Cart Retention Plan

  • About the Program: Abandoned carts constitute a public nuisance, create potential hazards to the health and safety of the public, and interfere with pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Further, the accumulation of wrecked, dismantled and abandoned carts on public or private property also tends to create conditions that reduce property values and promotes blight and deterioration. Therefore, the County has an ordinance to ensure measures are taken by business owners to prevent the removal of carts.
  • What to Expect: After a business owner submits their completed Cart Retention Plan and pays the required fees, Code Enforcement will notify them, in writing, whether the Plan is approved or not. The business owner will have 60 days to implement their Plan. After that, Code Enforcement can conduct site visits to ensure adherence to and adequacy of the Plan.
  • How to File a Cart ​Retention Plan: Completed Cart Retention Plans can be mailed or dropped off to our office at 10481 Armstrong Ave. Suite 110 Mather, CA 95655. Once the form and payment has been received, Code Enforcement will process.
  • I still have questions: You can contact our office by email at: By phone at: (916) 874-PLAN, in-person or by mail at: 10481 Armstrong Ave. Suite 110 Mather, CA 95655​


  • Who is required to submit a Plan?
    • All businesses throughout the​ unincorporated County utilizing any type of ​wheeled carts available for customer use, whether inside or outside the business.
  • Where can I obtain an application form?​​
  • How much is the Plan?
    • $296 plus IT fees ($309.32)​
  •  I have a previously approved Plan from Planning. Do I need to reapply? 
    • N​o. Plans are good for the life of the business so long as changes aren’t made to the business requiring a new Plan or the existing Plan isn’t deemed to be insufficient and require a new Plan. ​​​