Public Record Requests

Please Note:

In light of the rapidly evolving and unprecedented emergency situation concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the County of Nevada has implemented the guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect the health and safety of County employees and residents, and is following, and will continue to follow, all orders issued by federal, state, and local officials. 

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Community Development Agency Records Division will have limited access to records, and response times will be delayed. In the meantime, everyone is strongly encouraged to research property history online at our website (see below).

In short, for the foreseeable future, all available County of Nevada staff is focused on providing essential services to County residents.  When time allows, the Department staff will locate documents that are potentially responsive to your request, and then determine if the documents are public records, exempt from public disclosure, and/or whether exempt information can be redacted.  At this time, we do not know when that will be.

Accessing information online:, click on the “My Neighborhood” app, and then do your search by address. To view the permit history, click on the View Report link and then the “Permits/Cases/Applications” tab.  Clicking on the permit number will take you to the Accela Citizens Portal program where you can view the description, inspections, attachments (if the permit is scanned), and status (issued, finaled/closed, expired, voided, etc.)


The Community Development Agency receives and processes thousands of Public Record requests on an annual basis. We receive a wide variety of requests ranging from copies of well permits to parcel maps to site plans. 

Public Records Act

In accordance with the California Public Records Act (PDF), the agency will respond to your request within 10 days. The Community Development Agency (CDA) works hard to fulfill requests for records within the initial 10-day period, but the actual determination may be extended up to 14 days and the actual provision of records is allowed a reasonable time period with an estimated date given. Please contact the agency if you have questions or concerns.

Making a Request

Please find below a link to the request form to either print and bring in to our agency or fax to us at 530-478-5799 as well as a link for online submittal.

Search for Records Online

For your convenience, many types of records and property information are available online through the MyNeighborhood Map Portal . Please note that not all records are currently available online. For step by step instructions of how to find public records online, please click Looking Up Records Online.  This service is funded by a grant from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District to reduce auto emissions in Nevada County.

APN Update

You may access and print many records with the exception of stamped plans prepared and designed by an Engineer or Architect, which may only be obtained by submitting a signed affidavit from the specialist.