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Office of Economic Development
Office of Economic Development

Technical Assistance

OED provides direct assistance and case management to local businesses, information on how to start a business in Berkeley, and connections to other local organizations with relevant resources and information. 





California's and the City of Berkeley codes and regulations can be challenging for its citizens. The OED team understands that not everyone is familiar with the rules and processes that are involved and we take a solution based approach to make our client interactions as trouble-free as possible. Direct assistance pic

OED team members provide direct assistance, case management and advocacy for local businesses to help them get established and thrive in Berkeley. Staff can provide assistance with the identification of prospective sites in Berkeley, environmental review (CEQA), zoning regulations, navigating the permitting process, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) regulations, accessing City resources, engaging with neighboring businesses and stakeholders, analyzing business plans, civic projects, marketing and business networking.

Each OED team member has distinct areas of expertise relating to particular support services, business types, industry sectors, and neighborhoods. Visit our Contact Us page to determine which of our staff might serve you best.

For more information on requirements for a specific location, visit the City's Permit Service Center at 2120 Milvia Street in Berkeley. Additional information can also be found at the City of Berkeley's Planning Department.


The Office of Economic Development (OED) has prepared this Berkeley Business Resource Guide to help clarify the start-up process for businesses in Berkeley.

The guide provides vital information for obtaining the proper authority to begin a business through the Permit and Licensing requirements. It also provides resources for permit and licensing requirements at Business Resource Guidethe State, County and Federal levels and includes tips on where to find technical assistance or financial resources for new endeavors. In the Resource Guide you will find contact information for the Berkeley’s Chamber of Commerce and other Berkeley Business Associations, which support growing businesses in our community.

We also have compiled Berkeley Businesses License Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and encourage you to call or email the city customer service desk for real time updates. The 311-Customer service center can be reached by dialing 311 inside city limits or 510-981-CITY (2489).

The information contained in the Business Resource Guide (prepared March 2017, edited August 2019) is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please check with the agencies or websites provided for the most current information.

If you cannot view or print these documents, please contact us via email (ecodev@cityofberkeley.info), telephone (510) 981-7530, or TDD (510) 981-6903


A number of our partners at other government agencies and nonprofit organizations also provide services to Berkeley businesses. A few of these include: 
 Small Business Retention Program    

Project Equity Project Equity is a non-profit that specializes in helping businesses remain independently-owned and rooted in their communities, preserving jobs and preserving the economic vitality of cities over the long term through employee ownership. Selected businesses will complete formal feasibility assessments and enter into Project Equity’s Transition Program. Please view the previous webinars on the following topics: 

For more information go to https://www.project-equity.org/communities/small-business-closure-crisis/berkeley-california/ , email donna@project-equity.org or Call 415-646-5577 

Alameda County Small Business Development Center (counseling, expansion planning, loan application preparation, workshops)

Tech Futures Group (market launch, funding strategies, IP strategy, SBDC programs, SBDC seminars, and SBIR/STTR grant applications) Other resouces pic Photo credit Silver Morningstar of BYC

East Bay Community Law Center (legal establishment, contract review, lease negotiations)

UC Berkeley Law School New Business Practicum (legal assistance for new businesses or veteran businesses starting a new program/product)

Working Solutions (financing, counseling)

Kiva US (0% interest loans for small business)

Project Equity (succession planning, conversion to worker ownership)

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (business planning, workshops)

• Tech startup incubators and accelerators including SkyDeck, CITRIS Foundry, Cyclotron Road, QB3 East Bay Innovation Center, QB3 – Berkeley, The House and The Batchery (incorporation, financing and raising venture capital, product development, business planning, SBIR grant support, mentorship, legal support, access to facilities and equipment, and other expertise/ startup services)

• A New America (training, technical assistance, economic & social empowerment through a focus on green entrepreneurship, asset building, social responsibility and civic engagement)

The City of Berkeley has all Environmental Regulations & Resources for Food Businesses compiled in one place – see how your restaurant, café, brewery or other food establishment can be in compliance with state and local environmental rules and what resources are available to green your business!







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