Zoning/Property

Fre​quently Asked Questions

You can check the zoning of a property on our online Parcel Viewer. Please refer to Chapter 2 of the Sacramento County Zoning Code (SZC) for descriptions of current zoning districts.

The “SPA" zoning district stands for “Special Planning Area." Special Planning Areas are areas within the County of Sacramento identified by the Board of Supervisors as having unique development standards and use regulations that cannot be achieved by the standard Zoning Code. The “NPA" zoning district stands for “Neighborhood Preservation Area." Neighborhood Preservation Areas are areas identified by the Board of Supervisors as having a unique character that the residents of the area would like to preserve through alternative development standards. A list of all SPA / NPA plans are available on our website.

An applicant can apply for a Rezone of a property to change the zoning district. This process is considered a discretionary action and involves public hearings, public noticing, and environmental review.  A Rezone can typically cost $24,000 or more in application fees and can take nine months or longer to​ process. It is highly recommended that an applicant apply for a Pre-Application Meeting prior to filing for a Rezone. 

An applicant can apply for a Tentative Parcel Map or Tentative Subdivision Map to divide a property. A Tentative Parcel Map will typically allow an applicant to divide a lot into four or fewer parcels, if approved. A Tentative Subdivision Map will allow an applicant to divide a lot into five or more parcels, if approved. All proposed parcels must meet the minimum lot size, width, and development standards of its zoning district.

For example, an applicant with a four-acre property, zoned AR-2, wants to split their lot into two parcels. As indicated in Chapter 2 of the Sacramento County Zoning Code, the AR-2 zoning district has a minimum lot size of two acres. The applicant would apply for a Tentative Parcel Map to divide the four-acre lot into two two-acre lots. They could not request to divide the four-acre lot into three lots as the proposed lots would not meet the minimum lot size standards for the AR-2 zone.

The Office of Planning and Environmental Review does not verify property boundaries nor settle civil disputes regarding property lines. Please contact the County Engineering Division, Survey Section at (916) 874-6546 or by email at dsssurveysweb@SacCounty.net​ for a list of recently active licensed Land Surveyors who can be contracted to survey lots and verify property boundaries.

Yes. You can perform minor repairs (such as oil changes, brake pad replacement, etc.) on personal vehicles (owned by the property owner or by someone residing on the property) using tools normally found in a residence within a fully enclosed space or garage.

Please contact the Code Enforcement Officer of the Day at (916) 874-7908 or by email at ​saccode@saccounty.net​ for more information regarding violation notices.

To obtain a Zoning Verification or Burn Down Letter, please submit a complete Research Request Application form and a check for $165.11 to the Office of Planning and Environmental Review, either by mail at:

  • Office of Planning and Environmental Review
    827 7th Street, Room 225
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Or in person at the Building Assistance Center at 827 7th Street in downtown Sacramento.
  • Or online on our Applications webpage. Application forms can alsoo be found on Planning and Environmental Review Application Forms.

Please allow three weeks for processing.