Apply For Building Permits

Permits Online
Permit Center
(510) 238-3443
Planning and Building Department

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 2114, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-2031

When do you need a permit? 

  • New buildings
  • Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
  • Residential work (decks, garages, fences, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)
  • Renovations (garage conversions, basement furnishings, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc.)
  • Electrical systems and repairs
  • Plumbing systems and repairs
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) systems

Types of Permits

A building permit gives you legal permission to start a new construction or remodeling project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. Building permits are necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which protect its occupants and neighbors in everyday living situations and in the case of emergencies or natural disasters.

  • Alterations/Repairs
  • Additions
  • Banners and Holiday Decorations
  • Building Moves
  • Demolitions
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Meter Resets
  • Miscellaneous Structures
  • New Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Re-Roofing Certificates
  • Signs

When your construction is going to impact a natural habitat (e.g. a creek) or man-made infrastructure (e.g. a sidewalk) you will need an engineering permit.

  • Creek Protection
  • Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk and Drive-way
  • Encroachments into Public Right of Way
  • P-Job (privately constructed public improvement)
  • Public Right-of-Way Improvements
  • Sewer/Storm Laterals
  • Site Grading
  • Street Excavation
  • Street Obstructions