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Building and Safety Division
Building and Safety Division

Plan Check Requirements and Schedules

All documents and plans are required to be submitted electronically in PDF Format via USB flash-drive with the maximum attachment size of 100 MB and minimum 300 dpi.

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.

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Building and Safety Division, 1947 Center St, 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: buildingandsafety@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-7440
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903
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