Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

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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Construction and inspections during COVID-19

Construction sites must follow COVID-19 safety protocols from the State of California and the City of Berkeley.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Construction Site Inspections

As a condition for work being allowed to continue, safety plans 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 January 30, 2021

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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