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Department of Planning & Development
Department of Planning & Development

Establishing a New Business Location in Berkeley:

Permit and License Checklist

We welcome your new Berkeley business!  

This Checklist is for new businesses entering existing buildings, and for existing Berkeley businesses moving to a new location.  It focuses on the development review process, including business licenses, zoning review, and building permits.  Our goal is to assist you in estimating the time needed to open a business, as well as potential costs.  Please note that not all of these requirements apply to all businesses.

Additional information is available in the “Starting a Business in Berkeley Resource Guide”. You may also contact the Office of Economic Development directly at 510-981-7530 or

For more information, please review our Business Location Checklist (PDF).

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