​​​The Building Permits and Inspections office can help you obtain a building permit if your planned project is located within unincorporated Sacramento County. We help ensure that projects are constructed and installed in accordance with the California Building Code, Sacramento County regulations and related building laws. These building codes and ordinances are intended to ensure your project is safe and a benefit to you and the overall quality of our community. Building permits are required by law. 

Please Note​:
The standards and requirements set forth in the California Building Codes as amended in Title 16 of the Sacramento County Code shall apply to the construction, alteration, relocation, enlargement, replacement, repair, removal, demolition, use, and occupancy of buildings or structures within this jurisdiction. This website is meant to provide general guidance on those standards and requirements. None of this website’s content is intended to nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law and in cases of conflict, the highest and most restrictive standard shall apply.

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Notice of Affordable Housing Fee Increase

Pursuant to Section 22.35.050(c) of the Sacramento County Code, the Affordability Fee of each market rate unit is set to increase from $2.87 to $2.92 per square foot, starting Monday, March 2nd, 2020. View Notice ​

​New 2019 California Codes went into effect January 1, 2020. 

Every three years the State of California adopts new and/or updated model codes. The California Building Standards Commission has established January 1, 2020 as the effective date for the implementation of the 2019 California 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 2019 CA Codes. The 2016 CA Codes will remain in effect for all plan and permit applications submitted on or before December 31, 2019. Therefore, permits issued under those approved plans may be built under the 2016 CA Codes. 

California Building an​d Residential Codes 2019:

View report summaries prepared by the Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials Code Development​ and Review Committee on the 2019 edition of the California Building and Residential codes.

Electronic Submittal and Review:

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