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Permit Service Center
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General Information

A Licensed Contractor will need a valid City of Berkeley Business License to obtain a construction permit in the City of Berkeley. All businesses operating in the City of Berkeley ARE required to have a current business license for each location.  If you are opening a new business, buying an existing business, or transferring a business to your ownership, you must apply for a new Business License under your name.   

If you Starting or Expanding a Business, review our Business Location Checklist. It focuses on the development review process, including business licenses, zoning review, and building permits.

Get an estimated Fee for your building permit by e-mailing with the property address, valuation of the project, and the scope of work.

The Parcel Search Application provides the development conditions and building permit history for a specific address or parcel number, along with an interactive map, which displays the parcel number and zoning for adjacent parcels.

The Overview of the Permitting Process provides details on the four steps in the process: zoning approval, building permit, construction/inspection and modifications to approved plans. 


Effective March 1, 2009, State law (Health and Safety Code Section 19825) requires certain forms be filed by owner builders before obtaining a permit. If you are not using a licensed contractor to perform the work, you must fill out and return to the Permit Service Center the Owner Builder Verification & Limitation of Sale Forms before obtaining a permit. 

If you are using an authorized agent (i.e., a relative, friend or permitting service company) to obtain the building permit, you must fill out and return to the Permit Service Center the Authorization of Agent Form before obtaining a permit.

Procedures for Owner Builder Permit Applicants 
  • Supplemental 1: Owner-Builder Verification of Information and Limitation of Sale
  • Supplemental 2: Authorization of Agent for Owner

    Lead Safety

    The EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities have their firm certified by the EPA and follow lead-safe work practices. Buildings built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. Find a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Contractors, Apply for Lead-Safe Certification. In general, any activity that disturbs paint is covered by the rule, including:

    • Remodeling and repair/maintenance
    • Electrical work
    • Plumbing
    • Painting preparation
    • Carpentry
    • Window replacement


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    Permit Service Center, 1947 Center St, 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
    Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-7500
    (510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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