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.

 Alert: Due to the ongoing Caldor Fire tragedy, the majority of the Planning Department's workload capacity has been redirected to assist citizens affected by this crisis. Until further notice, all areas of permitting and inspection will be at a reduced capacity. The Planning Department is open, however, our services are very limited.
We appreciate your patience during this trying time for the citizens of our community.


What's New

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

Frequently Asked Questions | California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

Zoning Ordinance Update
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. 

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

 Updated Department of Transportation fees go into effect on June 19, 2021

On March 20, 2021, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 036-2021, implementing a revision to the County's transportation fees.  The updated fees will go into effect on June 19, 2021.  

Combined fee schedule, effective June 19, 2021

Resolution 036-2021

  Writ of Mandate from the Superior Court of the State of California

Partial Stay of the Enforcement of the Judgment and Writ:  The partial stay of the enforcement of the Judgment and Writ allows the County to process and approve construction permits which would not result in (a) removal of oak trees or (b) removal or impact to oak woodlands within the area of the mapped Important Biological Corridors (IBC) as depicted on the map attached as Exhibit A to the Writ.

Executed Writ of MandateThe executed Writ of Mandate suspends approval of construction and Oak Woodland removal permits in the Highway 50 corridor, defined as the mapped Important Biological Corridors (IBC) running north to south of Highway 50.

Important Biological Corridor Map (pdf) (interactive map)

  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.

  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.

  On-Call Planning Services Consultants

El Dorado County is offering On-Call Planning Services Consultants to assist with discretionary project application processing including Planning Review and CEQA Analysis.  Click here for more information

  Planning Commission

During this time, Planning Commission meetings will be limited to hear only those items related to immediate health-life-safety issues and those where social distancing can be achieved. Technology allowing remote participation is being utilized. Please contact (530)621-5355 if you have a question regarding an agenda item or a project in your area.


  • Creekside Plaza Arco Gas Station (Conditional Use Permit CUP21-0004, Planned Development Revision PD-R21-0002)           
  • EDH 52 Commercial Center Project (Planned Development PD15-0001/Rezone Z17-0004/Tentative Parcel Map P17-0007/Conditional Use Permit Revision CUP-R21-0024/Lot Line Adjustment LLA21-0009) 

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting

  • Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan (General Plan Amendment A14-0003/Specific Plan SP12-0002/Rezone Z14-0005/Specific Plan Revision SP86-0002-R/Planned Development PD14-0004/Tentative Subdivision Map TM14-1516/Development Agreement DA14-0003) 
A hearing for the Planning Commission to consider the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan (CEDHSP) was held on April 28, 2022. At that meeting, the Planning Commission continued the hearing for this item to June 9, 2022.

The agenda for the June 9, 2022, Planning Commission meeting will be available prior to the hearing at: https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

The meeting will be live-streamed via Zoom. Participation by Zoom will be available and is encouraged since seating will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information for participating by Zoom will be included in the agenda when posted. Project documents are available at the link below. Additional project documents and the hearing agenda are available in Legistar at https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Project Information and Documents

  • Cool General Retail Project (Design Review DR19-0006)
  • PUBLIC NOTICEGeneral Plan Biological Resources Policy Update - The County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on October 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. to consider the General Plan Biological Resources Policy Update.
  • Zoning Ordinance – Major Amendments to Title 130 –  Ordinance No. 5127 adopted by the Board of Supervisors September 1, 2020 (Effective October 1, 2020)
  • Subdivisions Ordinance – Amendments to Title 120 –  Ordinance No. 5128 adopted by the Board of Supervisors September 1, 2020 (Effective October 1, 2020)
  • Zoning Ordinance – Update to Chapter 130.41 (Commercial Cannabis - Fingerprinting Amendment allows more discretion to the Sheriff's Office when requiring fingerprinting, for any owners having a share of 5 percent or less of a commercial cannabis business) – Ordinance No. 5123 adopted by the Board of Supervisors June 9th, 2020 (Effective July 10th, 2020)
  • Zoning Ordinance – Update to Chapter 130.42 (Cultivation of Cannabis for Personal Use)Ordinance No. 5122 adopted by the Board of Supervisors May 5th, 2020 (Effective May 5th, 2020)

  • Zoning Ordinance – Update to Chapter 130.41 (Commercial Cannabis) Ordinance No. 5124 adopted by the Board of Supervisors May 12th, 2020 (Effective June 11th, 2020)
  • 2004 El Dorado County General Plan-Update to Chapter 10-Economic Development Element-Resolution No. 216-2019 adopted by the Board of Supervisors December 10, 2019