Housing Regulation and Related Information

If you have any questions regarding affordable housing and housing regulations, please contact Kate Rose at (916) 874-1192 or rosekat@saccounty.net​.

Note: Individuals seeking financial assistance for housing should contact the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.​​

Affordable Ho​​using

Visit the Affordable Housing Ordinance Page for the adopted Affordable Housing Ordinance and other related information. 

What is Affordable Housing? According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), housing is affordable to a household when it costs no more than 30% of the household’s monthly income.

In response to the need for affordable housing in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved the Affordable Housing Ordinance to provide housing that is affordable to low (50 to 80% of median countywide income), very low (30 to 50% of median countywide income) and extremely low income (below 30% of median countywide income) households. The Affordable Housing Ordinance requires almost every new market rate, residential dwelling building permit to either pay a set fee, or comply using a few other options. The fees that will be collected will be used to construct affordable housing units.  

More information. View the Affordable Housing Frequently Asked Questions or the Affordable Housing Program Guidelines for general information on how you can meet your affordable housing obligation. You can read the County’s Affordable Housing Ordinance for more detail. Visit the County's Fair Housing page​ for more information and resources. 

The Inventory of Vacant Parcels Available for Affordable Housing​ 2017 may be of interest to applicants who opt to provide land to meet their affordable housing obligation. The list is of parcels that are vacant and appropriately zoned for affordable housing.​ An Inventory from 2015 is also available; please contact staff for more information.
Housing Element of the Gen​eral Plan

Housing Element. The Sacramento County Housing El​ement identifies and analyzes existing and projected housing needs for all income groups as well as implementing action to address those needs. This document provides the policy basis for the Zoning Code and housing related ordinances.

Housing Incentive Program (HIP) NEW!

The HIP provides density bonus incentives to multifamily developers who provide units for individuals with special needs.  New developments of at least 5 housing units in areas zoned RD-20 and above or commercial within the unincorporated County may be eligible for a density bonus of up to 15% and a waiver of one multifamily development standard!  See the HIP Brochure​ for more details.  To take advantage of the program, please submit the Request for a Waiver of Development Standards via Density Bonus supplemental form along with your project application. Find both forms on the Planning and Application Review Forms page

Universal De​​​​sign for Homes

The goal for universal design is to create a safer, more comfortable and user-friendly place to live by incorporating accessible and barrier-free design into homes.  It strives to produce dwellings that are accessible for all people regardless of race, age, sex, culture, gender, weight and ability.  Universal design avoids using special assistive technology, and instead employs design features and consumer products that are easy to use and widely acceptable. Developers who implement Universal Design features in projects within the county may be eligible for density bonuses. View the brochure on universal design​ for more information.​

Other Housing Related Inf​​orm​ation

Emergency Repair Program/Accessibility Modifications (ERP-A). The ERP​-A Program is designed to provide grants for emergency/health and safety repairs to owners of single family homes or mobile homes in the City and County of Sacramento. This program is administered by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.

Exterior Housing Condition Survey. In 2009, Planning and Environmental Review staff conducted the Exterior Housing Conditions Study to determine the exterior condition of housing in portions in Arden-Arcade, the Delta, North Highlands, and South Sacramento.  Target areas were surveyed for housing type and structure type and rated on a 5 point scale ranging from “sound” to “dilapidated”, based on the condition of siding, roofing and windows. 

Housing Related Agencies:

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is the state agency charged with enforcing California's civil rights laws. The mission of this Department is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate violence.

The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is the lead public agency and public developer for the City and the County regarding affordable ho​using, public housing and redevelopment projects and issues. The SHRA offers information on programs providing financial assistance to households seeking housing.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development - This department provides leadership, policies and programs to expend and preserve safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians. For more information, visit the California Department of Housing and Community Development's website.