About Us

Community Development is a multi-disciplinary department providing a range of planning and development services to citizens, appointed boards, and commissions.  Our Department ensures that all development is consistent with State Law, Building Codes, the General Plan and Development Code. We work together to protect life and property, while improving quality of life and the environment. The department is comprised of the following divisions:

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division of the Department of Community Development provides administrative, fiscal, and clerical services to the four divisions within Community Development.

Building Permits and Inspection

Building Permits and Inspection interprets/enforces California Building Codes for privately owned buildings and structures including commercial and residential new buildings, alterations, additions and/or repairs within Sacramento County’s unincorporated area.

  • Accepts building permit applications, provides plan submittal review and issues building permits.
  • Conducts field inspections on permitted work to assure that the projects comply with approved plans and all applicable Building Codes.

Code Enforcement 

Code Enforcement investigates housing, zoning and vehicle abatement laws in the unincorporated Sacramento County. Our goal is to maintain and improve property values and the quality of life for residents, visitors and business owners.

We work to achieve voluntary compliance through notification and education. When necessary, we use legal procedures including boarding structures, removing junk and rubbish and junk vehicles, civil citations, criminal citations and demolition of dangerous buildings.

Together, we can preserve the quality of life we all expect!

County Engineering 

County Engineering includes the office of the County Engineer and provides services for the building and development community and County departments.

  • Site Improvement and Permits Section (SIPS) reviews/approves civil improvement plans and assists with various permits.
  • Surveys Section performs County Surveyor functions and reviews survey documents for public and private projects.
  • Special District Section oversees public infrastructure financing plans and establishes/manages special financing mechanisms including development impact fees, Mello-Roos CFDs, and assessment districts.

Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development has expertise in business development, expansion strategies and working with local regulatory agencies to find solutions for your business. Our team is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of the community and encouraging diverse businesses to locate, expand and thrive in Sacramento County.

Planning and Environmental Review

The Division has five sections that provide public services:

  • Application Processing - Primary responsibilities: implementation of the County's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and management of unincorporated Sacramento County area development. This includes processing of land use and development applications for review by hearing bodies at all levels in the process.
  • Zoning Administration - Provides technical services and general planning information to the public at the front counter on parcels, zoning, planning applications and fees; Staff review building permits, new and renewal applications for Business Licenses and the Zoning Administrator (ZA) takes final action on minor use permits and variances. 
  • Environmental Review - Prepares environmental documents consistent with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for privately/publicly initiated projects within Sacramento County and conducts review of applications; reviews environmental documents prepared by other entities, subsequent comments and prepares coordinated responses. Note: for Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, see Sustainability Team, below.
  • Long Range Planning - Develops vision, goals and policies for growth, protection and preservation of the County's natural, environmental and agricultural resources using the General Plan as the primary tool for establishing policies; conducts special studies on major policy issues (e.g., housing, natural resource/open space preservation, air quality, infrastructure and urban expansion/annexation); participates in regional planning forums and provides recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and other hearing bodies on pending development proposals.
  • Sustainability Team - Oversees the County’s Sustainability Program that includes the County Climate Action Plan, green infrastructure and operations; addresses sustainable development, infill development; grant writing and partnerships that help to leverage public/private investment; responsible for Mitigation and Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) to oversee private/public project compliance with CEQA.