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Information for Re-Roof Inspections

What inspections are required for new roofs and re-roofs in Berkeley? 

New Construction.  For all new construction, including additions, new buildings or alterations that involve changes to the roof framing:

  • Roof deck nailing inspection is required.
  • An additional inspection will be required for those Class A assemblies noted below under Re-roofs.

Re-Roofs.  No roof deck inspection is required except:

  • When an engineered roof diaphragm is specified/being installed; or
  • When a Class A roof assembly is required, usually because of a location in the Hillside District.  In this situation, a roof deck inspection would only be required to verify the installation of a special underlayment such as “DensDeck,” or other such fire resistive elements of a roof assembly.

Specifications for these two items must be submitted with the Building Permit Application and attached to the job site and inspector’s copies of the Building Permit when issued.

Reminder:  Per California Building Code Section 110.3, "It shall be the duty of the permit holder to provide access to and means for inspection of such work." A ladder must be provided, and secured as necessary, if an inspector is required to perform the requested inspection. The inspector will need to be able to survey visually the entire roof area by 360 degrees.

View information about Hillside Fire Zones.

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