Guidance and Resources for Businesses Impacted by Civil Unrest


If damage or theft occurred, you may submit an online crime​ report​

  • Take photos of everything before doing any clean-up. This includes taking photos of shelves that have been knocked over, inventory on the floor, etc.
  • To the best of your ability, take an inventory of what was destroyed and/or what is missing. Make as comprehensive a list as possible.​

Insurance is the first resource when recovering from any disaster. Open a claim with your insurance carrier to see whether any damages can be covered under policies for riots or vandalism. 

Find out from your insurance agent what is covered by business interruption coverage and or any other itemized disaster coverage listed in the policy.

California Department of Insurance can be contacted for assistance by calling (800) 927-4357 or using this form. Also, please refer to Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet for more information. 

Businesses with damaged structures or visible storefronts may board up their locations. The County is not making repairs to or boarding up private property.

Broken glass that can be repaired without altering the windows or door frames do not need a permit from the County at this time.

Disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now available to Sacramento County businesses economically impacted by civil unrest that began May 26, 2020.

  • ​​Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing
  • The deadline to apply for economic injury is April 7, 2021.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications ​at

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The Virtual Business Recovery Center is available to answer questions about the SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their electronic loan application.​

  • Expedited Permits: The County Building Department is offering affected applicants access to an expedited building review and permitting process. Contact the County's Chief Building Official, Nancy Springer, at (916) 874-7023 or for any questions or additional information.
  • Graffiti Removal: Maintenance crews remove or obliterate graffiti on County maintained bridges, soundwalls, overpasses, fences and other County owned property maintained for road purposes. Graffiti on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.  To report graffiti on County maintained property: Call 311 or 875-4311 or report online.
  • Emergency Alerts: The County has a public emergency alert system that enables authorized County, City, and Special District public safety officials to disseminate public safety information rapidly and efficiently to residents. You can sign up for emergency alerts.​