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COVID-19: Land Use Planning Services

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered residents to shelter in place through May 3, leaving only to receive or provide essential services. Online services such as Land Use applications and Zoning Certificates are available during this time.

While offices are closed the the public, we are providing many regular land use planning services remotely.

Short-Term Rentals

Apply at the City’s online applications portal.

Zoning Certificates or Zoning Research Letters:

Email planning@cityofberkeley.info and your request will be routed to a Land Use staff person, who will reply with instructions within two business days.

To continue work on an application you already submitted:

  1. Email your assigned City Planner. If you do not remember the Planner’s contact information, email planning@cityofberkeley.info and we will connect you.
  2. If you need to submit additional or revised documents, your Planner can provide you with a link to the file sharing site being used by the City for larger documents. Please do not email new plans directly. City email settings limit allowable file sizes.
  3. If additional fees are due, we will email you an invoice and instructions on how to remit payment.
  4. All communications and responses during the application review process will be by phone or email; no in-person appointments will be scheduled.
  5. Administrative Use Permits and staff-level Design Review/Landmark approvals may be issued during the Shelter-in-Place Order.
  6. Staff will begin work on Use Permit, Design Review and Landmark applications that require a public hearing, including preparation of staff reports and findings, but no action will be taken until an effective public hearing process is established.

To submit a new Land Use application—Use Permits, Administrative Use Permits, Design Review, or Landmarks submittals:

  1. Email planning@cityofberkeley.info with the street address, the applicant’s phone number and email address, and a project description of the existing use, proposed use, square footage, height and setbacks. Please also note if you believe your project qualifies for streamlined review under HAA, SB35, or SB330.
  2. Staff will reply within two business days to get more information and provide you with a link to upload required documents.
  3. Once your documents are received, we will email you an invoice and instructions on how to remit payment.
  4. Your application will then be assigned to a staff Planner, who will contact you directly about your next steps.
  5. All communications and responses during the application review process will be by phone or email; no in-person appointments will be scheduled.

Appeal Procedures:

Please note that the new methods for appeal submittals described below are put in place to comply with the requirements of the Shelter In Place Order and shall be effective for the duration of Shelter In Place requirements.

To appeal a decision by the Zoning Officer or Design Review Committee to the Zoning Adjustments Board:

  1. Mail your appeal to the Planning Department, 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 with payment of fees by check or money order included. Appeals submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before the deadline date for filing the appeal.
    OR
  2. E-mail your complete appeal to the Planning Department, planning@cityofberkeley.info and include a telephone number where you can be reached during the day. Planning Department staff will call you within three business days to obtain credit card information over the phone for payment of required fees.

To appeal a Zoning Adjustments Board or Landmarks Preservation Commission decision to the City Council:

  1. Mail your complete appeal to the City Clerk Department, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 with payment of fees by check or money order included. Appeals submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before the deadline date for filing the appeal.
    OR
  2. E-mail your complete appeal to the Planning Department, planning@cityofberkeley.info and include a telephone number where you can be reached during the day. Planning Department staff will call you within three business days to obtain credit card information over the phone for payment of required fees.

See general guidelines and details about filing appeals.

Planning Commission and other Initiatives

The policy staff are continuing work on initiatives such as the Adeline Corridor Plan, Zoning Ordinance revisions, economic development efforts, and others. The City is developing ways to provide safe and effective public meetings. Public notice will be provided for any new publications or meetings.

Asking general Land Use questions:

General questions for the Land Use Planning Division may be emailed to planning@cityofberkeley.info. You may also call and leave a message at the main phone line, (510) 981-7410. Staff will reply within two business days.

Last updated May 7, 2020


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