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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, 2015)
The Zoning Code establishes land use zones and standards and regulations for development in those zones, within unincorporated Sacramento County. 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.
NEW- Interim Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Zoning Code Standards (January 1, 2020, Updated February 6, 2020)
To comply with new State laws, the County of Sacramento has developed a set of Interim Zoning Code Standards for regulation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These Interim Standards and further information can be found at the following link: Accessory Dwelling Units. The Interim Standards should be used in conjunction with the Sacramento County Zoning Code as applicable, until the Zoning Code has been formally amended.
Adopted Zoning Code (Complete)
Complete Sacramento County Zoning Code (9 MB)
Adopted Zoning Code, by Chapter
Zoning Code User Guide
For questions related to the Zoning Code, please reivew our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at
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 Communities.
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
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 127-129 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 CodeCertain 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 (Jan. 13, 2017)
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 .
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