Permit Service Center
2120 Milvia St., Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-7500, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-7505
Office Hours: Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm Appointments: 510-981-7500 , Email:


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Welcome to the Permit Service Center at the City of Berkeley, CA. We are part of the Department of Planning & Development.

The Permit Center can be reached at (510) 981-7500, Ext. 0, if your visit at the Permit Center is not what you expected, please email

New Permit Service Center Coordinator - The Building and Safety Division is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Johnson as Permit Service Center Coordinator. Pamela has worked in various roles for the City of Berkeley since 1986, including Permit Specialist, Land Use Planner and Code Enforcement Officer II. [more...]

Electronic Plan Review - The Building and Safety Division now accepts submittal of documents in electronic format for plan review and permitting purposes. Customers may bring construction documents on a USB flash drive to the Permit Service Center. [more...]

Reduced Hours and Closures - In December, the Permit Service Center will be closed or operating on a reduced schedule while upgrading to a new software system as follows: [more...]

Location and Hours - The Permit Service Center (PSC) is located at 2120 Milvia Street (at the corner of Milvia and Center Streets), and provides direct customer service to those seeking building permits and zoning information.  Applications for building and zoning permits are accepted at the PSC and building permits are issued here. The Permit Specialists at the PSC coordinate review of building permit applications with other city agencies as needed. [more...]

Holidays & VTOs - For specific dates, visit the City's Holiday and Reduced Service Days Schedule Page. [more...]

Appointments - Appointments are strongly encouraged for the following types of building permit application.  [more...]

Permit Fee Estimator - The Permit Fee Estimator may be used to estimate building permit fees for your project by entering the address, selecting the appropriate scope of work and entering the valuation.  [more...]

Permits via Fax or Email -   [more...]

Work Triggered by Building Permits - Carbon Monoxide Detectors    [more...]

Authorization To Obtain a Permit -
Owner Builder Declarations

Effective March 1, 2009, State law (Health and Safety Code Section 19825) requires certain forms be filed by owner-builders before obtaining a permit. If you are not using a licensed contractor to perform the work, you must fill out and return to the Permit Service Center the Owner Builder Verification & Limitation of Sale Forms before obtaining a permit.  [more...]

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Permit Service Center, 2120 Milvia St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-7500
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903