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Planning & Building

The Planning and Building Department is in charge of the City's growth and development. We make sure all City projects support the health and welfare of all Oaklanders.

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An example of a building with an open, ground floor ("soft story"), which collapsed onto a row of parked cars during an earthquake.
Aug 06, 2019

Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Deadline Reminder

Earthquake safety saves lives. To ensure that Oakland's most vulnerable structures are strengthened, the city's Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Ordinance requires owners of certain multi-unit residential buildings to show that their buildings are safe or submit plans to retrofit them to withstand future tremors. The first compliance deadline is February 21, 2020!

Open Sign
Aug 28, 2019

Extended Hours for Small-Scale Residential Projects

Starting July 16, and on every other Tuesday, the City’s Planning & Building Department will extend counter hours, allowing the community more time to submit permit applications and have work approved.

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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.

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

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Permit Counter * Last Tickets Issued @ 3:15 PM

Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Planning & Zoning

Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
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