Mission Statement

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.


Public Announcements:

Is the weather giving you concerns with your home or another building? 

Here are some strategies we have found to be successful.

If you choose to remove snow from any structure, practice all reasonable measures to ensure your safety as well as others who may be nearby. Beware of ice dams at the eaves (overhangs) of your building. Because of their increased weight and tendency to slide unexpectedly off the roof, treat them with caution. You may want to reach out to an appropriate licensed and insured person for this service.  Please visit the California Contractor’s State Licensing Board at CSLB

You may want to contact an engineer or architect to evaluate the safety of a structure, especially if you can see any combination of water leaks, sheetrock cracking, doors jamming, bowed ceilings, or unusual noises coming from the house. You can find a list of design professionals near you at sage-edc.org and/or Tahoe Engineers Architects Surveyors

If structure(s) have suffered a failure, as evidenced by broken/collapsed structural members or supports, and it is an emergency, please call 911. If a building has suffered structural damage, Building Services will determine whether the structure is safe to occupy or enter for other purposes such as the removal of personal items.

To find the design ground snow load in your area please visit Design Criteria

The Design Criteria are parcel specific using your assessor parcel number (APN). If you do not know your APN, the Design Criteria site provides a link to look up your APN.

Additional resources for staying safe through emergencies, please visit FEMA Snow Load Safety Guidance.

Additionally, the El Dorado County Fire Protection District website is very helpful. Follow the link at Approaching Storm Raises Concerns Over Snow Loading - El Dorado County Fire Protection District.

As always, we are concerned with your safety and our main goal is to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare.

You may also reference the El Dorado County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

**El Dorado County Executed Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations** NEW

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Readiness (ca.gov)
Frequently Asked Questions | California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

Urgency Ordinance 5172, Chapter 130.69. A of the El Dorado County Code was executed by the Board of Supervisors on January 3, 2023, addressing temporary emergency housing, resiliency, and rebuilding after the 2022 Mosquito Fire. 

Executed Ordinance 5172 Chapter 130.69.A

Urgency Ordinance 5163, Chapter 130.69 of the El Dorado County Code, was executed by the Board of Supervisors on August 23, 2022, amending the fee waiver eligibility criteria for permit fees charged by both the Planning and Building Department and Environmental Management Department. 

Executed Ordinance 5163, Chapter 130.69

Our annual building valuations have been updated effective October 1, 2022.  
  • Urgency Ordinance 5150, Chapter 130.69 of the El Dorado County Code, was executed by the El Dorado Supervisors on September 10, 2021, addressing temporary emergency housing, resiliency, and rebuilding after the 2021 Caldor Fire.
    Executed Ordinance 5150, Chapter 130.69

  • A proposed resolution updating the fee schedule for the Building Department will be going before the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on July 27, 2021.
    Proposed Resolution, Legistar 21-0872

New MOU's Defining Fire Protection District Responsibilities (Effective July 1, 2021)

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, www.eldoradorcd.org

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)

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.  For permitting questions within the Tahoe Basin please call 530/621-5315.

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


Please call 530/621-5377 to schedule an inspection or email at inspection@edcgov.us your request.

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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        

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