Housing Resources

Welcome to the City of Placerville’s Housing Resources webpage. Here you will find information regarding the City's:

2013 - 2021 Housing Element Information

State Housing Element law (Government Code Section 65580 et. seq. ) mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of their communities. The City's current Housing Element was adopted by City Council on February 11, 2014 via Resolution No. 8168.  On October 25, 2016, City Council amended the Housing Element via Resolution no. 8471. One of the responsibilities of the Development Services Department is to implement the City's General Plan Housing Element. This page is where information regarding the development of housing within the City may be accessed. Implementation of the Housing Element is ongoing, so please check back often as this page will be continually updated.

Click here to download the City's 2013 - 2021 Housing Element ( Housing Element Appendices only ) (6.8 MB; last update 12/2016). .

Housing Element Certified by State Dept. of HCD (March 5, 2014)

The City has received a letter from the State Department of Housing and Community Development certifying that the adopted 2013-2021 Housing Element complies with State Housing Element statutes. HCD Certification Letter

Initial Study : Negative Declaration (Environmental Document)

Other Documents

Click here to download the City's 2008-2013 Housing Element , adopted February 28, 2012 (1.5 MB)`

Housing Element Goals & Policies

Goal A: To Designate Sufficient Land to Accommodate Placerville's Share of El Dorado County's Future Housing Needs

  • Policy 1: The City will maintain an inventory of vacant residential sites, to be updated annually.
  • Policy 2: As needed, the City will annex land within its Sphere of Influence (SOI) to maintain an adequate supply of residential land.
  • Policy 3: The City will promote infill development by identifying suitable sites, design goals, and potential development incentives.

Goal B: To Facilitate the Development of Housing for Special Needs Households

  • Policy 1: The City will allow overnight shelters and transitional housing facilities for homeless individuals and families in appropriate zoning districts.
  • Policy 2: The City will implement state and federal requirements for persons with disabilities in new residential developments.
  • Policy 3: The City will facilitate the development of senior housing by working with senior housing providers to identify adequate sites, assisting in the acquisition of funds for low-income senior housing, and providing development incentives.
  • Policy 4: The City shall encourage housing that is affordable to the local workforce by identifying funding sources and potential sites that would make the production of such housing financially feasible.

Goal C: To Facilitate the Development of Housing Affordable to Lower-and Moderate-Income Households

  • Policy 1: The City will encourage the use of density bonuses and regulatory incentives as tools to assist affordable housing development.
  • Policy 2: The City will pursue state and federal funding to assist in developing housing affordable to low- and moderate-income households.
  • Policy 3: The City will review the Zoning Ordinance, permit processes, and development fees to identify and remove potential constraints to the development of a range of housing for all income levels and needs.
  • Policy 4: The City will review and, if necessary, revise its Hillside Development Standards to reduce their cost impact on housing while protecting the health and safety of Placerville residents and the character of the City.

Goal D: To Promote Equal Housing Opportunity for all Residents

  • Policy 1: The City will continue to distribute information on fair housing laws to residents, and refer discrimination complaints to the State Fair Employment and Housing Commission.
  • Policy 2: The City will cooperate with local homebuilders, real estate agents, and lenders to conduct an annual fair-housing public information campaign.

Goal E: To Preserve the Existing Housing Stock

  • Policy 1: The City will continue to provide rehabilitation assistance to low- and moderate-income households.
  • Policy 2: The City will conduct a housing condition survey to identify areas of the community most in need of rehabilitation assistance.
  • Policy 3: The City will continue to conduct code enforcement inspections on a complaint basis to ensure that the housing stock remains in habitable condition.
  • Policy 4: The City will continue to preserve historic structures within the City by encouraging re-use of viable buildings within historic districts.

Goal F: To Conserve Existing Affordable Housing Opportunities

  • Policy 1: The City will continue to cooperate with the El Dorado County Housing Authority to provide rental assistance to Placerville residents.
  • Policy 2: The City will continue to monitor the status of the government-assisted housing in Placerville and preserve the affordability of these units.
  • Policy 3: The City will conserve and improve mobile home parks that can meet minimum health and safety standards by working with property owners and residents to obtain funds for park improvements and/or conversion of parks to resident ownership.

Goal G: To Promote Residential Energy Conservation

  • Policy 1: The City will continue to implement the energy conservation standards under Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations (state building code standards).
  • Policy 2: The City will continue to distribute information on weatherization programs, and pursue funding sources for weatherization assistance for low- and moderate-income households.
  • Policy 3: The City will promote energy conservation through its land use planning and development standards.

Regional Housing Needs

An important requirement of State Housing Element Law is that each city and county plan for its share of the region's future housing needs. In the six-county greater Sacramento area, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments ( SACOG ) prepared a Regional Housing Needs Plan (September 2012) that determines the regional housing needs for El Dorado County and the cities within the County. SACOG determines a projection of the amount of affordable housing El Dorado County will need for each planning period and then distributes that number among its participating jurisdictions. Placerville is a member of SACOG, and as such is subject to a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) requirement. Under the SACOG plan, El Dorado County and its cities are responsible for accommodating an additional 5,136 housing units between 2013 and 2021, of which Placerville is responsible for 372. Of the 372 units, 39 of them are expected to be affordable to extremely-low-income households, 39 to very-low-income households, and 55 to low-income households.

The following table shows the number and percentage of housing units identified in the SACOG Regional Housing Needs Plan for Placerville, by income category, for the planning period between 2013 and 2021.


Regional Housing Needs Plan for Placerville (2013-2021)

Income Category RHNP Allocation
Number Percent
Extremely Low 39 10.5%
Very Low 39 10.5%
Low 55 14.8%
Moderate 69 18.5%
Above Moderate 170 45.7%
Total 372 100%

Source: Regional Housing Needs Plan, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, September 2012


Although Placerville is not directly responsible for the actual construction of these units, the City is responsible for creating a regulatory environment in which these housing units can be built. The development of affordable units can be encouraged through adoption and implementation of General Plan policies, zoning policies, and the provisions of financial and regulatory incentives.


Affordable Housing Information for Developers

Housing Program 18. Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP)

The City intends to implement this program for all projects, particularly housing projects, to provide housing developers this program to finance impact fees. If a developer/property owner chose to participate in SCIP, the selected public capital improvements and the development impact fees owed to the City would be financed by the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA). CSCDA would impose a special assessment on the owner's property tax bill to repay the portion of the bonds issued to finance the fees paid with respect to the property and the public capital improvements benefiting the property. With respect to the impact fees, the developer may either pay the impact fees at the time of permit issuance and receive reimbursement from the SCIP bond proceeds when the SCIP bonds are issued, or the fees will be funded directly from the proceeds of the SCIP bonds. If the property owner pays the impact fees in advance, the City is required to pay the fees to SCIP. If the property owner does not pay the impact fees in advance, SCIP holds onto the bond proceeds representing the fees. In either case, the fees are subject to requisition by the City at anytime to make authorized fee expenditures. By holding and investing the money until it is spent, SCIP is able to monitor the investment earnings (which come to the City for federal tax law arbitrage purposes). SCIP encourages the City to spend the proceeds before any other fee revenues of the City. If the fees are paid by the property owner and bonds are never issued, the fees would be returned to the City by SCIP. In this way, the City is never at risk of losing the impact fees.

Available Parcel Inventory

The Development Services Department will update its inventory of vacant residential parcels in the City on an annual basis.

Potential Low Income Housing Land Inventory - A component of the Housing Element is an inventory of parcels that are suitable and available to accommodate low income housing. This inventory comprises Tables 38, 39 and the potential sites for rezoning within Table 40 and Appendix E of our adopted Housing Element, which may be viewed here.

Accommodation of Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Included in the City's Zoning Ordinance (Section 10-3-12) is the process by which persons with disabilities or their representatives can request deviations from the strict application of zoning standards to allow accessory structures, building modifications, or other features that improve accessibility to housing and supportive services for persons with disabilities. This Ordinance may be viewed by visiting our City Code and navigating to Title 10, Chapter 3, Section 12.

Other Housing Related Resources

Secondary Dwelling Units - Consistent with State law, the City allows the establishment of secondary dwelling units within its residential zones. City regulations and standards for secondary dwelling units may be viewed by visiting our City Code and navigating to Title 10, Chapter 4, Section 12. - Consistent with State law, the City allows the establishment of secondary dwelling units within its residential zones. City regulations and standards for secondary dwelling units may be viewed by visiting our and navigating to Title 10, Chapter 4, Section 12.

Public Housing Authority

El Dorado County's Department of Community Services operates the Housing Authority for all of El Dorado County. The Housing Authority webpage provides information regarding rental assistance to low income households, and lists several apartments within El Dorado County, including several within the City of Placerville.

Fair Housing

Every person has the right of equal access to rental housing and homeownership opportunities without fear of discrimination. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing due to race or color; national origin; religion; gender; familial status (having children or being pregnant); and disability. Based on these factors, landlords or sellers are prohibited from the following actions:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing.
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing.
  • Make housing unavailable.
  • Deny a dwelling.
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling.
  • Provide different housing services or facilities.
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale or rental.
  • For profit, persuade, or try to persuade homeowners to sell or rent dwellings by suggesting that people of a particular race, etc. have moved, or are about to move into the neighborhood.
  • Deny any person access to, or membership or participation in, any organization, facility or service (such as multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of dwellings, or discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of such access, membership or participation.

If you think your fair housing rights may have been violated be sure to keep records of what happened, when it happened, and who discriminated against you. You have one year after the discrimination allegedly occurred to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and/or the State Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH).

You may contact HUD either in writing, or via telephone or email at:


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Sacramento Field Office
John East Moss Federal Building
650 Capitol Mall, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 498-5220 Fax (916) 498-5262
E-mail (CA_Webmanager@hud.gov)
Webpage (http://www.hud.gov/local/index.cfm?state=ca&topic=offices)

You may contact DFEH either in writing, via telephone or E-Mail at:

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone: (800) 884-1684
E-mail (contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov)

A DFEH representative will respond to your email within three business days.
Videophone at (916) 226-5285 or TDD at (800) 700-2320. For persons with a hearing disability.
Webpage (http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/)

The California State Department of Consumer Affairs has published an informative guide to your rights as a tenant:

California Tenants- A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities

Policy 1: The City will maintain an inventory of vacant residential sites, to be updated annually.

Policy 2: As needed, the City will annex land within its Sphere of Influence (SOI) to maintain an adequate supply of residential land.

Policy 3: The City will promote infill development by identifying suitable sites, design goals, and potential development incentives.