Nevada County Community Development Agency

Inspection Intention?

Building Department

It’s crunch time for builders, who are working to get their projects finaled, or at least weather-tight, prior to the upcoming winter season. During this time the Building Department is inundated with building inspection requests. It is important to forecast when your construction project will require inspections to ensure you can get them performed when you need them most. Here are a couple of tips when scheduling building inspections:

  • Schedule early with our online building inspection scheduling tool. Search for your building permit with our online Citizen Access portal. Use the “Permit Info” drop down and click on the “Inspections” link to schedule your inspection. You can schedule up until midnight for inspections to be performed the following day. It is recommended to schedule sooner than the day before as the inspection schedule can fill up days in advance during busy times.
  • We complete eastern county building inspections (east of Kingvale) on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • A two-hour window is provided for your inspection(s) by 8:00 a.m. the morning of your inspection. You can find your two-hour window online by searching your permit number on the Citizen Access portal or simply by clicking on the Today’s Inspections link at the top of the portal page. You can save this link as a favorite and click on it over the course of your project to seamlessly see when your inspections will be. This works well on your computer as well as your smart phone and tablets.
  • Be prepared for your inspection(s):
    • Have the stamped project plans and permit card onsite.
    • Do a pre-walk prior to the inspector arriving to ensure all last minute items are taken care of.
    • Communicate with your onsite inspector; they can help you and give you tips on how to continue to move your project forward.
    • Have an OSHA-approved ladder onsite if the inspection type will require one.
    • Leave your phone number, gate codes, and any other brief information on your inspection request.

If you have any questions about building inspections or other building-related information please do not hesitate to contact the Nevada County Building Department at (530) 265-1222 or email us at

Building Department


Code, Cars, and Cannabis

Code and Cannabis Compliance

Code Compliance has been working hard to investigate complaints and work with property owners to bring properties into compliance.  In addition, our Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) Program has been consistently removing vehicles from the public roadways.  So far this year we have responded to 92 abandoned vehicle complaints and had 61 vehicles towed. 

The Cannabis & Compliance Division has had an action-packed summer with permitting the first legal commercial grows in the County.  The opportunity to work with the cannabis community during this process has given us much insight as to the challenges growers face in complying with regulatory requirements.  The Division has recently seen a great deal of activity with the adoption of the Temporary Local Cannabis Permit Application that was approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 23, 2018.  We have been receiving a steady stream of applications and are working hard to answer questions and review applications in a timely manner so that growers can apply for their State permits.  We have also been participating in the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance’s “Get Legit” workshops to help educate the community and answer questions related to the local authority process.  This coming year will bring exciting changes to the County with the expected completion of the Environmental Impact Report and ultimate adoption of the permanent commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance.  We are looking forward to working with the Cannabis Alliance and growers of Nevada County to make this process as easy and seamless as possible. 

If you have questions, contact the Cannabis and Code Division at (530) 265-1222 at or

Code and Cannabis Compliance Website


What is Weights and Measures?

Agricultural Commissioner


Have you ever wondered if you are getting the amount of fuel that you are paying for at a gas station? Or when the cashier weighs your apples at the grocery store, if the scale is accurate and you are paying the correct price? For those who have heard of Weights and Measures, but do not know what is, here is an overview of what a Weights and Measures Official does. 

The U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall have power under Article 1 Section 8, "To … fix the Standard of Weights and Measures." This means that every day, Nevada County Weights and Measures Officials are out upholding the Constitution. The point of testing commercial weighing and measuring devices is to harbor a fair and equitable marketplace. In other words, we help everyone conduct business so that neither the customer nor the business has an advantage or are being taken advantage of.

When you buy a gallon of gasoline in the State of Nevada, it is that same gallon in California and throughout the US. However, retail motor fuel dispensers, or gas pumps, are not the only regulated devices. Propane trucks and stationary dispensers, meat counter scales, vehicle scales at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station and at Hanson Bros., jewelry scales, cordage meters at the hardware store, and the scales at farmers markets are all devices that are tested and sealed by Weights and Measures Officials. We take standards, or known weights that are traceable to state, national, and international standards, and verify the accuracy of a scale. In the same way we take a prover, or a vessel that has a known volume, and use it to test gas stations and propane equipment. These are among several inspections that a Weights and Measures Official is tasked with performing.

The unsung equalizers of the County, State, and beyond, the Weights and Measures Official is always out and looking to make sure you are getting precisely what you pay for. For any questions, comments, or concerns with a device or other aspect of Weights and Measures in Nevada County, please contact us at 530-470-2690 or at

Agricultural Commissioner Website


6th Cycle Housing Element Update

Planning Department


The Nevada County Planning Department is embarking on its 6th Cycle Housing Element Update.  Section 65302(c) of the California Government Code requires every county and city in the State to include a Housing Element as part of its adopted General Plan.  The Housing Element is one of seven mandatory elements of the General Plan and the only General Plan element that must be updated every eight years as mandated by the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  The County last updated the Housing Element in 2014.  The 2019-2027 Nevada County Housing Element update is due to HCD no later than August 15, 2019.

The updated Housing Element will be prepared in compliance with Section 65302(c) and Article 10.6 of the Government Code and the 2017 State of California, Office of Planning and Research’s (OPR) General Plan Guidelines will be used as the guiding principles for the document.  The Housing Element will examine Nevada County’s housing needs, as they exist today, and project future housing needs.  The Housing Element will set forth community goals, objectives, and policies concerning those needs and include a housing program that responds to current and future needs within the limitations of available resources.  The housing program details an eight-year schedule of actions the community is undertaking or plans to undertake to achieve its housing goals and objectives. 

Upon its adoption by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the updated Housing Element will serve as a comprehensive statement of the County’s housing policies and as a specific guide for program actions to be taken in support of those policies.

Planning Department Website


2018 Achievements

Environmental Health Department

  • The completion and Board Adoption of the Local Area Management Plan (LAMP) in coordination with the Regional Water Quality Control Board to meet the established requirements per Assembly Bill 886.  The LAMP updated the Land Use and Development Code with the new septic system regulations and incorporates the State of California Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Policy.
  • Set up a Northern California Training for Environmental Health Specialists specializing in Food Facility inspections. The training was coordinated with NSF and provided a 2-day course with certification exam on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point operations in a Food Facility.
  • Updated the Acela Septic Permitting system so that all permits are now issued electronically using electronic signature and validation of permit documentation.  This provided faster permitting information to the consultant and home/business owner.
  • Responded to 18 After-Hours Emergency Events ranging from sewage overflows, clandestine laboratory (honey oil) activities/clean up, tractor trailer accidents releasing fuel and other motor vehicle related wastes in the open roadway and storm drains and vehicle accidents involving removal of vehicle from creek or stream bed.
  • Currently working with Community Beyond Violence (formerly the DVSAC) on obtaining our 3rd Annual Adopt a Family for Christmas.  This is the 3rd year that the EH Team adopts a family in need for the entire CDA staff to participate in to create a special holiday experience for one family in Nevada County.

Environmental Health Website


Road Crew Trains on New Snow Blower

Public Works

 DPW Road Crews recently trained on the new ROLBA 3000 Self-propelled Snow Blower acquired by the Department of Public Works earlier this month.
 The Department of Public Works-Road Maintenance Division (DPW) is responsible for snow removal services on county maintained roadways in the eastern Nevada County area. In past years, DPW has utilized contracted vendors as well as partnerships with local municipalities to assist with snow removal services.
Providing these services in-house would result in considerable cost savings each year and would ensure that all routes within the County’s service area would be adequately covered. While Public Works has much of the equipment necessary to assume snow removal operations, the Department lacked a snow blower capable of plowing the heavy snows that accumulate in eastern Nevada County. Without an adequate snow blower available for the 2019 winter season, county staff would be unable to meet snow removal demand, affecting road safety for many eastern Nevada County roads, residents, businesses, and visitors.

Public Works Website

Erosion Control

Erosion Control

Building Department

At this time of year, builders are busy getting ready for the impending rainy season by addressing grading, drainage, and erosion control for their projects. As of October 15th, erosion control measures need to be onsite and installed based on best management practices (BMP’s) prior to any rain event. Having these erosion control measures in place will help prevent soil erosion and drainage issues on your site, which can result in fines and lawsuits. A few tips when installing erosion control measures:

  • Follow your project's stamped set of plans showing erosion control placement locations, materials, and general requirements.
  • Install erosion control measures early and review them at the end of each work day. Materials may need to be replaced or altered based on onsite activities.
  • Have additional erosion control materials onsite in case of emergency. You never know when a problem will occur, but is usually happens at the worst time. 
  • When unsure about what is required, contact your project engineer and the Building Department for clarification prior to doing the work.

If you have any questions about erosion control and/or best management practices please do not hesitate to contact the Nevada County Building Department at (530) 265-1222 or email us at

Building Department Website

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