Sacramento County Development Code

The new Development Code became effective on August 22, 2015.

Development Code 
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 (NEW! Effective September 25, 2015)

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.



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.


Countywide Design Guidlines

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 Communities.


Additional Zoning Ordinances
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 permanaent zones consistent with that community plan.  At the time all interim zones have been rezoned, Title IV will be elminated from the Zoning Code.
Other Information 
This page includes new zoning amendments on Agricultural Tourism, Recycling Center Ordinance and the Visibility (fences) Ordinance. The commonly requested sections include terminology, Land Use Zone Use Tables and development standards for temporary dwellings.
Archived Document Pages 
See this page for archived information on the Zoning Code Update process including staff reports and draft versions of each chapter.
Superseded Zoning Code (Superseded 8/21/15)
These archived documents provide information on regulations and development standards that may have been applied to previously approved projects.