For information regarding on-going proposals to modify the Zoning Code, visit the Zoning Code Updates In-Progress page.
The Board of Supervisors adopted an
updated Sacramento County Development Code on July 22, 2015 that
became effective on August 22, 2015. The Development Code is comprised of the
Zoning Code and its related ordinances, the Countywide Design Standards and the
Zoning Code User Guide.
Zoning Code (September 25,
The Zoning Code establishes land
use zones and standards and regulations for development in those zones, within
unincorporated Sacramento County. The new Zoning Code contains many
procedural changes in a user-friendly format with clear standards,
illustrations and a simple land use entitlement process. A User Guide has
also been prepared to help customers navigate the draft Zoning Code, and common
planning and entitlement application procedures most likely to be encountered
when developing property in the County.
See the webpage section below on Recently Adopted Ordinances to track recent changes and to download replacement pages for your hardcopy of the Zoning Code.
Adopted Zoning Code (Complete)
Complete Sacramento County Zoning Code (9 MB)
Adopted Zoning Code, by Chapter
Zoning Code User Guide
Note: This version of the User
Guide is not fully linked to the Adopted Zoning Code. See this space for the
linked version, when available.
For questions related to the Zoning Code, please contact us at (916) 874-6221 or Sacplan@saccounty.net.
Countywide Design Guidelines
The Countywide Design Guidelines are an implementing
tool of the County's General Plan, applying to the whole unincorporated county.
There are separate sections for Single Family Dwellings, Multi-family Dwellings,
Commercial, Employment Districts, Village Centers/Mixed-Use, and New
The Design Guidelines incorporate "Active Design" strategies to aid the County in creating a built environment that is healthy, sustainable, livable and promotes active transportation choices like biking, walking, and access to transit. The Design Guidelines include an active design icon to call out policies and standards that incorporate active design. The County's Active Design strategies are described in Appendix D of the Countywide Design Guidelines.
County Code - Title 22 on Land Use
Visit the County Code page, scroll
down to the link for Title 22 at the bottom of the page.
Related General Plan Amendment (Zoning Consistency Matrix)
See pages 120-122 of the Land Use
Element to view the Zoning Consistency Matrix which identifies which Zoning
Districts are allowed within each General plan Land Use designation
Zoning Ordinances that are a part of the Zoning Code
Certain defined areas
in Sacramento County are also subject to “mini-Zoning Codes” in the form of
Special Planning Areas (SPA) and Neighborhood Preservation Areas (NPA). These
documents provide community-specific regulations that supplement the Zoning
Code. This page provides a list of SPAs and NPAs in Sacramento County as well
as other related information.
This document lists interim zones and their
development standards. These zones are temporary, established decades ago
in areas where community plans were anticipated. Through the community planning
process the interim zones will be rezoned to permanent zones consistent with
that community plan. At the time all interim zones have been rezoned, Title IV
will be eliminated from the Zoning Code.
Sacramento County Floodplain Management Ordinance (Sept. 26, 2014)
This document includes the general provisions and construction standards for building in floodplains. For more information on this ordinance visit the Sacramento County Department of Water Resources "Storm Ready" webpage .
Special Zoning Ordinances
See the Special Zoning Ordinances page for information on zoning amendments regarding
Agricultural Tourism, Recycling Center Ordinance and the Visibility (fences)