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Land Use Topic Listing

Types of Permits  - All new structures and modifications to structures in the City of Berkeley are required to be in conformance with the Zoning Ordinance.   In addition, all businesses in the City of Berkeley are required to be in conformance with the uses permitted in the Zoning Ordinance.  Applicants for development projects and new businesses should begin with review by zoning staff to determine what type of zoning permit is needed and to ensure that a use is allowed in the location proposed.  Some types of development and uses are allowed “as-of-right,” meaning that no public review is required so long as the proposed project or use conforms to the requirements of the zoning ordinance.  An as-of-right project or use is issued a Zoning Certificate and the applicant can proceed to submit an application and plans for a building permit or proceed with application for a business license.  However, many proposed development projects or new businesses require some level of “discretionary review,” meaning they are subject to public notice to neighbors and a public hearing.  In this instance, prior to submitting an application for a building permit, an applicant is required to proceed through the public review process to receive a Use Permit or other entitlement.  Each permit type is described below.    [more...]

Adopted Plans, Completed Reports, and Ordinances -

  • Downtown Berkeley Design Guidelines (2012) 
  • Southside Plan (2011)
  • Housing Element of the General Plan (2015)
  • Creeks Ordinance Administration (2004)
  • Berkeley General Plan (2003)
  • Berkeley Bicycle Plan (2000)
  • South Shattuck Strategic Plan (1997)
  • University Avenue Strategic Plan (1996)
  • West Berkeley Plan (1993)
  • Downtown Plan (1990)
  • South Berkeley Area Plan and Appendices (1990)
  • Waterfront Master Plan (1986)
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    Current Zoning Applications -  Zoning Applications, also referred to as Zoning Projects, refer to the more complex proposed developments that allow for public input during the permitting process. Examples include projects such as large, new commercial building; major residential additions or a new research building in West Berkeley.pic [more...]

    Current Policy Projects - The Land Use Planning Division prepares policy plans to guide future development and
    current regulations in Berkeley.  This includes the General Plan and area plans,
    the Zoning Map, and the Zoning Ordinance.

    Forms, Applications, and Guidelines  - This link will take you to the City's On-Line Service Center, which allows you to view and print forms, applications, and guidelines for services throughout the City. Scroll through the Planning Department forms to find the information you need under "Land Use Planning" and "Land Use Planning Guidelines".  [more...]

    California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - State law requires that an environmental assessment be undertaken for projects that have the potential to have an impact on the environment.  All development projects have such potential impacts, and so all projects must be assessed under CEQA.   Most land use policies may affect the environment and are also subject to review under CEQA.  There are three levels of CEQA review:  [more...]

    Establishing a New Business Location in Berkeley: - Permit and License Checklist [more...]

    Downtown Area Plan - DAP Home Page Header 
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    Common Projects that Require Zoning Review -

  • Transfer of Business or New Business Location
  • Change of Use
  • Residential Additions
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    Business Licenses Review  - The Planning Department review new business licenses, and existing licenses at new locations, to ensure that businesses comply with the Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, and other applicable regulations. There are three main steps in this review: [more...]

    Zoning by Address -   [more...]

    Help Create a Plan for the Adeline/South Shattuck Corridor! -    [more...]

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