Plan review is required in order to demonstrate compliance of drawings and specifications with current code and design criteria. To access more information on code and submittal requirements related to your project, please select one of the following options.

Plan Review Types

Standard Plan Review Process

Standard Plan Review Process - Plan review typically takes approximately 3 weeks for first review, and 2 weeks for subsequent reviews.

Expedited Plan Review Process

Expedited Plan Review Process - We continue to offer expedited plan check for tenant improvements.  Applicants who have submitted plans to the Building Division for plan review may request an expedited review.  Approval of an expedited review request is subject to staff availability and is based on first come, first served.

Third Party Plan Review Process

Third Party Plan Review Process- Third Party Plan Review allows applicants to work directly with a consultant during the design stages of their project, and as code issues arise, revise and resubmit plans until they are complete and ready for approval.

New Simple Tenant Improvement Process

Simple Tenant Improvement Process - The City now offers a simplified plan review process for projects that qualify. Minor changes to a retail, office or similar space may be eligible for review with a 24 hour time frame.

Prequalified Architectural Submittal System (PASS)

Prequalified Architectural Submittal System (PASS) - The PASS program has been designed to streamline tenant improvement permitting throughout the Sacramento region.  It provides a more efficient and effective plan review process by implementing a clear and concise set of standards for document content and organization for registered users.

Preparing Plans

Preparing Plans

Plans, drawings, and specifications may be made by a non-licensed person for the following project types only.  Please note that the person preparing the plans must be qualified for the design work.  If, in the opinion of the Building Official, the person preparing the plans is not qualified to prepare the plans, then the Building Official may require that a licensed architect or registered engineer do the design work.  


  • Single family dwellings of wood frame construction, not more than two stories and basement in height.
  • Multiple dwellings containing not more than four dwelling units of wood frame construction, not more than two stories and basement in height.
  • Garages or other structures appurtenant to dwellings of wood frame construction, not more than two stories in height.


  • Non-structural walls or repair work in existing tenant spaces. 
  • Minor alterations to plumbing, electrical or mechanical systems.   
  • Non-structural store fronts. 
  • Proprietary suspended ceilings.