The Building Division is a division of the Community Development Department. We review building permit applications for compliance with State and local building codes (structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and energy efficiency) and provide inspection services for all building related construction.
Our mission is to make sure buildings and sites in West Sacramento are safe and habitable for people to live, work and play. In cooperation with the Community Development, Planning and Engineering Divisions, and other agencies, our obligation is to enforce the intent of legally established codes and regulations without unnecessary impact on owners, builders, and designers. We strive to be pro-active, creative, helpful, and responsive with an empathic understanding of customer needs. We encourage willing compliance through promoting public awareness and administer regulations in a thorough, fair, and unbiased manner.
Please contact the Building Division if you are unsure which applications are required for your project:
Office Hours - Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Public Counter Hours of Availability are as follows:
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
To check the status of a permit, please click here.
* 2016 Building Codes Became Effective January 1, 2017 *
On January 1, 2017, the City of West Sacramento required all new plan review and permit applications to comply with the 2016 California Building Standards Codes, which are based on the International Building Codes. This includes Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy and Fire.
Yearly Building Permit & Activity Reports
The following are Permit applications needed based on project type:
Community Development Department
1110 West Capitol Avenue, 2nd Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Bus: (916) 617-4683
Fax: (916) 371-0845
Here you will find a list of common projects that require a building permit. If you have questions on whether your project requires a building permit, you should contact the Building Division for a determination. Please note that all projects may not be allowed in all zoning districts. It is recommended that you contact the Planning Division prior to any significant investment in your project.
Here you will find a list of common projects that are exempt from a building permit. If you have questions on whether your project is exempt, you may contact the Building Division for a determination. Although many of these projects do not require a building permit, they do have minimum setback standards that are enforced by the Planning Division. Please contact the Planning Division for setback requirements.
Work Done Without Required Permits
City ordinances and state statutes require building permits. If you do not get a building permit when it is required, the city can legally fine you for the violation. The permit and accompanying inspections are to ensure you that the work is up to code and safe. Projects not done according to code can affect your home's insurability and potential future sale. Prospective buyers can check the city's building records. You can check for issued or applied permits here.
Work that was done without obtaining required permits is a violation of the State Building Code and is considered illegally constructed work. There are no statutes of limitation on illegal construction. If any work has been done illegally in the past or if change of ownership has occurred this does not make the non-permitted work legal.
In order to legalize the work, you must comply to the current codes regardless when the construction was done. You may contact the Building Division by clicking here.
A homeowner, their agent, and/or contractors licensed by the State of California can obtain building permits. It is recommended that a licensed contractor conduct work on your project. You can research information on any contractor by logging onto the Contractors Licensing Board's Web site or you may contact them at (800) 321-CSLB (2752).