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.

Take Our Downtown Zoning Survey — Tell Us What You Think!

Frank Ogawa Plaza rendering after proposed downtown zoning changes

Zoning changes that encourage housing, add community benefits and grow revenues for City services are now being considered for downtown. Learn more or take our survey and tell us what you think!

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One-Stop Permit Center Now OPEN!

City of Oakland One Stop Permit Center Black on White Graphic

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

Map showing Housing Sites Inventory
May 12, 2022

City of Oakland Publishes Draft Housing Element for the Oakland 2045 General Plan

The draft General Plan Housing Element outlines the strategies and policies the City will implement over the next eight years in order to meet Oakland’s housing needs. The Housing Element was last updated in 2015 and is now being updated with public input to reflect the recent housing opportunities, challenges, and approaches that have emerged in the Oakland community, as well as to comply with new state laws.

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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 Questions Portal

Permit 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
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed