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The City of Rancho Cordova is transitioning to Rancho Cordova Online, a new online system that will provide a quick and easy way to apply for, renew and pay for licenses and permits, as well as submit plans electronically for review. 

Following are licenses you can apply for, renew and pay through Rancho Cordova Online. Click here to learn more.

Business License

Apply for, renew and pay for your Business License online here! All businesses operating from a fixed location in the city must have a Business License.

Rental Housing Registration

Apply for, renew and pay for your Rental Property License online here! All rental properties in the city must have an annual Rental Housing Registration. If you own multiple rental properties in Rancho Cordova, each rental property now requires a separate annual registration and payment. Learn more about Rental Housing Registration

Pet License

Apply for, renew and pay for your Pet License online here! Residents in the city may own four dogs or cats per residence and must license each pet.


Please note: PetData will no longer be used to process Pet Licenses.

Other Licenses
Apply for, renew and pay your Employee Permit and Fireworks Stand License (available March 1 - second Tuesday of April each year) online here!

Following are permits you can apply for in person at Rancho Cordova City Hall. Please click on the links below for more information on how to apply. Please note there is a 2.5% processing fee for all card transactions online or in person.

Building Department Permits

Public Works Department Permits

Click the above link for improvement plan review; final maps, parcel maps and certificate of compliance; encroachment permits; transportation permits; street use and block party permits; tree removal permit; and abandonment of public right-of-way or easements.

Planning and Entitlement Permits

Hen Ordinance Permit Application

Outside Agency Permits

Permit Application Process

Following is a graphic illustrating the application process for permits. 

Permit Process


For questions on Rancho Cordova Online, contact the city at RanchoCordovaOnline@CityofRanchoCordova.org or 916.851.8789.

For questions on applying for a permit, contact the city at PermitServices@CityofRanchoCordova.org or 916.851.8700. You can also attend a Development Services Team meeting held every Tuesday at 10 AM.