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Plan Check Requirements and Schedules

The Permit Service Center is open from 8:30-3:30 for appointments and 10:00-2:00 for walk-ins effective June 15th. Appointments are required for all permit processing activities. 

All documents and plans are required to be submitted electronically in an unsecured PDF Format on a USB flash-drive.

General plan check submittal requirements for the City of Berkeley follow: detailed requirements, including information about specific types of projects are linked below. Plans can be submitted to the Permit Service Center, 1947 Center Street, 3rd Floor in Berkeley between the hours of 8am and 3pm. Plans should be submitted Electronically. Plans are not accepted by mail. Plan check fees are based on the valuation of the project and are due upon submittal.

Check the Status of Your Plan Check for a building permit application.Building plans View Turnaround Times for Plan Check.  

All exterior modifications to residential and commercial buildings require Land Use Planning review and subsequent approval. Please contact the Land Use Planning Division at (510) 981-7410 for Zoning requirements.

All plans submitted for a building permit need to be complete sets. A complete plan set includes:

  • A Site plan with Distances to Property Lines
  • Architectural Details
  • Accessibility Details
  • Structural Plans
  • Civil Plans and All Supporting Documentation

Site plans are required to show all existing buildings on the property, parking areas, lot coverage calculations, street orientations, etc. Architectural plans need to include elevations, floor plans showing exiting and proposed (new) construction, reflected ceiling plans, electrical, mechanical and plumbing plans, and details and sections supporting the work. Two of the required plan check sets must be wet-signed by the preparer and must include the preparer's name, address and telephone number on the cover sheet. The cover sheet must list the building construction type, occupancy types, zoning designation and if the building is, or is planned to be, equipped with fire sprinklers. More information is included in the Building Permit Detailed Checklist and Document Submittal Checklist for Single Family Residences.

Staff must evaluate your plans and verify your labor and material costs to calculate the required fee. Please use our website to get an estimate of your project fees.

 Over-the-Counter Plan Check

Projects that can be reviewed and/or approved within 30 minutes or less include:

  • Residential kitchen remodels
  • Residential bathroom remodels
  • Dry rot / pest control damage repairs
  • Deck / porch repair / alteration
  • Residential voluntary seismic retrofits using state plan set A
  • Window replacements
  • Residential Solar PV installations
  • Residential Electric Vehicle plug-in models
  • Other similar projects which are minor in nature, per plan checker's discretion, the plan review could be accomplished within 30 minutes

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