In accordance with the Alameda County Health Officer's revised March 31, 2020 Shelter in Place Order for all residents to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Planning & Building Department is taking measures to provide essential governmental functions consistent with the County's order.
Priority services remain operational as outlined in the service matrix below. You may still submit applications online, provide plans, and ask questions using our online services and resources. However, please note that our Planning and Building counters are now closed to the public, as is City Hall and other buildings in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, in accordance with the county's shelter in place order. The Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau customer front counter is also closed.
The Planning and Building Department shall be restricting inspections only to the projects allowed under the March 31, 2020 Shelter in Place Order. Please refer to the services below for Building Inspections. All services shall be provided in compliance with social distancing requirements as defined by the County's order.
During this period, the Planning and Building Department shall receive application and perform electronic plan reviews. However, construction permits shall be issued only for projects allowed under the March 31, 2020 Order. For application and plan review, the department will prioritize the following:
- Emergency repairs
- Affordable housing that contains at least 10% income-restricted units
- Continuing review of existing projects already submitted to the city
- Projects previously entitled by the city requiring building code review
- Other submittals as resources allow
Conditions and information are changing rapidly. Please check back regularly for City updates relating to COVID-19.