Plan Check Requirements and Schedules
General plan check submittal requirements for the City of Berkeley 's Permit Service Center (PSC) follow; detailed requirements, including information about specific types of projects are linked below. Plans can be submitted to the PSC, 2120 Milvia Street in Berkeley, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Please call 510-981-7502 to schedule an appointment to submit your plans. Plans are NOT accepted by mail. Plan check fees are based on the valuation of the project and are due upon submittal.
All exterior modifications to residential and commercial buildings require Land Use Planning review and subsequent approval. Please contact the Land Use Planning Division, 510-981-7410, for Zoning requirements.
All plans submitted for a building permit need to be complete sets. A complete plan set includes:
- A Site Plan With Distances to Property Lines,
- Architectural Details,
- Accessibility Details,
- Structural Plans,
- Civil Plans and All Supporting Documentation.
Site plans are required to show all existing buildings on the property, parking areas, lot coverage calculations, street orientations, etc. Architectural plans need to include elevations, floor plans showing exiting and proposed (new) construction, reflected ceiling plans, electrical, mechanical and plumbing plans, and details and sections supporting the work. Two (2) of the required plan check sets must be wet-signed by the preparer and must include the preparer's name, address and telephone number on the cover sheet. The cover sheet must list the building construction type, occupancy types (s), zoning designation and if the building is or is planned to be, equipped with fire sprinklers. More information is included in the Building Permit Detailed Checklist and Document Submittal Checklist for Single Family Residences, linked below under Frequently Requested Forms.
PSC staff must evaluate your plans and verify your labor and material costs to calculate the required fee. Please use our website to get an estimate of your project fees. Please free to call the PSC at 510-981-7500 for further assistance.