Frequently Asked Questions

Topic: Residential Permits

  1. Can I build a fence over 7' around my property?
  2. Do I need a permit to replace windows? 
  3. Does my new Single Family Dwelling require fire sprinklers?
  4. Does Sacramento County Building Inspection have a code compliance program?
  5. Does the County of Sacramento issue permits for AG exempt buildings?
  6. How close can I build my home or addition to the property line?
  7. I want to build a new home. What other departments do I talk to? 
  8. Is heating required in a dwelling unit?
  9. Why does my water heater require an expansion tank? (PDF)​

 

1. Can I build a fence over 7' around my property?

Answer: Fences over seven feet in height requires a Building Permit and Planning Department approval. Fences over seven feet in height most often times requires a special use permit which is applied for through the planning department

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2. Do I need a permit to replace windows? 

Answer: Yes, As of January 1st, 2010 a permit is required to replace windows. This requirement includes both retrofit or cut in window and door replacement. 

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3. Does my new Single Family Dwelling require fire sprinklers?

Answer: As of January 1st, 2011 all new one and two family dwellings require fire sprinklers. 

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4. Does Sacramento County Building Inspection have a code compliance program?

Answer: Yes, we have a code compliance program that may be available to you. There are restrictions to this program. See the handout below. 

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5. Does the County of Sacramento issue permits for AG exempt buildings?

Answer: Yes, We do have an AG exempt policy for Agriculture buildings. There are minimum requirements. 

More Info: GI-22- Agricultural Exempt Building Permit Requirements 
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6. How close can I build my home or addition to the property line?

Answer: Any new structure or an addition to an existing structure needs to meet the set back requirements of the planning department.
Set backs are obtained through the planning department and are often parcel sensitive. Set backs on one particular parcel or area may not be the same on another.
There may also be a PUE (Public Utility Easement) on your property that will have requirements for building.
Location of easements can be obtained through Technical Resources. Both Planning and Technical Resources are located at 827  7th Street RM. 102 and on the 2nd floor.

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7. I want to build a new home. What other departments do I talk to? 

Answer: All new homes need to be reviewed and approved by Technical Resources, LDSIR, Planning Department, Sacramento Sewer District.

Additional County Departments that may need to be contacted depending on the conditions on your parcel are
Water Resources, DERA. 

More Info: GI-27- How to get a permit for Building a New Single Family Dwelling 
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8. Is heating required in a dwelling unit?

Answer: Yes, When the winter design temperature in Table R301.2(1) of the 2010 CRC is below 60*F (16*C)  every dwelling unit shall be provided with heating facilities capable of maintaining a minimum room temperature of 68*F (20*C) at a point 3 feet above the floor and 2 feet from exterior walls in all habitable rooms at the design temperature. The installation of one or more portable space heaters shall not be used to achieve compliance with.

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