Public Announcements:

Attention Commercial Grading Permit Applicants

Effective July 1, 2021, New Procedures

 Obtain permit application number from Building Department for commercial grading over 1500 cubic yards

Submit one copy of grading plans directly to Resource Conservation District  (RCD) and pay their fee

RCD is located at 100 Forni Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

(530) 303-5329,

We're all in it together during this uncertain time!

The Planning and Building Department is committed to providing you with the best customer service.  Our lobby is currently open to the public. We're experiencing a substantial increase in permit applications, and as a result, the turnaround times for plan checks and permit reviews are taking longer than usual. 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 on the permit process or your building permit, please call us at    (530) 621-5315. For other questions please reach out to our Ombudsman, Katie Rider, at 530-621-5352.  We apologize in advance for any delay you may encounter.

Temporary Recreational Vehicle Ordinance Code 5136

The Temporary Recreational Vehicle Ordinance allows for the limited use of a recreational vehicle as temporary housing for hardship purposes.  

Click here for more information.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Allocations

Click here for answers to your allocation questions

Allocation Disbursement Program

PreAllocation Early Submittal

Site Assessment FAQs

Traffic Impact Fee Program (TIF) revision

On December 8, 2020, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 196-2020, implementing a major revision to the County's TIF program.  

The program's current eight traffic impact fee zones will be consolidated into three for purposes of allocating the costs of the public transportation facilities.  The updated zones and rates will go into effect on February 8, 2021.  

Click here for more information and the fee schedule.


**Our annual building valuations have been updated effective October 1, 2020.  Click here for the current valuation table.**

Permit Processing

Trade Permits by Licensed Contractors are being accepted via email with payment via E-TRAKiT.  All other applications and submittals are being processed in the Building Department office during our regular business hours.  The Tahoe office is currently closed to the public.  For permitting questions within the Tahoe Basin please call 530/621-5315.

Contractors, please click on the icon below for further instruction on email permits.

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In order to create a more efficient work environment for staff and to provide the best customer service, effective June 23, 2020, the inspection request line, 530/621-5377 will be an “answer only” extension.  All inspection operations (scheduling, checking status, canceling, etc) will be conducted through the E-TRAKiT online system.  This tool is continuously available all day, with no need for personal assistance. ALL customers will need an E-TRAKIT account.  

Click the link to create your account,

At this time we are conducting inspections located outside of homes and deemed safe for inspection.  These inspections include pools, solar panels, re-roofs, generators, decks, exterior electrical and plumbing work, and new house construction including foundations, pre-slabs, shear/sheathing, frame, insulation, sheetrock, and building finals. HVAC package units and water heaters that are located outside or in the garage may be scheduled.  However, they are subject to cancellation if an inspector does not feel safe inspecting the unit or the location of the unit is not in a safe location.

All inspections will be conducted with the inspector maintaining social distancing of SIX feet or more.  Inspectors will also be given Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE’s) for their protection and to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19.  Inspections may be canceled if PPEs are not available. During inspections of new homes, we are asking that all subcontractors and workers stop working and leave the building so the inspector may safely perform the inspection.  The types of inspections being performed may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. 

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

Click here for more information on helpful business resources

**If the system will not allow you to get in line, it's because customer capacity and wait time has exceeded our hours of operation**

What Are Mitigation Fees?  

Free of Penalty Fees!

Did you know your Board of Supervisors has an established amnesty program for structures built without a required permit?  In the interest of public safety, an owner will not be penalized when they voluntarily reveal work done without a permit and secure a permit for that work.  All usual fees will still be required, however, no penalty fees will be due.   Fee Resolution 079-2016. To review the county policy on how to obtain a permit on a non-permitted structure, please use this link:   Residential Structures Built Without a Permit 

image of TRPA logoAdditional information about building and land use in the Tahoe Basin can be found
 at TRPA Tahoe Regional Planning Agency        

Survey. How are we doing? Send an easy to use Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire directly to the Development Services Director.

The mission of the Development Services Department is to: Guide land use and development consistent with the General Plan, Building Codes & 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 & promote economic vitality for current and future generations.