Building Division

Safety, Inspection & Permits

Construction worker The Elk Grove Building Division handles a variety of services, including inspections, safety standards, and permits. Building works closely with Planning, Public Works, Fire, Police, and Finance to offer you the best care and service. Your business is our top priority. The Division issues permits and performs plan checks and inspections for Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical permits. Our permit process helps ensure the safety of the general public and tenant occupants within the City. Feel free to browse through our website and see what Building services we have to offer.

Safety/Building Codes

Electrical Vehicle
Supply Equipment (EVSE)

Electric Vehicle

Do you own an Electric Vehicle, or are you considering buying one? Depending on your charging needs, building permits may be required. View the guide and checklist below. The guide provides information about Electric Vehicles and what supplemental infrastructure are needed in the household.

PDF EVSE Handout
PDF EVSE Checklist

Is your building up to code? Check out the 2013 Building Code for the latest on safety standards and structure requirements. Click here to get informed on codes for the new Automated Building Inspection Request Line.


Permits are certificates of approval from City Hall to proceed forward with proposed projects. Permits may or may not be required for your project or tenant improvement. Call the Building Division today at 478-2235 to hear more information. More...

To determine if your project is within the City of Elk Grove for permitting purposes, click on this map link and enter the location, you will see your “Jurisdiction” on the top right.  You can contact the Building Division at 478-2235 for more information.

Inspection Scheduling/Online Tracking

The City offers online tracking services to keep you updated of your project's status. The system is easy to use and available at any time. Services include permit application tracking and building inspection scheduling. Sign up and try it today! More...

Current Updates and News:

Saturday Inspections, Available By Appointment

PDF View Notice

Important Notice Regarding the 2013 California Building Code

If you are an Architect, Engineer, Designer or Contractor that performs work within the State of California, please be advised that a new building code will take effect on January 1, 2014.

PDF View Notice

Electronic Plan Review Program (E-Plan)

The City of Elk Grove will require the Electronic Plan Review Program (E-Plan) to be used for the items listed below:

  • New Master Plan reviews under the 2013 California Codes
  • All New Commercial Buildings

PDF View Notice

Special Notice: Water Conserving Fixtures

As of January 1, 2014, State Senate Bill 407 (SB 407) will require all building alterations or improvements to existing single family residential real property to replace all noncompliant plumbing fixtures as a condition to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy or final approval by the building department with the fixtures listed below.  In addition to this, on or before January 1, 2017, SB 407 will require all noncompliant plumbing fixtures in a single-family dwelling to be replaced with water-conserving plumbing fixtures whether or not they are making alterations or improvements to the building.

Furthermore, work related to renewable energy systems, such as solar photovoltaic installations and electric vehicle charging stations, is interpreted to not trigger plumbing fixture upgrades as it would conflict with the state’s goal of promoting and streamlining these systems. Voluntary accessibility upgrades are also interpreted to not trigger plumbing fixture upgrades.

PDF View Notice

Dated: December 6, 2013

Man looking at blueprints New City Policy Supports Economic Development
in Industrial Areas

In another move to improve customer service and support local businesses, the City of Elk Grove recently adopted a new policy to promote economic development in Elk Grove’s industrial areas.

The new City policy was recently adopted to expedite the permitting process and reduce fees for businesses moving into Elk Grove’s industrial spaces within in the city limits.  Under the new policy, businesses moving into existing industrial spaces will no longer have to obtain a new building permit, as long as the previous owner had the required permits for the space and no additional construction work is required.  The policy also allows for a Certificate of Occupancy to be transferred to similar businesses in industrial areas on spaces less than 3,000 square feet. The new policy will reduce fees and ensure an efficient transition into a new space.

In most cases, a transfer of business licenses can take place in just one day.  Local businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the City Building Department’s “Tenant Improvement Tuesdays” program that allows applicants to meet one-on-one with City of Elk Grove and CSD Fire staff to process building permits.  For more information visit or contact Sarah Sandoval at or 916-478-3629.

Dated: June 4, 2013

New City Policy Supports Economic Development in Industrial Areas

PDF View Policy

A CSD Fire Department representative will now be located at the Development Services counter for Plan Review Intake & Fee Processing

The City of Elk Grove continues to develop and implement customer service improvements, for the Building permit process. The TI Tuesday permit program was designed to provide applicants with an “over the counter” permit process for Tenant Improvements in commercial buildings.

PDF View Flyer

Elk Grove: Working for You

This is the first in a series of articles spotlighting Development Services programs that improve the quality of life of Elk Grove residents.

PDF Elk Grove Plans for Green Future

Fee Updates

01/01/2014: PDF Fee Update
07/01/2013: PDF Fee Update
03/01/2013: PDF Fee Update
01/01/2013: PDF Fee Update
07/01/2012: PDF Fee Update
12/05/2011: PDF Fee Update
02/07/2011: PDF Fire Fee Program
03/01/2011: PDF Capital Facility Fee & Citywide Roadway Fee

Requires free pdf reader. Click here to download reader.