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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.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

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.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Building and Safety Division
Building and Safety Division

Building & safety services during COVID-19

Customers can either book an appointment at the Permit Service Center online or by calling (510) 981-7500 or can continue to access the City of Berkeley Building and Safety services remotely to do the following:

Apply for a new building permit

  1. Email permits@cityofberkeley.info with a description of the proposed project, the applicant’s phone number, the applicant’s email address, and a completed permit application.
  2. Staff will reply within 24 to 48 hours to get more information and provide you with a link to upload required documents.
  3. When your documents have been accepted for plan review, we will email you an invoice, and a cashier will call you for payment of plan review fees. Only debit or credit cards can be accepted.
  4. All communications and responses during the plan review process will be electronic only.
  5. When plan check comments are issued or the plans have been approved you will receive additional electronic notifications.

Resubmitting documents in response to plan review comments OR to resubmit revisions to the previously approved plans

  1. Email the Building and Safety Division at permits@cityofberkeley.info with your building permit application number, and your cell number.
  2. Staff will return your email within 24 to 48 hours provide you with a link to upload revised documents.
  3. Following your resubmittal, ongoing communications and responses will continue to be electronic only.
  4. When a building permit is ready for issuance or re-issuance, a cashier will call you for payment. Only debit or credit cards can be accepted.

Obtaining a permit which does not require construction documents

  1. Email permits@cityofberkeley.info with a description of the proposed project, the applicant’s phone number and email address, and completed permit application and permit declarations.
  2. Staff will reply within 24 hours to obtain additional information if needed, and to process the application.
  3. We will email you an invoice, and a cashier will call you for a payment of a permit fee. Only debit or credit cards can be accepted.
  4. Once payment is made we will send you the permit and job card by email.
  5. All communications will be by phone or email only.

Obtaining a Minor Permit

Minor Permits are available only for projects on One- and Two-Family Dwellings (Group R-3 Occupancy) and are limited to the six categories listed below.

Minor permits can only be issued to Licensed Contractors. Owner-builders should follow instructions above for “permit which does not require construction documents.”

For Minor Permits please visit minor permits online webpage for:

  1. Replacement of furnaces
  2. Replacement of water heaters
  3. Re-roofs
  4. Seismic gas shut-off valves
  5. Solar photovoltaic systems
  6. Electric vehicle charging stations

Asking general and code questions

General questions for the Building and Safety Division may be emailed to buildingandsafety@cityofberkleley.info. Staff will reply within two business days.

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