Sacramento County Zoning Code

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

The Zoning Code establishes land use zones and standards and regulations for development in those zones, within unincorporated Sacramento County. The links below will help the user to find the sections of the Zoning Code that apply to specific uses or to land use zones. 
Adopted Development Code  Effective August 22, 2015
The Board of Supervisors adopted an updated Sacramento County Zoning Code on July 22, 2015. This 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.
Adopted Zoning Code, by Chapter

Design Guidelines and Zoning Code User Guide

The final Design Guidelines will be available soon.

The User Guide will be avaialble soon.

  • Zoning Code User Guide  June 2015  (6.5 MB)
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 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.
See this page for archived information on the Zoning Code Update process including staff reports and draft versions of each chapter.
Archived  Zoning Code (Superseded 8/21/15)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.