Building Department

Update as of August 18, 2021:

CDA highly recommends scheduling an appointment or dropping off your applications and plans to help stop the spread of COVID in our community.  Please check this website regularly to find updates to open hours as changes will be made according to the County’s current Public Health guidance.

The Department will continue to provide services through email and phone as well as:

  • Walk-ins daily from 8 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Drop off or pick up boxes. Please allow a processing time of 24 to 48 hours from the date received. Pick-ups will need to be prearranged by contacting our staff. 
  • Scheduling an in-office appointment
  • Online by using our Citizen Access Portal to apply for permits, schedule inspections,     and more. For guidance with our online portal, you can follow the instructions provided in this handout

If you have questions, please email the Building Department or call at (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. 
View the building codes.

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. See the Building Inspection Handout for detailed instructions. 

Access frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the Building Departments most frequently asked questions.