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COVID-19: Construction and inspections

For information about construction, inspections, and permit applications during this period, see guidance on allowed construction activities and ways to get building and safety services online. Services such as Land Use applications and Zoning Certificates are also available online during this time.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered residents to shelter in place, leaving only for essential needs. Most City facilities are closed to the public. Read the latest changes to City services and COVID-19 information from Berkeley Public Health.

Under the updated Order from the City of Berkeley Health Officer issued April 29, 2020, construction work may resume if COVID-19 safety protocols are followed. It is important to read the Order and comply with safety protocols before beginning construction. Projects that were allowed to continue work under the previous Order (affordable housing, essential infrastructure, etc.) must also comply with safety protocols before continuing to work. 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Detailed COVID-19 safety protocols for small construction projects and large construction projects are outlined in the updated Order. Some of the safety protocols include:

  • Designating an on-site COVID-19 supervisor who must be present at all times to enforce safety protocols
  • Review the safety protocols with all workers and visitors to the construction site
  • Posting COVID-19 construction safety plans at all work sites
  • Daily screening construction workers for symptoms
  • Providing sufficient hand washing stations
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by every person on the site

Larger construction sites have more rigorous requirements. For example, among other requirements, they must prepare and post a site-specific health and safety plan, translated as necessary to ensure all non-English speaking workers understand the plan.

Other important safety protocols for workers include:

  • Carpooling to and from large construction sites is prohibited by the Order, unless there is no other option available, or unless the workers live together
  • Workers may not gather together, including lunches and break times, except for mandatory safety meetings
  • No food trucks may operate near the work site

Construction Site Inspections

As a condition for work being allowed to continue, safety plans required by the Order must be provided to the City upon request. You must also provide the identification, contact number, and credentials of all required on-site safety personnel. Building inspectors will verify safety compliance prior to beginning inspections. If violations are observed, the inspection will not take place and rescheduling fees assessed. Berkeley Police will follow up on complaints.

Building Inspections

Building inspections can now be scheduled online or by calling (510) 981-7440 during normal business hours.

Inspections will be performed using Remote Video Inspection (RVI) technology, so the individual scheduling the inspection must provide a camera-capable cell phone number for a person who will be at the job site for the inspection.

The inspector will initiate a contact and provide further instructions. The City will not schedule in-person inspections, except in very limited circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Any in-person inspections shall be performed in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in the updated Shelter in Place Order.

Please note that both RVI and in-person inspections will not take place unless compliance with COVID-19 worksite safety protocols is demonstrated. City inspectors will check for required posted safety notices and use of PPE.

Other Inspections

For Fire Prevention Inspections, please call the Fire Prevention Division at (510) 981-5585. For Public Works inspections, please call the Engineering Division (510) 981-6400.

Last updated May 8, 2020

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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