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Permits and Plan Review Topic Listing

Overview of Permitting Process - City of Berkeley Permit Service Center (PSC) [more...]

Plan Check Requirements and Schedules -

Most City buildings are closed to the public, including the Permit Service Center.

Building inspections can now be scheduled online or by calling (510) 981-7440 during normal business hours. 

    The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered residents to shelter in place, leaving only for essential needs. Most City facilities are closed to the public. Read the latest changes to City services and COVID-19 information from Berkeley Public Health.

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    Building Permit Submittal Documents - Please refer to the Checklists and Submittal Requirements section for guides to assist you in preparing plans for submittal with a building permit application. Alterations, additions, and remodeling projects may not require all drawings and submittals listed. Please discuss the spToolkitecifics of your project with the Permit Service Center staff before submitting a building permit application. By submitting complete and legible plans that clearly indicate and describe new work and any existing work, you will help the City issue your permit as quickly as possible.  [more...]

    Additional Requirements Triggered by Building Permit Submittal - Carbon Monoxide Detectors    [more...]

    Engineering Permit Information - These services are now delivered at the Permit Service Center located at 2120 Milvia Street.  [more...]

    Building Demolitions - Description:
    It is the expectation of the City of Berkeley that all building demolitions will be carried out in a manner conducive to public safety. This includes the prevention of debris falling into the public right-of-way or onto adjoining properties, and prompt and proper disposal of all debris. Debris is not to be stored on adjoining properties or in the public right-of-way without prior written consent. [more...]

    Online Minor Permits - Licensed California contractors may now apply, pay for and be issued minor permits for the scopes of work listed below for single family homes and duplexes through Permits Online. [more...]

    Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permitting and Submittal Requirements  - The City of Berkeley encourages the installation of renewable energy systems through low permit fees for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations and standardized solar permitting guidelines. Berkeley's efforts to make it cheaper, easier and faster to go solar have been nationally recognized with a SolSmart Gold award. [more...]

    Permit Requirements and Exemptions - Permits Required [more...]

    Electronic Plan Review - The Permit Service Center accepts only electronic submittal of documents in PDF file format for plan review and permitting purposes. Customers should bring drawings and other documents on a USB flash drive to the Permit Service Center at the time of permit application.  [more...]

    Fees - Building permit fees are based on the valuation of the project. The value or valuation used in computing the building permit fee shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued as well as all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment. [more...]

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