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Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

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Information for Roof Inspections


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


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


  • An in-progress roof inspection is required with underlayment and roof covering applied at approximately 25% to 50% of completion
  • When an engineered roof diaphragm is installed, an additional roof deck/diaphragm nailing inspection is required
  • For Class A roofing assemblies with a special underlayment as a component of the Class A assembly, such as a Dens-Deck or similar, an additional inspection is required to verify the installation of the underlayment prior to applying roof covering materials
  •  Note: When an engineered roof diaphragm or a Class A roofing assembly is required, construction specifications or listing information must be submitted with the Building Permit Application and made available to the building inspector at the job site


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 to facilitate inspector’s access to the roof 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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