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William Gilchrist

Director Gilchrist has 35 years of experience as a planner and designer. He was director of place-based planning in New Orleans where he focused on the city's design and development strategy. He was previously a senior associate at AECOM in Atlanta and planning director in Birmingham, Alabama.

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250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 2114
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone Numbers

Zoning: (510) 238-3941
Permits: (510) 238-3891; (510) 238-3443
Inspections: (510) 238-3444


Main Office Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Permit Counter Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.