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Berkeley, California (Wednesday, June 27, 2018) - You can now go online to more easily and thoroughly look up building and land use activity in Berkeley as part of an effort to improve the City's transparency and customer service.

The online "buildingeye" tool anticipates future development, allowing users to set up email alerts for new building or land use activity at a specific location - or even a range of locations.

It also looks back, encompassing all records stretching back nearly two decades. The tool makes clear which zoning and land use applications are open and which are no longer active.

"Our hope is that by opening up our records in an easily accessible fashion, we can better serve our residents and merchants," said City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley.

The City platform, found at https://berkeley.buildingeye.com, allows users to explore permits for a specific address, neighborhood, or Council District.

Common types of inquiries which buildingeye can answer include:

  • What building activity is happening in my neighborhood?
  • Has someone applied to develop that vacant lot down the street?
  • What type of structural and electrical work has been permitted in the last ten years at the home I'm considering buying?

Here's an example of what one might see when using the mapping tool:

Screenshot of BuildingEye permit mapping tool

You can also use the Planning Department's other online tools:

Over time, the City of Berkeley also plans to bring other permits to the tool, such as those for fire and code enforcement. Creating online services such as these also advances the City's goal of paperless processes, further reducing unnecessary negative impacts on the environment.


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