Over The Counter Wednesday Program

Over the Counter Wednesday

When:  Wednesdays by appointment
Where: 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City
Appointments: To verify if your project qualifies and schedule an appointment, contact (530) 265-1222, extension 1 or email BuildingDept@nevadacountyca.gov

The Over-the-Counter Wednesday Plan Review by Appointment Program is a program that was created to allow customers, contractors, and their designers to schedule appointments with appropriate Community Development Agency staff to review plans for minor and moderate commercial tenant improvements, residential remodels, and other qualified projects.

Projects that May Qualify:

  • Deck Replacement or Construction and Patio Covers
  • Interior Commercial Tenant Improvements (non-structural) less than 1,500 square feet for Retail or Business Occupancies
  • Interior Residential Kitchen and/or Bathroom Remodels
  • Residential Additions less than 600 square feet
  • Residential Ground Mount and Commercial Roof or Ground Mount Solar
  • Residential Storage Sheds, Barns, and/or Garages less than 600 square feet
  • Residential Swimming Pools

Projects that Do Not Qualify:

  • As-Built Projects
  • Commercial Additions
  • Interior Tenant Improvements with Structural Alterations
  • New Building Construction (other than sheds, barns, etc, as listed above)
  • Projects with Hazardous Materials
  • Tenant Improvements with a Change of Building Use


If you are interested in this program or you have any questions, please contact the Building Department. One of our staff members will verify that your project qualifies for the program and schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled a minimum of 2 days prior to the Wednesday appointment date on an hourly basis generally between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to Bring

You will need to bring the following with you to your scheduled appointment:

  • 3 sets of complete constructions plans
  • Approval from the City of Nevada City, if located within the City limits of Nevada City
  • Required forms (Deferred Submittal form (PDF), etc.)
  • Be prepared to pay the plan review and permit fees at the time of approval and issuance.
  • Completed Building Permit Application (PDF) and Plan Submittal Checklist (PDF)
  • For some commercial tenant improvement projects, approval from the local fire district may be required.
  • Receipts for payment of fees to school (PDF) and fire districts, if required. School and Fire Districts Fees may be necessary for additions, conversions of habitable space, and new construction. This item may be deferred.
  • Your design professional

If you have any questions, please contact the Nevada County Building Department directly by email: buildingdept@nevadacountyca.gov or phone at (530) 265-1222.