New Area Code Overlay
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - In the 916 area code, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will add a new 279 area code for new phone lines starting March 10. However, before that new area code goes into effect, beginning February 10, 2018, callers in our area must use 1 + 916 + 7-digit dialing procedure for all local calls. Callers that do not use the new dialing procedure will find that their calls cannot be completed and a recording will instruct them to hang up and dial again.
The CPUC says dialing 1 + 916 + 7-digit telephone number does not change what a call costs and does not mean that a call is a toll or long distance call. Calling areas and rates will not change - what is a local call now will remain a local call. Calls to 911, as well as 211 and 311 will not be affected, and will continue to be dialed with 3 digits.
The area code overlay will primarily affect the greater Sacramento area, which includes parts of El Dorado, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, Placer, and Sacramento Counties. For more information, please visit the CPUC website.