Mayor pushes for one-day building permits
Mayor Darrell Steinberg is pushing for the City to expand its participation in the “Permit Simplicity” program under which applicants on certain projects can obtain a building permit in one day.
“I know we currently offer this program in a very limited fashion, but I would like for us to commit to fully implementing the program just as the City of Elk Grove has,” Mayor Steinberg said.
In his request, made at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, Mayor Steinberg noted that Elk Grove recently issued a permit in 24 hours to Mia Rancho, a tortilla maker, so it could make $25 million worth of improvements to the former Bimbo Bakeries tortilla factory. Mia Rancho, based in the Bay Area, is expected to bring 250 jobs to Elk Grove.
The Elk Grove Permit Simplicity program, adopted in 2015, allows businesses to get a permit within 24 hours for making improvements to an existing building using plans from a pre-qualified architect or engineer, the city said in a press release.
Ryan DeVore, the City of Sacramento’s Director of Community Development, said his department is currently evaluating how much additional front counter staff would be required to ramp up same-day permitting. The City already offers same-day, over-the-counter approval for items such as basic interior alterations, HVAC systems and minor electrical work. DeVore said the City does have a Permit Simplicity program, but very few applicants use it.