Mission Statement

The mission of the Planning Department is to: Guide land use and development consistent with the General Plan, Building Codes and related regulations, by providing accurate, timely and courteous professional and technical services to our customers, to maintain the County's unique quality of life, protect public safety and the environment and to promote economic vitality for current and future generations.

What's New & Announcements:

El Dorado County has upgraded the public TRAKiT software.

Please use this link to access the system:



  • Zoning Ordinance – Update to Chapter 130.41 (Commercial Cannabis - Fingerprinting Amendment allows more discretion to the Sheriff's Office when requiring fingerprinting, for any owners having a share of 5 percent or less of a commercial cannabis business) – Ordinance No. 5123 adopted by the Board of Supervisors June 9th, 2020 (Effective July 10th, 2020)

  • Zoning Ordinance – Update to Chapter 130.42 (Cultivation of Cannabis for Personal Use) – Ordinance No. 5122 adopted by the Board of Supervisors May 5th, 2020 (Effective May 5th, 2020)

  • Zoning Ordinance – Update to Chapter 130.41 (Commercial Cannabis) – Ordinance No. 5124 adopted by the Board of Supervisors May 12th, 2020 (Effective June 11th, 2020)

Although Lodging is allowed to open up in Phase 3, there is still a statewide nonessential travel ban in place.  VHRs may not be rented to anyone traveling from outside of the community where the property exists.  
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You can find the Governor's Resilience Road-map herehttps://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 

allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.  

**Click here for more information**

Planning Services

New applications and other submittals are still being processed by email and/or mail and appointments are being held by phone. Please contact the Planning Department for questions regarding applications at (530) 621-5355

Planning Commission

During this time, Planning Commission meetings will be limited to hear only those items related to immediate health-life-safety issues and those where social distancing can be achieved. Technology allowing remote participation is being utilized. 

Please contact (530)621-5355 if you have a question regarding an agenda item or a project in your area.

**Has your business been impacted by the COVID-19 virus?**

Click here for more information on helpful business resources

El Dorado County is offering On-Call Planning Services Consultants to assist with discretionary project application processing including Planning Review and CEQA Analysis.  Click here for more information.

El Dorado County's Economic Development Division wants to hear from you about your business successes and challenges. 

Your feedback is important to us. 

**Please take this 2-3 minute survey here to let us know what you think.**

**We've updated our Fees and Policies & Procedures, Resolution 186-2019.  View it here.** 

This is effective December 22, 2019.


We're currently experiencing a substantial increase in permit applications. As a result, the turnaround times for plan checks and permit reviews are taking longer than usual . We apologize for the inconvenience. Please know we are diligently working to get your plan check and/or permit review completed as quickly as possible so your permit can be issued. You can check on the status of your permit through our online Permit Status link on the Building and Planning Services web pages. If you have any questions, please call our Ombudsman, Katie Rider, at 530-621-5352.

New Historic Design Zoning Overlay Webpage 



El Dorado County Vegetation Management and Defensible Space

Costco Fact Sheet (Updated 6/28/2019)

    Need help with a permit or planning issue? Click HERE to contact the Planning and Building Department's Ombudsman.

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