Building Department

Update as of June 15th:

The Building Department is open for walk-ins and limited appointments Monday through Friday 8 to 3:30pm. To book an appointment click here.

The Department will continue to provide services through email, phone, and online. Please visit our Citizen Access Portal to apply for permits online, submit plans digitally, schedule inspections, and much more. 

 Also, you may continue to use our drop/pick-up box in the CDA Lobby for plan submission or other related paperwork. Please allow a processing time of 24 to 48 hours from the date received. 


If you have questions, please contact us directly at or 530-265-1222, Option 1.

Welcome to the Nevada County Building Department! Our department is committed to providing excellent service to the community in a timely, efficient and effective manner while maintaining compliance with minimum housing, building and safety laws. We strive to build positive relationships with the public through knowledge and outreach to our citizens. 
Go to online citizen access program.

Online Citizen Access

The Citizen Access Portal is for scheduling inspections, applying for permits, checking the status of your application and searching records. Handouts are available for inspection scheduling, checking the status of your application and creating an online application. 
Code Books 2019 (PNG)

Building Codes

The 2019 California Building Codes including the current Energy Codes are effective as of January 1, 2020. The local ordinance for the Nevada County Land Use and Development Code for local amendments to the code is effective January 1, 2020.
Pay your CDA fees online.

Pay Your Fees

You can pay online with a credit card or virtual check. Access to our fee schedule is also available.
Access the rules for building inspections.

Building Inspection

​Inspection scheduling for your active building permit can be completed by accessing our online permitting portal, Citizen Access or ACA.
Access frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the Building Departments most frequently asked questions.
Take our short survey online.

Take Our Short Survey

We would love to get your feedback on how we are doing by taking an online survey.