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Housing Code Enforcement
Housing Code Enforcement

Owner Requested Inspections - New Request for Service Process

Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Section 12.48 established the City's Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP). The RHSP allows owners to request inspection of their residential rental unit(s) in lieu of the annual requirement that owners certify that their rental unit(s) meet certain safety standards as contained in Schedule A of the City's Housing Safety Checklist. All units receiving a City Housing Inspection where either no violations have been found to exist or where any violations found have been corrected will be exempt from the Schedule A of the required Certification until the earlier of either July 1st of the third year following the date of the inspection or the revocation of a certificate of compliance issued by the City.

There is no charge for the initial inspection or for the first re-inspection where all violations cited have been corrected. However, if violations are found and are not corrected by the first re inspection a fee will be charged based on the fee schedule set forth in City Council Resolution No. 62,230 N.S.

Please be informed that we may not be able to accommodate your request but will inform you if this is the case. Also, in order for us to inspect the unit, if the unit is occupied, it will be your responsibility to make arrangements with the tenant as to the date/time of the inspection and to allow access to the City's housing inspector. Units that are vacant, or have been grouped together so that the inspector can inspect more than one unit will have preference.

Property Owner Inspection Requests are reviewed during normal business hours.  You will be contacted within 10 business days of your submittal regarding your request. At that time you will be informed if we are able to accommodate your request. If we are able to accommodate the request, arrangements will be made at that time. Please be aware you and/or a legal representative must be on-site to provide access for the inspection on the pre-arranged date/time.


The online Request for Service submittal process for owner requested

inspections has changed and is now included on the 

City of Berkeley’s Online Service Center


Instructions for submitting an Owner Inspection Request:

If you are an owner/owner's representative and would like to submit a request for an inspection of your residential rental unit, please proceed to the Online Service Center HERE.  If you do not already have a login you will be prompted to create one.

 ACA - Create an Inspection Request

Once you have logged in select the Housing tab from the menu and click Create a Inspection Request. On the first page are details of the online application and the General Disclaimer, which you should review before continuing to the inspection request.

ACA - General Disclaimer

After selecting Continue Application you should select Owner Inspection Request.  On the following pages you will enter the property owner/responsible party/contact information, property address and unit information and any additional comments.  Proceed to the Review screen and make sure all the information associated with your request is correct and complete. Once submitted you will be given a reference number starting with the letters RFS. This number can be used to check the status of your submission. 

Please allow 24-48 hours for processing of your request.  Once your request has been processed an inspector will contact you.

If you are unable to submit your request using the Online Service Center a .pdf version of the form is available on the Forms and Handouts page.


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