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Meet the team that helps you build the city

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 11, 2019) - Come learn how Berkeley gets built at an open house organized by the City of Berkeley's Planning Department.

You can learn about Citywide issues, such as long-range planning, or issues that may be more personal, such as your property's zoning or how to increase your home's energy efficiency.

Renters and landlords can learn about how to get inspections of their units.

Residents, builders, tenants or others simply interested in the City's planning and development process will be able to talk directly with the planners, inspectors and other staff who shepherd the process from an application to a final inspection.

Come tell us what you're thinking, make suggestions for improvements, and ask questions. Meet us at the Permit Service Center, which was designed to improve customer service through new technology and design.

Planning Department Open House 
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Any time between 4pm and 6pm
Berkeley Permit Service Center
1947 Center Street, 3rd Floor

Guests can visit the many information stations around the Permit Service Center to learn more about:

  • How building plans get reviewed and approved
  • Stormwater pollution prevention
  • What Building Inspectors look for on projects
  • Long-range planning policy for Berkeley's future
  • Sustainable Development strategies
  • The Rental Housing Safety program

The Open House will also provide community members opportunities to make suggestions for improvements and ask questions. A dedicated "Answer Station" staffed by knowledgeable Building Plan Reviewers and Land Use Planners will field any question about projects in Berkeley. Guests who visit our information stations can also receive a free City of Berkeley flash drive for their participation. Light refreshments will be served.

The Planning and Development Department comprises:

  • Building + Safety Division, managing building permits, plan checks and Inspections, rental housing safety, and seismic safety programs.
  • Land Use Planning, overseeing City Zoning requirements and long-range development policy planning.
  • Office of Energy and Sustainability, promoting clean energy, green building, the City's Climate Action Plan, and other sustainable practices
  • Toxics Management, inspecting and enforcing regulations around the use of potentially toxic substances.

This Open House event is part of Planning's ongoing efforts to connect our services to the needs of the Berkeley community. Please come learn about the work of your Planning Department and tell us how we can improve.



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