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Apply and Pay for Zoning Certificates Online!

Starting or relocating a business in Berkeley?  Apply and pay for a Zoning Certificate online. Community members can also research land use permits. 

The new online tool allows people to apply for zoning certificates for low-impact home occupations and zoning certificates for business licenses. Applying online saves customers time and helps increase the efficiency of the Permit Service Center, where customers previously had to go in person to get the certificates. 

Our new online research tools will also provide greater access to public information by allowing people to look up property information and zoning permit history on any property in Berkeley.  

This upgrade is part of a series of technological improvements that will eventually provide customers access to an array of City services and information. At the same time, the City has begun implementing a variety of other technologies to streamline internal processes involving the creation of permits, invoicing fees, collecting payments and tracking workflow. Each of those tasks will improve the efficiency of obtaining various permits with the City of Berkeley. This effort was a direct response to staff and community member requests for a way to obtain simple permits and to research zoning permits and land use history online. 



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