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 The Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP) 


The Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP) helps businesses resume operations quickly following a major disaster, such as an earthquake.

The program enables owners of private buildings to hire licensed engineers to create post-disaster inspection plans for their buildings. In the event of an emergency declaration, approved engineers will be temporarily deputized as City inspectors to post official City of Berkeley placards on BORP-approved buildings for continued occupancy (green placard), partial or conditional occupancy (yellow placard), or unsafe to enter (red placard). Placards will be subsequently reviewed by the Building and Safety Division.
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The program is suitable for residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use buildings. Participating in the Building Occupancy Resumption Program will reduce inspection delays and increase Berkeley’s disaster preparedness.

Read the BORP manual for detailed guidelines on how to create an inspection plan, including application forms and checklists. For a brief program overview, see our fact sheet, Why BORP?

For general questions, contact Jenny McNulty in the Building and Safety Division at (510) 981-7451 or jmcnulty@cityofberkeley.info.  For technical questions, contact Jesse Bright at (510) 981-7523 or jbright@cityofberkeley.info.

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