Planning & Building

The Planning & Building Department oversees regulations for the City's growth and development. By reviewing project plans, enforcing local ordinances, developing neighborhood plans, and responding to public concerns, we work to create a built environment that supports the health and welfare of all Oaklanders.

VIDEO: Learn about Oakland's Housing Element — Tell Us What You Think!

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Learn about Oakland's new Housing Element — the City's blueprint to ensure housing for all by 2031! Hear views from local leaders and community members, and send us your feedback on the plan.

Watch Our Video!

One-Stop Permit Center Now OPEN!

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The City of Oakland welcomes you back to 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, our One-Stop Permit Center! We've combined the counter services of the Planning & Building Department, Oakland Fire Department, and Department of Transportation to provide for a "one-stop shop" experience. Most services are by-appointment-only. Please visit our Permit Center Reopening webpage for full details on hours of operation, scheduling your appointments, and services offered.

Permit Center Services

Ask questions, find the permits you'll need, and get started on your project today!

→ Learn more at our Planning & Building Permits main page.

→ Learn more at our Planning Code & Zoning main page.

→ Learn more at our Building Codes main page.

→ Learn more at our Code Enforcement Services main page.

→ Learn more about other projects and development at our Major Development Projects page.

Planning Commission & Committees

Attend a Planning Commission or related committee meeting and review upcoming agendas.

→ See our complete Planning Commission & Committee Meetings main page.

Reports

Review reports on progress toward making our built environment healthy and safe for all Oaklanders.

News

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Leadership

William Gilchrist

Director

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.

Contact Us

Addresses

Main Offices & Permit Counters

Map image for Planning & Building, located at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, CA 94612
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 2114
Oakland, CA 94612

Permit & Services Questions Portal

Permit & Services Questions Portal

Planning and Building Department Organizational Chart

Planning & Building Organizational Chart

Phone Numbers

Open Hours

Permit Counter Walk-In Hours

Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Permit Counter Scheduled Appointment Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed