Planning Department

Update as of September 20, 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:

  • To book an appointment please email or call us at 530-265-1222, Option 2.
  • 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.

If you have questions, please email the Planning Department or call us at 530-265-1222, Option 2.

The Planning Department applies community land use policies and strives to meet the needs of the individual and businesses. It is our goal to protect the environment in order to ensure that Nevada County remains a desirable place to live, work, and recreate.
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Online Citizen Access Portal

Online Citizen Access Portal


Search land use permit information and staff comments on projects. Registration is not required to search for permit records. Check the User Manual (PDF) or Quick Reference Guide (PDF) for questions.
My Neighborhood

My Neighborhood


Try out the MyNeighborhood interactive map. View zoning and property information.
Current Projects

Current Projects


View select Current and Advance Planning projects as well as a collection of Environmental Documents and Projects Scheduled for Public Meeting
Application Fees and Forms
Planning Commission

Planning Commission


Find Planning Commission agendas, and minutes.
Zoning Administrator

Zoning Administrator


Find Zoning Administrator meeting agendas.
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
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Virtual Check-In

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