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.

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.

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.

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COVID-19: Construction and inspections

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered residents to shelter in place through April 7, leaving only to receive or provide essential services.

For information about construction, inspections, and permit applications during this period, see guidance allowed construction activities and ways to get building and safety services online.

See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information on city services, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health.

In response to the City of Berkeley Health Officer's order to shelter in place through April 7, City staff has made it a priority to set clear parameters for the inspection of construction projects.

The Shelter in Place Order allows construction to continue for Essential Infrastructure, which includes public works construction, housing, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems. To the extent construction projects fall into one of these categories, they may continue, provided that all work is done in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in the Shelter in Place Order.

Separately, the City has the discretion to determine which building and safety inspections constitute Essential Governmental Functions that are allowed to continue under the Order. To comply with the Shelter in Place Order and limit inspections to those that qualify as Essential Governmental Functions, City staff will perform limited construction-related inspections as follows:

  1. Where the project is necessary to ensure the provision of healthcare services and Healthcare Operations;
  2. Where the project is necessary to ensure the continued operation of an Essential Business or Essential Governmental Function;
  3. Where the project is necessary to protect human health or safety;
  4. Where the project is necessary to avoid delaying the construction of housing; or
  5. In connection with public works essential infrastructure construction projects.

All inspection requests are being evaluated individually based on the above criteria, the scope and importance of an individual inspection, and whether the safety of the inspector, contractor and community member can be maintained.

Electronic inspection scheduling is not available during the duration of the Shelter in Place Order. To discuss your immediate inspection needs for a project which falls under one of the five listed categories above, please call directly one of the following building inspection staff on duty:

  • John Cevasco, Supervising Building Inspector: (510) 981-7454
  • Matt Doughty, Senior Building Inspector: (510) 981-7406
  • Eduardo Franco, Acting Senior Building Inspector: (510) 981-7478

For Fire inspections, please call the Fire Prevention Division at (510) 981-5585.

Remote inspections such as videos, live casts or similar digital methods will be considered on a case-by-case basis during the duration of the Shelter in Place Order. Any in-person inspections shall be performed in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in the Shelter in Place Order.

Please note that the City may update this guidance as the situation changes. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Last updated March 21, 2020


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