopts automated permitting tool to lower the cost of installing solar

Sacramento, CA – This week, Sacramento County has launched SolarAPP+, an automated application for permitting new residential rooftop solar and storage systems. Solar​APP+ will expedite solar installations, encouraging property owners to invest in generating renewable and sustainable energy.

The Housing Trust Fund Ordinance was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 11, 2022, and took effect on Feb. 10, 2022. For more information, and to view the updated fee schedule,​visit the Planning and Environmental Review website​​​​​

​New 2022 California Codeswent into effect January 1, 2023.

Every three years the State of California adopts new and/or updated model codes. The California Building Standards Commission has established January 1, 2023as the effective date for the implementation of the 2022California Building Standards Code (aka, the CA Codes or Title 24).

All plans or permit applications submitted on this date or after will be required to comply with the 2022 CA Codes. The 2019CA Codes will remain in effect for all plan and permit applications submitted on or before December 31, 2022.

Therefore, permits issued under those approved plans may be built under the 2019CA Codes.​

Electronic Submittal and Review:

Sacramento County Building Permits and Inspection Division only accepts electronic plans submittal and review of all types of building projects large and small.​

​Quick Links​

  • AP-25 Solar PV Information Package and Checklist
  • ElectricalVehicle Charging StationSubmittal List​
  • What is an Accessory​Dwelling Unit (ADU) and Junior ADU?​

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