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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Building permit fees are based on the valuation of the project. The value or valuation used in computing the building permit fee shall be the total value of all construction work for which the permit is issued as well as all finish work, painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, elevators, fire extinguishing systems and any other permanent equipment.

The Permit Fee Estimator may be used to estimate building permit fees for your project by entering the address, selecting the appropriate scope of work and entering the valuation. The Estimate of Building Permit Fees will appear when you click on the "Calculate" button. The fees shown are typical fees related to a building permit and do not include fees for plumbing, mechanical and/or electrical permits that may also be necessary. Fees shown here are only an estimate. Actual fees due will be reviewed and finalized as part of the plan check process.

There may be other fees that may apply to your project that are not shown here, but may apply due to the nature of your project such as the sewer connection fees. The plan check fee is due at permit application with the balance due at permit approval/issuance.

There is a Building Standards Administration Special Revolving Fund (CAL SB 1473)

Some projects may require land use permit(s) that will result in additional permits and fees for your project. The Land Use Planning division will be able to assist you with those requirements at (510) 981-7410. Current planning fees are listed in the following document: Land Use Planning Fees (.pdf)

The Commercial Fee Schedule (.pdf) and Residential Fee Schedule (.pdf) have charts that may be used to estimate fees for valuations up to including $100,000. Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permit fee schedules are included as part of the commercial and residential schedules for your use.

Once you have estimated your valuation, use it with either the Residential Fee Schedule or Commercial Fee Schedule to obtain an estimate of fees.

School District Developer Fees

In addition to the permit fees charged by the City of Berkeley, new development is also subject to Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) developer fees. All new residential development and additions resulting in an increase of assessable space in excess of 500 square feet are subject to fees of $3.48 per square foot and all new commercial and industrial development is subject to fees of $0.56 per square foot. Applicants need to pay these fees at the BUSD Facilities office at 1707 Russell Street and return to the Permit Service Center with a Certificate of Compliance. For more information, contact BUSD by phone at (510) 644-6066 or by email at developerfees@Berkeley.net and review:

  1. School District Developer Fees FAQs
  2. Developer Fees Flowchart


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